June 23, 2020 – ST Engineering iDirect has further strengthened its long-standing relationship with leading telecom provider VIVACOM with a new agreement to supply MCX7000 modulators to facilitate additional broadcast offerings in Eastern Europe and Africa. VIVACOM, the largest telecommunications provider in Bulgaria, will use the MCX7000, a dense DVB-S2X multi-carrier satellite gateway, to launch new video services in Africa, in partnership with a global satellite operator. The modulators will also provide enhanced services for an existing Direct-to-Home (DTH) operator across Eastern Europe. The MCX7000 provides exceptional high link availability through redundancy support on its input and output interfaces, as well as advanced redundancy switching techniques, such as seamless protection switching (as per SMPTE 2022-7). The modulator offers a host of features, including efficient distribution to end users and Pay TV operators’ headends, or for use in back-up or dense DTH platforms, generating significant business savings. The modulators can be used for broadcast contribution applications on standard wide beam and High Throughput Satellite (HTS) spotbeam transponders, and features ST Engineering iDirect’s Clean Channel Technology and its linear and non-linear pre-distortion technology Equalink.