The Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT) has announced the upgrade of its iDirect Network to the latest Evolution IDX 4.1 software.
NigComSat’s Executive Director, Engineering Services, Engr. Kazeem Kolawole Raji, made the disclosure in a statement released to journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to Raji; the upgrade was aimed at achieving significant gains in bandwidth efficiency, lower bandwidth prices and improve quality of experience to customers.
“NIGCOMSAT manages iDirect hubs in Lagos and Abuja. We have upgraded our extensive C-band and Ku-band networks to expand further into key markets such as Government, Defence, Maritime, Education, Enterprise and Cellular backhaul on NigComSat-1r coverage areas,” he said.
The Evolution IDX 4.1 enables service providers to launch DVB-S2X networks and increase the performance and efficiency of DVB-S2 networks, unlocking High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity to maximize throughput and offer cost-effective services.
“As part of the second phase of our Network upgrade to DVB-S2X, we will install iDirect’s high-performance Universal Line Cards and Intelligent Gateway (iGW) virtualization appliance to improve hub density and network processing to compete in highly competitive Satellite broadband market.
“Our customers demand a greater amount of bandwidth at more economic service plans, while satellite connectivity has unique advantages, satellite service providers must compete with terrestrial and cellular networks on speed and value.
He explained that the progression of iDirect network to the latest technology will provide a powerful efficiency boost and gives the firm the confidence to meet end-user expectations as a critical step towards winning business in the African market.
“NIGCOMSAT Ltd is in the forefront in bringing the latest innovations to market to meet escalating customer expectations while DVB-S2X offering will enable it makes services more competitive and to bring the value of satellite connectivity to more businesses and organizations in Nigeria, West Africa, driving broad economic and social development,” he stated.