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RigNet Installs IDirect Hub In Brazil To Focus On Energy And Maritime Applications

HOUSTON, Aug. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 to the energy industry, has deployed an iDirect Series 5IF Universal Satellite Hub in Guaratiba, Brazil. This current installment will enable RigNet to accelerate its penetration of the region's growing oil and gas and energy maritime markets. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Based on the network expansion, RigNet will offer a managed service for energy, deep-water maritime and remote applications such as VoIP, Internet, video-conferencing and video services. The network delivers Ku-band bandwidth over iDirect's Evolution iDX 3.1 software and X5 remote. This deployment follows RigNet's recent expansion of iDirect services into the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. The goal of these deployments is to provide regional TDMA services for the energy maritime sector, and build seamless Ku-band services on a global scale.

"Expanding our coverage to the Latin America market is a strategic move as the region continues to grow and demand greater satellite connectivity. Our continued investment in the iDirect platform enables RigNet to offer managed services to both onshore and offshore energy maritime, oil and gas, and other markets, connecting remote and central locations to improve operational efficiencies."

Mauricio RUBINSZTAJN Area Manager – Brazil, RigNet

"With this new hub deployment, RigNet is enhancing its reach and competitiveness across core industries that rely on satellite connectivity. RigNet is now well positioned to provide global service and tap emerging markets like Latin America where demand for high quality satellite service is growing rapidly."

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 over 1,100 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 .

CONTACT: Media Contacts:
         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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