Telenor Satellite Broadcasting A.S. Selects iDirect As Ground Infrastructure Platform For New High Throughput Satellite (HTS) THOR 7 to provide HTS capacity over Europe's main shipping routes and oil and gas exploration areas

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announced today that Telenor Satellite Broadcasting A.S. (TSBc), a major European satellite operator, has chosen iDirect's new Velocity® product line as the ground infrastructure solution for its new THOR 7 high throughput satellite (HTS). Using iDirect technology, TSBc will deliver a Ka-band HTS payload of up to nine Gbps of throughput across 25 spot beams, providing capacity over the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Mediterranean, Baltic Sea as well as the Middle East. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

TSBc chose the iDirect platform for several reasons. The platform will enable automatic, seamless spot-beam handover across all beams on the THOR 7 satellite, ensuring continuous mobile connectivity. The platform will also establish an integrated capacity pool that can be efficiently distributed and enables the development of service plans for individual terminals as well as for groups across the entire coverage area. This establishes a global bandwidth management system that enforces Service Level Agreements (SLA) at the group level across all beams. Further, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting aims to leverage the iDirect platform to facilitate inter-network roaming with other Ku and Ka satellite operators, enabling end users to travel outside of their service providers' networks, while maintaining seamless coverage through a single service provider.

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting expects to launch the THOR 7 satellite in the second half of 2014. THOR 7 will increase capacity for current maritime and energy customers and enable Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to expand its business in the satellite news gathering, aeronautical and governmental markets.

"THOR 7, Ka-band HTS payload is strategically positioned over the main shipping routes and major oil and gas exploration areas in Europe, enabling our maritime and energy customers to grow their businesses and bring much needed capacity into the region. There's no better platform than iDirect to bring our new capacity to market, giving us the flexibility we need to capture a broad range of high-value markets, whilst offering the possibility for roaming between Ku and Ka band satellites in the future."

~ Julian CRUDGE
Divisional Director – Network and Data Services, TELENOR SATELLITE BROADCASTING

"iDirect is thrilled to be selected as the ground infrastructure provider for THOR 7. Our new Velocity product line delivers the throughput, scale and advanced mobility features required by Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to maximize the value of their satellite. With Velocity, they can also build on their existing investment in iDirect, managing their entire iDirect deployment on a single platform."

~ Stephen TUNICLIFFE
Regional Vice President, Europe, IDIRECT

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) is a major European satellite provider of broadcast and broadband services for customers in the media, maritime, and oil and gas sectors. Utilising a hybrid network that comprises our satellite fleet, teleports and a terrestrial fibre network, TSBc delivers turnkey broadcasting solutions, end-user connectivity and application services via satellite throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. From the distribution of digital TV and radio content to millions of European homes to the provision of reliable communications in remote locations on land and at sea, we are committed to keeping our customers connected via satellite. Visit the company's website at www.telenorsat.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 expand their businesses. The iDirect Intelligent PlatformTM 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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