I thought I should take a moment to explain how our signal gets to you from Djuma. I know that there has been confusion about the power outage in Hoedspruit yesterday and the net result on our broadcast, so I figured I should let you know how this can affect us all.
First off is to recognise that we need to send a huge amount of data, which means we need a high bandwidth connection, different to the normal consumer type connections.
Okay, so the route to you is as follows. First we send our signal via a micro wave (radio) link up to a repeater mast located on a mountain approximately 40 kilometers away. This radio signal is then bounced down into the nearest town Hoedspruit. In Hoedspruit the signal enters a fibre optic network which links to Johannesburg and then up the coast of Africa and Europe and into Docklands in London. From Docklands it runs through to the Wild Earth server located in Dublin Ireland. Wild Earth then broadcast to you.
Believe it or not it is the simplest route to get the broadcast to you, but thats the challenge of operating in the African bush.
Written by Will Fox