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TMCNet:  NewSat Strengthens Satellite Services For Oil And Gas, Mining, Government And Military Customers With New iDirect Hub

[December 11, 2012]

NewSat Strengthens Satellite Services For Oil And Gas, Mining, Government And Military Customers With New iDirect Hub

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that NewSat Limited (NewSat), Australia's largest pure satellite communications company, has enhanced its network infrastructure with the purchase of a new iDirect Evolution® universal satellite hub, and by upgrading to iDirect's SatManage 5.2 network management software. The investment will enable NewSat to expand its existing service offerings and capitalize on the upcoming launch of its Jabiru-1 high throughput satellite (HTS), which will deliver more than 7.6 GHz of Ka-band capacity across Australia, South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080912/NEF020LOGO) By expanding iDirect infrastructure, NewSat can more easily manage and grow an integrated service portfolio across its fleets of existing and future satellites for customers that demand coverage across multiple geographies and applications. NewSat chose the iDirect Platform to deliver HTS services because the Platform can support many frequency bands, satellite architectures and market requirements. Further, with the upgrade to SatManage 5.2, NewSat gains a sophisticated suite of Web-based software tools to improve overall service quality, manage network operations through visibility, improve trouble-shooting and ensure maximum network uptime.

With the new technology in place, NewSat plans to offer tailored voice, video and data solutions for oil and gas customers whose remote sites need to be directly connected; high-speed voice, video and data for end-to-end communication for mining companies; and real-time communication solutions for government and military organizations.

"NewSat has been providing its global customers with mission critical satellite communications services for more than a decade. Our customers are demanding multiple services across our fleet of satellites. With iDirect, we now have a single platform to meet their diverse requirements around the world and to introduce HTS bandwidth capabilities." ~ Andrew MATLOCKVice President Sales - Australia, NewSat "At iDirect, we ensure that our partners can manage a flexible service portfolio over a single platform, maximizing their profitability and increasing their business opportunity. By strengthening its investment in iDirect infrastructure, NewSat has taken an important step in preparing for the HTS era while expanding its ability to serve the growing needs of military, oil and gas, mining and government customers." ~ John ARNOLDRegional Vice President, Sales, Asia Pacific, iDirect NewSat Limited is Australia's largest pure satellite communications company, delivering Internet, voice, data and video communications via satellite. With its unique-to-Australia Teleport infrastructure, NewSat provides a full range of managed satellite communication services and has established a reputation as the partner of choice for governments, corporations and private enterprises. Today, NewSat has the ability to provide coverage to 75% of the globe; from Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, across the Indian Ocean extending into Europe and across the Pacific Ocean, reaching into the West coast of the USA. NewSat's world acclaimed Teleports in Perth (Western Australia) and Adelaide (South Australia) were Top 3 Finalists in the World Teleport Association's 2012 Teleport Awards for Excellence. NewSat will be expanding its satellite capabilities with the Jabiru Satellite Program, beginning with the launch and operation of Jabiru-1, Australia's first Ka-band satellite. Jabiru-1, a large next generation satellite, will provide superior coverage over South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

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 profitably expand their businesses. The iDirect Intelligent Platform(TM) 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.

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