RigNet Launches iDirect Network In Australia For Onshore Energy, Mining And Maritime Applications

 RigNet Launches iDirect Network In Australia For Onshore Energy, Mining And
                            Maritime Applications

Leading onshore provider in U.S. continues to extend land initiatives abroad
to capitalize on global market opportunities

PR Newswire

HERNDON, Va., April 30, 2013

HERNDON, Va., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a
company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that RigNet, Inc.
(NASDAQ:RNET), a leading global provider of managed remote communications
solutions to the oil and gas industry, has installed an iDirect Series 15100
Universal Satellite Hub in Adelaide, Australia, to extend its services to
Australia and the Asia Pacific region. The business expansion will enable
RigNet to tap into growing market segments, including onshore natural gas and
oil exploration, energy, mining and maritime. iDirect is a world leader in
satellite-based IP communications technology.

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The hub addition enables RigNet to expand its global presence and offer a
managed service for land-based drilling applications and remote connectivity
in the greater Asia Pacific region. The investment follows RigNet's
installation of a hub in the Middle East to extend RigNet's VSAT coverage in
the region and enhance the company's satellite service portfolio for customers
in the oil and gas sector.

The network will be built on iDirect's Evolution iDX 3.1 software, which
enables service providers to support both narrowband SCADA and broadband
applications on the same network and scale to tens of thousands of sites. iDX
3.1 features the X1 remote, a low power, compact remote that reduces the
average power required for a given satellite terminal by as much as 50%. An
outdoor version of the X1 features IP67 weatherproof casing, an extended
temperature range, passive cooling and multiple power options.

"Our onshore customers have very distinct and demanding network requirements.
They're running a mix of narrowband and broadband applications that extend
across indoor and outdoor environments. iDX 3.1 provides us with the exact
capabilities we need for these customers. And with iDirect, we can expand
into new markets and geographies while managing our global portfolio over a
single platform, which improves our flexibility and productivity."

Rob GEORGE
General Manager, APAC region, RigNet

"It's exciting to see our partners capitalize on growth opportunities and
reach new levels of service performance through our operating software
capabilities. RigNet is making a strategic move into a fast growing market,
and we are honored that they chose to expand over the iDirect Platform."

Rob KILROY
Vice President Americas, iDirect

RigNet (NASDAQ: RNET) is a leading global provider of managed remote
communications, systems integration and collaborative applications dedicated
to the oil and gas industry, focusing on offshore and onshore drilling rigs,
energy production facilities and energy maritime. RigNet provides solutions
ranging from fully-managed voice and data networks to more advanced
applications that include video conferencing and real-time data services to
remote sites in over thirty countries on six continents, effectively spanning
the drilling and production industry. RigNet is based in Houston, Texas. For
more information, please visit www.rig.net. RigNet is a registered trademark
of RigNet, Inc.

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.

SOURCE iDirect

Website: http://www.idirect.net
Contact: Julie Bettinger, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, iDirect, 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; Morten Hagland Hansen, VP
- Business Services, RigNet, Inc., Phone: (1) 281 674 0111, Email:
media@rig.net
 
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