iDirect Technologies Selected to Provide Internet Protocol Broadband Connectivity to School Systems of Puerto Rico

iDirect Technologies Selected to Provide Internet Protocol Broadband Connectivity to School Systems of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Department of Education selects iDirect to help provide Internet connectivity at speeds of up to 1.5 mbps to over 1,500 school sites.


RESTON, Va. - May 6, 2004 - iDirect Technologies, a privately held company that designs, develops, and markets the fastest, most reliable bi-directional satellite-based broadband access solutions, today announced that the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) has selected iDirect Technologies to support a contract to provide high-speed internet connectivity to 1,539 school locations throughout Puerto Rico.

Mobile Universe, a provider of mobile and wireless communication solutions will be acting as the prime contractor to the Puerto Rico Department of Education. iDirect will provide the technology, program management and deployment expertise for the project.

"The bandwidth efficiency of the iDirect equipment coupled with its scalability and ease of installation make it perfectly suited for this application" said, Harry G. Garcia, President of Mobile Universe. "We will be able to have broadband connectivity in classrooms beginning in a matter of days".

iDirect will be teaming with their Professional Services Partner, United Service Source Inc. (USSI), an industry leading integration company that specializes in managing rapid deployments to enable a seamless deployment of iDirect's VSAT broadband solution. "The combined expertise of these teams and the full support of PRDE will enable us to provide a cost effective turnkey broadband solution to Puerto Rico's school system" said Rock Arkie, Senior Vice President of Operations for iDirect.

The iDirect Technologies hub router, enterprise-class remote Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) and iDS software provide connectivity for IP based services such as data, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and internet connectivity. This VSAT network can provide data at speeds from 64 kbps to 4.2 Mbps from the remote site and up to 9 Mbps from the hub to the remotes. Each iDirect remote terminal includes a built-in router and is packaged with features such as link encryption, Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) acceleration, Domain Name Server (DNS) caching and real-time traffic management Quality of Service (QoS) prioritization all in one box.

"We are extremely excited to be working with Mobile Universe and the Puerto Rico Department of Education" said John Kealey, president and CEO of iDirect Technologies. "Not only does this contract highlight our equipments ability to provide cost effective broadband connectivity to a large network of end-users, but it is particularly gratifying to see iDirect's technology deployed in a school system where this high-speed connectivity is going to make a very visible and positive impact on people's lives."

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


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