SIMS Group Rolls Out iDirect DVB-S2 Satellite IP Network With Coverage Across Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Markets

Colombian-based service provider lowers cost of deploying high-performance broadband Internet access and Voice over IP connectivity

Herndon, Va., October 28, 2009 - VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that SIMS Group, a leading satellite network operator in Colombia with a teleport located in Miami, has launched an iDirect-based DVB-S2 broadband satellite service. The next-generation network will deliver significant bandwidth efficiency gains to commercial and government organizations throughout Latin America, the Caribbean islands and the U.S. The service will be launched in conjunction with the Andicom Telecommunications Congress in Cartagena, Colombia, October 28-30, 2009. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

SIMS has introduced the enhanced service in response to growing demand for high-speed Internet access and reliable Voice over IP (VoIP) connectivity across a wide range of vertical markets. Subscribers to the new service can leverage iDirect’s Evolution X3 satellite router, which is designed to efficiently support bandwidth intensive applications and real-time voice and data traffic. SIMS will manage the service from its existing hub located in Miami. The company will provide both C-band and Ku-band coverage over Satmex 5 with plans to expand its footprint through transponders leased on the recently launched Amazonas 2 satellite.

The new offering will also be available as an upgrade to current customers. SIMS provides satellite broadband and managed network service to private enterprises, government and military organizations, oil and gas companies, and financial institutions.

“Launching a DVB-S2 network is critical to our growth strategy. With iDirect’s Evolution product line, we can meet customer demand for higher data performance and reliable VoIP, while delivering greater bandwidth savings. There is no satellite platform we would trust more than iDirect to build our future.”

~ Luis Hernando ESCOBAR
Chief Executive Office, SIMS-USA

“With a teleport presence in Florida, access to multiple satellites and support for a variety of communications applications, SIMS is well positioned to capture a growing market for satellite service in the Americas. Upgrading to Evolution will further differentiate its offering and enable SIMS to support greater traffic and increase its return on investment in the iDirect platform.”

Regional Vice President, Sales, Americas, iDirect


SIMS Group is a leader in providing integrated solutions in telecommunications, security, solar energy and intelligent transportation systems. Our portfolio of products and services includes satellite communication services for fixed and mobile voice and data; satellite Internet, VoIP and video surveillance; GPS tracking across air, land and sea; personal GPS tracking via cellular and satellite networks; security consulting; solar energy solutions; intelligent transport systems; and data center services and placement. Please visit:

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 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  

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Julie Gouldin
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Sarah Thuman
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Luis H. Escobar
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Olga P. Manrique
Manager, Satellite Services
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