The mobile industry continues to experience exponential growth and nowhere will that be more apparent than at the Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona. More than 80,000 people will come together to see the latest innovations, from advanced networking infrastructure to the newest consumer technology that all of us will want to have.
iDirect will be in attendance at the show as a primary sponsor of the Small Cell Forum’s stand. We will be in hall 7 at stand 7F61 where show attendees can see the latest in small cell technology from many different companies, and listen to presentations from vendors and key market analysts.
iDirect’s own Richard Deasington will be “bringing you up to speed for 3G and 4G rural coverage” during his presentation times in the Small Cell Forum’s stand. If you are attending the show and want to learn more about iDirect SatHaulTM, Richard will be presenting on Tuesday, March 3 at 12:00pm and Wednesday, March 4 at 1:30pm. The full list of speakers at the Small Cell Forum’s stand can be found here
Satellite has a growing role to play in helping mobile operators meet the challenges they face bringing high speed, reliable services to their subscribers in remote and rural areas. Advanced satellite capabilities combined with small cell technology enables mobile operators to expand their services in a cost-effective way.
The iDirect SatHaul solution combines the latest in satellite infrastructure with advanced transmission techniques, including mobile specific optimization of signaling, voice and data content to offer the most profitable business case for 2G, 3G and 4G over satellite. If you are interested in meeting anyone from the iDirect team at Mobile World Congress, please send an email to email@example.com.
One more note: The Small Cell Forum will also be releasing a series of new content about rural connectivity as part of their content release program. Release Five is focused on rural and remote connectivity and will provide a series of papers that discuss many of the different capabilities that small cells can offer in these various challenging environments.
Don’t look now, but Satellite 2015 is a little more than three weeks away. As the premier event for satellite technology, Satellite 2015 promises a highly educational experience covering a range of different topics. But with an agenda that is chock full of informative sessions, it becomes difficult to determine which are the right ones to attend.
As always, iDirect will be well represented throughout this year’s program, covering a wide range of subjects. In order to help guide your personal experience at this year’s show, below is a quick snapshot of where and when you can find iDirect speakers—tailored by your specific interests for VSAT.
|Your interest: Small cell, mobile networks
|Attend: The Small-Cell Civil and Enterprise Applications in Orbit panel
Monday, 10:30 a.m.
|iDirect speaker: Richard Deasington, Director of Business Development
|What to expect: How to turn small cells into portable, standalone rapidly deployable mobile networks for site-specific uses. The importance of understanding how small-cell networks can be deployed efficiently over satellite without compromising the level of service expected from a broadband technology.
|Your interest: TDMA or SCPC?
|Attend: Technological Solutions to Solve the SCPC vs. MF-TDMA Debate session on Monday, 1:30 p.m.
|iDirect speaker: Guy Adams, Vice President, Software Engineering
|What to expect: Information that addresses the debate between SCPC and MF-TDMA. Help with choosing high-efficiency with dedicated capacity per site; or lower efficiency with on-demand bandwidth allocation and sharing the bandwidth across multiple sites.
By Thomas Bopp, Director, Sales System Engineering, VT iDirect
The maritime satellite communication and shipping industries convened this week in Bergen, Norway for the Digital Ship Conference. Prior to the kickoff of this event was the Marlink VIP Customer Update and Dinner, during which many important discussions unfolded related to advancements in maritime communication and the various ways in which shipping companies can leverage these advancements.
Broadband VSAT has become business-critical for the maritime sector. That being said, the limits of reach, availability and throughput are continuously being pushed further. This ultimately begs the fundamental question for the user:
Will the technological innovations prove disruptive or will they transparently integrate and introduce efficiency gains so that the user experience is enhanced?
This was the topic of my presentation at the Marlink event. In some ways, this particular discussion starts with the debate between bands. Here are a few key takeaways to this debate:
- Ku-band is now dominating maritime VSAT service delivery with C-band still holding on to its market spot.
- Ka-band has entered the market with a larger and higher frequency range, and the promise of additional capacity and higher throughput, smaller antennas and the use of more efficient modulation and error codes.
- Challenges facing Ka-band include the higher susceptibility to rain fade and phase noise and the entry cost of any new technology at the beginning of a product cycle.
- The satellite industry has responded with well-proven carrier adaptivity, maximizing spectral efficiency and availability, and hub diversity and advanced quality of service (QoS) to protect service-level agreements (SLAs) during fade conditions. Antenna vendors bring to market cost-effective solutions that integrate satellite routers based on the OpenAMIP standard.
The Ka-band vs. Ku-band discussion feels like a déjà vu of the older Ku-band vs. C-band discussion a few years ago. As the dust begins to settle, it becomes clearer that the choice will be less technical and driven more by such factors as market and value. Ultimately, it is safe to say that the frequency ranges will coexist for the foreseeable future. Read More