BENTLEY WALKER LAUNCHES iDIRECT EVOLUTION NETWORK ACROSS EMEA REGION

Network addresses customers eager to expand iDirect-based service throughout their organizations and realize further efficiency gains

Herndon, Va., October 20, 2008 - VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that Bentley Walker, a major satellite operator headquartered in the UK, has purchased an iDirect 5iF Universal Satellite Hub as well as Evolution X3 Satellite Routers and Line Cards to launch a DVB-S2 network with Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) spanning multiple satellites in the EMEA region. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

The network is being developed to satisfy Bentley Walker customers that are specifically requesting an iDirect-based next-generation service with its reputation for quality and reliability. With the Evolution network in place, Bentley Walker plans to migrate small businesses, large enterprises, government organizations and other customers to an enhanced iDirect network that will deliver data throughput improvements of up to 60 percent over existing services.

The increased efficiency will spur broader use of satellite broadband connectivity across a diverse range of real-time applications. In addition, through Evolution, Bentley Walker will be able to stretch its satellite capacity resources much further, supporting a larger customer base in the fast-developing Middle East and Africa markets.

“Many of our customers rely on the iDirect platform to support the critical enterprise applications that drive their operations. With the introduction of an Evolution service offering, we can introduce to our customers an even higher level of network performance. We expect very strong adoption as Evolution’s results to date are surpassing our expectations.” 

~ Anthony WALKER
CEO, Bentley Walker Ltd

“At iDirect, our strategic approach to developing a next-generation solution was not only to maximize the specific gains of DVB-S2 and ACM, but to integrate our Evolution product line with the full benefits of our Intelligent Platform such as our application-level Group Quality of Service feature and our award-winning iVantage Network Management System. This enables partners like Bentley Walker to expand the overall value that it delivers to its customers through next-generation services and differentiate its offerings to pursue a broader market opportunity.”

~ David HARROWER
Regional Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, Russia and CIS, iDirect

iDirect’s Evolution product line supports a wide range of carrier IP data rates, FEC codes and modulation types, including up to 16APSK on outbound and up to 8PSK on the inbound. 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.

For further information, visit Bentley Walker at the GITEX/GULFCOMMS conference and exhibition in Dubai from October 19 to 23, 2008 in Zabeel Hall (Z-F37).

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Bentley Walker is ranked as the largest supplier and operator of VSAT Networks outside of North America. Comsys independently audited Bentley Walker as having around 45% of the market in Europe and the Middle East, to date having sold and brought online over 12,000 VSATs. Bentley Walker Ltd and Bentley Telecom are both privately owned companies, the former started in 1947 by the Late LT Commander C. Walker (George Cross DSC, DSO, DFC) RNVR and is currently run and owned by Mr. Anthony Walker and Mr. Matthew Walker, the shares in trust to the next generation thus ensuring the business continues to be family owned and run.

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
                                         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