Office of Post and Telecommunications Launches iDirect Evolution Network To Extend Voice, GSM and Data Services Across French Polynesia

Broadband satellite driving advances in distance learning, telemedicine and expanding commerce throughout region

Herndon, Va., May 17, 2010 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that the Office of Post and Telecommunications French Polynesia (OPT), a leading telecommunications provider in the Pacific Islands, has launched a new high-speed satellite broadband network based on iDirect’s Evolution platform. The network will introduce expanded voice, GSM and Internet coverage to remote areas of French Polynesia, serving residential, enterprise, government and maritime customers. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

OPT’s satellite network will integrate seamlessly with French Polynesia’s terrestrial communications infrastructure to extend broadband connectivity to outlying villages. With the region’s population scattered across approximately 118 islands, the network will provide a vital communications bridge between the outermost rural islands and the rest of the island chain. Further, thanks to the recent activation of a submarine fiber optic cable linking French Polynesia with Hawaii, the satellite network can be used to extend global communications to the entire island chain, enabling advances in distance learning, telemedicine and commerce throughout the region.

“We chose iDirect because it provides the most efficient solution for allocating bandwidth across remote locations, economically serving sites with a dynamic range of network traffic. In addition, our investment in iDirect gives us the ability to serve a variety of vertical markets, including the maritime sector. We’re excited to expand broadband coverage to all of French Polynesia at a time when advances in telecommunications are enabling new opportunities for society, business and government.”

~ Manfred CHAVE
General Manager, OPT

“OPT’s new service demonstrates the power and reach of high-speed satellite connectivity in demanding geographies such as the Pacific Islands. With the iDirect platform, OPT gains the efficiency to stretch bandwidth capacity further and extend much-needed voice and data connectivity to a rapidly developing region.”

~ John ARNOLD
Director of Sales, Asia Pacific, iDirect

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OPT French Polynesia, a publicly owned corporation, provides telecommunications services in French Polynesia together with several wholly owned subsidiaries, which include Tikiphone (mobile), Mana (Internet), Tahiti Nui satellite (video), ISS (software and network solutions) and Tahiti Nui Telecom (international voice). With 950 staff in more than 80 locations, OPT provides local, national and international connectivity to residential, corporate and government users. For more information, please visit www.opt.pf

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 is a diversified company providing solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems products and services include aircraft inspection, maintenance and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.


Media Contacts:

Julie Bettinger
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
iDirect
Phone: (1) 703 648 8155
Fax: (1) 703 648 8015
Email: jbettinger@idirect.net

Sarah Thuman
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax: (1) 703 739 2611
Email: sthuman@vt-systems.com

Maui Sanford
International Relations Manager
OPT French Polynesia
Phone: +689 414500
Fax: +689 417575
Email: maui.sanford@opt.pf