The 2015 iDirect Corporate Professional Training Schedule is now available.
Since the schedule is posted for the entire year, you may:
1. Gauge which course(s) you can attend with the little time you may have available, thus making the best use of your time.
2. Forge a contingency to handle anything unexpected in your daily routine.
3. Lower the worry/stress by avoiding the pitfall of over committing yourself to training sessions.
iDirect prides itself on having a top-notch training department. Our trainers are well versed in iDirect products and solutions; learning from them will help you excel at your job. We have high-tech training locations throughout the world. Attend a course at our headquarters in Herndon, Va., or choose from five other locations: Dubai, London Moscow, Singapore and South Africa.
The core courses offered in 2015 are:
1. iDirect Installation and Maintenance 3.2 (iOM)
2. iDirect Advanced Installation and Maintenance 3.2 (Advanced iOM)
3. Quality of Service (QoS) Boot Camp
Registering is easy. Find the course(s) you’d like to take and e-mail or call Patsey Rios, our training coordinator, at email@example.com or +1 703-648-8240.
This may be your best investment for 2015. Come gain in-depth knowledge about iDirect products, plus network with your industry peers. We look forward to seeing you.
Is 2015 the year that the market for small cells begins to truly take off for satellite? This is the sentiment that could be felt throughout the 7th Annual Small Cells Americas Conference, held earlier this month in Dallas, Texas, setting the stage for bigger things ahead.
The roughly 750 registered attendees to the Small Cells Americas Conference painted a positive outlook for the role of small cells and satellite. This marked the first time that iDirect exhibited at this event, which revolved around the technical development and deployment strategy for femto- and small cell deployments. iDirect met with major North American carrier customers to discuss their use of iDirect with small cells, as well as made contact with new players from such areas as Latin America—demonstrating the growing interest.
At the co-located Small Cell Forum (SCF) Plenary iDirect’s Richard Deasington, in his role as chairman of the SCF Rural Special Interests Group, ensured that satellite is recognized as a key technology to be considered in the upcoming Rural and Remote release being created by the SCF. According to Deasington, in addition to rural the release will also cover a variety of remote applications for small cells—namely mobility. This includes train, plane and maritime mobile applications, temporary and emergency sites as well as remote industrial or military deployments. All of all of these use cases demonstrate potential users of satellite backhaul.
Meeting with many key members of the ecosystem at the event Toni Lee Rudnicki, chief marketing officer with iDirect, key takeaway was the need to break down such barriers in urban small cell as cost availability and security. Perhaps one of the biggest items on the plate for this market, says Rudnicki, is to ensure open standards are in place in order to enable new services. Read More
By Denis Sutherland, Sr. Manager, Sales System Engineering
The dust has settled on yet another GVF HTS round table in London. For me, it was my fifth and final panel of 2014. That includes three GVF panels, one at Posidonia and one at the maritime event SMM. All have included lively debate and countless engagements with vendors, satellite operators, consultants and end customers.
Last week we took a look back at the year in HTS. As I alluded to in that blog, 2015 will be a year in which we continue to see more developments on the HTS front. Based on my participation in various conferences and other industry events, I have come away with five distinct things to watch as we prepare for 2015.
1. The Inflection Point
Analyst projections show that HTS is just getting started as a great deal of capacity is coming online. The numbers paint an encouraging picture for the future.
For example, a report released earlier this year from NSR shows that leased HTS capacity increased by 25.6% in the last year and the wholesale revenue equivalent derived from the global HTS market in 2013 was estimated to be nearly $ 246.3 million, up 14.6% compared to 2012.
But the global market for HTS is still emerging. HTS demand growth rate is expected to rise above 30% annually with broadband access services to be the mainstay of demand. Overall, NSR forecasts that HTS capacity demand will surpass 1,000 Gbps by 2023. Read More
As 2014 comes to close, the satellite industry can reflect back on a year of great opportunity and working transition.
Front-and-center throughout the year was the topic of high throughput satellite (HTS). But HTS remains a long-term endeavor. Looking ahead, much work will focus on how HTS changes the ways in which networks are designed, services are offered and operations are managed.
Aside from HTS, this past year brought forth continued growth within key satellite markets, as well as increased demand for high bandwidth networks across many traditional markets. Markets like cellular backhaul and mobility present ample opportunity for satellite to display its unique set of value propositions.
Mary Cotton, CEO of iDirect, expounds on both topics and more in a featured satellite year-in-review article published by SatMagazine. Click here to read this exclusive piece.
We recently sat down with Chris Burdick, iDirect’s Vice President, Product Management, NMS, to better understand the importance of the Network Management System (NMS) as the critical “glue” that binds all parts of a satellite communications platform together.
iDirect: Have Network Management Systems (NMSs) have been underappreciated by the industry?
Chris: I think service providers have always understood the importance of network management because it’s essential to the deployment of their networks and operation of their services. The more sophisticated the service provider, the more they see the need for a powerful NMS, especially when they start looking at combining terrestrial links with satellite to form a complete end-to-end network. This has been one of the reasons iDirect has been successful: we understood from day one how important network management is. Our customers saw the NMS tools we provided and were impressed by how easy it was to set-up and run a network; it was very compelling.
But as for equipment and network element manufacturers in general… quite often, the NMS has been considered an afterthought. I think manufacturers are in love with the technology of transferring bits across a satellite without really thinking about how that scales for a service provider. For them, the NMS becomes little more than a series of check-boxes. They don’t take the time to truly understand how service providers will use the hardware and manage their business day to day. But at iDirect, we’ve made it a point to work closely with our customers and understand how they operate, because we know that an NMS touches every aspect of a service provider’s business and can have a major impact.
iDirect: As an example of that impact, how are monitoring and service quality closely linked?
Chris: The NMS establishes the configuration that governs how the various pieces of equipment work, individually and together, and a critical part of that configuration is quality of service. End users buy a certain type of service and they expect it to work as advertised. You can’t possibly offer any type of guaranteed or even contended service on a TDMA network without being able to specifically define how that service is supposed to behave, and then being able to prove to yourself and to your customers that it’s actually behaving that way. Read More
By Denis Sutherland, Sr. Manager, Sales System Engineering
As we begin looking ahead to 2015, I cannot help but first look back at the major progress that has been made on the High Throughput Satellite (HTS) front during 2014. These past 12 months have been particularly enlightening for me, as I’ve had the opportunity to engage in some thorough and thought-provoking dialogue with the industry about both the challenges and opportunities associated with HTS.
First things first: HTS satellites have launched. This year we moved closer to the reality of several HTS programs focused on the enterprise market. The launch of Inmarsat’s first Global Xpress satellite was a great step forward . As we look forward to 2015, the anticipation is that satellite launches will quicken, led by major programs like Intelsat EPIC.
Certainly the launch of these HTS programs presents a major milestone. They signal a new era for the industry. However, we must continue to focus on preparing enterprise markets for the impact that comes with HTS; most notably how we design networks, offer services and manage operations.
These very subjects were the topic of much discussion on the blog this past year. I posed some thoughts, encouraged the industry to respond—and heard back with some great insight. And before we look ahead to what 2015 will hold for HTS, let’s quickly recap what we’ve discovered over this past year. Read More