iDirect Asia Partners With ST Teleport To Introduce Web-based Monitoring Platform To Maritime Customers

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that iDirect Asia Pte Ltd partnered with ST Teleport Pte Ltd (ST Teleport), a Singapore-based full-service satellite and fiber communications solutions provider, has launched a unique and advanced vessel-location tracking and network-monitoring platform to help maritime customers achieve greater operational and cost control, and improve customer satisfaction.  iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Marketed as Nautical, the platform is a proprietary solution built by ST Teleport using iDirect’s award-winning Network Management System, SatManage, which features a comprehensive suite of web-based tools that enable automation, monitoring and integration of hybrid satellite networks and Network Operating Center (NOC)-based applications from single or multiple locations.

As a unique service offering, Nautical is fully customizable and offered as a standalone or “white label” solution to customers. Its interface provides an in-depth view of real-time and historical VSAT performance statistics, “live” tracking of vessels and timely automated generation of detailed network utilization management reports. The platform’s compatibility with popular mobile devices means customers can access vital network information anywhere and anytime. There is no further hardware investment required for customers that are already using iDirect VSAT terminals. Read More

Xtra And Xpress From Inmarsat Now Part Of MVS USA’s Portfolio

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Inmarsat has appointed MVS USA as a Global Xpress (GX) Value Added Reseller (VAR) for the Maritime market, selling FleetBroadband Xtra and Fleet Xpress.

Deborah Deffaa, CEO, MVS USA and Executive Director, MVS Group, said, “MVS values the relationship developed with Inmarsat over the past two decades and our participation in every new product launch. Being appointed as a VAR allows us to share this revolutionary technology with our clients.”

Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime, said, “Inmarsat has consistently partnered with MVS, and it is good news that this relationship is reaffirmed through this latest appointment. MVS continues to stay innovative and act as a leader in its market.”

The GX service is currently on-boarded at MVS’ representative office in Cyprus. MVS expects to launch a similar demo site at its New York area showroom later in 2015. The first beta-testing project is due to be launched by MVS with a ship-owner operating in the Mediterranean. Continue >

Hispasat To Distribute Live Events And Movies To More Than 500 Theaters In Mexico

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The Spanish satellite telecommunications operator Hispasat has announced today a long-term agreement signed with the Mexican satellite service provider Spacenet to distribute movies and live shows over the country’s main movie networks.

Thus, the more than 500 Mexican movie theaters covered by Spacenet’s services will be able to receive top-quality content with added speed and efficiency, thanks to the power of Hispasat’s satellite Amazonas 3, which will assign a transponder to this service.

By signing this agreement, the two companies have consolidated a two-year-old relationship for the distribution of audiovisual content in theaters, a relationship which in 2014 made it possible to show the Brazil Football World Cup matches on screens throughout Mexico. Thanks to this agreement, it is expected that a broader and broader range of live events will be broadcast over this platform, and that both producers and independent theaters will be able to benefit from this flexible form of audiovisual distribution. Spacenet and Hispasat are also working on extending this service to a number of movie theaters in other countries throughout Latin America.

Ignacio Sanchis, Chief Commercial Officer at Hispasat, stated: “this agreement marks the culmination of a long-term collaboration relationship with Spacenet in the field of content distribution for movie theaters. Hispasat takes great satisfaction in being able to use the numerous capacities and the versatility of its satellites to provide novel services which add value to all kinds of companies – in this case, those related to the movie industry – and which bring culture and entertainment closer to all citizens, along with many other activities related to our daily life. The next step is, together with Spacenet, to put these benefits within reach of movie theaters and private citizens in other countries in Latin America. Continue >

Inmarsat Expects Revenue Boost From Completed Global Xpress Constellation

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Inmarsat is confident that the upcoming launch of the third satellite in the Global Xpress constellation will open the floodgates for new business. The date for full commercial service has slipped slightly again, now from early in the second half of 2015 to mid-to-late third quarter. Nonetheless, Inmarsat expects no material impact from the delay on revenues in 2015 or its growth trajectory for 2016.

“As we’ve said since the start of the program, we expect global coverage to be the takeoff point for GX revenue growth. The launch of regional service on F1 at the half year in 2014 enabled some customers, in particular various U.S. government users, to start to trial and then buy GX and to commence operations over the network,” Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, said during the company’s first quarter earnings call. “However, many of our largest customers including many U.S. government as well as commercial customers in target markets for GX, have been waiting for global coverage before they commit to buying and deploying in bulk. And when F3 enters commercial service and we have full service available globally, that will be the trigger for them.”

