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ST Engineering iDirect provides Roberts Communications Network with broadcast tech for expansion

ST Engineering iDirect, a global leader in satellite communications, has reinforced its long-standing partnership with Roberts Communications Network (RCN) to further augment the latter’s performance and efficiency to deliver live events for some of the biggest names in live sports broadcasting.

A leading player in worldwide video distribution and data communications, RCN operates a fully secure, redundant satellite, fiber, and internet network that reaches six continents and 33 countries around the globe. It is committed to the provision of unparalleled reliability and redundancy from every location on its vast network. RCN recently unveiled its state-of-the-art 10-acre communications headquarters in Henderson, NV, complete with production, satellite teleport, and data centre connectivity.

RCN has consistently relied upon ST Engineering iDirect’s broadcast technology, assuring high performance, efficiency, and the ability to broadcast from any location. RCN’s recent expansion of their iDirect MCX7000 broadcast modems has provided increased infrastructure density and improved satellite link efficiency, resulting in higher network availability as well as OPEX and CAPEX savings. The MCX7000 features Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) which encrypts and decrypts - with a high-security level - the content of all DVB-S2X streams to protect content during the satellite transmission. This density and the support of DVB-S2X means that RCN can gain full value in distribution networks to towers and headends.

“ST Engineering iDirect has been one of our most important and trusted technology partners for the past 15 years,” said Todd Roberts, President and CEO of Roberts Communications Network. “Their world-class satellite gateway modulators are the pinnacle of quality, reliability, and security, and we look forward to many more years of innovation from them as we continue to forge new paths on our global content-delivery network.”

“We have worked with RCN for many years, and it has been rewarding to see how our technology has been instrumental in their growth, strengthening its capabilities whilst keeping costs low with absolutely no compromise on performance,” said Darren Ludington, Regional Vice President, Americas at ST Engineering iDirect. “We thank them for putting their trust in us once again with this significant order and look forward to watching the company flourish given its new state-of-the-art facilities and network.”


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