iDirect Wins Market Penetration Leadership Award for Middle East and Africa Regions

Palo Alto, Calif. and Herndon, Va. June 19, 2007 — Frost & Sullivan selected iDirect Technologies as the recipient of the 2007 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Penetration Leadership in the Middle Eastern and African VSAT markets.

As one of the pioneer technology providers to the two-way, broadband IP-over-Satellite markets, iDirect has successfully outpaced the well-established DVB protocol to become the leading provider of IP-based satellite networks in the MEA region.

“It has been iDirect’s carrier class 5iF HUB system, which can scale to simultaneously support up to five satellites within a single chassis, that has enabled the Enterprise market to take off across the MEA Region to the position where iDirect is now first in hub sales with a 40 percent share of the MEA market”, says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Irene Guiamatsia.

The iDirect iNFINITi VSAT satellite router family is a ‘one box’ solution that provides enterprise-class IP transport and traffic management for voice, video and data over satellite networks. The compact design incorporates a satellite modem, IP router, TCP optimization, 3DES encryption options, and QoS/prioritization - all in one easy-to-deploy solution.

At 18 Mbps downstream and 4.2 Mbps upstream, even the entry-level iNFINITi 3100 router, delivers the highest two-way data throughput speeds in the industry.  iDirect’s range of solutions has been successful in almost every vertical segment including Military/COTM, oil/gas, GSM Backhaul, Educational and Government networks, where high reliability is the key for operations in remote and isolated areas. 

“iDirect continues to demonstrate a deep commitment to increasing our market and technology leadership worldwide,” says Peter Slade, iDirect’s Regional Vice President Sales and Managing Director of EMEA, “Our channel partners continue to promote our reliable and proven technology in diverse applications all over the globe”.

“By using Deterministic ‘D’-TDMA as the shared access protocol, iDirect’s solutions now allows GSM network operators to efficiently manage what was extremely expensive, dedicated satellite capacity that left bandwidth resources unused during off-peak periods,” notes Guiamatsia. “Furthermore, from an initial base geared toward high-end telephony carriers and military users, iDirect is continuing to develop new products to increase its presence in broader, more cost-sensitive consumer markets.”

Understanding the importance of lower costs of ownership in the MEA region has been a key component of the success of iDirect in this market. iDirect’s history of product innovation and market sensibility is likely to continue to drive its growth in emerging markets as well as in new applications in developed markets.

Each year Frost & Sullivan presents this Award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in capturing market share within its industry. The recipient has demonstrated strategic excellence in product innovation, marketing, and sales strategies, which has resulted in the largest gain in market share over the past two to three years.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development.  Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

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. Additional information is available on the company website at

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