Q-KON and Business Connexion Deploy iDirect's iDX 3.1 Software to Support Large-Scale Networks

Upgrade enables network operator and service provider to deliver more efficient and affordable services to enterprise customers in Africa

HERNDON, Va.- VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Q-KON, a leading African satellite network operator, and Business Connexion, a leading African ICT service provider, have partnered to deploy iDirect's iDX 3.1 software upgrade and newly released Evolution X1 remotes. Through iDX 3.1, Q-KON and Business Connexion can enhance their services for enterprise customers and scale their iDirect networks to a much greater number of sites. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Q-KON anticipates strong demand from its service provider partners for iDX 3.1 to support enterprise-class networks for corporations. In the case of Business Connexion, iDX 3.1 enables the company to enhance its enterprise cloud services solutions, offering corporations the benefits of virtualization at a lower cost. iDX 3.1 is a great fit for Business Connexion because it is specially designed for the large network deployments required to run an efficient and affordable cloud infrastructure.

iDX 3.1 includes a new 16-channel licensing option for the Evolution XLC-M Line Card that, when paired with the new lower-cost X1 remote, is an ideal solution for large networks featuring one large outbound and numerous small return channels. Additionally, iDX 3.1's built-in Group Quality of Service (GQoS) enhancements allow service providers to serve customers with large dormant networks more efficiently and affordably by lowering the amount of bandwidth needed to keep idle remotes in network. Finally, the Evolution X1 Outdoor remotes, which are designed for durability in difficult terrain and weather conditions, offer a reliable solution for sensor-management applications such as SCADA, as well as environmental and surveillance monitoring.

"Large-scale networks are an important growth area for Q-KON and iDX 3.1 coupled with the X1 remote bundle allows us and our partners to pursue these opportunities with confidence. We were one of the first operators to implement an iDX 3.0 hub in South Africa, and now we are very proud to be one of the first network operators to upgrade to iDX 3.1."

Dawie DE WET


"Cloud services are all about reliability and speed as well as security. This upgrade will cater to our clients' needs on all three of these levels and help us maintain our position as market leaders in the cloud space. We chose the right technology partners in Q-KON and iDirect for this deployment and we are excited at the opportunities that iDX 3.1 and the X1 remote bundle enables for us."


Cloud Infrastructure General Manager, Business Connexion

"iDX 3.1 is about giving service providers the tools to make strategic network decisions that support their growth without having to sacrifice affordability or service quality. Our strategic objectives are aligned with that of Q-KON and we are proud of this association and its value to growing markets."


Regional VP of Sales, Middle East and Africa, iDirect

Q-KON is a 1st tier satellite network provider, turn-key solution provider and the distributor of the NET and Xiplink product ranges. For more than 20 years, Q-KON has followed successful strategies to establish advance technologies in challenging environments and to unlock real business benefits for its customers and partners. Effectively integrating its commanding capability in niche, wireless and satellite technologies with an intuitive understanding and appreciation of the African market, Q-KON has conquered many business impossibilities. Since its inception Q-KON has distinguished itself in providing solutions and services supported by long term relationships and continued value add. Today, Q-KON can proudly look back at 20 years of engineering achievements throughout Africa underwritten by sound business practices and long-term ethical relationships. Q-KON serves the South African market through Q-KON SA, a subsidiary based in Gauteng, and the rest-of-Africa market through its Q-KON Africa subsidiary.

Business Connexion is a black empowered integrator of innovative business solutions based on information and communications technology (ICT). Business Connexion run mission-critical ICT systems and manage products, services and solutions for JSE listed and key public sector organisations, parastatals and medium-sized companies.

Our unique Business Model represents our approach to configuring and integrating business solutions. Our solutions are designed to meet our clients' strategic and operational needs, which we develop and maintain. In order to deliver a world-class service we have developed strong relationships and attained top-level certification with many of the world's leading ICT suppliers. To find out more about Business Connexion, visit www.bcx.co.za

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(TM) allows our partners to run their entire business operations more efficiently via a 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

CONTACT: Julie Bettinger, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, iDirect, Phone: (1) 703-648-8155, Fax: (1) 703-648-8015, Email: jbettinger@idirect.net; Edward Szeto, Manager, Corporate Communications, VT Systems, Phone: (1) 703 739 2610, Fax: (1) 703 739 2611, Email: eszeto@vt-systems.com; Dawie de Wet, Chief Executive Officer, Q-KON, Phone: +27 12 665 0052 ext 202, Cell: +27 83 252 6600, Web: www.qkon.com; Miranda Lusiba, Group Manager: Communication, Marketing & Communications, Business Connexion, Phone: 0112909112/0832128624, Email: Miranda.Lusiba@bcx.co.za; Kaunda Chama, Public Relations Manager, Business Connexion, Phone: 0112909108/0834268035, Email: Kaunda.Chama@bcx.co.za

Web Site: www.idirect.net

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