Bentley Walker Invests In iDirect Hub To support New KA-Band Services In Middle East

Provider chooses iDirect platform to strengthen its Ka-band service offerings in preparation for the launch of Avanti’s HYLAS 2 satellite

Herndon, Va., June 20, 2012 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Bentley Walker Ltd., one of the largest VSAT network operators in Europe, purchased a Universal 15000 series hub to enhance the company’s satellite service offerings in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bentley Walker’s new hub will run on Avanti’s Ka-band HYLAS 2 satellite, which is set to launch in June and will open up significant new satellite capacity throughout the Middle East and Africa. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

The flexibility of the iDirect platform enables Bentley Walker to provide communications solutions to a range of end users in the Middle East, from soldiers who need reliable and secure mobile communications to enterprise users who require on-demand broadband access for streaming voice, video, and data. With its significant investment in Ka-band capacity, Bentley Walker is well positioned to offer high speed, low-cost, two-way data communications to its growing customer base in the region.

Bentley Walker will provide satellite capacity through multiple service models, including a managed service model and a Virtual Network Operator (VNO) model. The former option offers end users a turnkey solution for installing and managing an iDirect network, while the latter option gives Bentley Walker partners the flexibility to manage their own services without the ownership commitment of a complete iDirect hub.

“The upcoming launch of the HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite offers an important opportunity for Bentley Walker to enhance our services in the Middle East. With the consistently excellent and reliable technology of iDirect, as well as the new Ka-band capacity we’re getting from HYLAS 2, we look forward to offering higher speed service packages on more affordable equipment with a smaller dish than previously possible with Ku service.”

~Anthony WALKER
CEO, Bentley Walker Ltd.

“Bentley Walker continues to be an early adopter in the satellite services industry. With the addition of a new hub running Ka-band services, the company is able to offer a complete blended portfolio of services based on the iDirect platform. Through its integrated, multi-band network, Bentley Walker can deliver completely customized satellite solutions to end users based on their unique application requirements. We have worked with Bentley Walker for a long time, and are excited about the opportunity to partner with them again during this important period in the industry.”

~ Stephen TUNNICLIFFE
Regional Vice President, Europe, iDirect

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Bentley Walker is ranked as the largest supplier and operator of VSAT Networks outside of North America. Comsys independently audited Bentley Walker as having around 45% of the Market in Europe and the Middle East, to date having sold and brought online over 12,000 VSATs. Bentley Walker Ltd and Bentley Telecom are both privately owned Companies, the former started in 1947 by the Late LT Commander C Walker (George Cross DSC, DSO, DFC) RNVR in 1947 and is currently run and owned by Mr. Anthony Walker and Mr. Matthew Walker, the shares in trust to the next generation thus ensuring the business continues to be a family owned and run business.

iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is a global leader in IP-based satellite communications providing technology that enables our 350+ partners to optimize their networks, differentiate and expand their businesses. The iDirect Intelligent Platform™ allows our partners to run their entire business operations more efficiently via a single, unified IP-based satellite architecture, whether it’s providing core IP applications to the enterprise or specialized services to any number of diverse vertical markets. iDirect is the #1 name in global satellite communications in key industries including maritime, military/government, and oil and gas, with a 62% hub market share and more than a quarter million remotes installed worldwide. In 2007, iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) was formed to drive adoption of its IP-based solutions in the U.S. 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. 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
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

Neil Denyer
Sales Manager
Bentley Walker
Phone: (44) 23 92 311 103
Fax: (44) 23 92 461 465
Email: neil@bentleywalker.com