Inmarsat 5 F3, the third spacecraft in the Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) constellation, shipped recently from Boeing’s El Segundo facility in Los Angeles, Calif., to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. International Launch Services (ILS) is slated to conduct the mission using a Proton rocket in June. Despite the delays of ILS’ current Mexsat 1 mission — which a satellite issue elicited and not a launch vehicle problem — Pearce said Inmarsat is not concerned about any read-across to its launch date or satellite. The Mexsat 1 satellite, also known as Centenario, is the first of three Boeing-built satellites for the Mexican government’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation. Continue >

SES, Partners Demo DVB Ultra-HD Broadcast With High Dynamic Range

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SES and Samsung demonstrated a Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) in High Dynamic Range (HDR) Ultra-HD earlier this week at SES’ Industry Days event. According to SES, the broadcast was the first to show how industry can launch new HDR Ultra-HD TV services with DVB broadcast networks while simultaneously providing such broadcasts to Ultra-HD Phase 1 receivers already in the market. SES transmitted the broadcast from one of its satellites at 19.2 degrees east using existing DVB Ultra-HD Phase 1 specifications and BBC Research & Development’s HDR technology directly to a Samsung SUHD-TV.

“An introduction of any HDR technology must be backwards compatible with existing DVB UHD 1 Phase 1 flat screen TVs that are already in consumers’ homes. SES and Samsung, with this transmission over the Astra satellite system, are demonstrating that this backwards compatibility is possible today,” said Thomas Wrede, VP of reception systems at SES. Continue >

Marlink And Tampnet Keep North Sea Workers Warm With 4G Services: Call Anytime Anywhere

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Marlink and the high capacity offshore communications provider Tampnet have signed a partner agreement for the delivery of offshore LTE (Long Term Evolution) based services in the North Sea. The agreement forms the foundation for Marlink to integrate cutting-edge, low-latency 4G services into its established VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) and MSS (Mobile Satellite Services) portfolio, which today is used by Marlink equipped offshore support vessels for operational and crew communication in the North Sea. By adding 4G services to the connectivity portfolio, Marlink can better serve vessels in the North Sea by providing them the best available connectivity at any time regardless of where they sail.

A key aspect of Tampnet’s 4G infrastructure service for offshore communication is low latency, with Round Trip Delay between offshore vessels and client corporate offices expected to be no more than 25-35ms, depending on where they are located. This supports a high-quality user experience for diverse applications where lower latency can improve performance, such as video calling or machine-to-machine communication on critical, specialist operations. By adding 4G as another carrier to the Marlink connectivity portfolio, offshore customers can benefit from much higher throughput compared to other carriers in remote locations.

Tampnet’s 4G service is built on top of its offshore core network consisting of 2500 km of offshore fiber. This core network connects the producing oil platforms in the North Sea, delivering 4G connectivity to rigs, vessels and anything else of a mobile nature at sea via base stations mounted to rigs and other fixed installations. Tampnet is building a single LTE based network covering the Norwegian, British and Danish sectors of the North Sea, enabling vessels to move freely from different areas of operation without losing connectivity. The technology is as flexible as the 4G mobile technology used onshore and planned roaming agreements will enable vessels to retain their connectivity near the coast and in port. Continue >

SES Partners With I DO IT: A Ku-Band Flat Antenna Goes Where Others Can’t

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SES S.A. is showcasing the first commercially manufactured Ku-band flat antenna with integrated IP-LNB at its annual Industry Days. The antenna is produced by Korean manufacturer I DO IT Co., LTD., and will soon be available in major European markets.

Its small size of 566x300mm means that this new antenna can be discreetly installed where standard parabolic antenna may not be suitable, such as apartment blocks in cities. Versions with an integrated WiFi router are also available for the camping market.

The SELFSAT>IP antenna is compliant with the SAT>IP communications protocol and incorporates eight satellite tuners. It enables the distribution of live HD and UHD satellite broadcasting through an in-home WiFi network and can serve up to eight different displays (smartphone, TV, table PC, laptop computer, etc.) simultaneously. With two legacy coaxial outputs in addition to its IP output, the antenna can also be connected to existing satellite receivers.

