NewCom International Brings 21st Century Communications To Rural Colombia With Rollout of iDirect DVB-S2 Satellite Network

Satellite operator provides cost-efficient, high-performance broadband Internet access and Voice over IP connectivity for government-funded initiative

Herndon, Va., November 17, 2009 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that NewCom International, a global communications provider, has rolled out an iDirect-based DVB-S2 broadband satellite service in Colombia to bring 21st century communications to key government and community facilities in remote locations. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

The initiative, which is being funded by the COMPARTEL program through Colombia’s Ministry of Communications, provides high-speed Internet access to hospitals, schools, police departments, fire departments, city government offices and cyber cafes. The communications project was launched in partnership with Colombia-based telecom provider Contecol.

NewCom is deploying iDirect’s DVB-S2 Evolution platform for the Colombia initiative to take advantage of optimized bandwidth and reduced costs. The network will be managed by NewCom from its teleport facility in Miami with Contecol providing on-the-ground logistics. Contecol originally tapped NewCom to provide satellite services for 650 locations. Based on NewCom’s quality performance over the past six months, Contecol recently awarded NewCom 300 additional sites in 2009, with an additional 1,000 sites expected to roll out by the end of Q1 2010.

“NewCom was the first satellite operator to bring the Evolution platform to Colombia, giving us a strong competitive advantage. By teaming with NewCom, we know we are getting the best expertise and highest quality service at the most efficient price possible.”

~Ricardo MURCIA
General Manager, Contecol

“We feel honored to have been chosen by Contecol for this project and to be recognized for the quality service that we provide, and our partnership with iDirect is a key factor. iDirect enables us to deliver quality, affordable communications to developing countries throughout the world, and their new Evolution product line ensures we continue to provide our clients with the most efficient, cutting-edge solutions possible.”

Director of Sales and Business Development, NewCom International

“NewCom is playing a major role in bringing satellite broadband to critical public and commercial institutions in Colombia, which will contribute greatly to the nation’s economic and social development. NewCom’s industry expertise and reputation for delivering excellent service communications will help ensure the project’s success and open new markets in the future.”

Regional Vice President, Sales, Americas, iDirect


NewCom International is a global telecommunications firm that focuses on providing innovative, customized solutions for governments, businesses, and organizations worldwide.  In addition to providing global transport of voice, video and data communications via satellite, IP and fiber, NewCom’s solutions include comprehensive video services, mobile maritime communications services, collocation and equipment sales.  Recognized as the second fastest-growing teleport operator in the world by World Teleport Association, NewCom has the dual advantage of a strategic Miami location and a network operations center that offers technical support on a 24/7 basis. Please visit  

Contecol is a leading Colombia-based Internet services provider that offers comprehensive coverage throughout the country. Contecol, which to date has been selected to provide Internet communications services to 1259 rural sites through the government communications initiative, currently offers coverage to more than 65% of the rural areas in the Colombian geography through satellite access, last mile wireless Point to Multipoint technology, and Digital Subscriber line solutions. 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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