Telenor Satellite Broadcasting Launches Next-Generation VSAT Network Powered By iDirect's Evolution Platform

Network enables maritime and enterprise service providers to grow their businesses in Europe and the Middle East

Herndon, Va., October 13, 2010 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc), a regional satellite operator delivering services throughout Europe and the Middle East, has launched a next-generation satellite network based on the iDirect Evolution platform. The operator’s new network makes valuable satellite capacity available to the region’s service providers. To power the network, TSBc has purchased an iDirect Universal 5IF Hub and installed it at its Nittedal teleport near Oslo, Norway. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

TSBc’s Evolution network will support a variety of Virtual Network Operator (VNO) customers who are looking to expand operations and capture new opportunities in EMEA. On land, the network offers always-on, dedicated IP broadband over satellite for service providers to extend terrestrial networks and deliver business-critical Internet, voice and data connectivity to remote areas for enterprise, government and military customers in the Middle East. TSBc’s network will also support service providers in Europe’s rapidly growing maritime industry, enabling high-quality, two-way dedicated and shared satellite services for a range of vessel applications across a wide coverage area.

TSBc’s network is powered by iDX 2.0, iDirect’s latest software release for its Evolution product line. iDX 2.0’s efficiency and scalability improvements combine with Evolution’s next-generation bandwidth optimization, allowing TSBc to support bandwidth-intensive applications while maximizing its space segment so the operator can continue to grow. With Evolution’s built-in feature set, TSBc’s VNO customers can offer more reliable services to their target verticals. To bolster service quality for maritime applications, for example, iDirect’s Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) technology automatically optimizes link availability during adverse weather conditions — ensuring maximum network uptime for critical operational and productivity functions. And to meet the stringent security requirements of today’s enterprise, government and military applications, iDirect’s advanced embedded encryption technology ensures that all sensitive data traveling across the network remains protected.

“TSBc has seen an increasing demand for VNO services in the EMEA region and has already signed the first VNO contracts with existing iDirect service providers. We feel the iDirect Evolution platform was a very good complement to our existing portfolio of Shared Access services.”

~ Jan HETLAND
Director, Datacomms Systems, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting

“Telenor Satellite Broadcasting is enabling wider adoption of satellite in Europe and the Middle East, supplying much-needed space segment and infrastructure to emerging VNOs who aren’t yet able to host and manage their own teleport. By launching an Evolution network, TSBc can meet the unique requirements of its customers in the region, while increasing its capacity to add new VNOs and expand services.”

~ Steve TUNNICLIFFE
Regional Vice President, Europe, iDirect

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Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) provides extensive television broadcasting services for distribution and contribution applications to broadcasters throughout Europe, utilizing a hybrid network that comprises terrestrial circuits, earth stations and the satellite fleet. TSBc operates at the prime orbital location of 1 degree West, the leading position in the Nordic region and a hotspot position in Central and Eastern Europe. TSBc delivers end-user connectivity and broadband application services via satellite in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and has also established inclined satellite operations at the 4 degree West orbital position. Visit the company’s website at www.telenorsbc.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. 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 15 years of global satellite communications experience, iDirect serves customers in over 50 countries through a diverse network of service provider partners, including seven of the World Teleport Association’s Global Top Ten operators. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, iDirect has offices in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. In 2007, iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) was set up to drive adoption of its IP-based solutions in the US Government market. In 2008, iDirect Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore to enhance its value-add and responsiveness to customers in the Asia Pacific region. Please visit www.idirect.net.

VT Systems is a diversified company providing integrated engineering solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair 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 ship design 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  

Edward Szeto
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax: (1) 703 739 2611
Email: eszeto@vt-systems.com  

Jan Hetland
Director, Datacomms Systems
Technology Division
Telenor Satellite Broadcasting AS
Phone: (47) 9587 1588
Email: jan.hetland@telenor.com