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!

  • 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
    • 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
    • Fosters industry collaboration for drive to integrate satellite and 5G through participation in industry working groups
    • 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
    • iDirect Government becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of VT iDirect serving the U.S. DOD market with specific highly secure, mobile and portable solutions
    • Rises to world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer with 32% market share by revenue
  • 2000 – 2010

    • 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.