A Conversation with Jack Waters of XipLink – Part 3 of 3

Josh CohenBy Josh Cohen, Director, Sales Business Development

iDirect’s Director, Sales Business Development, Joshua Cohen, who has been with iDirect for over 13 years, recently sat down with Jack Waters, the President and CEO of partner XipLink to discuss the company’s latest venture with iDirect, the XipLink-X7 Xtreme Bundle Solution.

This is the third in a series of the conversation.

In the second part of the blog, we left off with:

Josh: Finally, I believe that XipLink has recently custom-designed a product specifically for iDirect customers – your XS-iDirect solution?

jack watersJack: Yes, that’s correct, Josh. Our XS was designed to allow iDirect Hub Operators obtain up to 100 Mbps of combined downstream and upstream TCP traffic from the hub out to one remote site. It is ideal for the most demanding customers in Maritime, Mining, and Oil/Gas markets. The XS was specifically designed for use with your Evolution X7, which iDirect offers as the XipLink-X7 Xtreme Bundle Solution.

Josh: Turning now to the technical side, what is your “secret sauce” so to speak that allows the XipLink suite of products do what it does?

Jack: The main innovation in the design of XipLink’s technology is that we have implemented key optimizations in the kernel of the operating system, which is significantly faster with a smaller impact to the hardware. This results in two main advantages to our customers: Read More

TeleYemen First To Offer iDirect-Based Enterprise VSAT Services Across Yemeni Market

New enterprise services to deliver data, backhaul, voice and video

Herndon, Va., April 22, 2014 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that international telecom services provider TeleYemen has deployed an iDirect 15152 universal hub as well as 200 remotes as part of the initial roll-out phase in Yemen. This implementation has been done with the support of its local partner in Yemen, SAMtec Co. Ltd. With the deployment, TeleYemen will be first to provide iDirect-based enterprise VSAT services to customers across this growing market. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

TeleYemen will replace a legacy system with an iDirect-based service. The service, scheduled to launch in May 2014, will use C- and Ku-band to deliver data services, cellular backhaul, voice and video. With this being the first enterprise class service based on the iDirect platform in Yemen, the company anticipates great demand for all such services to markets including oil, enterprise and financial.

“This is the first time customers in the Yemeni market will be offered enterprise-class VSAT to meet their expectations of a seamless, high-quality service experience. The reputation of iDirect’s platform and its customer support has us confident in our ability to match these expectations.” Read More

A Conversation with Jack Waters of XipLink – Part 2 of 3

Josh CohenBy Josh Cohen, Director, Sales Business Development

iDirect’s Director, Sales Business Development, Joshua Cohen, who has been with iDirect for over 13 years, recently sat down with Jack Waters, the President and CEO of partner XipLink to discuss the company’s latest venture with iDirect, the XipLink-X7 Xtreme Bundle Solution.

This is the second in a series of the conversation.

In the first part of the blog, we left off with:

Josh: Turning now in a bit more detail to the XipLink solution, can you highlight some of the specific applications you support on the hub side in your XHO Hub Optimizer solution?

jack watersJack: Sure, let me highlight the two major ones:

  • XiPix JPEG image transcoding (lossy compression): This takes the JEG image and compresses it, and by doing so, it reduces the amount of bandwidth that is consumed by these JPEGs when they travel over the link. The nice thing about our lossy compression is that the service provider has full control over the quality level of the JPEGs, allowing them to respond in a very granular fashion to the demands of their customers.
  • GZIP Compression of HTTP data (lossless compression): Our lossless compression meanwhile automatically compresses web sites using HTTP compression standards, with decompression being done by the web browser. All modern browsers support HTTP Compression, but it is often not enabled on web servers, presenting an easy opportunity to compress the data for traversal over the link. A compression ratio of 1.5 is typical for web browsing, which represents significant savings. For instance, from a bottom line business perspective, with these ratios a service provider could support three customers with the same capacity that formerly supported two customers, which results in additional revenue to the service provider. Meanwhile, because less bandwidth is transferred, web pages appear faster, which improves overall end user experience as well.

