New NSR Report on Global Satellite Capacity

From ViaSatellite

Northern Sky Research (NSR) has released the 11th edition of the “Global Satellite Capacity Supply and Demand” report, which finds the growing amount of available capacity will exceed demand as more High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems come online. While this poses a risk of oversupply, NSR projects market growth of 76 percent, growing from roughly $11.8 billion today to $21.1 billion by 2023.

“For HTS it remains a ‘land-grab phase’ where business cases beyond broadband access need to pan out before most ventures turn profitable,” said Prashant Butani, senior analyst at NSR and co-author of the report.

“Looking at global demand, the hype surrounding HTS is indeed justified, with a demand growth rate of over 30 percent annually, compared to less than 2 percent for traditional [Fixed Satellite Services] FSS C-, Ku-, and Widebeam Ka-band capacity,” added Blaine Curcio, NSR analyst and report co-author. “However, concerns about cannibalization by HTS are rather overplayed — indeed, we find that, simply put, some applications are better-suited for HTS, such as broadband, whereas others, such as video distribution and [Direct to Home] DTH, will remain firmly rooted in traditional FSS. Continue>

Passengers Crave Wi-Fi Honeywell In-Flight Connectivity Survey Shows

From ViaSatellite

Honeywell’s latest passenger survey on In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) shows just how much the mindset toward flying connected has changed. Led by Kelton, a market research group, the survey queried 1045 U.S. adults between June 6 and June 19 2014 who used Wi-Fi on planes within the past 12 months. The results showed passengers are increasingly more willing to go out of their way to stay connected.

Two-thirds of fliers said the availability of Wi-Fi influences how they choose to fly. Nearly one in five said they would switch flights if it meant the difference between having Wi-Fi or going without. In fact, 37 percent of participants said they would be upset if they had to fly without Wi-Fi which is more than the 35 percent that would be upset if they had to fly without food or water.

Of course, the satellite industry is reacting to this growing shift from mere preference to demand. Gogo has been steadily equipping planes with its ATG-4 connectivity product, and has plans to bolster its international presence. Panasonic signed as an anchor customer on Eutelsat 172b — a satellite project that has been accelerated to keep pace with demand. And ViaSat too partnered with Eutelsat to allow customers to shift between high throughput coverage areas over North America, Europe and the Mediterranean. Continue>

Airbus Defense and Space Strengthens Strategic Global Xpress Partnership with Inmarsat

From TMCnet

Airbus Defense and Space has expanded its strategic agreement with Inmarsat on Global Xpress high-speed broadband with a new agreement extending reselling of the ultra-fast broadband service to the US government market.

The announcement adds a key additional market to the existing strategic Global Xpress distribution partnership agreement, concluded in December 2013, by extending delivery of Ka-band subscription services to Airbus Defense and Space’s clients specifically in the US government market.

The tier-one reseller agreement will enable Airbus Defense and Space to offer Inmarsat’s broadband satellite service to its channel partners and direct customer base, building on Airbus Defense and Space’s 25 years of experience working with the US government and military markets. Continue>

Gogo Receives Rregulatory Approval to Provide In-Flight Connectivity Service Over Eastern and Western Russia

From Space Newsfeed

Gogo recently announced that it has received regulatory approval to provide Ku-band satellite connectivity service for aircraft flying over the eastern and western regions of Russia.This approval is granted based on Gogo’s agreements with AltegroSky and RuSat to provide Ku-band satellite service.

“As a full-service communications company, we are determined to give our customers the most reliable and seamless coverage wherever they may be flying,” said Anand Chari, Gogo’s chief technology officer. “This license will allow us to offer our current international airline partners coverage for their existing airline routes and is another significant step in giving us a truly global in-flight communications network.”

In July Gogo expects to go live with service in these regions. Gogo currently is clear to operate in over 180 countries and is on target to have 50 to 100 international aircraft flying by the end of the year.

ST Engineering’s Electronics Arm Wins Contracts Worth About $580m In Q2 2014

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that its electronics arm, Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) has secured about $580m worth of contracts in the second quarter of 2014 for rail electronics and intelligent transportation, satellite and broadband communications, as well as advanced electronics and Information Communications Technologies (ICT) solutions.Rail Electronics & Intelligent Transportation.

In the area of intelligent transportation, ST Electronics secured about $272m worth of contracts in 2Q2014 for rail electronics and traffic management projects both locally and overseas. Work on all these projects have started and will be completed progressively over the next 5 to 9 years. These projects include traffic management maintenance and services for roads; and rail electronics systems such as communications and control, commercial radio, access and maintenance management.

ST Electronics delivered on contracts worth $93m in 2Q2014 for its satcom networks and, Very Small Aperture Terminals. In line with the effort to continually renew our product lines, ST Electronics showcased its iDirect Evolution routers and network solutions, and launched new compact and light-weight products which included the “Lite” Series radio frequency transceivers and the Agilis Parabolic VSAT Manpack Terminal at the CommunicAsia 2014. Read More

iDirect Partner Perspective: Telesat

Nigel-GibsonNigel Gibson, Telesat’s Vice President of International Sales, offers his perspective on high throughput satellites (HTS), the company’s key initiatives and why it’s an exciting time to be involved in the satellite communications industry. 

iDirect: Please give a bit of background on who Telesat is as a company and what makes it unique.

