June 22, 2021
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ST Engineering iDirect and Intelsat team up to boost broadband connectivity across the Philippines

Broadband connectivity Philippines

iDirect Evolution® platform enables further expansion across region, with delivery of critical broadband services to those who need them most

Herndon, VA, June 22, 2021 – ST Engineering iDirect, a global leader in satellite communications, and Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network, are building on a long-term partnership with a local VSAT Service Provider to expand the provision of broadband internet services across the Philippines utilizing the iDirect Evolution® platform.

The Philippines, an archipelago in Southeast Asia with over 7,500 islands, is the world’s fifth largest island nation. With its location and geographical nature making it challenging to connect by terrestrial means, satellite technology provides a cost-effective and reliable solution for broadband delivery, which is seeing rising demand across the region. The deployment of the Evolution platform, in conjunction with Intelsat’s Horizons 3e satellite, part of its EPIC series of high throughput (HTS) satellites, will enable broadband service expansion and improve connectivity access for schools, government offices, municipal users and island communities, and also extend coverage to areas where connectivity was previously unavailable.

The Service Provider required a platform that could deliver highly reliable broadband internet services despite the scattered location of its customer base and wet weather conditions. Offering high throughput and reliability, the Evolution platform enables the Service Provider to offer a variety of flexible service plans, resulting in unique value for its customers. Evolution also delivers a high Quality of Experience (QoS), resulting in countless possibilities for service levels, bandwidth management and traffic prioritization. Moreover, Adaptive Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) technology on the platform that allows remotes to dynamically adapt their transmissions to the hub to suit current link conditions, will allow the Service Provider to overcome issues with rainfade.

Broadband connectivity Philippines“Satellite broadband connectivity plays an integral role in the provision of essential services to hard to reach locations across the Philippines. Together with our long-term partner Intelsat, we’re enabling our customer to offer expanded coverage and critical services to those who need it, and to help communities benefit from better connectivity,” said John Arnold, Regional Vice President Asia Pacific, ST Engineering iDirect. “This partnership builds on our ongoing work and commitment to bring cost-effective, reliable and empowering connectivity to communities around the world.”

“The Philippines poses particular geographical challenges in terms of connectivity access,” said Terry Bleakley, Regional Vice President Asia Pacific Sales, Intelsat. “We have invested in our coverage of the region to ensure that even the most remote islands are connected with reliable broadband services. Our footprint, combined with ST Engineering iDirect’s innovative ground technology, is enabling more people to benefit from the power and reach of satellite connectivity, resulting in improved services and better opportunities for the population no matter where they’re located.”




ST Engineering North America is the U.S. headquarters of ST Engineering, a global technology, defense and engineering group with a diverse portfolio of businesses across the aerospace, smart city, defense and public security segments. Based in Alexandria, VA, it has major operations across 16 cities in 12 states and employs about 5,000 people providing innovative products and solutions to commercial and government customers across diverse market segments.

ST Engineering iDirect, a subsidiary of ST Engineering North America, is a global leader in satellite communications (satcom) providing technology and solutions that enable its customers to expand their business, differentiate their services and optimize their satcom networks. Through the merger with Newtec, a recognized industry pioneer, the combined business unites over 35 years of innovation focused on solving satellite’s most critical economic and technology challenges and expands a shared commitment to shaping the future of how the world connects. The product portfolio, branded under the names iDirect and Newtec, represents the highest standards in performance, efficiency and reliability, making it possible for its customers to deliver the best satcom connectivity experience anywhere in the world. ST Engineering iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the leader in key industries including broadcast, mobility and military/government. In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities. For more information on our platforms please visit www.idirect.net.

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Julie Bettinger
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
ST Engineering iDirect
Phone: +1 703 648 8155
Email: jbettinger@idirect.net

Guy Shields
Director, Corporate Communications
ST Engineering North America
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Email: guy.shields@stengg.us