iDirect Technologies and Pronto Networks Partner to Provide Wi-Fi Operations Support Systems to the VSAT Industry

iDirect Technologies and Pronto Networks Partner to Provide Wi-Fi Operations Support Systems to the VSAT Industry

1.25.2005

Herndon, VA and PLEASANTON, CA -- January 25, 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 an agreement with Pronto Networks to incorporate the company's Operations Support System (OSS) into its product offering to deliver last mile, wireless connectivity via satellite. This agreement will make iDirect a preferred reseller of Pronto Networks' solutions to the VSAT industry, and will allow new or existing iDirect customers to deploy and manage large-scale, public hotspot and hot zone networks.

"Pronto Networks' OSS software is a great addition to the iDirect platform," said John Kealey, President and CEO of iDirect Technologies. "We are committed to not only providing the most powerful VSAT communications solution in the industry, but also incorporating the tools to help our customers deploy and manage networks, cut cost, and increase profitability. With the addition of the Pronto software, service providers utilizing the iDirect solution will be able to easily provision and manage remote networks that deliver broadband connectivity comparable to the quality and performance of digital terrestrial circuits such as DSL or Cable."

Pronto Networks' OSS software handles provisioning, configuration, authentication, access control, security, pre-paid and post-paid billing, and roaming settlement for large public WLAN networks. The software 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. Integrating this capability into iDirect enabled networks will greatly simplify the process and reduce the cost of deploying remote wireless broadband IP networks.

"This a great opportunity to work with a leader in the satellite broadband access space to bring reliable wireless access to potentially millions of end-users," said Jasbir Singh, President and CEO of Pronto Networks. "This partnership demonstrates the flexibility of the Pronto platform to support satellite networks, in addition to traditional wired backhaul solutions. By combining our flexible back office software with the iDirect platform, Pronto and iDirect will enable service providers to quickly and easily deploy carrier-grade, scalable Wi-Fi networks anywhere in the world."

The addition of the Pronto OSS solution will allow iDirect satellite service providers to cost-effectively 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'. Pronto's WLAN solution can also help improve employee productivity in locations that already have satellite access, such as quick service restaurants, gas stations, and retail stores.

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 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 www.prontonetworks.com.

Contact:

iDirect
Warren Brown
+1 703 648 8155
wbrown@idirect.net

Ruder Finn, Inc.
Kristie Heins Fox for Pronto Networks
(312) 329-3985
heinsfoxk@ruderfinn.com