SimbaNET Nigeria Launches iDirect-Based VSAT Service In Africa

Company to support advanced business operations and branch expansion for enterprise customers

Herndon, Va., November 16, 2009 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that SimbaNET Nigeria, a service provider and systems integrator based in Africa, has launched an iDirect network over Nigeria and West Africa. With the new network, SimbaNET Nigeria will introduce additional bandwidth capacity to support more advanced enterprise applications for existing corporate and government customers in the region. The company will also expand service to new verticals such as banking and insurance. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

SimbaNET Nigeria has installed an iDirect hub and purchased capacity on multiple satellites to provide high-speed data and Internet broadband over VSAT. The company’s network will support core business applications for enterprise customers, including Voice over IP (VoIP) and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). The network is designed to provide real-time connectivity that multi-branch corporations require to enable business automation and work flow processes, while ensuring seamless high-speed access for latency-sensitive applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

SimbaNET Nigeria will also operate in the region as a system integrator and offer additional VSAT connectivity services through its parent technology company, the Simba Group. SimbaNET Nigeria will offer a variety of value-added services for telecommunications operators including call center infrastructure, Voice Short Message Service (SMS), consultancy and project management. The company also sells a full range of VSAT equipment, including modems and antennas.

“With the launch of our new network, SimbaNET Nigeria can offer higher Service Level Agreements that enable our enterprise customers to meet their business objectives and performance goals. This is part of our ongoing commitment to provide our customers with the highest possible value by improving service. iDirect enables us to achieve this with a highly reliable platform that supports the maturing business needs of our customers.”

~ Viswanathan DAMODHARON
Chief Operating Officer, SimbaNET Nigeria

“The core functionality of VSAT networks has evolved in recent years from providing backup communications and basic connectivity to enabling powerful integration and increased productivity that improves business operations. iDirect’s VSAT platform enables SimbaNET Nigeria to reliably expand service in Africa and optimize network performance to minimize service-related issues and network downtime.”

Vice President, Global Sales, iDirect


SimbaNET is a licensed VSAT operator in Nigeria specialized in providing high speed data and Internet connectivity to Government, ISPs, telecom carriers, mobile operators, network providers and corporate enterprises. SimbaNET’s highly skilled technical personnel and experience across the full spectrum of data communications allow them to offer products and services that meet our customers’ expectations. Services and solutions include Internet and Data over wireless and satellite connectivity, multi-media functions such as video conferencing, VOIP, Video streaming, Avaya based IP telephony and call centre solutions etc. In addition, SimbaNET is specialised in building IP backbone networks as well as technical and consultancy services whenever required to do so. SimbaNET is part of the Simba Group of companies, with offices in Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Dubai and the UK, a true multinational communications company. 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  

Media Contacts:

Julie Gouldin
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
Phone: 703-648-8155
Fax: 703-648-8015

Sarah Thuman
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: 703-739-2610
Fax: 703-739-2611

Viswanathan Damodharon
Chief Operating Officer
SimbaNET Nigeria Ltd.
Phone: 234-1-7740120, 7730260
Fax: 234-1-2613067