πŸ›»The Case for Tailored Last Mile SD-WAN Solutions in Africa: Why Euro-centric Models Don't Fit πŸͺ˜

πŸ›»The Case for Tailored Last Mile SD-WAN Solutions in Africa: Why Euro-centric Models Don't Fit πŸͺ˜

πŸŒπŸš€ Tired of hearing "but it works in Europe!" when it comes to tech solutions in Africa? We feel you!πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦

Β·

3 min read

In the world of technology, one size does not fit all. This is particularly true when it comes to SD-WAN solutions, where the unique challenges and infrastructure of Africa demand a tailored approach that diverges from the Euro-centric or States-centric models commonly implemented elsewhere.

Africa, a continent of vast geographical diversity and varying levels of technological infrastructure, presents a distinct landscape for SD-WAN deployment. Yet, international players often overlook these nuances, leading to a misfit between conventional SD-WAN solutions designed for Europe and North America and the African context.

One glaring misconception arises from the measurement of internet performance. Travelers from Europe or the United States often judge the quality of internet in South Africa based on their experience accessing business sites exclusively hosted in their home countries. This flawed comparison neglects the superior performance of local South African sites and fails to consider the optimized experience of accessing international sites associated with CDNs like Cloudflare.

The fundamental issue lies in the application of Euro-centric or States-centric SD-WAN models to Africa's unique infrastructure and requirements. While solutions designed for these regions may excel in their native environments, they fail to navigate the diverse terrain and infrastructure challenges of Africa effectively. Just as a Toyota Motor Corporation Hilux is better suited to African terrain than a Mercedes-Benz AG or Tesla, SD-WAN solutions developed elsewhere may not be optimized for Africa's needs.

Australia, with its geographical and infrastructural similarities to Africa, serves as a pertinent example. SD-WAN solutions developed and deployed in Australia, such as those offered by Fusion, are better aligned with the realities of African infrastructure compared to technologies originating from Silicon Valley.

Moreover, the discrepancy between enterprise and small business markets further complicates the adoption of conventional SD-WAN solutions in Africa. While Europe and North America boast mature enterprise markets, Africa's landscape is dominated by small businesses that cannot afford or benefit from enterprise-focused SD-WAN products. The economies of scale inherent in enterprise solutions simply do not apply to the fragmented small business market prevalent in Africa. In actual fact, the structure of states and governments is similar:

In South Africa specifically, the mesh architecture of Silicon Valley SD-WAN solutions does not align with the country's internet infrastructure, which is concentrated around hubs like Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. Fusion's multi-tenant, cookie-cutter approach to SD-WAN, tailored for small businesses, using a hub and spoke architecture offers a more suitable solution for the African market.

Wrapping up, the adoption of SD-WAN solutions in Africa requires a departure from Euro-centric or States-centric models and a shift towards tailored approaches that address the continent's unique challenges and infrastructure. By embracing solutions like Fusion's SD-WAN, designed specifically for small businesses and optimized for Africa's realities, organizations can unlock the true potential of modern networking technology on the continent.

Ronald Bartels ensures that Internet inhabiting things are connected reliably online at Fusion Broadband South Africa - the leading specialized SD-WAN provider in South Africa. πŸ‘‰ Contact Fusion

Originally published on LinkedIn by Ronald Bartels:

Β