Q-KON Enhances VSAT Network in African Market With iDX 3.0 Upgrade

iDX 3.0 allows network operator to improve efficiency and scalability for enterprise service providers

HERNDON, Va., Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Q-KON, a leading 1st tier satellite network operator in the African market, has upgraded to iDirect’s iDX 3.0 software. Through iDX 3.0, Q-KON is able to integrate TDMA and SCPC connectivity on a single network, offering enterprise service providers an efficient and scalable VSAT solution ideal for the African market. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

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With iDX 3.0, Q-KON has improved the affordability and performance of its service platform to help service providers expand into remote areas more cost-effectively. For many service providers, entering rural markets is expensive due to limited bandwidth resources and hardware costs. Q-KON solves this problem by extending the reach of its terrestrial MPLS network to connect VPN, VoIP, and other core enterprise applications from headquarters locations to remote offices across Africa with more efficiency and less risk.

Q-KON upgraded to iDX 3.0 because it maximizes the scalability that service providers need to stay competitive in the dynamic African economy. With iDX 3.0’s SCPC Return capability, Q-KON customers can keep operating costs low while preserving the flexibility to switch between TDMA and SCPC based on dynamic bandwidth requirements. Additionally, iDX 3.0’s Group Quality of Service (GQoS) bandwidth allocation algorithm gives Q-KON and its service provider customers a sophisticated level of control over bandwidth management, as well as the flexibility to prioritize traffic based on application, customer type, and location.

“To expand to rural markets efficiently, satellite connectivity is a must, which is why we are proud to be one of the first operators to implement an iDX 3.0 hub in South Africa. With iDX 3.0, service providers can lower their bandwidth and hardware costs while significantly improving performance. For enterprise customers, that means expanding in the African market affordably and with less risk.”

~ Dawie DE WET


“iDX 3.0 ensures that Q-KON can continue to meet its customers’ needs regardless of the geographic and economic challenges they face. Whether a service provider requires dedicated SCPC bandwidth or access to a more efficient TDMA network, the technology they use should not limit their options. iDX 3.0 is about giving service providers the tools to make strategic network decisions that support their growth without having to sacrifice affordability or service quality.”

~ Majdi ATOUT

Regional Vice President of Sales – Middle East and Africa, iDirect

Q-KON is a 1st tier satellite network provider, turn-key solution provider and the distributor of the NET and Xiplink product ranges. For more than 20 years, Q-KON has followed successful strategies to establish advance technologies in challenging environments and to unlock real business benefits for its customers and partners. Effectively integrating its commanding capability in niche, wireless and satellite technologies with an intuitive understanding and appreciation of the African market, Q-KON has conquered many business impossibilities. Since its inception Q-KON has distinguished itself in providing solutions and services supported by long term relationships and continued value add. Today, Q-KON can proudly look back at 20 years of engineering achievements throughout Africa underwritten by sound business practices and long-term ethical relationships. Q-KON serves the South African market through Q-KON SA, a subsidiary based in Gauteng, and the rest-of-Africa market through its Q-KON Africa subsidiary.

iDirect, a subsidiary of VT systems, is a global leader in IP‐based satellite communications providing technology that enables our 350+partners to optimize their networks, differentiate and profitably expand their businesses. The iDirect Intelligent Platform™ allows our partners to run their entire business operations more efficiently via a single, unified IP‐based satellite architecture, whether it’s providing core IP applications to the enterprise or specialized services to any number of diverse vertical markets. iDirect is the #1 name in global satellite communications in key industries including maritime, military/government, and oil and gas, with a nearly 63% hub market share and more than a quarter million remotes installed worldwide. In 2007, iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) was formed to drive adoption of its IP‐based solutions in the U.S. government market. In 2008, iDirect Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore to enhance its value‐add and responsiveness to customers in the Asia Pacific region. For more information please visit www.idirect.net.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

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