Organization promotes VSAT-based communications, provides strategic direction to growing industry

Herndon, Va., October 21, 2008 - VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that its Chief Technology Officer, Dave Bettinger, has been elected to the board of directors of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF), a London-based non-profit international association of the VSAT industry. The forum, which promotes the commercial, economic, political and technological advantages of VSAT-based communications, represents more than 200 organizations in the satellite communications industry. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Bettinger will join six other industry leaders on the board of directors. Together, they lead the direction of the GVF in its evaluation of industry issues, formulating strategic perspectives on how the industry can best address emerging business and technology opportunities.

A fifteen-year veteran of satellite communications, Bettinger transformed the industry by pioneering the use of satellite to transport IP data and handle the demand for global and remote connectivity created by the Internet. As a member of the GVF board of directors, Bettinger will advance the role of satellite technology as a core component of global telecommunications, advocating its pivotal role in next-generation networks, mobile communications and numerous vertical applications.

“The Global VSAT Forum is a strategic voice in the satellite communications industry. I am honored to be appointed to the board of directors and look forward to working with my colleagues from across the industry to advance the value and adoption of satellite communications.”

Chief Technology Officer, iDirect

“Dave Bettinger has played a critical role in the industry, expanding the functionality and reach of satellite technology to meet a much broader set of communications needs. We are very fortunate to have an innovator of this caliber who intimately understands customer needs and brings with him the invaluable experience of working directly with more than 300 partners around the world.” 

Secretary General, Global VSAT Forum


GVF, founded in 1997, is the single and unified voice of the global satellite industry. It brings together organizations engaged in the delivery of advanced broadband and narrowband satellite services to consumers, and commercial and government enterprises worldwide.   Headquartered in London, GVF is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization with 200+ members from more than 80 countries. The broad-based membership represents every major world region and every sector of the satellite industry, including fixed and mobile satellite operators, satellite network operators, teleports, satellite earth station manufacturers, system integrators, value added and enhanced service providers, telecom carriers, consultants, law firms, and users.

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

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

Media Contacts:              Sarah Thuman
                                       Manager, Corporate Communications
                                       VT Systems
                                       Phone: (1) 703-739-2610
                                       Fax: (1) 703-739-2611

                                       Julie Gouldin
                                       Vice President, Corporate Marketing
                                       Phone: (1) 703-648-8155
                                       Fax: (1) 703-648-8015

                                       David Hartshorn
                                       Secretary General
                                       Global VSAT Forum
                                       Phone: (1) 202-390-1885