SkyVision Launches New iDirect Hub and Upgrades Pan-African Satellite Network with iDX 3.1 Software

Global service provider deploys new hardware and software to expand coverage and deliver more affordable and efficient Internet connectivity services

HERNDON, Va. - VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that SkyVision Global Networks Ltd. (SkyVision), a leading global provider of IP connectivity over satellite and fiber optic systems, has launched a new iDirect hub and is now offering full Pan-African coverage on both C-Band and Ku-Band. SkyVision has also upgraded its networks to iDirect's iDX 3.1 operating software. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

SkyVision's new iDirect hub is operating on the Amos-5 Ku-band satellite, which covers southern and sub-Saharan Africa, and complements SkyVision's existing C-band coverage for a complete Pan-African network. In addition to its new hub, SkyVision also owns and operate iDirect hubs in North America, the Middle East, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, DRC and Zimbabwe.

With iDirect's iDX 3.1 operating software, SkyVision will deliver a more cost-effective VSAT solution for its customers. Specifically, SkyVision leveraged iDirect's over-the-air upgrade capabilities to perform smooth software upgrade to thousands of sites. SkyVision has also lowered costs on the remote side through the deployment of iDirect's new Evolution X1 remote, a new low power, compact, and easy-to-install remote that is ideal for large-scale deployments.

"We are thrilled to broaden SkyVision's activities in Africa by providing high quality connectivity to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding African economy. We have long relied on the iDirect platform to deliver reliable connectivity to our customers. The efficiencies of iDX 3.1 and the Evolution X1 allow us to expand our operations further."


Vice President Marketing, SkyVision

"At iDirect, our goal is always to find ways to help our partners meet the diverse and complex communication needs of their customers. With the iDX 3.1 release, we reduced costs and improved efficiency on both the hub and remote side, giving our partners a solution that allows them to expand their VSAT networks easily and affordably. We've had a very strong relationship with SkyVision for many years and are very proud to support their continued efforts to bring Internet connectivity to Africa."


Regional Vice President, Middle East/Africa, iDirect

SkyVision is a leading global IP telecommunication service provider to emerging markets, offering solutions that combine satellite service platforms with high-capacity fiber optic connections. Via its gateways in Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East, the company provides IP connectivity with access to the global Internet backbone, as well as an extensive suite of both customized end-to-end solutions and industry-standard services. With a connectivity network spanning 100 countries, SkyVision's solutions combine global reach with active local presence and support. SkyVision's customers include incumbent telecoms, ISPs, cellular operators, global and local enterprises, government entities and NGOs. (

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

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

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CONTACT: Julie Bettinger, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, iDirect, +1-703-648-8155, Fax +1-703-648-8015,; or Edward Szeto, Manager, Corporate Communications, VT Systems, +1-703-739-2610, Fax +1-703-739-2611,; or Iris Tovim, Manager, Marketing Communications, SkyVision, +44 (20) 8387 1750, Fax +44 (20) 8387 4004,

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