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NigComSat upgrades iDirect network to expand into growing West Africa market

(6 June 2018 - VT iDirect) VT iDirect today announced that Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat), a leading satellite operator and service provider based in Nigeria, has upgraded its iDirect network to the latest Evolution 4.1 software to achieve significant gains in bandwidth efficiency and enhance customer experience.

With the upgrade of its extensive C-band and Ku-band networks, NigComSat, which manages iDirect hubs in Lagos and Abuja, will be able to expand further into key markets such as government, defense, maritime, education, enterprise and cellular backhaul.

Evolution 4.1 enables service providers to launch DVB-S2X networks and increase the performance and efficiency of DVB-S2 networks, unlocking High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity to maximize throughput and offer cost-effective services. As part of the second phase of the upgrade to DVB-S2X, NigComSat will install iDirect’s high-performance Universal Line Cards and Intelligent Gateway (iGW) virtualization appliance to improve hub density and network processing.

“Our customers demand a greater amount of bandwidth at more economic service plans,” said Kazeem Kolawole Raji, Executive Director, Engineering Services, NigComSat. “While satellite connectivity has unique advantages, satellite service providers must compete with terrestrial and cellular networks on speed and value. Upgrading our iDirect network provides a powerful efficiency boost and gives us the confidence to meet end-user expectations. This is absolutely critical to win business in the African market.”

“NigComSat is in the forefront in bringing the latest innovations to market to meet escalating customer expectations,” said John Arnold, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, VT iDirect. “Our DVB-S2X offering will enable NigComSat to make their services more competitive and deliver the value of satellite connectivity to more businesses and organizations in West Africa, driving broad economic and social development.”

VT iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is a global leader in IP-based satellite communications providing technology and solutions that enable our partners worldwide to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and profitably expand their businesses. For more than 20 years, the VT iDirect organization has focused on meeting the economic and technology challenges across the satellite industry. Today, the product portfolio, branded under the name iDirect, sets new standards in performance and efficiency, making it possible to deliver voice, video and data connectivity anywhere in the world. VT iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the leader in key industries including mobility, military/government and cellular backhaul. In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities. For more information please visit www.iDirect.net.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering.