iDirect Partner Paradigm Announces Availability of Ka-Band Bundles

Blog-sandbergSatellite communications solution provider and iDirect partner Paradigm recently announced the availability of a High Stability Oscillator (HSO) Ka-Band Evolution® Bundle. These bundles, which include the iDirect X1 remote, offer a fully integrated and competitively priced package to resellers and service providers operating with a Ka-band service. We sat down with Ulf Sandberg, Managing Director, Paradigm, to discuss these bundles, the support to customers of Avanti and Telenor, the relationship with iDirect and the satellite market going forward.

iDirect: Please describe the relationship between Paradigm and iDirect.

Sandberg: At Paradigm, our expertise is in the design and delivery of satellite terminals and Earth stations, providing single units to complete turnkey solutions, including full management and control solutions. For more than 15 years we have partnered with iDirect to incorporate their market-leading technology into our portfolio of solutions. By working with best-in-class technology providers like iDirect, we are able to provide the most complete and cutting-edge solutions that fit the complex needs of satellite customers today.

All of our engineers are trained on the latest iDirect technology, which allows us to supply Ka-band systems with outstanding expertise, thereby targeting our customer’s needs and requirements to specific solutions.

iDirect: What is Paradigm delivering with the KA-Band Evolution Bundle?

Sandberg: The HSO Bundle is a one-piece 98cm Ka-band antenna with a 3W Ka-band transceiver and feed horn combination, coupled with iDirect’s X1 remote. This creates a Ka-band terminal that we believe truly hits the sweet spot of data transfer and service cost for customers today. Read More

RigNet’s Speedy Growth Wins Recognition In Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™

From Satnews

RigNet, Inc., a global provider of remote managed communications solutions, telecoms systems integration services and collaborative applications to the oil and gas industry, was named today as one of the fastest growing companies in North America according to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. RigNet ranked 15th among communications and networking companies, and 326th overall, based on its 202 percent fiscal year revenue growth during the period from 2011 to 2014

“Our relentless focus on customer service enables RigNet to win the trust and earn the business of top-tier drillers, operators and service companies, even in challenging conditions,” said Mark Slaughter, RigNet CEO and president. “With service locations and field service engineers positioned in every major energy-producing region, the targeted support we provide has enabled RigNet to deliver advanced communications solutions while building the most comprehensive track record in the energy sector.” Continue>

Intelsat Exec Says Sky Perfect JSAT Deal Took 18 Months To Do

From Via Satellite

Intelsat’s latest EpicNG deal with SkyPerfect JSAT was not easy to do and in fact took well over a year to complete, according to Bruno Fromont, senior vice -president of strategy and asset management at Intelsat. Fromont told Via Satellite that Intelsat had been working on this deal “for quite some time” and that it had been “18 months in the making.”

Intelsat and Sky Perfect JSAT announced earlier this month that they had signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture that will launch a new satellite with optimized C-band and high throughput Ku-band capacity to satisfy the growing mobility and broadband connectivity demands in the Asia-Pacific region. To be known as Horizons 3e, the satellite is based on the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput design, which, upon launch, will complete the global footprint of the Intelsat EpicNG next generation platform. The satellite will be stationed at the 169 degrees east orbital location with a launch expected in the second half of 2018.

Sky Perfect JSAT is a long-standing partner of Intelsat, and given the history that the two operators share, the deal is perhaps not a surprise. Also, with Japan being such an important market and an overall telecommunications hub, the partnership makes a lot of sense for Intelsat.

Fromont said Intelsat felt the partnership model made the most sense for its first High Throughput Satellite in Asia. Continue >

SES and Intersat To Expand Internet Service Offerings To East Africa

From SES

Intersat currently serves over 200 VSAT terminals using SES service

LUXEMBOURG/CAPETOWN, 18 November 2015 — SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), a world-leading satellite operator, and Intersat announced today they have signed a multi-year contract to expand Intersat’s internet service offerings to East Africa.

Intersat, one of the largest and most respected providers of internet solutions in Africa, is utilising the Ku-band capacity on SES’s NSS-12 satellite via the SES Djibouti teleport. The company will offer shared and dedicated internet services delivered via the latest and most advanced iDirect VSAT technology, with a capacity of up to 70Mbps. Intersat currently serves over 200 VSAT terminals using the SES service.

“Intersat is in the business of breaking down the price barrier that has held back the majority of Africans from benefiting from the internet. Not only have we connected businesses, government organisations, internet service providers, educational institutions and hospitals, but we have also brought affordable broadband internet via satellite to rural Africa,” said Subrata Roy, Chief Technical Officer at Intersat. “The new deal on NSS-12 satellite’s Ku-band will allow us to double the number of terminals we serve by 2016.”

“The agreement with Intersat allows us to better serve customers in the East African market who have little or no access to terrestrial based connectivity. The combination of premium and high-powered satellite capacity, and the use of the latest iDirect technology and high-grade teleport, will give Intersat an added advantage in the marketplace,” said Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Africa at SES.

ITC Global To Bring SATCOM Connectivity To Offshore Company

From Satnews

ITC Global has been awarded a multi-million dollar deal with an international offshore energy services company.

The multi- year contract for VSAT connectivity was designed to deliver a highly efficient and reliable network service while streamlining the customer’s operating costs and focusing on integrated features including pooled bandwidth, integrated 4G LTE network access, GSM picocell coverage, and access to transit network services. ITC Global is handling the system build out and integration and testing, with most deployments being completed in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

To support the customer’s crew communications needs, ITC Global’s new comprehensive crew welfare solution, ITC Crew LIVE, is being deployed on each vessel via separate 1 meter stabilized antenna systems. The dedicated system provides crewmembers with reliable wireless access for voice, Internet and content streaming, and does not compete with the corporate network requirements onboard each vessel. This ensures that business and recreational use are kept entirely separate to provide the best user experience for everyone during work and leisure time offshore. The solution offers crews the ability to purchase allocated bandwidth for their laptops, phones or other personal devices. Service is delivered through ITC Global’s self-service customer portal system, which is currently successfully managing more than 3,000 individual crewmember user accounts across multiple customers. Continue>

L2oS Video Series #8: Extending Radio Area Networks

Cellular 3G and 4G technologies are enabling carriers to bring advanced data access to millions of people across developing countries. As carriers seek to expand coverage beyond urban centers, satellite serves as a cost-effective and rapid method of establishing macro and micro cell sites in remote and rural locations.

iDirect’s Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) becomes foundational to delivering cellular backhaul, allowing carriers to extend radio area networks all the way to the satellite edge. L2oS enables transparent transport of native 3GPP technologies, so carriers can seamlessly blend satellite networks with established Layer 2 cellular infrastructure. L2oS also supports the iDirect SatHaul™ solution, designed for optimizing cellular traffic for higher reliability for voice and data services.

iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization Suite Helps Mobile Operators Enhance 4G/LTE Experience Over Satellite

Features addressing speed, security and compression help mobile operators expand 4G coverage in smart and profitable manner

iDirect announced the release of the iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization Suite. This set of features is designed to enhance the cellular backhaul solution, iDirect SatHaul™, which helps mobile operators create a highly efficient and cost-effective solution for connecting rural and remote locations over satellite. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Today, mobile operators are deploying networks to meet the strong end-user demand for greater bandwidth to support advanced services and applications. Innovations in satellite technology and ground infrastructure are making the technology a cost-efficient solution to extend network coverage and enable higher throughput capabilities at the edge of the network. The iDirect SatHaul™ solution is designed to help mobile operators expand coverage in a smart and profitable way. When used for 4G/LTE networks, the iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization Suite enhances the end-user experience and at the same time reduces the amount of bandwidth needed for voice or data, redefining the business case for serving rural and remote markets or specialized environments like emergency services or mobile networks.

Key features of the iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization Suite include:

  • TCP Acceleration overcomes throughput issues caused by satellite delay, improving data speed and performance all the way down to the handset.
  • IPsec is a security protocol that protects all data going through a 4G network. With iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization, traffic can be optimized and secured throughout the entire satellite transmission link, ensuring that no data is exposed or compromised.
  • Header Compression saves on bandwidth by removing irrelevant elements during transmission and compressing the LTE header stack.
  • Payload Compression boosts the efficiency of user traffic and application data by optimizing payload traffic while maintaining a good experience at the device level.

The iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization Suite will run on the new X7-EC, a variant of the iDirect X7 satellite remote that has been enhanced with extended processing capabilities. The X7-EC has all of the standard iDirect features that make it a powerful remote, including dual demods, multicast and advanced mobility features, along with embedded computing capabilities to run high-speed applications at the edge of the network. Having the optimization suite embedded within the satellite router delivers a single box solution to the mobile operator, providing a more cost effective solution, decreasing points of failure and lowering power requirements at the remote site. Read More

Stirred, Not Shaken

By Dave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, iDirect Europe

Global MilSatcom was a real success last week with more people than ever gathering to learn about developments in the MilSatcom world. As predicted, the Airbus evening event on day two was a real highlight and this year the choice of venue was inspired. Just after the release of the latest James Bond Film, Spectre, we went to the London Film Museum and had a reception in the thrilling Bond in Motion exhibition.


