NigComSat deploys iDirect service to meet growing demand for broadband internet access across Nigeria and West Africa

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Evolution platform enables network operator to offer affordable Internet service to the military, government, education and enterprise markets

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT), a leading African satellite network operator, has invested in a new iDirect Series 15100 Universal Satellite hub to deploy an Evolution-based service to capture the growing broadband market in Nigeria. The iDirect Evolution platform will enhance NIGCOMSAT’s existing VSAT solutions for military and government customers, while enabling the company to pursue new opportunities in the enterprise and education markets. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

The flexibility of the iDirect Evolution platform enables NIGCOMSAT to deliver affordable and easily deployable Internet service across Nigeria and the West African sub region for a range of applications and end users. Additionally, iDirect’s seamless integration with fiber networks allows NIGCOMSAT to deliver broadband connectivity to remote communities, ensuring that rural users gain the economic and social benefits of broadband access.

iDirect’s Evolution platform provides NIGCOMSAT with a scalable platform that can keep pace with rapid broadband growth in Nigeria. Furthermore, NIGCOMSAT will take advantage of the performance and efficiencies of iDirect’s iDX 3.0 software, which allows the company to switch between TDMA and SCPC Return channels to adjust service levels based on dynamic applications and changing traffic patterns.

“We believe that high-speed Internet has the potential to transform the Nigerian economy, hence our partnership with iDirect to deploy a satellite network that affordably supports increasing broadband penetration in the region. iDirect’s solutions enable us to offer a broadband service that meets the diverse requirements of multiple end users, and can grow to meet future connectivity challenges.”

~ Engr. T. AHMED-RUFAI

Managing Director/Chief Executive, NIGCOMSAT

“There is tremendous potential for growth in Africa, but much of that potential hinges on developing an infrastructure that can support high-speed data sharing and broadband Internet access. The iDirect platform offers NIGCOMSAT a high-performing and flexible solution that supports the company’s goal of building a more open and connected Africa.”

~ Majdi ATOUT

Regional Vice President, Europe, iDirect

NIGCOMSAT LTD is a leading satellite operator in Africa, fully owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria. It is the first in sub-Saharan Africa to launch and manage a quad band satellite providing telecommunications services and solutions to Africa, parts of Asia, and Europe, and also the first to deploy Ka-band over Africa. The payload of NigComSat 1R comprises of 4 c-band, 14 Ku-band, 2 L-band transponders and the leading Ka-band technology with 8 transponders. The Network Operations Centre and the Satellite Control Centers are located in the nation’s capital Abuja. The operations of NIGCOMSAT include Transponder leasing, broadband services, DTH signal carrier services, Launch and LEOP support services. For more information please visit www.nigcomsat.net.

iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is a global leader in IP-based satellite communications providing technology that enables our 350+ partners to optimize their networks, differentiate and expand their businesses. The iDirect Intelligent Platform™ allows our partners to run their entire business operations more efficiently via single, unified IP-based satellite architecture, whether it’s providing core IP applications to the enterprise or specialized services to any number of diverse vertical markets. iDirect is the #1 name in global satellite communications in key industries including maritime, military/government, and oil and gas, with a 62% hub market share and more than a quarter million remotes installed worldwide. In 2007, iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) was formed to drive adoption of its IP-based solutions in the U.S. government market. In 2008, iDirect Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore to enhance its value-add and responsiveness to customers in the Asia Pacific region. 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. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

Source:  iDirect – Press Release – 9 July 2012