Josh: And then on the remote side, could you highlight the main features of your XA appliances and how this product benefits end-users – I believe this is where the end-user can get the added option of VPN, IP-Sec acceleration? Could you also highlight the difference between the XA, XE and Virtualized variants of your remote product suite? Read More

Boeing to Pursue Gogo In-flight Connectivity on Commercial Aircraft

From Via Satellite

Gogo has signed a Technical Services Agreement (TSA) with Boeing to assess the company’s technology solutions on Boeing commercial aircraft. The TSA could mark the start of a process for potential future installation on new Boeing aircraft orders.

Gogo is looking to have line-fit evaluations completed in 2015 for its ATG 4 connectivity technology, and testing completed in 2016 for its satellite solutions. The company currently has an agreement with Boeing for line-fit provisions for its ATG 4 on 737NG aircraft.

“As Gogo continues to retrofit aircraft with its various connectivity solutions, it’s crucial to work toward line-fit of these solutions for all new orders so each aircraft comes off the line with Gogo connectivity already installed and ready for service from day one,” said Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO.

A Conversation with Jack Waters of XipLink – Part 1 of 3

Josh CohenBy Josh Cohen, Director, Sales Business Development

iDirect’s Director, Sales Business Development, Joshua Cohen, who has been with iDirect for over 13 years, recently sat down with Jack Waters, the President and CEO of partner XipLink to discuss the company’s latest venture with iDirect, the XipLink-X7 Xtreme Bundle Solution.

This is the first in a series of the conversation.

Josh: Thank you for joining us here today Jack. To start with, can you share some brief background history on XipLink – when you were founded and how many on the team?

jack watersJack: In July 2007, XipLink was spun-off from the aerospace company Xiphos Technologies and new capital was invested into the company.

Xiphos focused largely on custom-designed engineering projects at the time, so I guess you could say it was a “project” company rather than a “product” company. One project their team worked on for a customer was the development of SCPS, commonly called “skips” or Space Communications Protocol Specification, acceleration solution. This turned into a separate project, and eventually into its own TCP Acceleration product. At that point, Xiphos decided to spin XipLink off as a separate company, and that’s when I came on board as CEO. We initially started off selling iDirect acceleration software for the SkyCelerator product line, and then over the following few years we have evolved into selling appliances as well. XipLink has about 30 people on our team, split between our head office in Montreal and Africa field personnel worldwide.

Josh: At a high level, could you tell us what XipLink provides and what is your value proposition to the satellite industry and iDirect’s customers in particular? Read More

Frost and Sullivan Cellular Backhaul Report Foresees Greater Use for Satellite

From Via Satellite

The average amount of data used by smartphones is closing in on 2 GB per month, according to a research report by Frost and Sullivan. As more people boost their data use, the consulting company anticipates satellite-based cellular backhaul will play and increasingly vital role.

“The reality is that although perceived connectivity is high due to cellular network evolution in densely populated areas, many more remote locations still have low to no connectivity and subpar service,” the firm said in the study. “However, the opportunity to address this challenge is bright with carriers recognizing the benefits of adopting satellite backhaul technology to reach previously cost- or resource-prohibitive locations with modern cellular technology.”

Sponsored by Hughes, the report is based on Frost and Sullivan’s prediction that 3G technologies will account for the vast majority of Radio Access Network (RAN) deployments. Key cost drivers for cellular backhaul stem mainly from end-user expectations for content, which necessitate an increase in traffic capacity. The merging of cellular and Wi-Fi access networks along with performance monitoring and Service Level Agreement (SLA) guarantees further add to costs. Continue>

Panasonic Delivers An A380 Line-fitted with Broadband In-Flight Connectivity Service to Lufthansa

From SatNews

An A380 line-fitted with broadband in-flight connectivity service from Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) has been delivered to Lufthansa.

The A380, was fitted at Airbus with Panasonic’s award-winning Global Communications Services. Over the next 12 months, Panasonic will equip an additional 11 linefit A380s with its global connectivity service.

