Locally-made fixed-wireless router

16 August 2017 News

Huge Software and Technologies, a sister company of Huge Telecom – the provider of full suite telephony services to corporate organisations and residential homes – has successfully developed its own fixed-wireless router for making telephone calls.

Fittingly called the Huge Router, the device is specially developed to carry calls to the radios of various mobile network operators in conjunction with a SIM card. It is able to completely emulate a standard telephone line, allowing it to make outbound telephone calls and receive inbound telephone calls.

Resolution Circle, a subsidiary company of the University of Johannesburg, was briefed to manufacture the printed circuit boards (PCBs) of the Huge Router. Engineers at Resolution Circle agreed to provide Huge Software and Technologies with a turnkey solution, including the manufacture of the printed circuit boards, the assembly of the finished product and the packaging. The Huge Router has already been installed at clients.

According to Dr Wiehan Le Roux, group senior manager, engineering at Resolution Circle “It takes us approximately 30 minutes to assemble and package the Huge Router – 12 minutes to surface mount the components onto the PCB, 5 minutes to inspect the surface mount quality, 10 minutes to test the PCB and assemble the router, and 3 minutes to package it.”

A business development manager within the Huge Group of companies, Rajen Pillay, says, “The Huge Router replaces fixed line infrastructure over the last mile and eliminates the risk of the negative impact of copper cable theft, which is a common occurrence in South Africa. It made perfect sense for us to acquire the intellectual property behind the Huge Router, which we did over a year ago, and to perfect it in-house with the assistance of Resolution Circle. This has given us a double benefit: first, complete control over our last mile network and second, favourable cost reductions.”

The ‘last mile’ is a term commonly used to describe the physical connection between a customer and a telephone network. The importance of the last mile is that whoever owns it, owns the service delivery to the customer. This is the underlying strength of the Huge Telecom business model: Huge Telecom has over the past 24 years built a significant last mile network.

Huge Software and Technologies has received widespread market acceptance of the Huge Router from its reseller network of business partners, with very positive feedback having been received on the overall quality and functionality. Huge Software and Technologies has also commissioned Resolution Circle to develop the successor to the Huge Router, which will incorporate 3G technology and connectivity to the GSM networks as well as Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) technology to the PABX.

For more information contact Eleanor Wardrop, Huge Telecom, +27 (0)11 603 6000; Wiehan le Roux, Resolution Circle, +27 (0)10 020 3777, [email protected],

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