ABS launches Managed Data Services on ST Engineering’s iDirect multiservice dialogue platform in partnership with iSAT Africa


ABS, a global satellite operator, in partnership with iSAT Africa, a leading provider of satellite solutions, has announced the launch of data management services on the ABS-3A satellite. It will run on the ST Engineering iDirect Newtec Dialog® platform for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

The deployment of this platform provides cost-effective, robust and high-speed broadband services for general enterprises, oil and gas users and NGOs. It is suitable for remote sites in Africa, the Middle East and Europe not connected via terrestrial networks as well as sites requiring diversification of network infrastructure and back-up services for fiber links. The Dialog platform offers great versatility and supports MF-TDMA and SCPC technologies with advanced bandwidth management features.

Satellite links are operated via a dedicated antenna on ABS-3A at the Lario teleport in northern Italy which provides high reliability, redundancy and interconnectivity to all major data centers across Europe .

“At iSAT Africa, our goal is to bridge the digital divide in rural and remote African communities using IP-centric 2G / 3G / 4G technologies,” said Rakesh Kukreja, Managing Director of iSAT Africa. “It requires cost effective backhaul coupled with high performance and availability. ABS-3A, a high performance satellite provides excellent coverage of Africa and Europe while the Dialog platform gives us a single management platform for all markets, from a smaller site to from a rural community to full macro sites for thousands of voice and data subscribers. . The most important part of this partnership is to make the services economically viable for rural communities.

“ISAT has been a long-standing and valued customer. With the first deployment of a Dialog hub, it is expanding its portfolio with ST Engineering iDirect, ”said Pieter Paul Mooijman, Regional Vice President Africa. “With its multi-service capability, Dialog will allow ISAT to expand into new business areas as needed, resulting in a high degree of operational flexibility and agility. Combined with ABS’s reach across the region, this is a winning solution for providing connectivity to remote areas in Africa and the EMEA region.

“The partnership with ISAT & ABS reaffirms our commitment to provide flexible and rapidly deployable satellite Internet solutions to a growing customer base, especially in Africa, with the highest SLAs in the industry,” said Paolo Pusterla, General Manager for the region EMEA. “Using technology from ST Engineering iDirect, we are providing industry-leading and spectrally efficient connectivity to support key verticals across the EMEA region.
Source: ST Engineering iDirect

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