Harris Corporation Launches Next-Generation Maritime Satellite Service Based on iDirect Platform

All-IP network to enhance voice, Internet and corporate data access for cruise lines

Herndon, Va., October 6, 2009 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that Maritime Communication Services, Inc. (MCS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris Corporation and an international provider of VSAT systems and managed satellite services, has launched an iDirect Evolution network to support broadband IP services for one of its largest maritime customers, Carnival Corporation. The service is based on iDirect’s newest additions to its Evolution® product line, the high-performance Evolution® X5 Satellite Router and Evolution® XLC Line Cards, as well as iDirect’s latest operating software upgrade, iDX 2.0. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

The iDirect Evolution® network will enable Harris MCS to fulfill a new five-year contract with Carnival Corporation, supporting high-speed Internet access as well as voice and data services for cruise ship passengers and crew. The new managed services agreement covers Carnival vessels under the Costa Cruises brand, Italy's largest tourism group and Europe's top cruise company. Costa Cruises operates 14 cruise ships worldwide and expects to commission three new ships by 2012. Harris MCS also plans to migrate other maritime and land-based customers to the Evolution® platform.

iDirect’s Evolution® X5 satellite router supports high-speed, high-efficiency IP broadband connectivity. The Evolution® X5 enables leisure companies like Carnival to upgrade or replace current service to support greater data, Voice over IP (VoIP) and video communications, keeping pace with passenger and crew needs. The Evolution® X5 also supports iDirect’s suite of advanced mobility features for the maritime market such as Automatic Beam Switching, as well as iDirect’s Global Network Management System capability.

“In today's maritime industry, ship passengers and crew expect access to a full suite of onboard applications, Internet connectivity and voice services. With the iDirect Evolution® platform, we can meet higher service level agreements that provide our customers with the opportunity of offering affordable flat-fee broadband worldwide.”

President, Harris MCS

“iDirect has set the industry standard for onboard connectivity, developing advanced VSAT technology to support always-on broadband for voice, video and data communications. The key feature of our platform is TDMA-based shared VSAT, giving fleet operators a flexible method for sharing bandwidth between vessels at an affordable flat rate.”

Vice President Americas, iDirect

iDirect’s Evolution® product line supports a wide range of carrier IP data rates, FEC codes and modulation types, including up to 16APSK on outbound and up to 8PSK on the inbound. Evolution® includes the advanced features of the iDirect Intelligent Platform™ to help operators amplify the gains of DVB-S2, enabling satellite networks to meet demanding service level agreements and reach data speeds of up to 156 Megabits per second.

iDirect recently introduced the high-performance Evolution® X5 Satellite Router and Evolution® XLC-11 and XLC-M Line Cards, engineered to support either DVB-S2/ACM or iNFINITI TDM outbound mode. This upgrade combines iDirect’s Evolution® and iNFINITI® product lines with iDirect’s enhanced feature set onto a single platform. These new products are accompanied by an operating software upgrade, iDX 2.0, with the industry’s most efficient inbound coding technology.


Harris Corporation is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and 15,000 employees - including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.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.  

Media Contacts:

Julie Gouldin
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
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

Sleighton Meyer
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Harris MCS
Phone: 321-727-6514
Email: sleighton.meyer@harris.com