Va. and Bedminster, N.J. – June
14, 2005 --iDirect Technologies,
a leading hardware supplier
that markets the fastest, most
reliable two-way satellite-based
broadband access hubs, and Loral
Skynet, a leading satellite
communications company, today
announced a joint demonstration
of a new wireless broadband
connectivity solution at CommunicAsia
2005 in Singapore. The new solution
carries broadband traffic over
Loral Skynet's SkyReach SM
IP-based satellite communications
service, to iDirect remote
equipment, connecting end-users
to the Internet via WiFi protocol.
IDirect's new WiFi over satellite solution, named Global Edge Connect, will allow
Loral Skynet to deliver service to areas where broadband terrestrial connections
are unavailable, take too long to implement, and are too costly. Combined with
an iDirect remote satellite router, Loral Skynet will utilize its worldwide satellite
coverage to deliver fixed-network backhaul over its SkyReach IP service
to locations where base stations are located.
Network backhaul is typically the biggest challenge for a wireless ISP, especially
if the provider is not the owner of the last-mile infrastructure. The resulting
WiFi hot-spot-in-a- box solution requires no installation or fixed-line connection
and allows a wireless ISP (particularly a market entrant with no last-mile fixed
network assets) an extremely rapid infrastructure rollout.
"WiFi access, enabled by SkyReach, is an ideal solution that we
will now be able to offer service providers to deliver convenient, reliable,
and economical direct access broadband services to villages, office parks, school
campuses, harbors, ISPs, governments and enterprises," said Jon Kirchner,
vice president of global marketing for Loral Skynet. "Not only will this SkyReach -based
WiFi solution allow easier, more convenient connectivity for ultimate end users,
but also it opens a number of business opportunities for our service provider
customers, while creating a very natural extension of the Loral satellite fleet."
"We are very excited about this solution," said John Kealey, president
and CEO of iDirect Technologies. "The iDirect remote satellite router's
ability to deliver speeds up to 18 Mbps, combined with iDirect's support for
real time applications like voice and video allow us to deliver broadband connectivity
that matches the quality and performance of digital terrestrial circuits. Global
Edge Connect will extend this service resulting in a user experience comparable
to traditional landline service, supporting any end user application at a very
iDirect's cost-effective satellite access solution with terrestrial quality of
service has allowed iDirect to achieve broad acceptance as the vendor of choice
for the backhaul of complementary wireless solutions such as WiFi and cellular.
The iDirect remote VSAT is a simple "one box" solution that provides
enterprise-class IP transport and traffic management over satellite networks.
The iDirect remote router is a compact set-top terminal incorporating a satellite
modem, IP router, TCP optimization over satellite, 3DES Encryption, and QoS/prioritization
all in one easy to deploy solution. At the same time, it delivers the highest
data throughput speeds in the industry today - 18 Mbps downstream, and 4.2 Mbps
Technologies designs, develops,
and markets satellite-based broadband
access solutions targeted at
the enterprise, government, carrier
and educational sectors that
have the need for fast, flexible,
and geographically dispersed
two-way internet/intranet access.
The company has developed technology
solutions that combine high performance,
worldwide availability, and ease
of installation, high reliability,
and low cost to end customers.
In addition, iDirect solutions
offer unprecedented efficiencies,
increased revenue opportunities
and higher per customer gross
margins to satellite network
operators. iDirect was included
in the Deloitte & Touche
Technology Fast 500 list of the
fastest-growing U.S. technology
companies and one of Virginia's
top 50 fastest growing technology
companies for both 2003 and 2004.
iDirect operates its corporate
headquarters in Herndon, Virginia
and has regional offices in Europe,
Asia, and covering Latin America.
Additional information is available
on the company website at www.idirect.net .
pioneer in the satellite industry,
Loral Skynet delivers the superior
service quality and range of
satellite solutions that have
made it an industry leader for
more than 40 years. Through the
broad coverage of the Telstar
satellite fleet, in combination
with its hybrid VSAT/fiber global
network infrastructure, Skynet
meets the needs of companies
around the world for broadcast
and data network services, Internet
access, IP and systems integration
Headquartered in Bedminster,
New Jersey, Loral Skynet is dedicated
to providing secure, high-quality
connectivity and communications.
For more information, visit the
Loral Skynet web site at www.loralskynet.com.
In addition to being the parent company of Loral Skynet, Loral Space & Communications
(OTC BB: LRLSQ) is a world-class leader in the design and manufacture of satellites
and satellite systems for commercial and government applications through its
Space Systems/Loral subsidiary.