ST Engineering iDirect Named “Company to Watch”  at the Mobility Innovation Awards 2020

ST Engineering iDirect Named “Company to Watch” at the Mobility Innovation Awards 2020

Recognition for the vision to meet the demand for next-generation connectivity across a range of mobility markets

Herndon, Va., March 10 2020 – ST Engineering iDirect, a company of ST Engineering North America, has been named the ‘Company to Watch’ at the Mobile Satellite Users Association’s (MSUA) Satellite 2020 Mobility Awards.

As the demand for always-on, on-the-move connectivity continues to grow exponentially, ST Engineering iDirect has been recognized for its leading mobility position and solutions that empower its customers to deliver a broad range of services across all mobility segments. The company also received recognition for its vision and passion to facilitate seamless connectivity as new constellations, applications and markets emerge.

The accolade, which was presented at an exclusive ceremony that took place as part of SATELLITE 2020, follows ST Engineering’s acquisition of Newtec Group (renamed ST Engineering iDirect Europe) in October 2019. As one combined business group, ST Engineering iDirect is bringing forward a strong and unified portfolio of products across all mobility markets, offering the innovation, scale and speed to market that its customers require to succeed in the evolving industry landscape. The ultimate goal is to create the world’s most advanced satellite ground capabilities – bringing together the companies’ technology heritage and passion for innovation.

“We are extremely pleased to be named the ‘Company to Watch’ by the MSUA at such a pivotal time within the satellite sector,” said Kevin Steen, CEO at ST Engineering iDirect. “Our industry is entering a new and exciting era; we are on the cusp of realizing new revolutionary technologies such as Non-Geostationary-Satellite Orbit constellations and 5G. However, the key to the industry’s success at this time of change is the ground segment. By combining the strengths of both Newtec and ST Engineering iDirect, we are redefining ground-infrastructure capabilities to drive industry-wide interoperability, broadband connectivity of mass-scale and to enable our customers to offer unified, value-added services, whether they are on the move, or wherever they are in the world. This award is a testament to this innovation and commitment.”

Through its vision, ST Engineering iDirect is driving the industry forward in collaboration with a global customer network of top industry players, empowering the ecosystem to build, integrate and deploy satellite end points and services that will enable new applications and open new revenue streams.

The MSUA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting satellite mobility innovation and development of the satellite mobility market worldwide. The judging panel awarded ST Engineering iDirect the accolade based on its mobile applicability, currently in use in the field by customers and how the company is addressing future market needs.

The winners were announced at MSUA's Satellite 2020 Mobility Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, March 10, at the Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, U.S.


ST Engineering North America is the U.S. headquarters of ST Engineering, a global technology, defense and engineering group specializing in the aerospace, electronics, land systems, and marine sectors. Based in Alexandria, VA, it has major operations across 17 cities in 13 states and employs about 5,000 people providing innovative products and solutions to commercial and government customers across diverse market segments.

ST Engineering iDirect, a subsidiary of ST Engineering North America, 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 iDirect platforms please visit For Newtec platforms please visit

Media contacts:

Julie Bettinger
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
ST Engineering iDirect
Phone: (1) 703 648 8155

Guy Shields
Director, Corporate Communications
ST Engineering North America
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610

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