KU Band

iDirect Technologies And Netcom Africa Launch The First Major Satellite Network Over Africa Supporting C and KU Band
New Platform Allows iDirect Powered Networks to Scale to Multiple Thousands of Sites


HERNDON, Va. -- November 04, 2004 -- iDirect Technologies, a privately held company that designs, develops, and markets the fastest, most reliable bi-directional satellite-based broadband access solutions, and Netcom Africa, a Nigeria based provider ofvideo, data, and voice over wireless, today announced the launch of a major satellite network over Africa. The Netcom Africa network will support both C and KU bands enabling internet access, private networks, auto tracking and mobile applications to customers throughout Africa.

"We're very excited to work with Netcom Africa to deploy this kind of next generation network in a region where satellite solutions are especially effective in meeting communications needs," said John Kealey, president and CEO of iDirect Technologies. "The iDirect solution allows satellite network providers to deliver broadband IP access comparable to traditional terrestrial networks. This partnership with Netcom Africa will mean convenient affordable broadband access for customers throughout western Africa."

The West Africa market is experiencing increasing business growth, and convergent network demands, however there is limited terrestrial network coverage to support them. Although satellite access has been readily available for years, traditional satellite systems weren't able to support real time business critical applications to this degree. With the deployment of an iDirect 5IF Hub Chassis in their network, Netcom Africa will be able to meet significant needs in the marketplace for broadband data, voice, video and other IP centric applications regardless of customers' location, access to networks, or current network configuration.

"Our relationship with iDirect is a strategic partnership, unprecedented in its vision, rollout plan and committed resources," said Yen Choi, Group Executive Vice President and CTO of Netcom Africa. "Together Netcom Africa and iDirect are delivering the most powerful convergent network in Africa over satellite today. With the addition of the iDirect VSAT infrastructure to our network, we will be able to deliver broadband data, voice and video over a single infrastructure."

The iDirect remote VSAT is a simple "one box" solution that provides enterprise-class IP transport and traffic management over satellite networks. The iDirect remote router is a compact set-top terminal incorporating a satellite modem, IP router, TCP optimization over satellite, 3DES Encryption, and QoS/prioritization all in one easy to deploy solution. At the same time, it delivers the highest data throughput speeds in the industry today - 18 Mbps downstream, and 4.2 Mbps upstream.

About iDirect Technologies

iDirect Technologies, a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., designs, develops, and markets satellite-based broadband access solutions targeted at the enterprise, government, carrier and educational sectors that have the need for fast, flexible, and geographically dispersed two-way internet/intranet access. The company has developed technology solutions that combine high performance, worldwide availability, and ease of installation, high reliability, and low cost to end customers. In addition, iDirect solutions offer unprecedented efficiencies, increased revenue opportunities and higher per customer gross margins to satellite network operators. iDirect was awarded the 2005 World Teleport Association Teleport Technology of the year, the Innovation & Technology of the Year by The ISCe Advisory Board, and named number one in the Deloitte & Touche Virginia Technology Fast 50 list of the fastest-growing U.S. technology companies. iDirect operates its corporate headquarters in Herndon, Virginia and has regional offices in Europe, Asia, and covering Latin America. Additional information is available on the company website at www.idirect.net.

About Netcom Africa

Netcom Africa Ltd. is a leading IP infrastructure provider of satellite and wireless broadband solutions in Africa. Netcom's product suite is best in class using the latest generation technologies in satellite communications and supported 24/7 by some of the most experienced customer support and technical engineers in the industry.

NetcomVSAT is a robust, multi-tiered business solution and is ideal for organizations of all sizes from the small business operator to the multi-business process intensive multinational corporation. MyNetcom is the first to market and affordable true non-line-of-sight mobile broadband solution for the single PC user.

Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, Netcom is licensed by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission and the Nigerian Communications Commission and is backed by shareholders and a seasoned management team who have extensive knowledge and experience in satellite communications, ERP/CRM enterprise applications, international banking, international airline and manufacturing industries.


Warren Brown
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