Gatr to Provide Satcom Solutions for New Zealand Defense Force

From Via Satellite

Cubic Corporation subsidiary Gatr Technologies has won an order worth more than $5 million to provide satellite communication solutions for the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF). Cubic will supply 2.4-meter inflatable satellite antennas with supporting hardware, spares and new equipment training for the NZDF Network Enabled Army (NEA) program. In addition to a multi-year support contract, Cubic will deliver and integrate an iDirect-based, Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) network within the NZDF’s existing and future hub infrastructure.

According to NZDF, the NEA program improves its ability to support deployed land forces by enhancing its battlefield’s Command and Control System, Communications and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) sensor systems. By closely examining how the NZDF communicates across coalition operations, the NEA program works to advance communication capabilities for future deployments in the South Pacific and high-intensity environments. Continue >

iDirect’s Sef Senhaji to Present at China Satellite 2017

Sef SenjiiJoin iDirect 25-27 October in Beijing for China Satellite 2017 where Sef Senhaji, Senior Director, Business Development Aero Market, will participate in a panel on 26 October at 9:50 a.m.: Operations Technology – Future Connected Benefits.

Mr. Senhaji will discuss the latest developments in the “connected aircraft” trend and how satellite solutions providers are helping airlines meet the challenges and maximize the benefits of in-flight connectivity (IFC).

With IFC a must-have these days for passengers, it heavily influences which airline people will choose to fly. Although passenger connectivity alone cannot justify the business case for bringing VSAT onboard, it does mean re-imagining the in-flight experience and operations from top to bottom. “Fully connected” now means cockpits with electronic flight bags to improve aircraft operations; it means increasing communication between the crew, cockpit and ground maintenance teams to allow for better predictive aircraft management and reduce repair delays; and, it also means equipping cabin crews with the latest mobile technology to improve customer care.

Today’s in-flight connectivity challenge is about meeting rising customer expectations while delivering a broad range of specialized applications. Join Mr. Senhaji at China Satellite 2017 as he discusses the latest developments in satellite communications that are helping airlines enable a truly connected aircraft.

To learn more, read our latest whitepaper: “A Higher Plane: Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity.”

Located in the Nikko New Century Hotel, China Satellite 2017 events will include pre-conference technology workshop, keynote speeches, equipment exhibition, sub-sessions and round-table discussions regarding the most hot topics in satellite industry in China and worldwide.

MEC Ship of the Year: MSC Meraviglia

From Marine Electronics & Communications

Record-breaker Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) Cruises’ new flagship MSC Meraviglia is named as Marine Electronics & Communications’ Ship of the Year. It was the clear winner because of its achievement of breaking the bandwidth-at-sea record in June this year on its maiden voyage.

MSC Meraviglia Uses iDirect 9350 Satellite Routers

Its superior satellite communications systems delivered unprecendented bandwidth to passengers and crew. The largest cruise ship built for a European operator so far was nominated alongside several other passenger ships, tankers, gas carriers and offshore support vessels. These were whittled down to a top five, of which MSC Meraviglia was chosen as the winner because of its record-breaking VSAT systems.

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iDirect 9350 Satellite Modem

To achieve bandwidth of up to 300 Mbps, MSC involved service provider Marlink together with Intelsat’s latest high-throughput satellite and a new VT iDirect modem.

MSC Cruises used a stacked series of iDirect 9350 modems that were linked to Marlink’s Sealink VSAT. Marlink worked with Intelsat to provide data connectivity using Ku-band spot beams from an EpicNG satellite. Marlink provides widebeam C-band and Ku-band, plus spot beams, from Intelsat 29e and Intelsat 33e EpicNG satellites for MSC’s cruise ships.

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Inmarsat Outlines Progress on Both GX and EAN

inmarsatFrom GetConnected

At the recent APEX Expo in Long Beach, California, Frederik van Essen, Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Inmarsat Aviation, spent some time with “Get Connected’s” Steve Nichols and other journalists in a round table question and answer session. This is what he had to say:

Question: Why did you commission the “Sky High Economics: Quantifying the commercial opportunities of passenger connectivity for the global airline industry” study?

Answer: Many airlines are currently asking a lot of questions about inflight connectivity and some may be struggling to make a business case for it. This wholly-independent study by London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) can help them make the right decisions.

Question: I understand this is the first of three reports. What’s next?

