QSAT Chooses iDirect Platform To Launch Satellite Broadband Service In Middle East

Telecommunications deregulation spurs first commercially available satellite broadband service from Qatar-based operator

Herndon, Va., July 21, 2009 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems) today announced that QSAT, a leading satellite service provider based in Qatar, has launched a next-generation iDirect Evolution network covering Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe. The network enables the company to meet demand for high-speed IP connectivity from financial institutions, oil and gas companies, and other enterprise customers in the region’s growing market. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

The launch of QSAT’s network follows the recent deregulation of the telecommunications industry in Qatar. A deregulated market has cleared the way for satellite service providers like QSAT to meet the growing demand for additional bandwidth for a variety of government and enterprise communications needs in the region. QSAT can now offer advanced services to remote sites, filling the communications gap in Qatar’s rapidly growing enterprise market, where terrestrial service is unable to reach.

An Evolution network will deliver next-generation performance for corporate Virtual Private Networks (VPN’s) and other advanced applications that QSAT’s customers rely on for business. Based on the DVB-S2 standard with Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM), the iDirect network will enable QSAT to efficiently allocate bandwidth capacity from the Intelsat 10 satellite to its growing base of EMEA enterprise customers. Advanced features of the iDirect platform like ACM allow QSAT to provide higher Quality of Service to its customers by automatically adjusting to overcome typical conditions such as rain fade that often cause service degradation in Africa and other tropical regions.

“Critical government and enterprise applications in the EMEA region, including telemedicine, rural telecommunications, distance learning and VPN’s, are creating a rising demand for additional bandwidth. Emerging markets are beginning to realize the tremendous cost and service advantages of using VSAT. The iDirect platform provides all the benefits of VSAT with advanced features that enable QSAT to offer higher Service Level Agreements to meet the demands of our customers. ”

~ Ali A HADI

“QSAT is a well established provider in the VSAT industry. It is able to leverage an experienced sales and technical support infrastructure to deliver the VSAT advantage to its growing base of customers. An Evolution network allows QSAT to efficiently distribute bandwidth to support critical economic growth while maximizing its return on investment.”

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.


QSAT, formerly known as Advanced Internet Center (AIC), is a leading provider of secure voice, data, and video broadband satellite services. It is the first company to build a secure IP network in Baghdad, Iraq. QSAT is a strategic supplier of communications to the U.S. Civilian and Military agencies as well as to private sector organizations. As a key provider of VSAT network system communications, QSAT guarantees coverage in the Middle East – from hard-to-reach locations to mobile environments. Battle tested in Iraq; QSAT services were effectively employed to help rebuild Iraq. Please visit www.qsat.net.  

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 www.idirect.net.  

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 www.vt-systems.com.  

Media Contacts:

Julie Gouldin
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
Phone: 703-648-8155
Fax: 703-648-8015
Email: jgouldin@idirect.net

Sarah Thuman
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: 703-739-2610
Fax: 703-739-2611
Email: sthuman@vt-systems.com

Kishore Kumar
Business Manager
Office 714, Fairmont Dubai
Phone: +971 43311066.
Fax: +971 43311516.
Email: Kishore@qsat.net