Bandwidth Management: New Paths in the LEO and MEO Era

From Via Satellite

The stars fell and competition rose. Leading satellite companies who enjoyed plump margins and steady revenue streams from broadcast and government verticals came crashing back to Earth with their share prices burning up in the atmosphere on the way down. Lower-cost, high-capacity systems had managed to topple the satellite giants and break their market stronghold. Greater competition means better pricing for customers and means there is also more bandwidth — all a good thing. But is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Considering the bandwidth coming online as well as the HTS being flown, is it becoming a manna-falling-from-heaven situation, with an oversupply in the cards? And what does this abundance mean for the bandwidth management market?

Too much of a good thing, it seems, is wonderful, according to market players, who noted that if there is going to be an oversupply at all, it would only be a temporary situation. What is certain, they say, is that requirements for bandwidth management solutions will remain, at the very least, hearty.

“If anything, bandwidth management could be an issue of greater importance. Multiple satellite systems, with more bandwidth and more customers that can be using GEO/MEO, GEO/LEO or even MEO/LEO add more dimensions of complexity to networks,” says Fred Morris, vice president of Comtech EF Data’s satellite operator market vertical.

Bandwidth demand rises as prices become more competitive, which, in turn, will see users demanding more throughput, adds Gerard Johnston, vice president of media solutions at Globecomm. This, he explains, will not only see that any oversupply is short-lived but will also allow service providers to improve services to customers, which is good for business. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for new services and new users to leverage the benefits of satellite connectivity. Continue >

The Path to Higher Performance: Scaling Cost Effectively for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

Scaling Cost Effectively for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

This is part three of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Read Part I – Enabling Higher Capacity Efficiencies and Part II – Implementing Intelligent Terminals.

When it comes to scaling a satellite communications network, hub-side infrastructure is one of the largest capital expenses service providers face. In fact, the infrastructure decision can make or break the ability to profitably expand, enter new markets and introduce new services.

With HTS and DVB-S2X, this reality has reached a new level of importance. With greater demand for higher throughputs and more satellite bandwidth comes the need to deploy and manage large-scale networks. Network operators need to change the cost model for ground infrastructure deployment, keeping up with demand without dramatically increasing capital and operating expenses.

Today, there are key advances in gateway technology. Consider hub solutions leveraging virtualization for processing capabilities that significantly increase the teleport’s capabilities to support extensive networks and higher throughputs in the same space. When you can achieve greatly improved density, it results in a massive footprint reduction, decreasing cooling and IT management expenses. Operating large networks spanning multiple spot beams versus one wide beam can make scaling more challenging for service providers, especially when expanding into new service areas.

Scaling Cost Effectively for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

With the right bandwidth management capabilities, satellite operators can manage Mbps across multiple spot beams and create a virtual bandwidth pool for service providers to use. This will allow service providers to not have to operate many spot beams but instead use the advantages of virtual network operations and still be in control of their own SLAs and service offerings to their end customers. Read More

The Path to Higher Performance: Implementing Intelligent Terminals for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

Implementing Intelligent Terminals HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

This is part two of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Read Part I – Enabling Higher Capacity Efficiencies.

When it comes to operating an efficient network and managing scale for an HTS/DVB-S2X platform, the key is to implement intelligent terminals. And the remote design enabled with full DVB-S2X capabilities is a critical aspect of delivering performance and efficiency gains to the overall solution.

Traditionally, satellite remote performance and features were over-engineered to future capabilities to avoid having to swap out the remotes soon after rollout. The features were largely encoded in hardware, and pay-as-you-grow, while well established for various hub-side capabilities, were not available for remotes. As such, the latest remotes carry a high cost to operate and could become a network’s single greatest cost factor when rolling out large networks.

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Today, service providers need a remote solution that’s engineered with a high degree of flexibility to adapt to changing requirements while only paying for the capabilities that you really need at any given time. Through software-defined and reprogrammable remote architectures, the next generation of remotes can be continually upgraded over the air to increase network capabilities and throughput levels, while dramatically extending the deployment life in the field. Read More

iDirect’s Nikita Demidenko to Discuss Satellite Market Trends at August 24th Event

nikita-demidenko-postOn August 24 iDirect’s Nikita Demidenko, Sales Director, Russia and CIS, will participate in “Satellite Internet. Far East,” to be held in Khabarovsk at Khabarovsk City Hotel.

Mr. Demidenko’s presentation will focus on the latest trends impacting satellite communications, and how iDirect technology is meeting complex business needs across diverse markets such as oil and gas, maritime and aviation.

This is an excellent opportunity to hear the latest about how exciting innovations in remotes, satellites and integrated networks are changing the face of satellite communications.

24 August http://iskrakb.ru/dialog/ (in Russian only)
Location Khabarovsk City Hotel, 64 Istomina Str., Khabarovsk
Session Plenary session “Satellite Communication as the Informatization Tool”
Request a meeting with Nikita

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ST Engineering 50th Anniversary Family Day

Catch the highlights of ST Engineering 50th Anniversary Family Day as our colleagues and their families enjoyed themselves as one big family amidst carnival games like mini golf, ring toss; activities like face painting, photo booth; and mouth-watering snacks like cotton candy, kacang puteh and many more!

The Path to Higher Performance: 5 Considerations for Implementing HTS and DVB-S2X to Your Advantage

Here’s a preview of the topics that will be covered in this new blog series. Be sure to tune in over the next few weeks to learn about the five critical requirements for harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest.
The satellite communications industry is entering a new phase of growth. Today, wave after wave of High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity is transforming satellite economics and creating vast market opportunities. And we are now seeing the emergence of Ultra High Throughput Satellites (UHTS) and the DVB-S2X standard to drive unprecedented gains in performance and efficiency.

