Broadband Systems Corporation launches iDirect network to expand broadband service across Africa
(22 May 2018 - VT iDirect) VT iDirect today announced that Broadband Systems Corporation (BSC) has selected the iDirect platform to expand its enterprise Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services throughout Africa.
The new iDirect-based service will leverage iDirect’s iQ series remotes to provide high-speed connectivity to multinational companies, small-and-medium enterprises and small businesses, as well as government organizations. BSC will also tap on the iDirect platform to backhaul 4G mobile traffic at enhanced speeds and connectivity.
BSC is the largest service provider in Rwanda, and their vision is to make Rwanda one of the most connected countries in Africa. The company was founded in 2010 and provides its services to approximately 35 million end users across the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and South Sudan.
“Satellite communications has no topographic limitations and can be deployed quickly, making it the most viable connectivity solution across much of the African terrain,” said Christian Muhirwa, Chief Executive Officer, BSC. “Our iDirect-based network will provide dependable backbone communications to help African nations drive business growth, expand social welfare programs, protect citizen safety through improved emergency response communications, and enable mobile operators to greatly expand their service areas.”
“With its investment in the iDirect platform, BSC can offer satellite services across multiple markets with the lowest cost of ownership,” said John Arnold, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, VT iDirect. “The iDirect platform provides BSC with a strong business advantage and service reach, to drive the adoption of VSAT connectivity and to spur the development of businesses, government and non-profit services across the African continent.”
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.