Network to support more than 2,700 sites as part of Mexico's "10K" initiative to connect rural populations and grow local economies
HERNDON, Va., March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Elara Comunicaciones, S.A. de C.V., a leading telecommunications supplier in Mexico, has begun implementing a large-scale satellite network to bring voice and data service to 2,717 towns in rural southeastern Mexico. The network, built on the iDirect Evolution platform, is part of Mexico's "10K" program, overseen by the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT), to connect thousands of villages in Mexico that lack modern communications infrastructure. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
The satellite network will bring voice and data connectivity for the first time to local citizens, schools, health care facilities, government agencies and other organizations. Elara was awarded the southeastern region following a competitive search for service providers to play a lead role in the prominent government initiative. Elara chose iDirect as its satellite communications platform and has begun installing the network following a fast-track schedule, backed by its team of more than 200 VSAT installation specialists in the region.
Leveraging iDirect X1 and X3 remotes, the network will feature multiple service levels comparable to terrestrial communications and can scale up to 2 Mbps. Elara will provide service over a two-year period and plans to support future offerings such as IPTV, Virtual Private Network (VPN) access, Hotspot Wifi connectivity and fixed and mobile voice services. The entire regional network is scheduled to go live in spring.
"Overcoming the digital divide is a priority for Mexico's continued development and will significantly advance education, healthcare and business. To support such an important cause, we chose the iDirect Platform. With its proven reliability and ability to scale, we are proud to deliver broadband service in very challenging areas, providing enhanced opportunities to foster economic activity, improve health services and combat illiteracy in rural areas."
Jorge Luis VILLARREAL
Chief Executive Officer, Elara Comunicaciones
"The 10K project shows the power of satellite IP communications to bring immediate connectivity to remote populations no matter where they're located or how dispersed they are geographically. We are honored to support Elara on this initiative and believe the social and economic benefits satellite will bring to Mexico's southeastern states will be truly substantial."
Vice President Americas, iDirect
Elara Communications is a leading provider of telecommunications in Mexico and Latin America, having been appointed in 2012 by the WTA (World Teleport Association) second global teleport fastest growing industry in that year, and has been ranked number 19 in of independent teleports higher ROI.
We have a teleport established in Mexico, which began operations in 2004, having installed the first iDirect hub with the largest network in the country and the second in Latin America, with the public network concessionaire most experienced satellite operator in the corporate market.
Since then we work with several satellites, allowing us to provide coverage based on the needs of each of our clients, we have over 3,000 VSATs operating at transmission and reception of corporate traffic (voice, data and video). Our team is trained, innovative technology scope and attitude to meet all customer needs, which sets us apart as a company on the way to work every day. We are ISO 9000:2008 certified, ensuring standardization of our services and processes, streamlining our operation.
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 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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