Satellite and the End-to-End Network

By Eric Watko, Vice President, Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, iDirect

Breaking Down the Satellite Silo - iDirect

Satellite’s role in creating a truly converged end-to-end network is an ongoing industry discussion, and one that continues to generate more conversation with the introduction of new technology innovations and the growing demands that drive them.

With that, join iDirect in a new blog-response series with communications leaders like Verizon and BT, as well as leading analyst firm NSR, as we tap into the conversation. Follow us over the coming weeks as we respond to questions about where we are and where we are headed next in satellite and the end-to-end network.

When will satellite become part of the mainstream network offering? This is an important question that continues to garner a lot of discussion in the industry today.

In fact, this was the basis for a webinar (article available) that Via Satellite hosted last October in conjunction with iDirect called “Breaking Down the Satellite Silo.”

In many ways, you could say that the time for finally answering such a question has never been more important as the volume of global IP services is projected to hit an accelerated level of growth over the coming years. Read More

SES Introduces SES Plus

From Satnews

SES S.A. announced it has launched a new satellite data network, SES Plus, that will offer customized products and solutions to tackle the evolving needs of the markets.

By leveraging SES’s partnership with O3b Networks and its medium Earth orbit (MEO) satellites, in combination with SES’s geostationary (GEO) widebeams and upcoming HTS payloads, the global satellite operator will be able to offer multiple solutions that will address the diverse needs of the data markets. SES will also continue to invest in ground infrastructure to ensure easy accessibility to space.

SES’s first Plus product, Enterprise+ Broadband, was launched across five markets in Africa in November. Offering up to 1 Gbps of connectivity, it is a competitively priced flexible connectivity platform that has a plug and play offering, with pay-as-you-go options to ensure the service can go live quickly.  Continue>

First Intelsat Epic High Throughput Satellite Launched into Orbit

From Via Satellite

Intelsat 29e, the first of Intelsat’s EpicNG High Throughput Satellite (HTS) series, launched Jan. 27 from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle. With C- and Ku-band coverage over the Americas and North Atlantic region, the satellite will be placed into service at 310 degrees east, where it replaces Intelsat 1R.

The Boeing-built Intelsat 29e combines wide beams and spot beams with frequency reuse technology and an advanced digital payload. The payload can digitally redirect a satellite beam to areas of greater demand, and brings improved security as well.

Intelsat EpicNG is optimized to provide satellite connectivity for applications including the Internet of Things (IoT), enterprise, wireless infrastructure, aeronautical and maritime mobility, and government. The HTS platform is backwards compatible and fully interoperable with Intelsat’s existing satellite fleet and terrestrial infrastructure. The platform’s open architecture allows customers to have control over service offerings and hardware selection, providing differentiation of service offerings. Continue>

iDirect In-Focus: iDirect Evolution®

As we kick-off 2016, we take a look at some of the biggest trends in satellite and how major announcements and campaigns led by iDirect throughout the past year twelve months are helping satellite operators and satellite service providers best position themselves for success.

iDirect In-Focus: iDirect Evolution

The iDirect Evolution® platform, which today is relied upon by service providers around the globe, has made great strides towards better efficiency, performance, scalability and extensibility.

Here is a glimpse at how we are helping our customers better leverage the platform and to prepare for High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity:

For example:

  • Advances in remote portfolio: Recent advances in our Evolution X1 and X7 remotes are bringing new capabilities to serve both fixed and mobility markets. Now with the added capability of a second demod on the X7 in Evolution 3.3.3, partners can cost effectively overlay multicast applications in addition to their core offerings
  • Increases in efficiency with the introduction of 5% and 10% roll-off factors for tighter outbound carrier spacing (instead of the standard 20%), along with adaptive TDMA waveforms on the inbounds.
  • A major new feature to Evolution 3.3.3 was the introduction of Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) that will help satellite service providers to integrate more seamlessly with telecommunications access technologies and to provide transparency across the entire network.

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Advanced Cloud Services Now Available From NewCom

From Satnews

Media organizations, TV stations, government agencies and other content providers now have an easy, affordable way to access the complete media management, distribution and contribution solutions they need anytime, anywhere in the world.These capabilities are thanks to the new Cloud Video Production, Playout, and Master Control Services just unveiled by NewCom International, a global satellite and terrestrial communication provider headquartered in Miami, Florida.

The comprehensive suite of cloud video services—powered by Primestream—are being facilitated through NewCom’s world-class teleport in Miami. The teleport features a comprehensive redundant satellite, fiber and IP network and extensive inbound/outbound bandwidth capacity to ensure quick, seamless distribution of video content.

