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Tuaropaki Launches iDirect Evolution Network IN New Zealand to expand broadband service offering

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Tuaropaki Launches iDirect Evolution Network IN New Zealand to expand broadband service offering

 Tuaropaki to deliver carrier-grade services to government and corporate market, support 3G cellular backhaul

Herndon, Va., June 21, 2011 VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Tuaropaki Communications Limited (Tuaropaki), a satellite service provider based in New Zealand, has launched a broadband network built on iDirect’s Evolution DVB-S2 with Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) product line. Tuaropaki installed an iDirect 5IF Hub in Auckland and will purchase a number of iDirect Evolution satellite routers, along with PCMA devices and XipLink XA30K network accelerators, to support anticipated customer growth over the next three years. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

With the iDirect platform’s built-in Group Quality of Service and ACM capabilities, Tuaropaki will enhance its Ruralinzone broadband service to deliver attractive data usage plans to existing customers, as well as target new enterprise and government customers. The expanded network will position Tuaropaki to meet the growing capacity needs from its existing customer base, as well as offer carrier-grade satellite service to support in-demand applications such as Internet, IP infrastructure extension, VPN access, video, voice over IP, business continuity, emergency communications, distance education and 3G cellular backhaul. Tuaropaki’s service will integrate bandwidth from three beams on the IPStar and GE-23 satellites.

“Rolling out an iDirect Evolution network for current and future customers is a strategic move in helping Tuaropaki become the preferred provider of satellite communications to consumers, government and commercial entities in New Zealand. It puts us in the same league as the best VSAT operators around the globe who are using the latest technology to deliver innovative solutions.”

~ Warwick HEARN

General Manager, Tuaropaki Communications Limited

“With this major investment, Tuaropaki becomes a leading iDirect operator in New Zealand. Improved network performance, expanded satellite coverage and enhanced services will position Tuaropaki to meet accelerating customer demand and heightened expectations for reliable, high-speed satellite connectivity.”

Regional Vice President – Sales, Asia Pacific, iDirect


Tuaropaki Communications Ltd (TCL) is a New Zealand based provider of network services using satellite communications for government and corporate entities as well as consumers in the rural market within NZ. In 2005, TCL’s Ruralinzone product was launched to provide reliable fast Internet particularly in rural areas for people without access due to insufficient telecommunications infrastructure. TCL chose satellite because of its anytime, anywhere accessibility and quality connection that is easy to install and quick to provision. TCL is part of the Tuaropaki Trust which has significant business interests in agriculture, horticulture, mobile telecommunications and geothermal power generation. TCL’s launch of the new iDirect platform is a major step in the Trust’s growing presence in the telecommunications Industry. 

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. The iDirect Intelligent Platform™ 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 15 years of global satellite communications experience, iDirect serves customers in over 50 countries through a diverse network of service provider partners, including seven of the World Teleport Association’s Global Top Ten operators. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, iDirect has offices in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. In 2007, iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) was set up to drive adoption of its IP-based solutions in the US 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.  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.

Media Contacts:                     Julie Bettinger

Vice President, Corporate Marketing


Phone: (1) 703 648 8155

Fax:     (1) 703 648 8015

Email: jbettinger@idirect.net


Edward Szeto

Manager, Corporate Communications

VT Systems

Phone: (1) 703 739 2610

Fax:     (1) 703 739 2611

Email: eszeto@vt-systems.com

Sam Andrews

Marketing Manager

Tuaropaki Communications Ltd

Phone:  +64 7 376 2062

Fax:      +64 7 377 4562

Email:   sam@tclnz.co.nz

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