iDirect Technologies and Loral Skynet Demonstrate Remote Broadband Wireless Connectivity at the PTC Show in Hawaii

iDirect Technologies and Loral Skynet Demonstrate Remote Broadband Wireless Connectivity at the PTC Show in Hawaii
Revolutionary solution combines satellite and wireless protocol to provide customers with last mile connectivity

1.18.2005

Herndon, Va. -- January 18, 2005 --iDirect Technologies, a leading hardware supplier that markets the fastest, most reliable two-way satellite-based broadband access hubs, and Loral Skynet, a leading satellite communications company, today announced a joint demonstration of a new wireless broadband connectivity solution at the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) conference in Hawaii. The new solution carries broadband traffic over Loral Skynet's SkyReachSM IP-based satellite communications service, to iDirect remote equipment, connecting end-users to the Internet via WiFi protocol.

The new remote WiFi solution will allow Loral Skynet to deliver service to areas where broadband terrestrial connections are unavailable, take too long to implement and are too costly. Combined with an iDirect remote satellite router, Loral Skynet will utilize its worldwide satellite coverage to deliver fixed-network backhaul over its SkyReach IP service or Digital Link SCPC service to locations where base stations are located.

Network backhaul is typically the biggest challenge for a wireless ISP, especially if the provider is not the owner of the last-mile infrastructure. The resulting WiFi hot-spot-in-a- box solution requires no installation or fixed-line connection and allows a wireless ISP (particularly a market entrant with no last-mile fixed network assets) an extremely rapid infrastructure rollout.

"WiFi access, enabled by SkyReach, is an ideal solution to deliver convenient, reliable, and economical direct access broadband services to villages, office parks, school campuses, harbors, ISPs, governments and enterprises," said Jon Kirchner, vice president of global marketing for Loral Skynet. "Not only will this SkyReach-based WiFi solution allow easier, more convenient connectivity for end users, but also it opens a number of business opportunities for our customers, while creating a very natural extension of the Loral satellite fleet."

"We are very excited about this solution," said John Kealey, president and CEO of iDirect Technologies. "The iDirect remote satellite router's ability to deliver speeds up to 18 Mbps, combined with iDirect's support for real time applications like voice and video allow us to deliver broadband connectivity that matches the quality and performance of digital terrestrial circuits. WiFi will extend this service resulting in a user experience comparable to traditional landline service, supporting any end user application at a very competitive rate."

iDirect's cost-effective satellite access solution with terrestrial quality of service has allowed iDirect to achieve broad acceptance as the vendor of choice for the backhaul of complementary wireless solutions such as WiFi and cellular. 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 Loral Skynet

A pioneer in the satellite industry, Loral Skynet delivers the superior service quality and range of satellite solutions that have made it an industry leader for more than 40 years. Through the broad coverage of the Telstar satellite fleet, in combination with its hybrid VSAT/fiber global network infrastructure, Skynet meets the needs of companies around the world for broadcast and data network services, Internet access, IP and systems integration Headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey, Loral Skynet is dedicated to providing secure, high-quality connectivity and communications. For more information, visit the Loral Skynet web site at www.loralskynet.com.

In addition to being the parent company of Loral Skynet, Loral Space & Communications (OTC BB: LRLSQ) is a world-class leader in the design and manufacture of satellites and satellite systems for commercial and government applications through its Space Systems/Loral subsidiary.

Contact:

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