iDIRECT PROVIDES SATELLITE NETWORK OPERATORS WITH A DIVERSIFIED BANDWIDTH DELIVERY MODEL THROUGH NEW GROUP QoS FUNCTIONALITY

Service providers can now dynamically allocate levels of service, allowing multiple end users access to appropriate bandwidth, and increasing operators’ sales opportunities

 

Herndon, VA, 4 June 2007 — iDirect Technologies (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc, and a global provider of satellite-based, broadband communications solutions, today introduced a new functionality that will enable network operators to better manage and sell satellite bandwidth. By utilizing iDirect’s Group Quality of Service (QoS) feature set, operators can now prioritize bandwidth across a diverse range of end user groups and applications, creating tiered service levels that eliminate under-utilized bandwidth and provide a more affordable and diversified service package to their customers.

 

The Group QoS features provide a more comprehensive set of management tools to remove critical roadblocks that have hindered wider adoption of satellite communications by large enterprises thus far:

 

  • Service levels can be modified for different groups of remotes, business units, office locations, technology applications, and other specifications established by the network operator. This includes recognizing applications by their bandwidth requirements and ensuring real-time data sharing, videoconferencing and other critical business operations meet pre-determined quality levels.
  • Network operators can support customers with diverse user profiles due to either multiple applications and traffic requirements such as VoIP prioritization, or multiple sub-segments, spanning regions, business organizations and end users.
  • Under-utilized bandwidth can be reclaimed and reallocated across a satellite network. This allows operators to bundle multiple customers with diverse user profiles onto the same bandwidth, saving space segment costs.

 

"There is an enormous market opportunity for a technology like iDirect's Group QoS.  Network operators must be able to craft service plans that meet the needs of complex and extended enterprises, especially those with diverse subsidiaries and franchise brands.  This kind of feature shows how technology development in the industry is constantly creating new business opportunities."

~ Simon BULL,

Senior Analyst, COMSYS

 

COMSYS is a research and consulting firm focused on the satellite communications industry.  www.comsys.co.uk

 

“iDirect’s Group QoS enables network operators to generate new sales opportunities by improving bandwidth availability and efficiency.  Operators can set flexible bandwidth priority levels across an expanded universe of user groups. This allows them to match service plans to their customers’ unique and growing bandwidth needs and ensure bandwidth quality as satellite communications usage expands. Our new technology builds on iDirect’s QoS capabilities, which have been widely adopted among satellite network operations worldwide.”

~ David BETTINGER

Chief Technology Officer, iDirect

 

Technology Specifications:

Group QoS supplies network operators with a multi-level delivery model. Each network is equipped with a centralized bandwidth manager that manages requests from a variety of applications. The manager divides the pool of bandwidth among existing service groups, filtering the information to the applications based on priority, cost, committed information rate, and maximum information rate.  Each application’s usage is evaluated on a repeated basis to constantly improve the overall process. iDirect’s Group QoS provides improved packet classification, expanded packet segmentation, and greater control of packet scheduling to maximize network efficiency.

 

Group QoS will be available with iDS 8.0 software release on all Star and Star/Mesh products.

 

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iDirect Technologies, a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc, designs, develops, and markets satellite-based broadband access solutions targeted at the enterprise, government, carrier and educational sectors that have the need for fast, flexible, and geographically dispersed two-way internet/intranet access. The company has developed technology solutions that combine high performance, worldwide availability, ease of installation, high reliability, and low cost to end customers. In addition, iDirect solutions offer unprecedented efficiencies, increased revenue opportunities and higher per customer gross margins to satellite network operators. iDirect was awarded the 2005 World Teleport Association Teleport Technology of the year, the Innovation & Technology of the Year by The ISCe Advisory Board, and named number one in the Deloitte & Touche Virginia Technology Fast 50 list of the fastest-growing U.S. technology companies. iDirect operates its corporate headquarters in Herndon, Virginia and has regional offices in Europe, Asia, and covering Latin America. Additional information is available on the company website at www.idirect.net.

 

VT Systems Inc 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 throughout North America 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 www.vt-systems.com.

 

Media Contacts:

 

John Severance                           

Sheffield Marketing Partners,                  

for iDirect Technologies                       

Phone:  630-281-4097                           

E-Mail:jseverance@sheffieldcompany.com         

 

Julie Gouldin

Vice President Corporate Marketing

iDirect Technologies

Phone:  703-648-8155

E-Mail: jgouldin@idirect.net

 

Carol Hrovoski

Corporate Communications Manager

VT Systems Inc

Phone:  703-739-2610

E-Mail:  http://chrovoski@vt-systems.com