History and Milestones

Every ST Engineering iDirect innovation is designed to enable our customers to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and expand their businessWhile milestone anniversaries are a time for acknowledging the past, like any company that lives and breathes innovation we’re a lot more interested in what’s ahead!

  • ST Engineering iDirect

    2019 - Present

    • ST Engineering’s acquisition of Newtec complete – and we welcome Newtec into ST Engineering as part of our Satellite Communications (satcom) business within ST Engineering Electronics. Over the coming months we will integrate Newtec’s business with that of ST Engineering iDirect
  • 2016 – 2018

    • Develops the industry’s first major global HTS ground infrastructure for enterprise and mobility services, Inmarsat’s Global Xpress®
    • iDirect Velocity® and Pulse® NMS selected to power IntelsatOne Flex service as platform of choice
    • MSUA award for Newtec Dialog® at SATELLITE 2019
    • Kevin Steen appointed President & CEO
    • Achieves #1 ranking in maritime market, chosen by 8 out of 10 providers
    • Introduces new highly efficient, powerful remote series based on DVB S2X
    • Opens the way to new mobility applications via ground-breaking flat panel antenna terminal in partnership with Kymeta
    • Expands partnership with Inmarsat to enable fifth Global Xpress (GX-5) high-speed, broadband communications satellite
    • Aviation partnership with Panasonic (aero modem)
    • 2nd Factory of the Future award for ST Engineering iDirect’s Manufacturing Competence Center, movement towards Industry 4.0 recognized by judges
    • Fosters industry collaboration for drive to integrate satellite and 5G through participation in industry working groups
    • Mx-DMA wins ‘Best Ground Segment Technology’ Award at VSAT Global
    • MCX7000 Multi-Carrier Satellite Gateway wins CSI Award for ‘Best Cable or Satellite IP Solution’
    • Reaches major milestone in the integration of satellite with 5G through live, first of its kind demonstrations
  • 2011 – 2015

    • Achieves #1 market share position with over 2,100 iDirect hubs deployed, 62.3% hub market share. Ranked #1 by COMSYS
    • Brings TDMA and SCPC together on one platform for the first time with game-changing iDX 3.0 software
    • Wins World Teleport Association (WTA) ‘Teleport Technology of the Year’ award for its Newtec Dialog® multiservice platform with Mx-DMA® technology
    • iDirect Government becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of VT iDirect serving the U.S. DOD market with specific highly secure, mobile and portable solutions
    • ST Engineering iDirect’s Manufacturing Competence Center awarded “Factory of the Future” for delivering future-proof technology and production services
    • Rises to world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer with 32% market share by revenue
    • Approval of the new DVB-S2X standard
  • 2000 – 2010

    • Introducing Clean Channel Technology®
    • Launches iDirect universal hub, the first of its kind to point to five different satellites and combine multiple topologies in a single hub
    • Enables Virtual Network Operator (VNO) business model enabling low cost of entry and flexible multi-tiered service offerings for greater growth
    • Develops OpenAMIP protocol, adopted as the industry standard to improve integration between stabilized antennas and remotes
    • Pioneers a seamless mobile experience for vessels and planes moving across multiple satellites and beams with the development of the first automatic beam switching (ABS) technology
    • Introduces Group Quality of Service for the dynamic allocation of bandwidth across a range of user groups and applications, opening new tiered service levels
  • 1994

    Company is founded.