The teleport also features unlimited storage capacity, redundant environmental control and fire detection systems, powerful emergency electric generators, and around-the-clock monitoring and support to ensure content and operations are secure. Continue>

SpeedCast Begins Offering O3b Networks Services

From Via Satellite

SpeedCast has launched service with O3b Networks, delivering satellite connectivity to Christmas Island and Papua New Guinea (PNG). The companies are working with the Christmas Island Internet Administration (CIIA) — the only Internet Service Provider (ISP) on Christmas Island — and with local PNG ISP, Seeto Kui’s MyNet ISP, who will rollout a low latency, citywide Wi-Fi distribution in Lae, PNG, using the new service.

Since launching the O3b service on Christmas Island, SpeedCast reports a 300 percent increase in data usage. Continue>

German Ministry of Defence Renews Airbus Defence and Space Contract, Providing Free Satellite Comms to Troops

From Satnews

The German Ministry of Defence has renewed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space to provide free satellite communications and calls for German troops for another four years, starting July 1, 2016.

The existing contract framework has been augmented to meet the ministries directive for the provision of free, unlimited voice calling and internet access to all servicewomen and men during operations, exercises and training outside Germany in order to keep in touch with their family and friends.

Whereas previous services were based on a mixture of ministry paid free calls and services individually paid by the soldiers, as of July 2016 soldiers will get full, unlimited access to voice calling and internet connectivity in all relevant locations abroad. The new service includes the provision of media servers, giving troops free access to movies, digital newspapers and the forces broadcast service. Continue>

iDirect In-Focus: Bring HTS to Market

As we kick-off 2016, we take a look at some of the biggest trends in satellite and how major announcements and campaigns led by iDirect throughout the past year twelve months are helping satellite operators and satellite service providers best position themselves for success.

iDirect In-Focus: Bring HTS to Market

Today we put High Throughput Satellite (HTS) in focus. In fact, 2015 was a year in which iDirect helped #BringHTStoMarket as the industry continued to move towards the realization of the HTS architecture implications and its performance benefits that have been talked about for years.

For example:

  • Inmarsat made significant strides toward a full commercial launch of Inmarsat GX, its seamless global platform for high-speed Ka-band satellite services, covering virtually everywhere on Earth and targeted at both the mobility and fixed markets
  • Intelsat announced its IntelsatOne Flex service, a high-performance wholesale Mbps managed service on Intelsat EPIC as well as wide-beam Ku-Band capacities. Service providers will be able to control their networks across multiple spot beams through customization of their own service plans and QoS prioritizations
  • Telenor continues to build momentum towards the launch of the THOR 7 satellite constellation, which will deliver a Ka-band HTS payload of up to nine Gbps of throughput across 25 spot beams over the North, Mediterranean and Baltic Seas

iDirect is playing a major role in each of these programs with our new iDirect Velocity platform. iDirect Velocity went live this year on the Inmarsat Global Xpress HTS program, and the IntelsatOne Flex from Intelsat and Thor 7 from Telenor programs are coming to market over the platform in the next coming months. Read More

iDirect In Focus: Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS)

As we kick-off 2016, we take a look at some of the biggest trends in satellite and how major announcements and campaigns led by iDirect throughout the past year twelve months are helping satellite operators and satellite service providers best position themselves for success.

iDirect In Focus - Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS)

Today we look at the release of Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS). In order to enable new levels of flexibility and transparency, iDirect announced the release of L2oS, a new feature set within the iDirect Evolution® platform that allows satellite to work more seamlessly with other telecommunications access technologies.

As an alternative to the traditional Layer 3 routing architecture, L2oS offers service providers the option to run an iDirect network in an efficient Layer 2 bridging mode, which provides enhanced transparency across the entire network. Using L2oS, service providers are simplifying deployment of satellite networks and effectively carrying IP traffic anywhere it needs to go.

Telecom providers like Verizon and BT have demonstrated how iDirect’s technology is helping them create true end-to-end networks that deliver superb performance for their own businesses as well as for their customers. For instance, BT is leveraging satellite to extend coverage to remote locations, provide business continuity, and deliver cellular backhaul. Verizon has always made satellite an integral part of its MPLS network and works closely with iDirect to make the technology a transparent part of its service. Read More

The Intelsat 29e Satellite Is Fueled And Ready For a Heavy-lift Ariane 5

From Satnews

This liftoff is the first of up to 11 missions planned with Arianespace’s launcher family during the coming 12 months, with as many as eight utilizing the workhorse Ariane 5.

Named Intelsat 29e, this relay platform is based on the Boeing 702MP spacecraft design and will be a solo passenger on the year-opening flight.

As the series-opening Intelsat EpicNG satellite, Intelsat 29e purports to be one of the most advanced digital payloads operating in the C-, Ku- and Ka- frequency bands. It will offer enterprise-grade broadband services to fixed and mobile network operators, aero and maritime mobility service providers, along with government customers. Coverage area is the Americas and over the North Atlantic (for sea and aviation routes). Continue>