ST Engineering iDirect equips Bolivian Space Agency’s satellite network for future growth with Mx-DMA MRC waveform

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Longstanding customer prepares to grow cellular backhaul services and address new markets with network upgrade

Amachuma Teleport, courtesy ABE

Amachuma Teleport, courtesy ABE

“The recent growth in demand for cellular backhaul services was a major factor that led us to future-proof our services by upgrading to Mx-DMA MRC technology and we are seeing great results in the efficiency of our services." - Ivan Zambrana, General Executive Director, ABE.

ST Engineering iDirect, a global leader in satellite communications, has announced that its longstanding partner, the Bolivian Space Agency (ABE), a public company of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, has upgraded its satellite ground network underscoring its future business strategy. ABE, operator of the Túpac Katari 1 satellite (TKSAT-1), expects the network upgrade to increase its cellular backhaul (CBH) service by at least 500 sites in both Ku and Ka-bands and to support the deployment of additional services, including enterprise and IoT, to increase revenue in line with their strategic ambitions.

ST Engineering iDirect’s Dialog hub, installed at the Amachuma ground station in 2019, has already connected 2,000 sites with residential broadband services in Ka-band and multiple enterprise and CBH services in Ku-band. The network upgrade will enable ABE to connect even more of the underserved Bolivian population with cost-effective services enabled through the new innovations offered on Dialog. The breakthrough Mx-DMA® MRC return technology, in combination with the MDM 3-series and MDM 2-series modems, will provide sought-after cellular backhaul services to two Bolivian Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). The waveform enables them to leverage its unique capabilities including higher speeds and optimization of bandwidth, resulting in an overall advantage and increased market share in a highly competitive landscape. Mx-DMA MRC will empower ABE to scale its services while simplifying its operations, sharing capacity seamlessly and very efficiently amongst its user terminals, and satisfying the most demanding throughput requirements.

The tremendous rise in mobile phone usage amongst Bolivian citizens means that cellular backhaul services have become even more crucial to help deliver data services to mobile devices. According to the Bolivian communications regulator, some 90% of Bolivians gain internet access via a mobile broadband connection.

“At present, the Dialog platform serves many types of customers, from mobile operators to individual users, with state-of-the-art technology,” said Ivan Zambrana, General Executive Director of ABE. “The recent growth in demand for cellular backhaul services was a major factor that led us to future-proof our services by upgrading to Mx-DMA MRC technology and we are seeing great results in the efficiency of our services. Thanks to the upgrade, Bolivians living in more remote regions can enjoy a huge variety of services, from video calls and social media access to important apps that enable more effective farming practices or that allow businesses access to the global marketplace.”

“In leveraging the Dialog platform and upgrading to our latest release of Mx-DMA, ABE is positioning itself for future growth and success,” said Darren Ludington, Regional Vice President, Americas, ST Engineering iDirect. “This will enable them to create an even more competitive and compelling service, all whilst lowering their operational costs. The nature of the platform combined with the innovative waveform and modems will also give ABE the flexibility to offer new services to multiple markets as and when required and to deliver the connectivity that empowers both individuals and businesses.”

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ST Engineering iDirect, a subsidiary of ST Engineering, is a global leader in satellite communications (satcom) providing technology and solutions that enable its customers to expand their business, differentiate their services and optimize their satcom networks. Through the merger with Newtec, a recognized industry pioneer, the combined business unites over 35 years of innovation focused on solving satellite’s most critical economic and technology challenges and expands a shared commitment to shaping the future of how the world connects. The product portfolio, branded under the names iDirect and Newtec, represents the highest standards in performance, efficiency and reliability, making it possible for its customers to deliver the best satcom connectivity experience anywhere in the world. ST Engineering iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the leader in key industries including broadcast, mobility and military/government. In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities. For more information on our platforms please visit http://www.idirect.net.

Media contacts:
Julie Bettinger
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
ST Engineering iDirect
Phone: (1) 703 648 8155
Email: jbettinger@idirect.net

Rula Malky
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
ST Engineering North America
Phone: (1) 571 771 0176
Email: Rula.malky@stengg.us

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