Industry-first offering integrates broadband and narrowband networks to support a complete range of communications needs 

Herndon, Va., December 16, 2008 - VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that Thrane & Thrane A/S has implemented the iDirect satellite communications platform to support its customers’ growing need for high-speed connectivity at sea. Thrane & Thrane is the world’s leading manufacturer of equipment and systems for global mobile communication based on satellite and radio technology. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Thrane & Thrane’s newly launched Sailor 900 VSAT system provides a range of fixed broadband data packages, going up to 1024 kbps downlink/256 kbps uplink, and supports multiple voice channels at competitive rates. The system equips ship operators with always-on broadband connectivity to expand crew communications, strengthen connectivity to corporate networks and support remote vessel management.

Making onboard networks more efficient

While commercial shipping companies are rapidly bringing VSAT networks onboard their vessels, they are also looking for strategies to make the most efficient use of broadband service and leverage their existing investments in narrowband systems. Representing an industry-first, the Sailor 900 VSAT system features dual ports to provide seamless automated switching between a primary, fixed-fee VSAT broadband network and pay-per-use narrowband coverage. A ship’s narrowband system becomes a back-up to the VSAT network and maintains coverage when a satellite network may be out of range.

The Sailor 900 VSAT system also leverages iDirect’s advanced Group Quality of Service (QoS) technology, which enables ship operators to create bandwidth profiles that govern uplink and downlink speeds for every application onboard. For example, operators can establish separate networks for crew and operations communications. This preserves bandwidth for high-priority applications and heightens overall network performance.

Prepared for global expansion

Thrane & Thrane’s VSAT service is initially available in Europe and northern Africa over Ku-band. The iDirect platform supports Thrane & Thrane’s plans to expand its VSAT network to include worldwide coverage. Partnering with leading maritime satellite operators, iDirect has developed technology innovations, such as geo-mapping, global network management, and automatic beam switching that will enable Thrane & Thrane’s customers to maintain seamless broadband coverage as they travel around the world.

“VSAT broadband represents the future of maritime communications and a key to increased business productivity onboard and on shore. We have pioneered a flexible solution that provides our customers with the iDirect satellite communications platform, which is the industry’s most trusted VSAT broadband system, and yet enables them to leverage their existing investment in narrowband systems.”

Global Marketing Manager for Maritime Satcom, Thrane & Thrane

“Across the maritime industry there is a growing demand to stay connected with land-based operations, while improving the life of crew onboard, through high-speed satellite networks. Thrane & Thrane has developed an outstanding service concept based on a vessel’s dynamic communications needs. Our Intelligent Platform continues to be the technology of choice for the leading providers of VSAT maritime communications like Thrane & Thrane.”

Regional Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, Russia and CIS, iDirect



Thrane & Thrane is the world’s leading manufacturer of equipment and systems for global mobile communication based on sophisticated satellite and radio technology. Since its incorporation in 1981, the company has achieved a strong position within global mobile communication solutions, mainly based on the Inmarsat system, and today Thrane & Thrane provides equipment for maritime, land-based and aeronautical use. The company’s products are marketed worldwide under the brands Thrane & Thrane, EXPLORER® and SAILOR® through distributors and partners. Thrane & Thrane has 650 employees and is listed on OMX the Nordic Exchange Copenhagen (THRAN).  

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

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