The Auriga Network Expands Global Satellite IP Broadcast Network In Middle East Via iDirect Platform

IP service helps broadcasters reduce contribution feed costs while meeting rising demand for live news coverage in region

Herndon, Va., Sept 11, 2009 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that The Auriga Network has leveraged its satellite communications platform to expand its IP broadcasting service to newscasters in the Middle East. The network is designed to transmit live news over an IP satellite system, reducing the cost of transporting video from local bureaus to network studios. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

The iDirect satellite communications platform provides the backbone for the network’s increasingly global deployment. Based on iDirect’s TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) shared bandwidth system, space segment can be allocated across multiple locations in the Middle East. News captured in the field and sent over The Auriga Network is translated to video in real time to facilitate live broadcasts. Based on standard IP payload efficiencies, the network can support an average traffic increase of 400% over conventional video broadcasting. Combined with new generation video codecs that provide significantly higher compression rates, the network provides a more economical mechanism for video transport.

With the availability of the new service, The Auriga Network extends its leadership position in the emerging IP broadcast industry. The company currently serves major news networks in Europe, North America and Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to live broadcasts, The Auriga Network will support IP Satellite News Gathering (IP SNG); integrated data, voice and video communications; and rapid deployment disaster recovery networks.

“Today, media companies must find a way to meet the demand for live coverage, while reducing their operating costs. The solution is an industry-wide move to IP broadcasting and news gathering. Thanks to the reliability and efficiency of the iDirect platform, we are winning the trust of the world’s top networks while expanding our IP network to reach every corner of the globe.”

~ Stephen FLOOD
Chief Executive Officer, The Auriga Network

“The Auriga Network team is leading an important technology development that will deliver significant cost advantages to the global broadcast industry. The fact that this network is being built on iDirect technology again proves how our platform can meet the real-time requirements of bandwidth intensive applications while ensuring network performance in the most demanding situations – even when it comes to live news.”

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

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The Auriga Network, established by a team of industry-leading VSAT professionals, has been designed to bridge the satellite coverage map over the Eastern globe. The Network offers IP SNG and Critical Comms VSAT services to Broadcast, Military and Corporate Industry sectors. With its privately-owned satellite hub based in Hong Kong, built on award-winning iDirect technology, The Auriga Network is uniquely placed to offer unsurpassed coverage, IP and RF availability, and support to its mission critical client base. Please visit www.auriganetworks.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 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
Phone: 703-739-2610
Fax: 703-739-2611
Email: sthuman@vt-systems.com

Jon Gilbert
Vice President, Marketing
The Auriga Network
Phone US: +1 202 552 1038
Phone UK: +44 (0) 345 5087460
Phone ME: + 973 161 99284
Email: jon.gilbert@auriganetworks.com