Answer: Part two will look at the benefits of inflight connectivity to airline operations and will follow in about three months. The third and final part of the study will look at how airlines can use connectivity to increase customer loyalty. That will be released approximately three months after the second report.

Question: How is the rollout of Inmarsat’s GX inflight connectivity progressing?

Answer: There are now more than 1,300 aircraft in the GX backlog. Lufthansa Technik is really stepping up its production lines for the Lufthansa aircraft and should be finished in 2018, as should Austrian Airlines. Lufthansa Systems is currently working on the passenger interface for GX on Eurowings. Meanwhile, Air Astana has its first aircraft online and Qatar Airways is working on its installations. In total, there are currently about 100 commercial aircraft flying with GX. Continue>

A Time for “Extreme Service” in the Satellite Industry

IsoTropic Networks is a boutique service provider in the VSAT market focused on enterprise, maritime, and oil and gas industries. They face the same challenge as any service provider in an age of rapid industry growth: to deliver higher network performance and compelling new services, while lowering operating costs.

As one of iDirect’s partners, they recently upgraded their entire network infrastructure. Why? The satellite communications industry is growing fast, and iDirect provides future-proof infrastructure to run both Evolution® and iDirect Velocity® networks with advanced capabilities to leverage HTS and DVB-S2X, for the lowest total cost of ownership and highest level of customer service, something very important to IsoTropic Networks.

“We chose iDirect because we want to continue our role as a trusted presence in the satellite industry. This upgrade will provide the infrastructure foundation to launch Isotropic’s next generation of services and prepare us for future customer requirements,” said Hank Zbierski, chief catalyst, IsoTropic Networks.

Watch the video to discover more of IsoTropic’s satellite story.

HISPASAT Teams with Industry Leaders Group to Restore Connectivity in Caribbean Over High-Speed Satellite Network After the Hurricanes

“When we learned about Hurricanes Irma and Maria that were barreling over the islands, we knew we had to react quickly. VT iDirect joined forces with Hispasat, Digicel, Cisco, and Red52, to ensure satellite connectivity could be quickly deployed for those affected by these catastrophic events. During a natural disaster, it’s imperative to act quickly to restore communications on the ground; the satellite system is an aid to connect families, first responders, medical personnel and others via internet, phone and video to ensure everyone’s safety and provide relief,” said Dave Harrower, Sr. VP Global Sales.

From HISPASAT

  • Satellite connectivity will aid local relief efforts in Saint Martin, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Hurricanes Irma and Maria knocked out communications infrastructure and power lines across the Caribbean region.
  • Hispasat has donated Amazonas 3 capacity to this collaborative effort.

HISPASAT teams with industry leaders group to restore connectivity in Caribbean over high-speed satellite network after the hurricanesMADRID, 05 October 2017.- Spanish satellite operator HISPASAT has teamed with industry leaders to provide critical communications in the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, that have knocked out communications infrastructure and power lines; damaged homes, schools and hospitals; and left an overwhelming majority of residents without shelter and running water.

To respond to the situation, HISPASAT has joined the humanitarian efforts of leaders across the telecom industry to deploy a high-speed satellite network to aid local relief efforts in Saint Martin, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos Islands.

The satellite network is based on ground infrastructure from iDirect, space segment from Hispasat Amazonas 3, Cisco VoIP networking, and Red52’s satellite teleport services to collaborate in solidarity to restore connectivity. Read More

IsoTropic Networks Selects VT iDirect For Next-Generation VSAT Offering

Wisconsin-based operator installs Universal Line Cards and Intelligent Gateway, prepares for upgrade to iDirect Velocity® and iQ Series remotes to boost network performance

Herndon, VA, October 4, 2017 VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that IsoTropic Networks will upgrade all of its iDirect Evolution®-only line cards to Universal Line Cards, which have the capability to run both Evolution and Velocity networks and support the new iDirect iQ series remotes. The technology upgrade provides the infrastructure foundation for IsoTropic to launch next-generation services and prepares them for future customer requirements.

Isotropic Networks Selects VT iDirect For Next-Generation VSAT Offering

IsoTropic Networks is a specialized leader in the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) market, delivering highly responsive and cost-effective services to enterprise, maritime, and oil and gas industries. The network upgrade is in response to escalating customer demand for bandwidth and scalability, and enables IsoTropic Networks to increase support for real-time, data-intensive applications across its growing customer base.

