Bentley Walker Adopts New VT iDirect technology

Bentley Walker’s new service will enable extremely high throughput and increased bandwidth efficiencies using additional capacity from Avanti Communications’ Ka-band satellites

Bentley Walker, the largest supplier and operator of VSAT Networks outside of North America, announces the deployment of a new service as a result of the recent contract signed with VT iDirect. The recent signing saw Bentley Walker be one of the first to adopt the new DVB-S2X platform for their services which will target a range of end users including consumers, Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs), large corporate companies, Wi-Fi hotspots and Military users.

VT iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology is based on a powerful, customized ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) chipset that powers the new iQ Series remotes. The iQ remote is software upgradeable to license-added network capabilities and higher throughput levels, reducing the cost of ownership and improving flexibility across a broad array of markets. This capability eliminates the costs and complexities associated with swapping out the modem in order to enable higher performance and advanced features as end user requirements change. VT iDirect’s next-generation DVB-S2X technology allows Bentley Walker to leverage the benefits of Avanti’s HTS Ka-band satellites, to connect systems with improved performances, provide increased efficiency, and a more cost-effective solution across a range of sectors including Enterprise and Government. Bentley Walker will deploy the DVB-S2X-based services using the new iDirect DVB-S2X platform across the Middle East via Avanti’s HYLAS 1 and HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellites.

Anthony Walker, CEO of Bentley Walker said: “We are delighted to engage with Avanti and VT iDirect to launch this new DVB-S2X upgrade for our customers. Providing the best service available is key to our company ambition. We look forward to developing our partnership with VT iDirect and continuing to utilise Avanti’s reliable and high speed connectivity to provide the highest quality service to our customers.”

Matthew Walker, Managing Director of Bentley Walker said: “At Bentley Walker, we see this as the next logical move to take us two steps ahead of our competitors, enabling us to gain an unenviable lead in the market. Partnering with two leading companies in the sector will enable us to continue delivering the top quality service we strive to provide.”

Dave Harrower, VP of International Sales and Business Development of VT iDirect, said: “It is exciting to see VT iDirect partners like Bentley Walker embrace our DVB-S2X technology; additionally we are pleased to be working with Avanti to deploy their service and initiate major plans to expand their business. The iQ Series introduces an entirely new level of performance and flexibility. This enables Bentley Walker to implement remotes and upgrade them over the air to meet increasing demands for throughput and network functionality.”

Enrico Leonardi, Chief Sales Officer of Avanti said: “It is essential that our customers remain at the forefront of technology in terms of speed and throughput, and we are delighted that the flexibility of the Avanti system can easily accommodate this advance to next generation technology.”


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Notes to Editors 

About Bentley Walker

Bentley Walker is ranked as the largest supplier and operator of VSAT Networks outside of North America. Comsys independently audited Bentley Walker as having around 45% of the Market in Europe and the Middle East, to date having sold and brought online over 40,000 VSATs.

Bentley Walker Ltd and Bentley Telecom are both privately owned Companies, the former started in 1947 by the Late LT Commander C Walker (George Cross DSC, DSO, DFC) RNVR in 1947 and is currently run and owned by Mr. Anthony Walker and Mr. Matthew Walker.

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About Avanti Communications

Avanti connects people wherever they are – in their homes, businesses, in government and on mobiles. Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and more than 180 partners in 118 countries, the network provides ubiquitous internet service to a quarter of the world’s population. Avanti delivers the level of quality and flexibility that the most demanding telecoms customers in the world seek.

Avanti is the first mover in high throughput satellite data communications in EMEA. It has rights to orbital slots and Ka-band spectrum in perpetuity that covers an end market of over 1.7bn people.

The Group has invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates satellites, ground stations, datacentres and a fibre ring.

Avanti has a unique Cloud based customer interface that is protected by patented technology.

Avanti Communications is listed in London on AIM (AVN:LSE).

About VT iDirect

VT iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is a global leader in IP-based satellite communications providing technology and solutions that enable our partners worldwide to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and profitably expand their businesses. For more than 20 years, the VT iDirect organization has focused on meeting the economic and technology challenges across the satellite industry. Today, the product portfolio, branded under the name iDirect, sets new standards in performance and efficiency, making it possible to 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.

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