– iDirect intelligent platform, coupled with portfolio of iDirect remotes, holds up to frigid temperatures, harsh conditions to deliver high-speed, reliable communications

HERNDON, Va., Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the iDirect Asia Pte Ltd team has partnered with Mercantile Communications Pvt Ltd to deliver VSAT communications to Mount Everest; a significant milestone in that it is delivering high-speed, reliable connectivity more than 6,000 meters above sea level. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

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Throughout its history, more than 5,000 climbers and trekkers have embarked on the climb of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. Now VSAT becomes part of this storied history by providing the high-speed Internet connectivity and voice services that allow these expeditionists to stay in constant contact with loved ones and rescue teams as they make their incredible journey. VSAT has already displayed its unique capabilities in allowing international media teams to remain connected and deliver accurate and timely content.

The use of VSAT communications also provides massive benefits to local communities and businesses. Hotels, lodges, shops, Internet cafes, bakeries and other businesses will leverage high-speed connectivity to improve both operational efficiency and overall customer experience.

Mercantile Communications Pvt Ltd uses the iDirect platform coupled with a portfolio of iDirect Evolution X1 and X3 remotes, which will be installed at the Mount Everest base camp. These remotes are the ideal fit to meet the challenges that come with enabling reliable communications amid harsh conditions, which include the combination of extreme cold, moisture, high winds and icing conditions.

"We were delighted at the opportunity to provide high-speed communications to the entire Everest Camp area this year. Not only did the professional climbers, sherpas and support staff benefit from this, but also media teams and the entire community."

~ Sanjib Raj BHANDARI
CEO, Mercantile Communications

"The importance of this project on Mount Everest is enormous in that it not only helps climbers and trekkers stay connected with their families, but also opens up enormous new business opportunities in the local community. iDirect is proud to play a significant role enabling the fast, reliable and high quality connections necessary to make it all happen."

~ Tom CHEONG
Vice President, iDirect Asia

Mercantile has been at the forefront of the Internet evolution and is a cutting edge Internet service provider (ISP) in Nepal. Mercantile pioneered the concept of providing Internet Service in Nepal when the popularity of Internet was just beginning in the United States of America. Mercantile in fact has become the first company that led the nation in introducing new and appropriate information technology by giving individuals and small businesses the ability to use the Internet as a tool to make their lives more productive and their businesses more profitable. Mercantile is continually developing a new and innovative suite of services that make it a faster, easier and smarter Internet experience.

Mercantile Communication established in 1994, marking the debut of Internet Communication has emerged as the leading bandwidth provider for other Internet Service Providers in Nepal. It has also diversified into providing comprehensive range of excellent value added services for Internet such as Internet and Intranet applications development, content designing, development and hosting. Mercantile has combined a set of products and services that meet the immediate information technology needs of a small business: Internet access, basic and enhanced hosting services, Web design, Intranet applications, and most exciting to small business, E-Commerce tools.

Mercantile also has been providing consulting services for setting up Internet Services to companies not only in Nepal but also to neighboring countries. With Mercantile Communication’s unrivalled expertise and infrastructure support Mercantile Communication has become premier ISP in Nepal, providing the best technical support, and most reliable, effective, and appropriate technology. Mercantile has also pioneered in providing wireless communication in Nepal by introducing data communications through radio modems and VSAT technologies that quickly puts Internet access at the hands of the subscribers, regardless of their locations.

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.