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SkyVision Donates Satellite Connectivity To Crossover International Academy Over iDirect Technology Network advances the academy's educational program by providing students with access to online learning tools

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that SkyVision, a global IP telecommunications service provider to emerging markets, has donated an iDirect-powered satellite network for the Crossover International Academy, a K-8 school located in the village of Tongor-Attokrokpo, Ghana. The network was implemented as part of a joint effort between iDirect and SkyVision to help the academy improve its educational offering by providing underprivileged students with online educational resources. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

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SkyVision's SkyDirect VSAT service, based on the iDirect platform, was chosen to provide the service due to its proven reliable connectivity. The VSAT service enhances the way students learn and their overall education experience with Internet-based tools such as streaming video, social media, email and educational programs. For example, students can enhance reading levels by using uploaded video tutorials and online programs, such as PRO reading technology and Total Reader™.

Crossover is also leveraging the service to connect with Pegasus, its sister school in the US. The two schools can now communicate with one another via email, implement student debates over Skype and FaceTime, prepare weekly assignments and lesson plans, create online courses for the school's staff, and organize online fundraising activities.

"SkyVision is dedicated to providing reliable e-learning services that connect schools like Crossover to ensure students receive the best education. By running our service over iDirect's platform, we are able to bring a dependable service that helps the Crossover International Academy offer new educational tools, opening a world of opportunities to their 250 students. We are grateful to be partnering with iDirect on this project and look forward to the impact we can help deliver to Crossover's students."

~ Tzvika ZAIFFER
Director of Product Management and Marketing, SkyVision

"Teaming up with SkyVision ensures that Crossover students have reliable, high quality communications that help them learn, regardless of location or financial support. This project perfectly demonstrates how VSAT technology can help education progress, even in remote and developing areas around the world."

~ Majdi ATOUT
Regional Vice President, MEA, iDirect

SkyVision is a leading global IP telecommunication service provider to emerging markets, offering solutions over satellite and fiber optic network systems. SkyVision's focus is on global IP connectivity services for customers that include incumbent telecoms, ISPs, cellular operators, global and local enterprises, government entities and NGOs in over 50 countries. With an emphasis on its customers' local or regional requirements, SkyVision offers superior network connectivity solutions. Known for its innovative approach, the company offers an extensive suite of both customized solutions and industry-standard services for end-to-end IP connectivity, managed from its international gateways and selected local hubs. SkyVision's global-reaching network connects its customers to the Internet backbone with more than ten satellite platforms and a network of high-capacity fiber optic cables, via its gateways in Europe, North America and the Middle East as well as multiple points of presence (POPs) in Africa. SkyVision currently commands a satellite and fiber network IP connectivity spanning 100 countries. The company's C-Band and Ku-Band  VSAT network solutions draw on SkyVision's extensive space segment inventory from leading satellite providers and its capacity is carefully tailored to customers' individual needs for optimal cost-effectiveness.  Please visit www.skyvision.net

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.

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