Liquid Telecom has entered into an arrangement with Telesat, a global satellite operator with extensive coverage of the Africa, Middle East and Europe (EMEA) region, and VT iDirect, a satellite-based IP communications technology provider, to deliver enhanced services to enterprise customers in central and southern Africa.
As part of the deal, Liquid Telecom will leverage the iDirect platform to distribute cost-effective satellite services, using Telesat Africa-Africa capacity on the Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite, as part of a multi-year agreement. Liquid Telecom will deploy iDirect’s Universal Satellite Hub at its teleport in Johannesburg, South Africa, along with the next-generation iQ Desktop remotes to offer Layer 2 VPLS connectivity across both fibre and satellite on a single network for the first time.
The new offering provides a complete, end-to-end solution for VSAT integrators and corporate customers that will deliver more reliable, consistent and cost-effective broadband for users across any network. It also will be available as a managed service offering, enabling enterprise customers access to a range of scalable and secure cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Windows 10.
“Liquid Telecom is continuing to invest in the very latest satellite technologies, which will help us support the future bandwidth needs of corporate customers,” said Scott Mumford, Liquid Telecom’s Group Managing Executive of Satellite and VSAT. “The combination of Telesat’s satellite capacity with Liquid Telecom’s iDirect network and teleport facilities gives us a unique offering that will deliver superior performance and value for businesses across the continent.”
“Satellite is a core component in the networks of most African companies and Telesat is excited to be supporting Liquid Telecom on this innovative service for VSAT integrators across Africa,” said Tom Eaton, Vice President, International Sales for Telesat. “Broadband networks continuously strive for lower costs, greater speed, and higher reliability. The solution from Telesat, Liquid Telecom and VT iDirect fully delivers on these metrics and we look forward to bringing a new level of broadband performance and value to enterprise VSAT customers in Africa.”
“Our DVB-S2X product suite allows Liquid Telecom to leverage the benefits of HTS capacity to significantly increase network efficiency, performance, and scale based on a significantly lower cost model,” said David Harrower, Senior VP, Global Sales, VT iDirect. “We are seeing a strong interest in satellite broadband across the enterprise market in Africa, and are thrilled to help Liquid Telecom and Telesat meet this demand with a highly competitive offering.”
Telesat provides reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 15 satellites, the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1, and two new satellites under construction. An additional two prototype satellites are being readied for launch into low earth orbit (LEO) as part of Telesat’s plans to deploy an advanced, global LEO satellite constellation offering low latency, high throughput broadband services. Telesat also manages the operations of additional satellites for third parties. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc.
VT iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, provides IP-based satellite communications technology and solutions that enable clients to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and profitably expand their businesses. The firm’s product portfolio, branded under the name iDirect, deliver voice, video and data connectivity anywhere in the world. VT iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the leader in key industries including mobility, military/government and cellular backhaul. In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities.