Envistacom Grows Transport Virtualization Ecosystem with Partnership with Xiplink

Envistacom LLC | September 23, 2020

Envistacom, LLC, a leading technology enterprise which delivers advanced communications, cyber and related services to customers in the aerospace, defense, and intelligence communities, announced today that XipLink, Inc. has teamed up with Envistacom to deliver Space Communications Protocols Specification (SCPS) Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) Acceleration, WAN optimization and related networking technologies to customers through Envistacom’s Transport Virtualization Ecosystem (TVE).

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Broadband Forum | July 14, 2022

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