iDirect Technologies Launches Global Edge Connect

iDirect Technologies Launches Global Edge Connect™ Wi-Fi Over Satellite Solution


SUPERCOMM -- June 6, 2005 - iDirect Technologies, a privately held company that designs, develops, and markets the fastest, most reliable bi-directional satellite-based broadband access solutions, today announced the launch of their new Global Edge Connect solution to deliver last mile, wireless connectivity via satellite. Global Edge Connect is a complete wireless ISP solution that will incorporate a comprehensive carrier-class, scalable OSS solution from industry leader Pronto Networks. This new Wi-Fi over satellite solution will allow iDirect's service provider customers to easily and inexpensively deliver broadband service to rural towns and villages, campus environments, coastal regions, or any zone where mobile data is important.

"This is a very logical extension of the iDirect product suite," said John Kealey, President and CEO of iDirect Technologies. "We are committed to not only providing the most powerful VSAT technology in the industry, but also incorporating the tools to help our customers deploy and manage networks, cut cost, and increase profitability. Global Edge Connect incorporates all the elements customers need to deploy fully configured wireless IP networks over satellite backbone. Service providers utilizing the iDirect solution will be able to easily provision and manage remote networks that deliver broadband connectivity comparable to the quality, price and performance of digital terrestrial circuits such as DSL or Cable, without any geographic constraints."

Global Edge Connect combines the industry's most advanced two-way IP-based broadband satellite networking solution with the flexibility of wireless last mile access. By integrating Pronto Networks' OSS, the solution provides network configuration, authentication, access control, and security, as well as a billing system supporting pre-paid, post-paid and roaming settlement. The complete platform offers service providers a cost-effective, end-to-end solution that will enable them to quickly enter the market, expand their footprint, and achieve a rapid ROI.

"Global Edge Connect is a cutting edge solution that will bring reliable, affordable wireless broadband access to multiple hotspot locations as well as entire rural communities or 'hot zones'," said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks.

The launch of the Global Edge Connect solution will allow iDirect satellite service providers to serve a broad number of users with a single satellite uplink/downlink to multiple hotspot locations as well as entire rural communities or 'hot zones'. Integrating this capability into iDirect enabled networks will greatly simplify the process and reduce the cost of deploying remote wireless broadband IP networks.

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

About Pronto Networks

Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, Calif., provides carrier-class Operations Support Systems (OSS) that enable network operators to deploy and manage large public hot spot and hot zone networks. The company's software handles provisioning, configuration, authentication, access control, security, pre-paid and post-paid billing, and roaming settlement for large public WLAN networks, in addition to remotely managing and updating multi-vendor hardware and Wi-Fi switches. Pronto Networks is funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the second consecutive year and in 2003 received Wired Magazine's Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld's Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, please visit


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