NewCom Deploys Distance Education Program in Colombia, Based on iDirect Satellite Communications Platform
Pilot program will bring 21st century communications to schools located in one of the most remote and volatile regions of Colombia
HERNDON, Va., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that NewCom International, a global communications provider, has launched a satellite-powered distance education network, covering 26 schools in the Nudo de Paramillo Region in Northern Colombia. The network is built on the iDirect satellite communications platform and is backed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other public and private sector organizations. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
The distance education program is designed to bring stability to an area of Colombia that struggles due to geographical isolation. Through the satellite network, 4,267 students will gain access to a range of interactive online learning programs using solar-powered computer equipment as there is no electricity provided in the area. The network is a critical pilot program that represents a model for expanding education throughout Colombia and the rest of the developing world.
NewCom selected the iDirect Platform based on several key capabilities. The TDMA system can cost-effectively share bandwidth across a wide range of applications from interactive video conferencing and video streaming to online learning tools, as well as basic voice and data access. Network traffic can be easily prioritized based on real-time usage, ensuring that access is available when it is needed. In addition, the iDirect Platform protects the network from rain and other weather conditions that can compromise data quality. iDirect's modular hub-and-line card design also enables NewCom to minimize capex and opex, expanding the distance education network affordably as new sites come online.
"At NewCom, we are committed to using cutting-edge communications technology to bring life-changing connectivity to people all around the world. Through this program, we are able to give thousands of children a window to the rest of the world and, at the same time, open the door for their communities to connect globally and with local authorities to improve and stabilize their living conditions. We are grateful to work with iDirect on getting this program off the ground and look forward to further opportunities to expand this initiative throughout Colombia."
Director of Sales and Business Development, NewCom International
"When it comes to distance education applications, reliability and ease of deployment are essential. With its Evolution network, NewCom can ensure that schools in even the most remote parts of Colombia can access critical connectivity. This project perfectly demonstrates how satellite and other modern technologies can power social change by bringing the world closer together."
~ Rob KILROY
Regional Vice President, Sales, Americas, iDirect
NewCom International is a global telecommunications firm that focuses on providing innovative, customized solutions for governments, businesses, and organizations worldwide. In addition to providing global transport of voice, video and data communications via satellite, IP and fiber, NewCom's solutions include comprehensive video services, mobile maritime communications services, collocation and equipment sales. Recognized as the second fastest-growing teleport operator in the world by World Teleport Association, NewCom has the dual advantage of a strategic Miami location and a network operations center that offers technical support on a 24/7 basis. Please visit www.newcom-intl.com
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™ 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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