How satellite operators and service providers leverage HTS and DVB-S2X technology will largely determine how they capitalize on growth opportunities. And as they plan their migration forward, they must consider what ground infrastructure capabilities will equip them with the greatest competitive advantage.

At iDirect, we believe there are five critical requirements for harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest.

  1. Enabling higher capacity efficiencies
  2. Implementing intelligent terminals
  3. Scaling cost-effectively
  4. Enabling mainstream network integration
  5. Making HTS and DVB-S2X networks mobile

In a five-part blog series, we’ll explore these requirements and you can deploy today to gain an advantage in the market. So, here is the first consideration. Read More

Speedcast to Acquire UltiSat and Create New Government Division

speedcast logoFrom Speedcast

Speedcast International Limited, the world’s most trusted provider of highly reliable, fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire UltiSat for a purchase consideration of up to USD$100m, payable over 2 years and subject to the ongoing financial performance of the company. UltiSat is a leading provider of remote communications and professional services to governments, in particular the US Government, and to International Government Organisations (IGOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The acquisition strengthens Speedcast’s position in the Government and NGO sectors, complementing Speedcast’s government activities in Australia, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

“The acquisition of UltiSat extends Speedcast’s position serving Government and NGO customers. UltiSat has built a really strong reputation providing remote communications and professional services to key customers, such as the U.S. Government and IGOs,” said Speedcast CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier. “I am excited to have the UltiSat team joining Speedcast. Speedcast’s scale, global network and unique support services capabilities will enable the combined Group to provide expanded services and coverage for UltiSat’s customers around the world. Speedcast will also be able to leverage UltiSat’s solutions and expertise to serve other governments globally with which Speedcast has existing relationships.”

UltiSat CEO Mohammed G. Abutaleb will lead the newly-formed Government division at Speedcast that will be focused on providing communication solutions and professional services to Speedcast’s and UltiSat’s existing and new Government and IGO customers, as well as driving new growth in the nearly $5B market for government and military satellite communications. Continue >

Intelsat Appoints New Leaders to Advance Broadband, Mobility and Media Businesses

intelsat logoFrom Intelsat

Intelsat, operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced three new leadership appointments expected to drive product development, innovation and growth for the organization and its customers. Under the new structure, Jean-Philippe Gillet will lead the Broadband business, Mark Rasmussen will head the Mobility business and Robert Cerbone joins the company as the head of the Media Services business.

“This change to our leadership structure is a reflection of the dynamic evolution currently taking place in the telecommunications landscape,” said Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat’s Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “Our customers require transformative technology to solve their challenges and ubiquitous, reliable connectivity that is accessible anytime and anywhere. Our new organizational structure, aligned more closely to the major customer sets served by our business, meets those needs while bringing new agility to our market presence, greater innovations and value to our customers, and accelerated growth for our business initiatives.”

Intelsat’s Mobility business provides satellite services across the maritime, oil and gas, and aeronautics sectors. In his new role, Mark Rasmussen will lead a team responsible for strategy and new product and service development for the global mobility sector, including expansion of the new IntelsatOne Flex Maritime and Aeronautic managed services. Mr. Rasmussen’s team will also develop innovative solutions to support emerging technology markets such as the connected car and Internet of Things. Mr. Rasmussen has more than 18 years of experience in enterprise network solutions, including mobility, serving in a variety of sales and marketing leadership positions. His most recent role was Vice President, Americas, where he led all sales activity related to Intelsat’s Media and Network Services organizations throughout the Americas. Continue >

GateHouse Telecom’s Additional Endorsement for Global Express Emulator Tool

From Satnews

This latest endorsement follows that of Inmarsat earlier this year recommending the emulator to their partners for testing all Global Xpress (GX) applications and solutions off-air without a terminal. According to the company, GateHouse Telecom is already the leading independent provider of complete embedded software within Inmarsat’s BGAN system, with approximately 50 percent of the active 120,000 BGAN terminals in use today operating GateHouse software.

GateHouse Telecom aims to replicate their BGAN success in the Global Xpress network with their new GLE emulator.

Dave Davis, Senior Systems Engineer, VT iDirect, noted that when he first came across the concept of the GateHouse GX Emulator, he was impressed, but using the product has proved a revelation. The tool is small enough to slip into a laptop bag unnoticed, is lightweight and easily held in the palm of the hand. Once up and running, any GX package can be replicated, allowing end users, partners and anyone else in the distribution channel to see first-hand what those packages provide. The GX packages can also be manipulated to fit bespoke needs. The data usage and statistics tools allows comparison of packages and decide which is best for a specific use-case. Rain effects, blockage conditions, congestion, and so on, can also be added to test and demonstrate using real life scenarios. In addition, the GLE has a great feature allowing configuration of Quality of Service (QoS) metrics to see in real-time how they affect traffic. Continue >

The Satellite Transformation – Demand for Connectivity

There’s an important transformation occurring in the satellite communications industry today. Demand for connectivity is surging and satellite operators are rapidly responding by launching massive amounts of new bandwidth – a number that is expected to increase tenfold by 2025 – which in turn is revolutionizing the economics of satellite service to be on par with, and even complement, terrestrial and wireless networks.

The satcom industry is already seeing major growth in core mobility markets such as aviation, maritime and defense, as well as new ones like connected vehicles and smart cities. To seize existing and future opportunities, ground infrastructure companies must pursue parallel innovations to serve these high-bandwidth applications and make satellite networks easy to deploy and manage.

VT iDirect is leading the way through a wave of new innovation when it comes to satellite ground infrastructure technology. Watch this video to learn how we are expanding the capabilities of the iDirect platform to turn our vision for satellite to play a larger role in the end-to-end network and drive major expansion in market growth into reality.

For more information, visit www.IntelligentPathForward.com.