iDIRECT SELECTED BY RUSSIAN NETWORK OPERATOR HELIOSNET

Technology investment will help leading communications provider capitalize on growing market opportunities, despite satellite capacity constraints
 
Herndon, Va., March 18, 2008 - iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. VT Systems) and a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology,  today announced that Russian network operator Web Media Services, which operates under the name “HeliosNet,” has implemented iDirect’s satellite communications platform. HeliosNet installed two iDirect Universal 5IF satellite hubs and multiple remote routers. This establishes a broad satellite network that can support a diverse range of applications and maximize bandwidth efficiency at a time when the supply of capacity in the Russian satellite market is nearly exhausted. This will also enable HeliosNet to expand its customer base and introduce new broadband services throughout Russia and in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). 
Based on the iDirect Intelligent Platform, HeliosNet will build an enterprise-class network with full mesh capabilities that will deliver IP broadband for Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Voice over IP (VoIP), Internet access, business continuity, video conferencing and other applications. The network will connect to multiple satellites and feature iDirect’s patented D-TDMA system, which dynamically allocates bandwidth over multiple remotes. The iDirect platform also delivers Group QoS (Quality of Service) functionality, which allocates bandwidth to specific IP applications, enabling HeliosNet to support a diversity of service level agreements in real time.
“The demand for high-speed satellite connectivity in Russia is growing exponentially; however, network operators are constrained by a tightly limited supply of satellite capacity. iDirect is enabling HeliosNet to thrive in this bandwidth-constrained environment by providing enterprise-class connectivity that fully meets the communications needs of our customers.”
~ Alexey SERGEEV
Director General, HeliosNet
 
 “We are excited to welcome HeliosNet to our growing base of partners worldwide. We look forward to helping one of Russia’s largest VSAT operators implement and manage a seamless network that enables them to grow their customer base in the rapidly developing Russian market.”   
~ David HARROWER
Regional Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, Russia and CIS, iDirect
 
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Web Media Services,which operates under “HeliosNet,” is a Russian provider of satellite based telecommunication services. HeliosNet serves a range of customers in Eastern Europe and Asia, including many remote areas with no terrestrial infrastructure. HeliosNet provides corporate and government customers with broadband Internet access, VoIP, videoconferencing and packet data transmission. Please visit www.helios-net.ru
 
iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is transforming the way the world gets and stays connected. The company’s satellite-based IP communications technology enables constant connectivity for voice, video and data applications in diverse and challenging environments. These include extending private networks to remote offices; supporting mobile connectivity across land, sea and air; providing rural telephony and Internet broadband; and maintaining communications in the wake of disasters and network failures. The iDirect Intelligent Platform™ integrates advanced technology into iDirect’s portfolio of hubs, routers and network management software to address the growing complexity of deploying and managing global IP networks. With more than 13 years of global satellite communications experience, iDirect serves customers in 30 countries through a diverse network of channel partners, including some of the largest satellite providers, operators and carriers in the world and seven of the World Teleport Association’s Global Top Ten. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, iDirect has offices in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Please visit www.idirect.net.
 
VT Systems 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, VT Systems operates throughout North America and offers a broad range of proven innovative services to both the commercial and government sectors. VT Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.
 
 
 
Media Contacts:                      Julie Gouldin
Vice President Corporate Marketing
iDirect Inc
Phone: 703-648-8155
Fax: 703-648-8015
Email: jgouldin@idirect.net    
  
Sarah Thuman
Corporate Communications Manager
VT Systems Inc
Tel: 703-739-2610
Fax: 703-739-2611
Email: sthuman@vt-systems.com
 
Anna Voronicheva
Head of Marketing Department
Web Media Services
Tel/Fax: +7-495-745-2357