Gibson: What makes Telesat unique, according to our many broadcast, telecom, corporate and government clients, is our ability to deliver superior technical innovations along with industry leading customer service. Telesat creates real competitive advantages for customers by combining our size, resources and satellite expertise with the rapid response and high levels of service that have become critical for success in today’s business world. We are a global satellite operator that is recognized within our industry as one of the Big Four FSS (fixed satellite services) companies. Telesat had its best year ever in 2013 with strong growth in both revenue and EBITDA and we are well positioned for continued success.

iDirect: You’ve mentioned Telesat innovations. Please give some examples.

Gibson: There are several over the last few years that continue to be felt across our industry. When we launched Anik F2, it was the first satellite to successfully commercialize consumer Ka broadband services. This satellite really started the global boom in Ka-band by validating demand for consumer broadband and this, in turn, has led to the wave of HTS we are seeing today. When Telesat’s Telstar 11N launched in 2009 it was the first satellite to provide Ku-band coverage of the Atlantic Ocean from the Arctic Circle to the equator. Telstar 11N, along with Telstar 14R launched two years later, have spurred demand for satellite broadband across the oceans, which is one of the most exciting developments in our industry. Wireless broadband is now becoming as available on planes and ships crossing the oceans as it is at your local coffee house. This is due to many factors including iDirect innovations, but it is also due to the coverage and performance over the Atlantic demonstrated by Telstar 11N. Read More

iDX 3.2.3 Software Release Now Available

iDX 3.2.3 is a GA release, which includes additional features and addresses bug fixes found as a result of our continued internal test efforts as well as from field feedback. Additional features include:

  • Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) for X5/X7
  • Remote LAN Port Monitoring for X5/X7

For more details please consult the release notes on the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as well as for all other related documentation for this release.

iGT Offers Advancements in Satcom Connectivity to Meet DoD and Intelligence Requirements for Increased Bandwidth and Throughput

iDX 3.2.3  Enables Adaptive TDMA for greater Network Design Flexibility to support High-Speed Communications on the Move (COTM)

Herndon, Va., July 7, 2014 – iDirect Government Technologies, Inc. (iGT), a wholly owned subsidiary of VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), today announced the availability of iDX 3.2.3 software, which meets the  military, intelligence and public safety communities growing needs for increased bandwidth and higher throughputs.

iDX 3.2.3 features Adaptive Time Division Multiple Access (ATDMA), which improves return channel performance and increases network availability under rain fade and satellite link degradation. The software enables customers to design networks for a typical case scenario instead of worse-case scenario, saving time, costs and complexity without loss of performance.

With ATDMA, customers can boost their network throughput, increase network availability and reduce bandwidth and terminal costs or combine these benefits to support high-speed COTM in a maritime, terrestrial or airborne environment.

iDX 3.2.3 has been submitted for Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2-compliant remotes and line cards. Each multi-channel demod line card is capable of supporting as many as 8 inbound channels with TRANSEC, and meets Wideband Global Satcom requirements. Read More

Integrasys introduces Satmotion for Google Glass

From Space Newsfeed

VSAT auto-commissioning and satellite carrier monitoring systems manufacturer Integrasys has announced the immediate release of Satmotion Pocket Remote Commissioning Solution for Google Glass.

As the first Google Glass App especially design for the satellite industry, Satmotion Pocket opens the door to final customer VSAT installation; and now with Google Glass both hands are free for antenna alignment purposes, allowing the installer to look at the critical line up parameters in the most extreme weather conditions.

The Satmotion benefits are:

  • No more calls to the NOC
  • No more Cross Pol (XPOL) interference
  • Minimizing Adjacent Satellite Interference (ASI)
  • Reduces human factor errors
  • Most accurate measurements available in the field
  • No more telephone connections required
  • No more expensive Spectrum Analyzer in the field required
  • Allows for simultaneous installers in different locations
  • Maximum CW carrier power, automatic BUC compression point calculation
  • VSAT Optimal performance

Satmotion Pocket is the unique commissioning solution which allows an accurate and easy line up for multiple antennas and modems for deployment of large networks by saving time and resources. Continue>

A Close-Up on iDirect’s Technology Development with Greg Quiggle, VP of Product Management

As the market for satellite IP communications accelerates, so do the technical requirements for meeting customer demands. This spans an ever-wider range today – from running narrowband networks to operating high throughput, spot-beam satellites.

It’s a challenge we take to heart at iDirect. And it’s what drives our technology development – prompting our recently introduced dual product line approach.

iDirect has unveiled the Velocity product line to complement Evolution. Velocity is specifically designed for satellite operators deploying HTS architectures, while Evolution remains the core solution for the majority of our partners.

Both product lines encompass operating software, line cards and a portfolio of dedicated and dual-mode remotes. And both are managed by a single NMS and hub system.

In this new video, Greg Quiggle, Vice President of Product Management, provides an overview of Velocity and Evolution, and previews iDirect’s aggressive Evolution roadmap.

iDirect’s new “one platform, two product lines” approach equips our partners with greater choice and flexibility, while building on their current investment in iDirect technology. We’re excited to give our partners even more choices to grow their business.