Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Gilat Satcom Installs iDirect Hub to Expand Broadband Services in Nigeria



3 May 2011 14:00 Africa/Lagos

Gilat Satcom Installs iDirect Hub to Expand Broadband Services in Nigeria

iDirect platform to integrate with terrestrial network, support wide range of vertical applications

PR Newswire

HERNDON, Va., May 3, 2011

HERNDON, Va., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Gilat Satcom, a leading provider of domestic and international fiber and satellite-based connectivity services in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, successfully launched an iDirect Evolution-based service in Nigeria. Through a new local teleport equipped with an iDirect hub, Gilat Satcom will expand its reach throughout the country, delivering high-speed C-band service. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

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Gilat Satcom has integrated the iDirect platform with an MPLS-enabled routing network to provide both dedicated and shared services. The new service will support the needs of a wide range of customers, including banks, government offices, educational facilities, healthcare providers, TV networks, cellular operators and business enterprises. Customers can also take advantage of Gilat Satcom's professional services, including fully-redundant power sourcing and local support.

Evolution delivers significant improvements in bandwidth efficiency, producing a predictably high level of service quality. The platform ensures that critical IP applications can be run reliably and cost-effectively in countries where bandwidth is at a premium. iDirect's Evolution product line supports a wide range of carrier IP data rates, FEC codes and modulation types, including up to 16APSK on outbound and up to 8PSK on the inbound.

"With this new local teleport, we have made a heavy investment in Nigeria and the region to provide complete communication solutions for a broad range of users. The launch gives us the ability to mix satellite and fiber applications seamlessly. Domestic and international customers will enjoy the new world-class services with our immediate, local support."

~ Dan WINTER


CEO, Gilat Satcom



"We are pleased that Gilat Satcom selected the iDirect platform for this important business expansion. With the iDirect platform, Gilat Satcom can offer a broad range of services and achieve bandwidth efficiency gains that are critical in a capacity constrained region. Organizations in Nigeria now have greater access to local and global communications to drive economic growth and social development."

~ Sathish AMARA


Director of Sales, Africa, iDirect



Gilat Satcom is a communication solutions provider offering domestic and international satellite and fiber-based connectivity services worldwide. With successful deployments in over 40 countries, Gilat Satcom delivers high-quality, cost-effective and efficient communication solutions to telcos, ISPs, governments, enterprise customers and international organizations. Always attuned to their customers' needs, they make space for everyone.

iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is transforming the way the world gets and stays connected. The company's satellite-based IP communications technology enables constant connectivity for voice, video and data applications in diverse and challenging environments. The iDirect Intelligent Platform™ integrates advanced technology into iDirect's portfolio of hubs, routers and network management software to address the growing complexity of deploying and managing global IP networks. With more than 15 years of global satellite communications experience, iDirect serves customers in over 50 countries through a diverse network of service provider partners, including seven of the World Teleport Association's Global Top Ten operators. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, iDirect has offices in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. In 2007, iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) was set up to drive adoption of its IP-based solutions in the US 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. 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

CONTACT: Julie Bettinger, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, iDirect, +1-703-648-8155, Fax: +1-703-648-8015, jbettinger@idirect.net; Edward Szeto, Manager, Corporate Communications, VT Systems, +1-703-739-2610, Fax: +1-703-739-2611, eszeto@vt-systems.com; Sarit Zeidner, Marcom Manager, Gilat Satcom, 972 3 925 5174, saritz@gilat.net

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