SkyVision Global Networks has expanded its VSAT coverage in Africa by launching an iDirect Evolution network.

It has deployed an iDirect 5IF satellite hub in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), allowing it to extend its SkyVision VPN service to local government and enterprise customers.

The expansion of SkyVision's VPN service allows local and global organisations located in DRC to connect branches with headquarters, making it possible to share information and collaborate via voice and data applications. DRC's large size and scattered population means there is a high demand for reliable communications access, especially in remote areas.

SkyVision's new iDirect hub in DRC is the provider's fifth in Africa since upgrading its VSAT services to iDirect's Evolution platform in 2009.

Doron Ben Sira, CEO of SkyVision, said: "Our DRC network is our latest Evolution implementation in what has been a very successful iDirect partnership. Our promise is to always provide our customers with the solutions they need for the best prices. Evolution enables us to achieve this goal through a highly flexible, reliable platform."

Sathish Amara, regional director of sales, Africa, at iDirect, added: "SkyVision's VPN service in DRC adds to the world-class internet connectivity solutions that it has provided in Africa over the past decade, helping foster enterprise growth in the region. With Evolution, SkyVision has the flexibility to offer customers a standalone network or a hybrid integration of terrestrial and VSAT connectivity, depending on their needs. We are pleased to support the continued expansion of SkyVision's Evolution services across the continent to serve a variety of critical markets."