General Questions

Vendors were provided with GPS coordinates in order to submit their proposals for each site. Majority of vendors did desk top feasibility studies. Pricing and technology were proposed based on their current infrastructure and the feasibility of connections per area. As the project we are unable to confirm whether actual site visits were done by the vendors, as engagement is not allowed with them until PO’s have been issued. SABEN did not do site surveys as part of the RFP process of the access connection project. Site surveys will be done to determine and confirm requirements for the Wi-Fi component of TCC

Where a campus already has a microwave mast erected and microwave technology is the proposed technology, then the vendor might not need to erect a new one. This will be confirmed by the vendors prior to installation.

The grant was awarded to connect all 50 TVETs to the SANReN. The instruction was provided to go out on RFP in order to benefit from bulk pricing and economy of scale. Location and existing vendor infrastructure determines the cost to establish connectivity at a site and set-up cost is thus different per college.

College requirements will be gathered to configure site-to-site VPN connectivity across the new TCCP links according to network services required. The new TCCP links will be provisioned with additional VLAN’s specifically for this connectivity. Existing physical links self-provided or obtained from another provider not related to the TCCP project can be retained as backup between sites if required. For this setup, the college should ensure that sufficient analysis of the design is conducted from a traffic routing perspective to ensure that the backup link can be used as envisaged.

A Request for Quotes must still be issued. Firewall model to be confirmed.

No. Besides the firewall that will be placed at each site by the project, the colleges remain responsible for their own LAN design and equipment.

Colleges should make sure to have 1GB switches in order to fully benefit from the new links being provided through the project.

No. Servers are not impacted by the access connection changes.

Other TCCP Info

South African Broadband Education Networks

South African Broadband Education Networks (SABEN) is a non-profit company serving school networks and the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sectors in South Africa.