ABS Partners with iSAT Africa to Launch Managed Data Services on ST Engineering’s Multi-Service Dialogue Platform iDirect


ABS, a global satellite operator, in partnership with iSAT Africa, a leading provider of satellite solutions, announced on September 8, 2021 the launch of managed data services on the ABS-3A satellite. In addition, 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. In addition, it is suitable for remote sites in Africa, the Middle East and Europe not connected via terrestrial networks and for locations requiring diversification of network infrastructure and backup services for fiber links. The Dialog platform offers great versatility and supports MF-TDMA (Multi-Frequency Time Division Multiple Access) and SCPC (Single Channel Per Carrier) 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, we aim 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, offers excellent coverage of Africa and Europe. At the same time, the Dialog platform gives us a single management platform for all markets, from a smaller site within a rural community to full macro sites for thousands of subscribers for the voice and data. 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 expands its portfolio with ST Engineering iDirect. With its multiservice capability, Dialog will enable ISAT to expand into new business areas as needed, resulting in a high degree of operational flexibility and agility. Combined with the reach of ABS across the region, this is a winning solution to provide connectivity to remote areas of Africa and the EMEA region, ”said Pieter Paul Mooijman, Regional Vice President Africa at ST Engineering iDirect.

According to Paolo Pusterla, Managing Director EMEA at ABS, “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 world. sector. Using technology from ST Engineering iDirect, we provide state-of-the-art, spectrally efficient connectivity to support key verticals across the EMEA region.

About ABS

abs is a global satellite operator providing a full range of tailor-made solutions, including broadcast, data and telecommunications services to broadcasters, service providers, businesses and government organizations. In addition, ABS operates a fleet of satellites; ABS-2, ABS-2A, ABS-3A ABS-4 / Mobisat-1 and ABS-6. The satellite fleet covers over 93% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, CIS and Russia. Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, United Arab Emirates and Asia.

About iSAT Africa

iSAT Africa is an integrated communications service provider specializing in broadcast and rural connectivity, fixed and mobile satellite solutions, MPLS in Africa and the Middle East. The various solutions of iSAT Africa, including terrestrial and satellite solutions, are supported by powerful infrastructures of satellites, African teleports and head-ends. iSAT Africa has its POP, integrated with fiber and satellite services, in more than 30 African countries connected to the rest of the world. Its innovative solutions and resilient network are used by different industry verticals including governments, TELCOS, media, multinationals, network companies and ISPs.

About ST Engineering iDirect

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 in the aerospace, smart cities, defense and public security. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, it has major operations in 16 cities in 12 states and employs approximately 5,000 people providing innovative products and solutions to commercial and government customers in various market segments.

ST Engineering iDirect, a subsidiary of ST Engineering North America, is a global leader in satellite communications (Satcom), providing technologies and solutions that enable its customers to expand their businesses, differentiate their services and optimize their networks. Satcom. Through the merger with Newtec, a recognized industry pioneer, the combined company brings together more than 35 years of innovation focused on solving the most critical economic and technological challenges of satellites and extends a common commitment to shaping the future of the world connection. The product portfolio, marketed under the iDirect and Newtec names, represents the highest standards in performance, efficiency and reliability, enabling its customers to deliver the best Satcom connectivity experience anywhere in the world. ST Engineering iDirect is the world’s largest manufacturer of TDMA enterprise VSATs and is the leader in critical industries including broadcast, mobility and military / government. In 2007, the iDirect government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities.

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