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Dalkom Somalia launches iDirect network to expand satellite connectivity

(3 January 2018 - VT iDirect) VT iDirect today announced that Dalkom Somalia has installed an iDirect Hub and will leverage iDirect’s series remotes to provide high-speed satellite connectivity in Somalia.

The new iDirect network will enable Dalkom Somalia to scale its service more cost-effectively, expand end user data rates up to 38.5 Mbps, and improve Service Level Agreements by reducing service set-up duration. It will also provide back-up connectivity for service restoration in cities as needed.

Dalkom Somalia is one of Somalia’s fast-growing telecom companies offering next-generation solutions for broadband, connectivity, cloud computing, managed services, satellite services, and internet services for businesses, wholesale and consumer segments. Financed by Dalkom Somalia as part of the company’s strategy to provide world class infrastructure to support the Horn and East Africa region’s needs for innovative Telecommunication & Information and Communications Technology solutions, the new iDirect network will serve a wide range of markets, including Government and non-Government Organisations, charities, healthcare, academic institutions, Internet Service Providers, telecommunications operators and financial services.

“Through the iDirect platform, we are opening up areas where no connectivity has existed before,” said Mohamed Ahmed Jama, CEO, Dalkom Somalia. “iDirect’s platform technology enables us to gain critical operations advantages by increasing data performance and efficiency, and shortening service installation. And these are critical requirements to expand our service reach and capabilities.”

“The expansion of connectivity in Africa is a major priority for iDirect,” said David Harrower, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, VT iDirect. “Our partnership with Dalkom Somalia hinges on the provision of efficient, high-speed satellite service, enabling the expansion of businesses, government and non-profit services across the continent. This new network in Somalia will significantly aid local citizens in Somalia.”

Dalkom Somalia is a pioneer in the area of telecommunication innovation in Somalia and the horn of Africa. The company delivered the first Sub-marine fibre-optic cable in 2013, a tier-3 data center in 2015 and the first satellite teleport in 2017, setting the pace for innovation in the industry to connect Somalia to the rest of the world.

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.

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.