Vizada Networks Purchases iDirect Satellite Hub

Customers benefit from affordable Internet access across Africa & Middle East

Oslo, Norway and Herndon, Va., 21 September 2009 – Vizada Networks, the leading independent satellite communications provider, and VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that Vizada Networks has purchased an iDirect Series 15000 Universal Satellite Hub. Vizada plans to launch a next-generation broadband IP service that will provide affordable Internet access across Africa and the Middle East, as well as support Vizada Networks’ corporate customers operating in these regions.

Vizada has installed the iDirect hub at the Nittedal Earth station in Norway and it will operate on the NSS7 (later NSS14 when operational) satellite, providing C-band coverage over Africa, and on the Intelsat IS1002, providing Ku-band coverage over the Middle East. The new service offerings will leverage expanded satellite capacity and DVB-S2/ACM bandwidth efficiency gains to expand Vizada Network’s market reach and network capabilities. Vizada Networks previously installed two iDirect iNFINITI hubs at its earth stations in Southbury (Connecticut, U.S.) and Eik (Norway) in 2006.

The Series 15000 Universal Satellite Hub is iDirect’s largest, most flexible satellite hub system. It will enable Vizada Networks to operate multiple high-performance DVB-S2/ACM networks over C-, Ku- or Ka-band and across up to 5 satellites. The Series 15000 also provides high availability by integrating redundancy into all the critical components of the chassis.

By combining the iDirect hub with the Evolution DVB-S2/ACM product line and the advanced features of the iDirect Intelligent PlatformTM, Vizada Networks can meet demanding customer applications. iDirect’s Evolution product line delivers dramatic gains in bandwidth efficiency, supporting a wide range of IP data rates, carrier modulations and FEC codes, including downstream modulations of up to 16APSK and upstream modulations of 8PSK. The iDirect platform integrates next-generation capabilities with a suite of technologies designed to meet the specific needs of vertical markets such as enterprise and government connectivity, as well as Internet service provision.

“iDirect is at the forefront of IP satellite technology innovation, and basing our service on the iDirect platform enables Vizada Networks to deliver significant value to our customers,” said Stefano Vittor, chief executive officer of Vizada Networks. “With the flexibility and built-in features of iDirect’s universal hub, we can capture a broad opportunity while meeting our customers’ growing demands.”

”Vizada Networks’ expanded VSAT service, built on next-generation technology, will bring high-performance IP networking to businesses ready to grow,” said David Harrower, regional vice president, Europe, iDirect. “This is an important development across critical markets where the VSAT industry is advancing economic and social progress.”


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About Vizada Networks
Vizada Networks specializes in tailor-made regional and international broadband fixed satellite services and hybrid network solutions. From simple turnkey solutions like broadband access and VoIP gateways to custom-built communication systems, Vizada Networks has been delivering its services to telecom carriers and ISPs, multinational companies, government & military bodies and humanitarian and aid organizations for more than 35 years. With in-house expertise in satellite and data networking, Vizada Networks enables customers to utilize high-quality, fully-managed network services and communicate reliably from virtually anywhere in the world.
For more information about Vizada Networks, visit www.vizadanetworks.com.  

About iDirect
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.  

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Media Contacts:

Annie Hurley
Corporate Press Officer
Vizada EMEAA
+33 1 48 15 73 04
annie.hurley@vizada.com


Katerina Stemberova
Marketing Manager
Vizada Networks
+47 9130 8366
katerina.stemberova@vizadanetworks.com


Julie Gouldin
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
iDirect
+1 703 648 8155
jgouldin@idirect.net