“For several years I DO IT has pioneered the development and mass production of high performance consumer Ku-band flat antennas for worldwide markets,” said Seung Joon IM, CEO at I DO IT. “Thanks to the collaboration with SES, we are now able to integrate the SAT>IP technology into our antennas. This enables live satellite television distribution via WiFi to tablets and smartphones, an important product feature especially for the camping market.” Continue >

Delivering Profitable Services In Africa Using Satellite

From Communications Africa

In the latest issue of Communications Africa, Richard Deasington, iDirect’s director of market development, provides perspective on the ways in which various technology, regulatory, industry and market developments are positioning satellite to help mobile operators deliver profitable services in Africa like never before.

Technology: The biggest economic change is being lead by the launch of High Throughput Satellites (HTS), coupled with the introduction of low-cost, more power-efficient small cells from the cellular industry. When combined, these developments help bring down the point of entry for smaller-sized communities.

Regulatory: With regards to geo-political and business challenges facing companies that are trying to do business in Africa, Deasington suggests that it is time for regulators to take a new look at landing rights in the continent. Many of the most economical HTS services are provided by satellites that land their traffic in different countries or continents from the originating country and then return it via fibre. While this type of setup raises security flags, it could be time to revisit such scenarios.

Industry: As demand in a data-centric world makes its way to remote parts of Africa, the low-cost smart phone will be a key enabler for the digital revolution. With this in mind, Deasington says that the best option for most new networks will be a leap straight to 4G LTE, rather than 3G. This is further impacted by the fact that the cost of handsets is not as much of a handicap as it was in years past.

The impact that this has on satellite is in the fact that the arrival of higher bandwidth demands, has coincided with deployment of HTS. This means that satellite can deliver an order or magnitude more bandwidth for the same cost as older broad-beam satellites.

Market: Backhaul remains a vibrant opportunity for satellite in Africa. iDirect currently works in nearly every country in Africa, providing, among other markets, connectivity to remote and rural cellular sites. The traffic, which ranges from voice to data, becomes further optimized with the introduction of iDirect Sathaul.

Check out Communications Africa for the complete interview, which also includes a deeper look at iDirect Sathaul and some of the fastest growing markets for satellite in Africa.

Inmarsat’s New Global Xpress® Catapults CNN’s Coverage From Nepal’s Devastation

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Major broadcaster CNN was able to transmit live video on-air via Inmarsat’s new Ka-band satellite network, Global Xpress® (“GX”). In conjunction with partner Network Innovations, the broadcaster CNN was able to achieve nearly 4Mbps of HD live video via Global Xpress® satellite broadband network from Kathmandu for the May 2nd weekend news coverage of the earthquake in Nepal. This year the satellite operator Inmarsat announced the commercial launch of the new Ka-band satellite service and I-5 satellite network.

Global Xpress® will deliver streaming IP speeds more than ten times faster than its previous live video ‘X-Stream’ L-band service via BGAN. GX’s worldwide Ka-band service will offer opportunities for broadcasters to achieve SD and HD video by significantly enhancing their satellite broadband connectivity, even in the most remote and inaccessible regions of the world such as Nepal.

“Due to the devastated and mountainous terrain in Nepal, the smaller Explorer-5075 flyaway provided our clients with much easier two-case portability and quicker auto-pointing access to IP via the new Global Xpress’ Ka-band service” said John Stoltz, Vice President of Media Sector at Network Innovations. “At request of CNN, we deployed an NI technician and Explorer flyaway to Nepal to illustrate that broadcasters can basically do the same and more with the GX service for such a news story.” Continue >

The CommunicAsia2015 Connection

From Satnews

At CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT and BroadcastAsia, visitors will experience the latest technologies, obtain insights from business leaders and subject-matter experts, and network with major and emerging industry players from around the world.

Global mobile connections have passed the seven billion mark—a figure akin to the global population.

Multi-screen consumption of content has thrown control to the hands of the consumer like never before—enterprise mobility has become ingrained in consumers’ lives and transformed the workplace where employees not only have choice in devices, but applications, as well.

Once thought to be a thing of the future, driverless cars are to become a reality in everyday lives. The manifestations of megatrends such as IoT, mobility, cloud, social, and big data will be brought to life at CommunicAsia2015, EntepriseIT2015 and BroadcastAsia2015 from June 2nd through 5th, 2015, at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Continue >