SkyVision iDirect hub launch to create full pan-African coverage

satellite nasaThe new iDirect hub will be operating on the Amos-5 Ku-band satellite. (Image source: NASA/Flickr)SkyVision Global Networks has launched a new iDirect hub in an attempt to offer full Pan-African coverage on both C-Band and Ku-Band

The new iDirect hub will operate on the Amos-5 Ku-band satellite, which covers southern and sub-Saharan Africa, and complements the company’s existing C-band coverage to create a complete pan-African network.

SkyVision also owns and operates iDirect hubs in North America, the Middle East, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

The company announced that it has also upgraded its networks to iDirect’s iDX 3.1 operating software, meaning that it will be able to deliver a more cost-effective VSAT solution for its customers.

A SkyVision statement added that the company had leveraged iDirect’s over-the-air upgrade capabilities to perform smooth software upgrades to thousands of sites.

“SkyVision has also lowered costs on the remote side through the deployment of iDirect's new Evolution X1 remote, a new low power, compact, and easy-to-install remote that is ideal for large-scale deployments,” said the statement.

SkyVision vice-president marketing, Itai Galmor, said, “We are thrilled to broaden SkyVision's activities in Africa by providing high-quality connectivity to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding African economy.

“We have long relied on the iDirect platform to deliver reliable connectivity to our customers. The efficiencies of iDX 3.1 and the Evolution X1 will allow us to expand our operations further.”

iDirect regional vice-president for Middle East and Africa, Majdi Atout, said, “With the iDX 3.1 release, we reduced costs and improved efficiency on both the hub and remote side, giving our partners a solution that allows them to expand their VSAT networks.”

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