Talia Introduces iDirect-Based VSAT Consumer Internet Service for Middle East, Africa and Europe

March 2, 2010

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Talia Introduces iDirect-Based VSAT Consumer Internet Service for Middle East, Africa and Europe

New service to bridge digital divide, delivering reliable, affordable connectivity to underserved populations

HERNDON, London and DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 2 -- VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that Talia Limited, a market-leading provider of satellite and communications services, has launched Talia Home, a consumer-focused Internet and telephone communications service for subscribers in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Talia Home is powered by iDirect Evolution technology and offers a highly reliable service at an affordable rate, bringing connectivity to those who could not previously afford a satellite-based service. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

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Bridging the digital divide: Service from $50 per month, complete hardware bundles from $599

Talia Home is a Ku-band service, running on SES Worldskies NSS-12 in the Middle East and Europe, and Telesat Telstar 11N in Africa. Individual user services start  from as low as $50 per month for an uncapped service, with business and enterprise services as upgrade options. Complete hardware bundles, consisting of antenna, BUC, LNB, and iDirect Evolution X3 remote, are available from Talia from as low as $599.

Connecting the world: Talia Voice with Talia Home

All Talia Home services include access to Talia Voice, a Voice over IP service designed to work in concert with VSAT services. Inexpensive worldwide calling as well as incoming call services are available through a pre-paid voucher system, and network resources required for call quality are included in the per minute cost.

iDirect technology powers Talia Home

In a multi-million dollar agreement, iDirect's Evolution technology sits at the heart of Talia Home, enabling Talia to ensure affordable, high quality connectivity and guarantee reliable Service Level Agreements. The performance of the iDirect Evolution platform, iDirect's Group Quality of Service technology and forthcoming advancements to the platform were all factors in Talia's decision.

"Talia Home brings a reliable Internet connection to users who most need it in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. iDirect gives us the flexibility to share bandwidth across a large area while keeping operating costs at a minimum so we can introduce connectivity to a greater number of people at a price they can more readily afford."

  President and Chief Executive Officer, Talia

"We are proud that Talia has selected iDirect's platform to introduce a consumer service designed to bring connectivity to populations currently without basic Internet access. Talia is taking a critical step forward by introducing a large-scale consumer service with a far reaching footprint. The key to this service's success is affordability and reliability - two important standards that have become hallmarks of the iDirect platform."

  Vice President, Europe, iDirect

  Visit Talia and iDirect at CABSAT 2010

The Talia and iDirect teams will be on hand at CABSAT 2010 in Dubai, March 2-4. Talia's booth is located in D2-12, Hall 2, in the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The iDirect booth can be found in C3-11, Hall 3.

Talia is a top-tier provider of Internet and voice services, recognised as one of the fastest growing satellite Internet providers in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Experts in VSAT, wireless, and voice communications, Talia provides network coverage, services and support in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Headquartered in London, Talia operates their own teleport facility in Germany and have support and sales offices in Dubai. Regardless of location, Talia is committed to excellent customer service and top-grade solutions. For more information about Talia, please see: http://www.talia.net/.

iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is transforming the way the world gets and stays connected. The company's satellite-based IP communications technology enables constant connectivity for voice, video and data applications in diverse and challenging environments. These include extending private networks to remote offices; supporting mobile connectivity across land, sea and air; providing rural telephony and Internet broadband; and maintaining communications in the wake of disasters and network failures. The iDirect Intelligent Platform(TM) integrates advanced technology into iDirect's portfolio of hubs, routers and network management software to address the growing complexity of deploying and managing global IP networks. With more than 13 years of global satellite communications experience, iDirect serves customers in 50 countries through a diverse network of channel partners, including some of the largest satellite providers, operators and carriers in the world and seven of the World Teleport Association's Global Top Ten. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, iDirect has offices in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Please visit http://www.idirect.net.

VT Systems is a diversified company providing solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors.  VT Systems products and services include aircraft inspection, maintenance 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 shipbuilding.   Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering.  Please visit http://www.vt-systems.com.

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CONTACT:  Sarah Thuman, Manager, Corporate Communications, VT Systems,
+1-703-739-2610, Fax: +1-703-739-2611, sthuman@vt-systems.com, or Julie
Gouldin, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, iDirect, +1-703-648-8155, Fax:
+1-703-648-8015, jgouldin@idirect.net, or Oksana Krasula, Talia Limited, +44
(0)20 3318 1510, oksana@talia.net

Web Site:  http://www.idirect.net/


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