Software upgrade to equip iDirect partners with low-latency,
fiber-performance satellite capacity
Herndon, Va., November 11, 2008 - VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that it has entered into a technology partnership with O3b Networks Ltd., a newly established satellite operator headquartered in Jersey, UK. iDirect will build features into its iDX platform operating software so that its partners can access O3b’s Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite network through the Evolution DVB-S2/ACM product line. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
O3b Networks plans to deploy a 16-satellite MEO constellation to create a satellite-based global Internet backbone. Satellites will orbit at only 8,000 km and operate in Ka-band, which will significantly reduce latency and achieve fiber-like data speeds and response times. The O3b Networks constellation will provide a critical influx of cost-effective, high-speed satellite capacity for iDirect’s partners, providing a major opportunity to expand cellular backhaul, broadband IP connectivity and other satellite services. In addition, the O3b Networks system will enable service providers to connect directly to 3G, 4G and WiMax cell towers, virtually eliminating the need for major capital expenditure on international backbone trunking.
“Through the O3b network, our partners will gain a cost-effective way to deliver broadband connectivity to the ‘other 3 billion’ people in the world who currently have no form of voice or Internet access. Through a simple software upgrade, our partners can easily and quickly achieve a new level of network speed and performance and expand their services to a ready market.”
~ David BETTINGER
Chief Technology Officer, iDirect
Given the mobile dynamics of the MEO constellation, the integration effort will leverage iDirect’s widely deployed technologies that support mobility for applications across the maritime, aviation and military and defense sectors. The software upgrade will feature an automatic satellite beam switching feature that will allow the iDirect remote to maintain seamless connectivity from one satellite to the next as they circle the earth five times each day.
“We are pleased to have a global technology leader like iDirect in our partnership program. iDirect is a proven leader in satellite communications, and its platform is relied on by the world’s largest satellite and cellular operators. We value the expertise they can bring to our venture, and look forward to working with iDirect’s global network of partners.”
~ Greg WYLER
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, O3b Networks
O3b Networks is backed by venture capital from Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Bank and other investors.
O3b Networks is building a new fiber-quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone for telecommunications operators (telcos) and Internet service providers (ISPs) in emerging markets. With deployment scheduled for late 2010, the O3b Networks system will combine global reach and the speed of a fiber-optic network. With investment and operational support from Google Inc., Liberty Global, Inc. and HSBC Principal Investments, the O3b Networks system will provide telcos and ISPs with a low-cost, high-speed alternative to connect their 3G, WiMAX and fixed-line networks to the rest of the world. This will allow billions of consumers and businesses in more than 150 countries to benefit from high-speed Internet connectivity for educational, medical and commercial applications. O3b Networks’ headquarters is in St. John, Jersey, Channel Islands. Ground systems and technical development are managed through its wholly owned subsidiary in Englewood, Colorado. For more information visit www.o3bnetworks.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.
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