BT LATAM COLOMBIA SELECTS iDIRECT PLATFORM TO SUPPORT GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE TO CONNECT NATIONAL HOUSING BUREAUS

Network to speed data integration, unite remote facilities stationed across Colombia

Herndon, Va., June 30, 2008 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems) and a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology, announced that its satellite communications platform was chosen by BT Latam Colombia to support a high-speed IP satellite network that will enable the Colombian government to improve the collection and management of real estate property records.

BT Latam Colombia, a division of BT Group plc and a leading provider of communications services in Latin America, will manage a network of more than 60 iDirect iNFINITI 3100 Series Satellite Routers installed throughout Colombia. The new network will bring broadband connectivity to local government bureaus located beyond the reach of terrestrial lines, better enabling remote agency offices to integrate time-sensitive information directly into the country’s national property database. Longer term, the Colombian government plans to expand the use of the network to support VoIP and Web access applications for remote offices. 

“In Colombia’s developing economy, broader access to business information is critical to sustainable growth. The versatility of iDirect’s platform makes it the ideal solution to expand broadband connectivity to remote locations while supporting a range of data, voice and Internet applications.”


~ Raul FANDIÑO
General Manager, BT Latam Colombia


“Satellite communications is essential for governments as they move to modernize the vital infrastructures that drive economic development. We are fortunate to join BT Latam Colombia in supporting such an important national initiative.”


~ Felipe GOMEZ DEL CAMPO
Director of Sales, Latin America, iDirect

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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
                                                                          Corporate Communications Manager
                                                                          VT Systems
                                                                          Phone: 703-739-2610
                                                                          Email: sthuman@vt-systems.com

                                                                          Julie Gouldin
                                                                          Vice President, Corporate Marketing
                                                                          iDirect 
                                                                          Phone: 703-648-8155
                                                                          Email: jgouldin@idirect.net