InterSAT selects ST Engineering iDirect for tech upgrade

13 June 2022

Satellite communications specialist ST Engineering iDirect will provide internet service provider InterSAT Communication Services FZCO with a technology upgrade to deliver enhanced services to its customers across the African continent.

The upgrade to its existing Evolution platform will allow the latter to leverage new technologies and efficiencies to remain competitive in an increasingly challenging market.

One of the largest internet solutions providers, InterSAT serves a portfolio of different verticals, providing essential satellite-based connectivity across the entire African continent to NGOs, SMEs, governments, oil and gas companies, and the broadcast sector. The company is focused on offering connectivity and investing heavily in state-of-the-art technology that makes service delivery better and faster.

The platform enhancements include the upgrade to powerful very small aperture terminal (VSAT) hub technology with universal line cards (ULC) and high-performance and scalable processing technologies with the iGateway. These features allow InterSAT to remain competitive in the African market by pursuing new opportunities whilst benefiting from powerful performance and efficiencies driven by DVB-S2X and Adaptive TDMA, the company says.

InterSAT has partnered with antenna manufacturer and ST Engineering iDirect partner Kymeta and will start to deliver mobile connectivity services to the rail and maritime sectors to connect users on the move. The company is also breaking into the Outside Broadcast (OB) market, offering contribution links to media houses and has kitted out its OB demonstration truck.

“We have utilised ST Engineering iDirect technology for the last 15 years, since the company’s inception,” said Subrata Roy, chief technology officer, InterSAT. “We have continued to upgrade the system as the technology evolves. We like the intuitive interface of the Evolution platform. It’s straightforward to operate, and the technology enables us to get the very most out of the available capacity, making us more efficient, flexible and cost-effective for our customers.”