SkyVision Launches Next-Generation Satellite Network Using iDirect's Evolution Platform To Support Enterprise Growth In Emerging Markets

SkyVision Virtual Private Network service will provide critical bandwidth across Africa, Eastern Europe

Herndon, Va., July 7, 2009 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems) today announced that SkyVision, a leading global provider of IP connectivity services over satellite and terrestrial fiber optic systems, has purchased an iDirect Series 15000 Universal Satellite Hub to launch an Evolution network covering 100 percent of Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia with a single C-band satellite beam. This next-generation satellite IP service, based on DVB-S2 with Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM), will enable SkyVision to dedicate additional bandwidth for enterprise customers seeking to connect remote offices to their headquarters on the SkyVision VPN (Virtual Private Network) service. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Based on the DVB-S2 standard, iDirect’s Evolution platform delivers next-generation gains in bandwidth efficiency, allowing SkyVision to maximize capacity despite bandwidth shortages in developing regions like Africa. iDirect’s advanced ACM feature overcomes persistent service obstacles such as rain fade, which is commonly experienced by customers in tropical regions. In addition, the Group Quality of Service (GQoS) feature built into iDirect’s platform enables SkyVision to enhance DVB-S2 efficiency gains by aggregating multiple small networks into a single, larger carrier. With ACM and GQoS, SkyVision can leverage extra bandwidth to offer higher Service Level Agreements for demanding enterprise customers who need to ensure maximum uptime for private networks and other business-critical IP applications.

“The launch of our SkyVision VPN service represents an important milestone in the steady economic advancement of emerging markets as we enable our enterprise customers to extend private networks into locations previously outside their reach. We chose iDirect for this partnership because of their experience offering the most common, accessible satellite IP platform that our customers require.”

~ Mark GAZIT
President & CEO, SkyVision

“With an Evolution network, SkyVision can take full advantage of the DVB-S2 standard’s efficiency gains to maximize bandwidth distribution for business-critical IP applications. Advanced features of the iDirect platform such as ACM and GQoS enable SkyVision to offer a highly reliable service and meet increased Service Level Agreements that global enterprise customers demand.”

Senior Vice President of Global Sales, iDirect

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. Evolution includes the advanced features of the iDirect Intelligent Platform™, to help operators amplify the gains of DVB-S2, enabling satellite networks to meet demanding service level agreements and reach data speeds of up to 156 Megabits per second.


SkyVision is a Global Telecommunications Company that provides IP connectivity via satellite and fiber. With more than 10 satellite platforms, SkyVision's global network reaches 90 countries providing services to: ISPs, telcos, mobile operators, NGOs, global enterprises and government entities. SkyVision's service is supported by regional sales teams, local distribution channels and technical representation, allowing us to respond rapidly with tailored solutions. SkyVision's three main gateways offer capacity exceeding 2Gbps of satellite and fiber connectivity. In market segments such as inclined orbit satellites, SkyVision is a world leader. Our VSAT network solutions use customer-specific technology to deliver a cost-effective solution, every time. Please visit  

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. These include extending private networks to remote offices; supporting mobile connectivity across land, sea and air; providing rural telephony and Internet broadband; and maintaining communications in the wake of disasters and network failures. 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 13 years of global satellite communications experience, iDirect serves customers in 50 countries through a diverse network of channel partners, including some of the largest satellite providers, operators and carriers in the world and seven of the World Teleport Association’s Global Top Ten. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, iDirect has offices in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Please visit  

VT Systems and its subsidiaries are preferred providers of engineering solutions, products, integrated systems, and services in the Americas across the core business areas of marine, aerospace, electronics and land systems. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, VT Systems operates around the globe and offers a broad range of proven innovative services to both the commercial and government sectors. VT Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. Please visit  

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Itai Galmor
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