Intelsat, iDirect and TANDBERG Join Forces to Educate Scouts on Satellite Capabilities

Intelsat, the leading provider of global satellite communications, will host thousands of children for a day of celebrating space and satellite communications. Intelsat and the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital are together sponsoring Girl Scout Day at the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia, on 17 March. Intelsat has been joined by hardware partners iDirect Technologies, a provider of satellite-based broadband access solutions, and TANDBERG, a provider of visual communication products and services. Together we will create a fun and interactive live demonstration of commercial satellite communications for the event, which is open to the public.

Located at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center, the Intelsat/iDirect/TANDBERG demonstration will produce a two-way "scout-to-scout" videoconference between the more than 8,000 attendees at the museum and Atlanta-based scouts who will be hosted at the Anselmo Customer Service Center in Ellenwood, Georgia. Young attendees will also have the opportunity to place satellite-based telephone calls to family and friends. Once successfully completing a series of educational presentations, scouts will receive an Intelsat badge specifically designed for this event.

"Being able to connect people all over the world is an exciting aspect of Intelsat's business. We are very proud to support the Girl Scout Day and have the opportunity to share with the next generation our passion for the commercial satellite industry," said Dave McGlade, Intelsat CEO. "We are especially grateful to iDirect and TANDBERG who work with us on a global basis, for their support of the live demonstration."

The demonstration features satellite-based IP data networking technology integrated with video conferencing hardware. iDirect Technologies is providing the two-way network infrastructure with its 5000 series of remote routers and satellite antennas, further enabling this application with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) connectivity. TANDBERG is supplying its TANDBERG 800 MXP set-top solution, designed for videoconferencing applications. TANDBERG's set-top equipment will transform the standard TV signal at the event into an interactive experience between the scouts in Metro Atlanta and the Washington area museum. For the video and voice transmissions, Intelsat will uplink the signal from the museum to its Galaxy-10R satellite and will downlink at Intelsat's teleport facility in Ellenwood, Georgia.

"One of the most rewarding parts of what we do is being able to provide students and children new educational opportunities," said John Kealey, CEO of iDirect Technologies. "Whether it's enabling broadband access to schools or working with Intelsat and the Girl Scout Council to demonstrate the power of satellite technology, we are proud to be a part of the education process."

"The power of visual communication lies in its ability to transcend distance to bring places such as the Air and Space Museum directly to children such as the Girl Scouts, regardless of where they are," said Rick Snyder, President, TANDBERG Americas. "TANDBERG is thrilled to be a part of such an exciting event and we hope that the Girl Scouts in Atlanta enjoy this experience."

Intelsat is the largest provider of fixed satellite services (FSS) worldwide and is the leading provider of these services to each of the media, network services and telecom and government customer sectors, enabling people and businesses everywhere constant access to information and entertainment. Intelsat offers customers a greater business potential by providing them access to unrivaled resources with ease of business and peace of mind. Our services are utilized by an extensive customer base, including some of the world’s leading media and communications companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and government/military organizations. Real-time, constant communication with people anywhere in the world is closer, by far.

iDirect Technologies, a subsidiary of VT 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. Please visit

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