David Bruner, Vice President of Global Communications Service at Panasonic, says: “For the first time, A380 passengers will be able to experience truly global, full broadband connectivity that’s only available from our Ku-band Global Communications Service. Our unique service lets passengers browse the Internet, access their VPN, and send email at high speeds, giving them a service similar to what they would expect on the ground. Panasonic’s inflight connectivity is supported by a satellite network that covers over 99.6 percent of commercial flights meaning that passengers on this increasingly popular aircraft will benefit from high speed connectivity virtually everywhere they fly.” Continue>

Panasonic Set To Deliver Its eX3 In-Flight Entertainment and Communications Solution to Air Canada

From SatNews

Panasonic Avionics Corporation will deliver its industry-leading eX3 in-flight entertainment and communications solution to Air Canada for 37 wide body aircraft.

Under terms of the agreement, Panasonic will linefit install eX3 on Air Canada’s 37 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Deliveries commence with the airline’s first 787 aircraft in Spring 2014. Air Canada currently has five Boeing 777-300 aircraft equipped with Panasonic’s eX2 system. With eX3, Air Canada’s passengers will be able to watch more than 600 hours of entertainment on larger, higher definition screens that are up to 18-inches in business class and enjoy higher definition touch screens at every seat featuring an advanced intuitive interface that will be easy and pleasant to navigate.

Additionally, Aerolineas Argentinas, the national airline of Argentina, will revolutionize air travel for its customers as the first Latin American airline to introduce wireless in-flight entertainment, provided by Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) through its eXW wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. Continue>

iDirect Becomes World’s Largest Enterprise VSAT Systems Manufacturer

Market-leading sales for IP satellite hubs, and a quadrupling of terminal shipments since 2004

Herndon, Va., April 8, 2014 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that it has become the world’s largest VSAT systems manufacturer by enterprise hardware sales, garnering a 32% market share, according to the 13th Edition of The VSAT Report, published by market analyst COMSYS. Latest revenue figures included in the report highlight the fact iDirect has grown revenues for ten consecutive years, solidifying its lead in the enterprise VSAT market. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

iDirect continues to maintain the number-one market position in the satellite market for IP hub sales. Its share of terminal shipments has quadrupled from five percent in 2004 to nearly 20% in 2012. Such success helps iDirect solidify its lead in the enterprise and mobility VSAT segment, while building a larger foundation for the future.

The pivotal past year for iDirect was further solidified by the introduction of Velocity as a new product line to complement Evolution. Designed for satellite operators deploying HTS architectures, Velocity also enables service providers and operators to meet the requirement of high-speed mobility specifically in multi-spot beam environments. Evolution continues to be the optimal system for the majority of iDirect’s customer base, designed to meet customer requirements ranging from narrowband to high-bandwidth applications. The two products will be unified under a new common network management system and share a range of remote terminals. Read More

Intelligent Payloads: The Key to Ensuring Greater Return on HTS

DavidBettingerBy Dave Bettinger, CTO

The goal for operators of spot-beam High Throughput Satellite (HTS) is clear: to improve the economics of satellite communications by increasing the supply and efficiency of capacity. However, the very nature of spot-beam architectures introduces a challenge to achieving this goal.

Achieving a high utilization rate

Here’s the issue: Launching a satellite is a 20-year bet on where customer demand will be located and how big that demand will be. With a traditional wide-beam satellite, the geographic target could be set fairly large. There was broad flexibility to allocate bandwidth to where it was needed on the ground as demand changed over time. And satellite operators could commonly maintain a capacity utilization rate of 90%.

Capacity allocation is much less flexible with a spot-beam satellite. Operators need to determine beam how much bandwidth and power is required for each and where each beam should be pointed. Once an operator has designed the beam pattern, it cannot easily be adjusted. As a result, operators lose much of the flexibility to sell out capacity in the ways they are used to with wide-beam satellites. And the risk is much greater that an operator could underestimate or overestimate demand on the ground.

Any cost equation is a factor of both supply and demand. While spot-beam satellites will add abundant new capacity to the sky, selling out that capacity is the key to better economics. The cost of HTS capacity will likely not come down until it matches utilization rates of fixed satellites. If capacity is locked up in the wrong beams, an operator would only be able to monetize a lower portion. And that would keep costs high. Read More