iDirect Technologies and Globecomm Systems Deploy A GSM Capable VSAT Hub

January 16, 2006

iDirect Technologies and Globecomm Systems Deploy A GSM Capable VSAT Hub

New Network Will Extend the Edge of GSM Networks Throughout the Middle East and North Africa


Herndon, VA. and Hauppauge, NY - iDirect Technologies (iDirect), a division of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., and Globecomm Systems Inc. (Globecomm - NASDAQ: GCOM), today announced their first hub intended specifically to support GSM networks over satellite. The new VSAT hub will support multiple shared networks delivering GSM service throughout the EMEA region. iDirect designs, develops, and markets the fastest, most reliable bi-directional satellite-based broadband IP solutions while Globecomm is a global provider of end-to-end value-added satellite-based communications solutions.

By utilizing broadband IP satellite access with the Globecomm/iDirect solution, cellular network operators can backhaul GSM Abis traffic from anywhere. This includes even the most remote locations and the harshest environments. More importantly, it offers an economical option without sacrificing the speed or quality that the cellular industry demands. For start-up carriers, Globecomm can also provide a hosted switch service that handles all switching and generates billing data for the carrier. Globecomm's hosted offering eliminates the need for start-ups to invest in their own in-country switching facilities, replacing capital investment with a monthly service fee.

"GSM backhaul is an ideal application for our platform, and a great opportunity for iDirect. The iDirect platform delivers a fully shared network topology, allowing unbeatable network efficiency and bandwidth reduction as network demands and traffic patterns are groomed across multiple base stations throughout a wide geographic footprint."

John Kealey President and CEO iDirect Technologies

"Globecomm looks forward to expanding our service offering to support cellular networks in the region. We feel there is a great opportunity in this market, and Globecomm is uniquely situated to support cellular service providers."

Ken Miller President Globecomm Systems, Inc.

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 Vision Technologies Systems

Vision Technologies Systems Inc. and its subsidiaries are preferred providers of engineering solutions, products, integrated systems, and services in the Americas across the core business areas of marine, aerospace, electronics and land systems. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, Vision Technologies Systems operates throughout North America and offers a broad range of proven innovative services to both the commercial and government sectors. Vision Technologies Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. Please visit


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