“We strive to lead the pace of innovation in our field, so we are taking aggressive steps to equip our networks for future requirements,” said Hank Zbierski, chief catalyst, IsoTropic Networks. “We conducted a very thorough examination and tested all available platforms in the ground infrastructure market. iDirect was the clear winner. We’re excited to show our customers how iDirect’s next-generation technology will transform their service experience.” Read More

Join iDirect’s Wayne Haubner at the Satellite Innovation Symposium Conference

Satellite Innovation Symposium ConferenceJoin iDirect’s Wayne Haubner, Senior Vice President of Emerging Technologies, as he discusses the new architecture satellite systems will require to meet future demands at the Satellite Innovation Symposium conference. The session, Digesting Software’s New Role, is on Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. PDT.

The system architecture of next-generation satellite networks will differ greatly from today’s systems.

Here’s why: End users are demanding more and more bandwidth for their data-hungry applications, with no sign of slowing down.

Satellite operators and service providers are struggling to meet the needs of this explosive growth in capacity demand, and are also under tremendous pressure to reduce the capital and operating expense of these systems. Additionally, they are required to deliver new services and capabilities to clients at a faster pace.

Satellite systems of the future will have an explosion of spacecraft and teleports. Where today a global network may contain perhaps a couple dozen spacecraft, new LEO constellations will allow global networks to contain hundreds of spacecraft. Operators may create hybrid constellations with spacecraft operating at different orbits, perhaps with different waveforms or capabilities. These constellations will leverage dozens, if not hundreds, of teleports.

The complexity of these new networks, combined with the explosion of devices to the millions or billions, make our traditional network management and monitoring systems obsolete. Read More

Insights for Improving the ROI of VSAT Networks

Denis SutherlandBy Denis Sutherland, Vice President, Business Development, VT iDirect

First, let me congratulate Integrasys for winning the 2017 VSAT Stellar Award for Best Ground Segment Technology.

During the VSAT Global show, I had the pleasure of representing iDirect and joining the World Teleport Association (WTA) and Integrasys on a panel to discuss important considerations on how to cost-effectively deploy and maintain VSAT networks. When thinking about improving the return on investment (ROI) for VSAT networks, the cost of equipment and space segment is just the tip of the iceberg. Operators should consider the more hidden costs of optimizing the installation and commissioning process, which can represent a significant portion of network costs.

These costs can include:

  • Hiring a professional VSAT installer
  • Traveling to a remote location
  • Using a satellite phone for back-channel communications
  • Coordinating with hub support staff
  • Redeploying personnel for any post-install issues

The iDirect Remote Commissioning Solution is based on Satmotion Pocket by Integrasys and it empowers the field technician to autonomously and accurately install a VSAT terminal, thereby saving time and resources. Accuracy is important to maximize the performance and efficiency of the network by minimizing adjacent satellite interference. To learn more, listen to the webinar recording or you can also purchase and download the full report from the WTA website. Read More

Engaging with Others to Make Satellite 5G a Reality

Denis SutherlandBy Denis Sutherland, Vice President of Business Development, VT iDirect

Today, I’m chairing the Satellite Terminal Working Group’s (STWG) special meeting Satellite Communications and their Role in 5G and presenting on the topic of “Bringing 5G to VSAT Terminals.”

The STWG is part of the Innovative UK Knowledge Transfer Network, which seeks to link together business and universities to share ideas and the latest discoveries. We’re holding the meeting at the University of Surrey, located just a bit southwest of London, in their 5G Innovation Centre, a top-rate research centre dedicated to the development of the next generation of mobile and wireless communications.

5G is a perfect topic for the STWG to explore, as it has major implications for satellite communications and cross-industry collaboration will be essential if VSAT is to take advantage of future opportunities in cellular backhaul, connected vehicles, and the Internet of Things. Satellite terminals have to adapt to service new applications, so this will likely require unique form factors, much smaller sizes, and dual cellular/VSAT capabilities.

We want VSAT to be accessible as an extension of 5G networks, to achieve “plug-and-play” functionality and bring coverage to places where traditional terrestrial struggles. This will require adding greater programmability to VSAT networks, incorporating industry standard 5G interfaces to both terminals and hub-side components, and harmonizing the management plane to seamlessly transfer services between VSAT and 5G access points. Read More