IDMI Purchased iDirect Hub To Launch Broadband Service In MEA and Asia

iDirect adds partner in Lebanon as regions turn to satellite IP networks to build core communications infrastructure

Herndon, Va., October 27, 2009 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that IDMI, the international arm of Lebanon’s leading Internet Service Provider, IDM, has launched an iDirect-based satellite broadband service covering the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

IDMI’s iDirect-based service provides Ku-band connectivity via the SES New Skies NSS-6 satellite orbiting over the EMEA region and an iDirect hub co-located at the Cyta-Makarios teleport in Cyprus. IDMI will initially roll out services in Afghanistan, Iraq, and East and South Asia, with plans to expand the network in Africa with additional hubs later this year.

The new offering brings high-speed connectivity to corporate enterprises, financial institutions and government organizations as they continue to rely on satellite communications to advance vital telecommunications infrastructure.

“With satellite connectivity providing core communications infrastructure in developing nations, it’s critical that service providers can supply enough bandwidth to support business growth and social advancement. NSS-6’s position provides optimal coverage over our target area and a major hot spot for Internet connectivity into the Middle East and Africa. The efficiencies of the iDirect platform will help us stretch this satellite capacity further to support a variety of customer applications.”

~ Zakie KARAM
General Manager, IDMI

“Demand for iDirect-based broadband service continues to grow in the EMEA region, and we are pleased to now have a partner based in Lebanon. IDMI is poised to play an important role as government organizations as well as local and multinational businesses increasingly relying on satellite communications to improve their operations.”

~ Dean GRIFFLER
Senior Vice President of Global Sales, iDirect


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IDMI was born from IDM, Lebanon's leading ISP representing more than 50% of the residential and corporate market segment. IDMI integrates all the group’s innovative capabilities and expertise in Internet, VSAT services, wireless data transmission and all kinds of connectivity: a new business opening up to a wider world. IDMI’s head office located in Beirut is able to provide solutions and services to corporations and end users in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. For further information visit: www.idmint.net  

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 around the globe 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:

Julie Gouldin
Vice President Corporate Marketing
iDirect
Phone: 703-648-8155
Fax: 703-648-8015
Email: jgouldin@idirect.net

Sarah Thuman
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems Inc
Phone: 703-739-2610
Fax: 703-739-2611
Email: sthuman@vt-systems.com

Zakie Karam
General Manager
IDMI
Phone: +961 1 513 613 ext. 500
Fax: +961 1 512 511
Email: zakie.karam@idmint.net