New network leverages DVB-S2/ACM bandwidth efficiency gains to aid rebuilding efforts in Iraq

Herndon, Va., September 2, 2008 - VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that TigrisNet, a UK based global provider of IT solutions and satellite communications, has installed an iDirect Series 15000 Universal Hub and 50 Evolution X3 Satellite Routers to power an enhanced DVB-S2 network with Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) for corporate and government customers in Iraq and the Middle East. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

With satellite capacity strained in the region, the new network will leverage the bandwidth efficiencies of DVB-S2 with ACM to deliver enterprise broadband applications, including Voice over IP (VoIP), videoconferencing, file transfer and Internet access. The system will support TigrisNet’s customers in the region, particularly in Iraq, where a severe shortage of operational terrestrial networks has created a demand for high-speed satellite connectivity. TigrisNet is supporting numerous government ministries, international organizations and local businesses that are working to rebuild the country’s infrastructure. With the implementation of the new DVB-S2 network, TigrisNet is also expanding its services to new customers in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

“There is huge opportunity right now in Iraq to establish critical infrastructure throughout the country. To be effective, our customers needed a solution that could be implemented quickly and make the most of limited bandwidth resources. The Evolution product line gives us the flexibility and efficiency we require on the same iDirect platform that we have trusted for years.”   

~ Raied NASSER
Managing Director, TigrisNet

“TigrisNet is making a bold move to extend vital connectivity in a capacity-strained region and sustain rebuilding efforts. As the backbone of these crucial next-generation networks, the Evolution product line will enable TigrisNet to deliver bandwidth as efficiently as possible.”

Regional Vice President, Europe, iDirect

Built on the DVB-S2 standard and featuring ACM capabilities, iDirect’s Evolution product line delivers dramatic gains in bandwidth efficiency. It supports a wide range of IP data rates, carrier modulations and FEC codes, including downstream modulations of up to 16APSK and upstream modulations of 8PSK. Evolution includes the advanced features of the iDirect Intelligent Platform to help operators amplify the gains of DVB-S2, enabling satellite networks to meet demanding service level agreements and reach data speeds of up to 156 Megabits per second.


TigrisNet is an IT solutions provider established in the UK in 1998 with offices in Iraq, USA and Egypt. TigrisNet specializes in satellite communication solutions (VSAT) to enable global companies and government entities to remain connected independent of environmental changes and infrastructure. TigrisNet’s services include networking and wireless solutions, video conferencing, internet telephony (VOIP), data centre, storage and IT security. The company also supports bespoke projects and provides consultancy for many organizations. By utilizing a broad range of knowledge and expertise, TigrisNet possesses the ability to deliver the best possible solutions to SMEs, SMB’s, cooperate and government organizations. Please visit www.tigrisnet.com for more information.

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
                                               Phone: 703-739-2610
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                                               Email: sthuman@vt-systems.com

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