TATANET PARTNERS WITH VT IDIRECT & ST ELECTRONICS TO EXPAND SERVICES IN DEMANDING MARKETS

India’s fastest growing satellite service provider gears up to grow services for enterprise IP networks and other applications

Herndon, Va., June 10, 2008 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems) and a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology, together with its sister company, ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems) Pte Ltd (STEE-SatComS), announced today a strategic partnership with Tatanet Services Ltd (Tatanet), India’s fastest growing VSAT service provider. STEE-SatComS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics).

Tatanet has implemented an iDirect Series 15000 Universal Hub in Mumbai, India, which will enable it to expand its business across multiple developing markets that require specialized service capabilities. Tatanet, a division of Nelco Ltd., is the first commercial service provider in India to operate an iDirect network. 

The partnership equips Tatanet with the capabilities to meet the advanced needs of several growing markets in India. Through iDirect’s Intelligent Platform, Tatanet can provide satellite VPN, VoIP and Internet broadband services to major enterprises and organizations, supporting remote communications, business continuity networks and a wide array of critical IP applications. The iDirect platform also enables Tatanet to deliver communications solutions for the maritime broadband and GSM backhaul markets, and to host Virtual Network Operators.

“The demand for high-end satellite broadband services is growing rapidly across commercial and government markets. Leveraging the technical competencies of ST Electronics and the flexibility of the iDirect platform, Tatanet can expand its portfolio of satellite services to facilitate new advanced applications that meet increasingly complex customer needs.”

~Mr. Zal ENGINEER
Executive Director, Tatanet


“Tatanet’s strategic investment in the iDirect platform strengthens its position as one of India’s leading communications service providers and equips the company with a strong competitive edge. It also deepens the longstanding partnership between Tatanet and ST Electronics and shows how iDirect and ST Electronics are working together to help service providers in the Asia Pacific region to identify and develop new business opportunities.” 

~ Mr. TANG Kum Chuen
Senior Vice President, General Manager
ST Electronics (Satcom and Sensor Systems)

 
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Tatanet, a division of Nelco Ltd, is a Satellite Communication Projects Systems Integrator, and VSAT service provider for the Tata Indicom brand. After having provided effective & reliable wireless broadband connectivity to Tata Group of companies since 1995, Tatanet forayed into the commercial market in the year 2003. Within a short span of time, Tatanet has already attained a significant customer base both in Turn Key Satcom Projects and VSAT Services.

Tatanet partners with significant global players to offer world-class satellite solutions. The solutions from Tatanet address communication needs of diverse enterprise market segments such as Manufacturing and Distribution, Banking, Financial Services, Securities, Insurance, Broking, Retail, Media and Event, Travel, Tourism and Hospitality, Government, Defence and Public Sector Undertaking.


VT 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 50 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.

ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems), a sister company of iDirect, is a leading supplier of very small aperture terminals and network solutions. Its customers, spanning more than 70 countries worldwide, include telecommunications service providers, corporate enterprises, financial institutions, defence, government agencies as well as the oil-and-gas industry. With its innovative products and solutions, ST Electronics enables its valuable customers in turn to provide high quality and value-added services to their end-users. Please visit www.stee.stengg.com.


Media Contacts:                                  Sarah Thuman
                                                           Corporate Communications Manager
                                                           VT Systems 
                                                           Phone: 703-739-2610
                                                           Fax: 703-739-2611
                                                           Email: sthuman@vt-systems.com
      
                                                           Julie Gouldin
                                                           Vice President Corporate Marketing
                                                           iDirect
                                                           Phone: 703-648-8155
                                                           Fax :  703-648-8015
                                                           Email: jgouldin@idirect.net