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iDirect Exceeds 400 Mbps in LTE Cellular Backhaul Test

Demo conducted with SpeedCast leverages iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology, enables aggressive data rates for SpeedCast managed service offering designed to extend reach of mobile networks

Herndon, VA, 31 May 2016 — VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that lab tests with SpeedCast International Ltd., a global network and satellite communications service provider, have demonstrated GTP/LTE traffic being transmitted over a single iDirect SatHaul™ terminal at speeds over 350Mbps on the downstream and 90Mbps on the upstream. This proof-of-concept is critical in helping SpeedCast achieve a leading position in cellular backhaul provisioning and helping mobile operators extend the reach of their services via satellite connectivity. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

As demand for 4G/LTE service continues to escalate around the globe, SpeedCast is helping mobile operators scale their networks efficiently through delivery of a managed service offering, delivering high performance with no capital expenditures for the operator. Core to that strategy is choosing the right solution for mobile backhaul that can extend data connectivity into rural and remote areas, along with specialized environments, such as emergency services and disaster recovery, in a cost-effective manner while ensuring high service reliability.

With test results hitting 350Mbps on the downstream, iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology provides a proof-of-concept that essentially doubles previous levels of speed achieved in the market. Designed to provide a path to the most optimal ongoing network performance, iDirect’s DVB-S2X strategy puts SpeedCast in best position to match network speed and quality of service expectations, both today and going forward.

“Today, SpeedCast plays a critical role in helping mobile operators extend their service offering into new geographical areas to capture greater revenue,” says Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast. “After witnessing a new throughput record for GTP/LTE traffic being transmitted over a single iDirect terminal, we are excited about the benefits it can provide to our customers in terms of speed and efficiency. We continue to see growing demand from mobile operators and such technological advancements will be key to ensure our continuous success in meeting operators’ needs.”

“Our strategy at iDirect is to provide a mobile backhaul solution that helps our partners extend data services affordably and reliably, while addressing the most challenging end user requirements,” says Kevin Steen, VP of Global Sales and COO, iDirect. “The results of our test with SpeedCast provide convincing evidence that our DVB-S2X strategy will position our customers to stay ahead of the competition as the market for LTE service explodes and throughput becomes the litmus test for securing market opportunities.”

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SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA) is a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, offering high-quality managed network services in over 90 countries and a global maritime network serving customers worldwide. With a worldwide network of 40 sales and support offices and 39 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 5,000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, SpeedCast has distinguished itself with a strong operational expertise and a highly efficient support organization. For more information, visit www.speedcast.com.

VT iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is a global leader in IP-based satellite communications providing technology and solutions that enable our partners worldwide to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and profitably expand their businesses. For more than 20 years, the VT iDirect organization has focused on meeting the economic and technology challenges across the satellite industry. Today, the product portfolio, branded under the name iDirect, sets new standards in performance and efficiency, making it possible to deliver voice, video and data connectivity anywhere in the world. VT iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the leader in key industries including mobility, military/government and cellular backhaul. In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities. In 2008, iDirect Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore to enhance its value-add and responsiveness to customers in the Asia Pacific region. For more information please visit www.idirect.net.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated 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
VT iDirect
Phone: (1) 703 648 8155
Email: jbettinger@idirect.net


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