COBBETT-HILL EARTH STATION INSTALLS iDIRECT HUB TO OFFER VNO

UK-based teleport operator wins contract with maritime service provider
AGC Marine Telecom

Herndon, Va., June 24, 2008 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems) and a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology, announced today that Cobbett-Hill Earth Station Ltd. (CHE) has installed an iDirect Series 15000 Universal Satellite Hub and acquired multiple iNFINITI 5000 Series Satellite Routers to launch a hosting service for Virtual Network Operators (VNOs). The new offering will target a diverse range of vertical markets in the EMEA region. CHE is an independent UK based teleport operator that provides a complete range of satellite and communication services for business and government customers worldwide.


With the debut of its new offering, CHE has signed its first VNO customer, AGC Marine Telecom, one of Europe’s largest marine stabilized VSAT installers and distributors. AGC Marine will provide its mega yacht and cruise line customers with high-speed broadband connectivity supported by the advanced features of the iDirect platform.


In addition to its VNO operations, CHE will be launching an IP broadband service using iDirect’s next-generation Evolution DVB-S2 system with Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM). The investment enables CHE to develop a multiple-satellite DVB-S2 network for operators with markets in Africa and the Middle East, where space segment remains highly limited.


“The iDirect platform offers the most flexibility and functionality of any system in the industry. With a single iDirect hub, Cobbett-Hill can offer SCPC, TDMA and DVB-S2 networks and support the unique demands of vertical markets. We look forward to offering our customers best-in-class services based on iDirect’s advanced capabilities.”

~Paul O’BRIEN
Managing Director, Cobbett-Hill Earth Station


“Cobbett-Hill is well positioned to grow its market opportunity at a critical time when satellite technology has advanced to deliver breakthrough efficiencies and better meet unique industry needs. We are pleased to welcome both Cobbett-Hill and AGC Marine to iDirect’s network of global partners.”


~Stephen TUNNICLIFFE
Sales Director, Northern Europe, iDirect

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Cobbett Hill Earth Station Ltd. (CHE) is based in the UK and located near Guildford.  CHE works with international teleport partners to support voice, data and video communications in markets around the world. The company boasts twelve operational antennas, ranging from 0.8m to 9.3m in diameter, and works with both C-band and Ku-band satellites.  CHE provides a variety of turnkey packages, including: very small aperture terminal (VSAT) systems for satellite communications of data, voice and video; gateway satellite earth stations, and multinational TDMA networks. Please visit: www.cobbett-hill.com.

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.


Media Contacts:                           Sarah Thuman
                                                    Manager, Corporate Communications
                                                    VT Systems
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                                                    Julie Gouldin
                                                    Vice President, Corporate Marketing
                                                    iDirect Technologies
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