June 19, 2007
SINGAPORE -- iDirect Technologies (iDirect), a globalprovider of satellite-based broadband communications solutions and the USsatellite communications arm of Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited,today announced it has expanded its presence in the Asia Pacific region bysigning three new contracts for its multi-protocol, bandwidth efficientsatellite hub. iDirect also announced three new satellite communicationssolutions aimed at the Asia Pacific market. These include new hardware andsoftware that will enable network operators to better manage and sellsatellite bandwidth to extended enterprises, small form factor Comms-on-the-Move (COTM) technology for commercial and government applications, and aglobal satellite network management system for the maritime industry.
iDirect's new contracts, spanning Southeast Asia, China and Pakistan,highlight iDirect's rapid growth in the region and the appeal of itsuniversal satellite communications platform.
IndosatM2 (IM2), the largest Internet Service Provider in Indonesia, has adopted iDirect's satellite platform to offer broadband service over Ku Band. The expanded service enables IM2 to serve thousands more business sites throughout Southeast Asia in remote and unreachable locations. IM2 will showcase its satellite broadband service, featuring a live videoconferencing demonstration at the CommunicAsia 2007 exhibition.
Pak Datacom Ltd., a subsidiary of Telecom Foundation and the leading satellite network operator in Pakistan and Bangladesh, has acquired an iDirect universal 5IF iNFINITI satellite hub and 25 iDirect Series 3100 remote routers to expand its broadband communications services. Pak Datacom plans to grow its GSM backhaul service for cellular operators, expand remote connectivity to commercial and government organizations and help banking institutions and other extended enterprises replace dedicated SCPC links with an integrated satellite network.
PetroChina's Bureau of Geophysics (BGP) Oil/Gas Exploration Group, a division of China National Petroleum Group (CNPC), has chosen iDirect's satellite communications platform to handle a variety of IP-based satellite broadband requirements critical to its global exploration efforts. The deal represents iDirect's first satellite hub installation in China.
"The Asia Pacific region has a critical need for satellite communications tofuel business growth and social development. Yet, network operators,businesses and government organizations have diverse requirements -- fromrural connectivity to oil and gas exploration -- and demand multipletechnologies and communications protocols. At iDirect, we have engineeredour technology to meet a universal set of requirements. Our customers cansupport any combination of network applications to thousands of remote sitesserving virtually any mix of customer requirements -- all from a singleiDirect platform. This technology differentiator is driving our businessmomentum in Asia."
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