iDirect Corporate Professional Training Schedule for 2015

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 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.

Three Challenges Face Satellite and Small Cell

Is 2015 the year that the market for small cells begins to truly take off for satellite? This is TLthe 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

HTS: 5 Points to Prepare for 2015

Denis SutherlandBy 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.

iDirect HTS 5 Points
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

Philippines’ Globe Telecom Partners with iDirect to Provide Best-in-Class Satellite Communications to Corporate Clients

iDirect’s Evolution platform and X3 Remote will enable Globe Telecom to offer local businesses high–speed connectivity in previously unconnected areas

iDirect announced that leading Philippine telecommunications service provider, Globe Telecom will leverage iDirect’s Evolution platform coupled with its X3 remote to offer corporate clients robust, flexible, and high speed connectivity that can meet their critical business needs and allow them to widen their reach in the Philippines.

Globe Telecom, through its corporate and enterprise information and communications technology arm Globe Business, will be running data services in the Philippines over a multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) network, targeting automated teller machines or ATM banking, mining, and government services as initial markets.

The partnership between iDirect, which is the world leader in satellite-based IP-communications technology, and Globe Telecom will bring very small aperture terminal (VSAT) connectivity to regions of the Philippines that are out of reach of terrestrial services. In addition, it will facilitate the establishment of disaster recovery networks to enable reliable voice and data communications at all times. Read More

iDirect Year in Review

As 2014 comes to close, the satellite industry can reflect back on a year of great Mary Cottonopportunity 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.

Panasonic Connects Flying Hospital

From Panasonic

Panasonic Avionics is providing critical communications onboard a high-tech flying hospital used to transport Ebola patients from Africa to overseas care facilities. An Airbus A340-300 aircraft, which is chartered from Lufthansa by the German Foreign office, has been converted into a hospital aircraft with isolation chambers for patients diagnosed as suffering from the disease.

The aircraft is equipped with Panasonic’s eXConnect system, offering the on-board crew and medical staff direct Wi-Fi internet access and email services for essential air-to-ground communications during the emergency flights.

Panasonic Avionics CEO Paul Margis said: “Since the founding of Panasonic, our company has been committed to using technology to improve peoples’ lives. We are very excited to support this humanitarian cause and believe our global communication technology will enable medical professionals to more effectively care for patients.”

The flights will be operated by volunteer pilots and flight attendants and will be available for any country which needs to transport Ebola patients. Continue>

Why an NMS is Critical to Service Quality

We recently sat down with Chris Burdick, iDirect’s Vice President, Product Management,Chris Burdick 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

Need for High Throughput Connectivity in Defence Drives Satcom Applications Globally

From Satellite Markets & Research

London, UK, November 25, 2014 – The demand for high throughput military satcom applications is growing as the use of unmanned aerial systems and implementation of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance of C4ISR systems increase. High throughput satcom applications can support imagery streaming and seamless connectivity across tactical and strategic networks – capabilities which have become vital in the military space.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global Military Satcom Applications Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $3.05 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $3.82 billion in 2022. The study covers manpack/handheld, ground vehicle mounted, air platform mounted, naval platform mounted and fixed MilSatCom applications.

“To support MilSatCom suppliers and service providers, governments and commercial operators are launching high throughput satellite systems, which are driving Ka band capacity,” saidFrost & Sullivan Aerospace & Defence Research Analyst Arun Kumar Sampathkumar. “Currently, unused satellite spectrum capacity is delaying the migration to high throughput frequencies and hence lowering MilSatCom hardware expenditures. Nonetheless, as military users migrate to Ka bandwidth and Internet protocol (IP)-based strategic military communication networks, spending on MilSatCom will rise.”

Globally, spending is focused on upstream spectrum procurement. As a result, spending on hardware upgrades will go up in the coming decade and stimulate the use of MilSatCom applications. Continue >

The Year in HTS: Market Debates and Program Debuts

By Denis Sutherland, Sr. Manager, Sales System EngineeringDenis Sutherland

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

MSC Begins iDirect Upgrade

From Digitial Ship

MSC Cruises has become the first cruise line in the world to begin to roll out the latest iDX 3.2 software and X7 modem from iDirect, with the aim of optimising its VSAT communications with higher throughput and improved functionality.
Following successful tests of the new iDirect X7 modem in August 2014, MSC’s VSAT provider Marlink began the rollout of the new technology across the 12 ships in the MSC Cruises fleet in October 2014.

“Staying connected is increasingly important to our guests, so MSC Cruises wanted to enhance the onboard Wi-Fi experience by ensuring that more guests can get online at the same time,” said Emilio La Scala, general manager, MSC Cruises Technical Department.

“The iDirect X7 and Marlink C-band VSAT solution secures the bandwidth and performance to provide stable services for both guests and crew.”

The Marlink Global C-band iDirect service has been operational since spring 2014 on the new generation iDirect software, iDX 3.2, which the company says is a pre-requisite for the introduction of the new X7 modem.

All MSC Cruises services using C-band, such as company headquarters and public telephony, GSM voice and data, and ship management LAN communications, will now be routed over the X7 modem, which Marlink says allows for Adaptive TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) to enhance return channel performance and increase network availability on vessels suffering rain fade and satellite link degradation.

“Since we started with the first VSAT for MSC Cruises in 2003, MSC has always been an early adopter, committed to continuously improving the communications user experience for crew and passengers,” said Antoine Lisse, key account manager, Marlink.

“Together we have introduced the latest technology and capabilities, and with iDirect X7 on the C-band service, they will have one of the most advanced VSAT solutions in the market today.” Continue >