Bond is known for his love of Martinis, shaken, not stirred. But after Global MilSatcom, I felt the other way around – Stirred, not shaken. I’ll explain.

I wasn’t shaken because there wasn’t really anything to be shaken by. One of the main themes was the need for greater collaboration between the defence organisations and the commercial satellite sector. Not a groundbreaking observation really. Partnerships are nothing new to iDirect and we’ve been working hand-in-glove with defence organisations for decades, developing products and platforms that have the defence and security community’s needs at their heart.

With market leading security features, Network Management System (NMS) and Quality of Service (QoS), iDirect have engaged with the defence users to provide a capable platform, which is resilient and affordable. The QoS options allow separation of welfare traffic and operational traffic and allows managers to distinguish between a myriad of levels of priority and allocate valuable resources as needed, guaranteeing the levels of service required. The NMS is the most powerful in the industry, allowing commercial partners and end users varying levels of control and monitoring. And the security with TRANSEC and FIPS-140-2 protection is second to none. With the introduction of the 9000 series remotes, the separate TRANSEC module allows for fast re-certification, meaning defence forces can keep pace with the technological advances and stay abreast of features the commercial sector enjoys, whilst maintaining security and accreditation. Read More

iDirect Evolution®: Amped-up Bandwidth Efficiencies and Performance

From Global VSAT to Oilcomm, from China Satellite to APEX, and from Futurecom to GlobalMilsatcom the consistent theme we are hearing from our partners is the need for continued innovation in bandwidth efficiency and performance. This helps our partners to drive OPEX costs down and to plan for what’s next to come with High Throughput Satellite (HTS).

At iDirect, we are passionate about RF innovations.  As you know, today you can optimize the iDirect platform around RF efficiencies in many ways.

  • Adaptive carriers with ACM and ATDMA to maximize availability and efficiency
  • Reducing roll-off factors to maximize throughput
  • DVB-S2 and TDMA waveform enhancements such as distributed pilots to run your networks optimally

And with new technologies on the horizon, we are continuing to push the limits on efficiency for our Evolution Platform:

  • Offering more efficient MODCODs, such as 32APSK and numerous FEC and block sizes
  • Saturating larger and larger HTS transponders with non-linear pre-distortion
  • Active DVB-S2X developments

RF Efficiencies Web Graphic

HTS is driving the need to capitalize on the higher performance and throughput in the most efficient ways. Thus the reason why we have spent some time looking at the new HTS architectures. Take the transponder size for example, not so long ago, 36 or 72 MHz transponders were so common on satellites that industry consultants used this as a standard unit to measure the growth in capacity available in the market. Now the norm is 100 MHz or higher on the new HTS satellite architectures, going soon on to 500 MHz. Read More

Getting Real: The Remote and Rural Reach of Satellite

Today, advances in satellite technology and wireless infrastructure are enabling mobile operators to reach new subscribers and expand their networks into remote and rural regions of the world in a smart, profitable way.

Let’s focus on one area where new wireless infrastructure is making an impact: small cells. When coupled with HTS (High Throughput Satellite) and advanced satellite ground infrastructure technology, small cells provide an efficient, targeted alternative for remote and rural coverage compared to large macro cells—at the same level of investment.

Small cells are being deployed globally in urban areas, as opposed to using large macro cells, in order to offload data traffic in congested areas. Based on their size, small cells are easier to deploy, require less energy and need less infrastructure at a site. Building on the same small cell infrastructure being used to connect urban sites, the business case for connecting rural and remote sites is changing.

A recently published white paper by Real Wireless analyzed rural populations in more than 200 countries, along with various rural areas within the United States. The goal was to assess the potential benefits of small cells in bringing coverage to rural and remote populations worldwide.

At iDirect, we wanted to take this analysis a step further. So we commissioned Real Wireless to augment the findings from this study and independently assess the benefits to operators of using satellite backhaul on remote cellular sites.

Our goal was this: Given the option to deploy small cells with satellite backhaul as a complement to traditional macrocells, rather than just choosing macrocells alone to extend coverage, would mobile operators be able to extend their reach with the same investment? Read More