iDirect Installs First Satellite Hub in China


Petrochina's BGP Oil/Gas Exploration Group leverages platform for critical business applications

SINGAPORE, June 18 /- iDirect Technologies (iDirect), a global provider of satellite-based broadband communications solutions and the US satellite communications arm of Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited, today announced that 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. The deal represents iDirect's first satellite hub installation in China. BGP is a leader in the exploration of oil and gas prospecting and development in China and around the world.

BGP will implement iDirect's satellite platform to manage its global exploration efforts, which include geophysical prospecting, seismic data centers, geological research and information services. The iDirect satellite hub will be located in China's Hebei province and will connect to remotes dispersed throughout the Middle East. The deal was secured through Beijing UNIAT Science & Technology Co., Ltd., an iDirect channel partner in China.

"It's an honor to work with iDirect to establish a satellite hub for China's largest oil and gas company. iDirect's satellite platform provides both the most efficient bandwidth and the highest quality performance available. It's the right choice for BGP to maximize its investment in satellite communications."

Mei YU
General Manager, Beijing UNIAT Science & Technology Co., Ltd.

"iDirect is excited to partner with BGP to deliver a satellite network platform that can handle any application, weather condition and geographical environment. And we are grateful to UNIAT for its effort in securing our first hub installation in China. The opportunity for satellite communications in China is vast, and we are confident high-profile companies like PetroChina recognize the unique technology and business value of iDirect's satellite solutions."

Andrew BOND-WEBSTER
Regional Vice President and Managing Director, Asia, iDirect

Please visit us at CommunicAsia 2007 from 19 to 22 June to see our latest solutions.

Singapore Expo, Hall 6, Booth 6K1-07 - iDirect booth showcases iDirect COTM solutions including IM2's new satellite broadband service and diverse bandwidth delivery models through iDirect New Group QoS functionality.

Singapore Expo, Hall 3, Booth 3H3-0 - ST Electronics features its range of communications and e-learning solutions including Block Up-Converters, High Power SSPA (Solid State Power Amplifier), Outdoor Transceivers, Satcom-On-The-Move, as well as Satellite Hub system from iDirect. In addition to communications systems and solutions, ST Electronics will be showcasing its Multimedia Education Resource Interactive Teacher System (MERiTS).

iDirect Technologies, a company 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.

ST Electronics, the electronics arm of ST Engineering, delivers innovative system solutions to government, commercial, defence, and industrial customers worldwide. It specialises in the design, development and integration of advanced electronics systems, such as broadband radio frequency and satellite communication, e-government solutions, information communications technologies, rail and traffic management, realtime command and control, training and simulation, intelligent building management, and information security and mobile commerce solutions. Please visit www.stee.stengg.com

Source: iDirect Technologies

CONTACT: Julie Gouldin, Vice President Corporate Marketing of iDirect Technologies, +1-703-648-8155, jgouldin@idirect.net; or John Severance of Sheffield Marketing Partners, +1-630-281-4097, Mobile, +1-312-953-3396, jseverance@sheffieldcompany.com, for iDirect Technologies; or Carol Hrovoski, Corporate Communications Manager of VT Systems Inc, +1-703-739-2610, chrovoski@vt-systems.com

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