ASTRIUM SERVICES SELECTS iDIRECT PLATFORM FOR NEWLY ESTABLISHED TELEPORT IN TOULOUSE, FRANCE

Expanded network to service all major French military bases overseas
 
Herndon, Va., March 31, 2008- iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems) and a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology, announced today that Astrium Services has selected its satellite communications platform to meet increased service demands from government and commercial customers. Astrium Services, a leading European-based satellite network operator, has installed an iDirect 5IF universal satellite hub at its newly opened teleport in Toulouse, France.
Based on its expanded network coverage, Astrium Services won a four-year contract with France’s Economat des Armées, the French Ministry of Defense’s Joint Logistics and Supply Agency. The operator will extend PASSEREL™ Voice over Internet Protocol, Internet broadband and Virtual Private Network connectivity to more than 10,000 French service personnel deployed overseas, primarily in the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East. The network will connect European-based operations with geographically dispersed locations worldwide and enable troops to stay in touch with family and friends through telephone and email.
The Toulouse teleport comprises three large earth stations that connect to multiple satellites through iDirect’s universal hub, serving a wide coverage area from Asia to the Americas. Astrium Services established its teleport Network Operations Center and Customer Support Center at the Toulouse premises of its subsidiary London Satellite Exchange.
“Our decision to build a teleport in Toulouse shows our determination to meet our customers’ needs as reliance on satellite communications grows worldwide. We selected the iDirect platform because it enables us to maximize bandwidth efficiency and offer satellite services at a competitive cost.”
~Eric BERANGER
CEO, Astrium Services
 
“Operators such as Astrium Services are advancing satellite communications, making satellite networks a smart and affordable investment for organizations that need to be globally connected. We are proud that our satellite platform was chosen to expand Astrium Services’ offerings allowing French military troops to stay connected to their families and colleagues stationed around the world.”
~David HARROWER
Regional Vice President, Europe, Russia and CIS, iDirect
 
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Astrium Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS Astrium, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. Astrium Services offers a unique ‘one-stop shop’ in the satellite services market, with unrivalled capability and expertise in secure communications, Earth observation services and navigation services. The European provider of milsatcom services, including the pioneering Skynet 5 service, and a world-leading supplier of geo-information products and services, Astrium Services meets its customers' requirements with innovative and highly competitive end-to-end solutions.
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:                      Rémi Roland
                                                Astrium France                      
                                                Phone: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 37
 
            Jeremy Close
            Astrium UK
            Phone: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872
 
                                                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
Phone: 703-739-2610
Fax: 703-739-2611
            Email: sthuman@vt-systems.com