Data Technology Solutions Launches Cost-Effective, Flexible VSAT Broadband Service Offering for Maritime Companies

DTS Global Connect bundles iDirect satellite IP router, 24-inch (60cm) antenna, space segment and toll-quality voice into a range of affordable flat-fee service plans starting at list price of $800/month

Jan 13, 2010, 09:30 ET from Data Technology Solutions

LAFAYETTE, La., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Data Technology Solutions, a global satellite service provider based in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, has launched a low-cost, integrated satellite broadband offering for the maritime market. The DTS Global Connect Solution is built on iDirect's next generation Evolution DVB-S2 platform and works with a 24-inch (60cm) Ku-band antenna. The service is offered at a wide range of flat-fee subscription plans with nearly global coverage.

DTS Global Connect is designed to meet the needs of private and commercial vessel operators for affordable, easy-to-install broadband voice and data communications. The service brings several new features to the growing VSAT broadband market:

  • Flexible flat-fee monthly rates beginning at $800 for 512 kbps without the requirement to sign a 12-month contract. Customers can even purchase the service based on a day rate.

  • Bandwidth can be shared among multiple vessels in a fleet to economically support bandwidth intensive applications. For example, a vessel can access a fleet's pool of available capacity to support a video feed. Once the video feed is concluded, bandwidth can be returned to the rest of the fleet without incurring additional costs.

  • The lightweight marine antenna can be easily installed using DTS' unique skid mount. The entire hardware system can be shipped to a port via overnight delivery service anywhere in the world or transported to a vessel at sea via helicopter.

  • A remote network management system enables IT personnel to access networking equipment onboard the ship for monitoring, troubleshooting and maintenance.

"DTS' decision to select iDirect for its latest hub stems from a long lasting relationship that DTS employees have had with iDirect technology and support personnel," said Mike Guidroz, president of DTS. "Another reason for choosing iDirect was the ability to do multiple beams within one single chassis, and having the ability to switch beams between networks. Also DVB-S2 with adaptive coding outbound and the latest MODCODs plays a big part in making this network successful."

"The new DTS Global Connect service combines VSAT performance with an economical service plan," said Rob Kilroy, vice president, Americas, iDirect. "This is an important advance in the VSAT service market, meeting the needs of a wide range of customers that are ready to bring high-speed networks onboard, but require more flexible investment and installation options."


Data Technology Solutions (DTS) was founded in 2002. Based in Breaux Bridge, LA., with a sales office in Houston, TX and an operations office in Oklahoma, DTS is a full-service telecommunications company, with an emphasis on personalized customer service. DTS's portfolio includes satellite products and services designed for the oil and gas industry, commercial shipping, maritime, disaster recovery, recreational boating, and government & military markets. For more information, please visit

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