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Kymeta Launches KĀLO™ Trek Across America

From Kymeta

KymetaWashington-based company drives connected car coast-to-coast on record-making 7,000-mile journey

Redmond-based Kymeta—the communications company making good on the promise of global mobile connectivity—set out on a two-week trek across America in its connected Toyota RAV4 to provide a rigorous, real-world proving ground for its widely anticipated KĀLO™ internet service. KĀLO services will deliver a new mobile satellite internet service that will make mobile high-throughput internet access available and easy to buy. The KĀLO Trek Across America will begin in Washington, D.C. and wind through the country, covering over 7,000 miles, and culminating in a homecoming event at the Kymeta campus in Washington state on November 27.

Powered by the IntelsatOne® Flex network, Kymeta KĀLO services will provide high-bandwidth mobile satellite internet access to industries that require connectivity on the move like military, news reporting, first responders, construction, trains, buses, and more. KĀLO services, when paired with Kymeta™ KyWay™ terminals and mTennau7 ASMs, will connect places and fixed and mobile platforms that have traditionally had limited or no connectivity at all.

“Kymeta is taking its connected car across the country to put the network through the paces,” said Dushyant Sukhija, SVP and General Manager, KĀLO Business Unit, Kymeta. “When launched, KĀLO mobile internet services will mark a revolutionary change in the way satellite services are purchased and supplied, making it as simple as purchasing a cell phone plan. The launch of Kymeta KĀLO services will usher in changes in the way businesses get work done: on the move, from everyday vehicles, in even the most difficult to reach industries and areas of the world.” Continue>

We Need to Keep Moving

Kevin SteenBy Kevin Steen, President and CEO, VT iDirect

This is an excerpt from a recent speech given by Kevin Steen at the 2017 VSAT Congress, an event organized by the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) to bring together industry leaders to discuss upcoming challenges and the innovations that will drive the wider adoption of VSAT.

When you have a single beam, maintaining connectivity for the mobility of ships or planes within that beam is simple. However, modern VSAT networks long ago expanded beyond a single beam. Each step of the way, iDirect has created solutions to keep mobility as seamless as possible.

Demands for Mobility Innovation

First came the need to stitch together multiple beams on the same satellite, so iDirect introduced Fast Beam Switching and switching logic to handle expansion across multiple beams. Then came the need to stitch together multiple satellites, so iDirect introduced Global Bandwidth Management for traffic load balancing.

Now, customers are wanting to combine multiple constellations, such as broad beams from an older satellite with spot beams from a newer satellite, even operating on different frequency bands. And the emergence of MEO and LEO satellites is creating a need to combine and manage connectivity across multiple orbital planes.

Finally, people are seeking to reach past VSAT and integrate with terrestrial 5G for a multi-access network. As you can see, supporting ships, planes or trains has moved far beyond our traditional thoughts about mobility. A new approach is required for bringing together all these differing forms of connectivity on completely separated networks. Read More

Register Now: “Unlocking New Satcom Markets and Capabilities with Next-Gen Ground Segment” Webinar

NSR iDirect Webinar November 29th

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 | 10-11 a.m. EST | Cost: Free

To say that the satellite industry is going through a profound transformation is in many instances an understatement. Demand for connectivity is surging, and satellite operators are responding by launching massive amounts of new bandwidth into orbit. By 2025, we’re expected to have 10x the capacity we have today.

While the space segment has attracted most of the innovative focus in recent years, it is vital to recognize that there is no value in the satellite industry without a ground terminal. New opportunities cannot be met without major steps forward in the ground segment.

Join iDirect and NSR for an exclusive analysis of the market opportunities, technology trends and the impact of ground segment on the overall satellite industry.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • What are the trends driving or restraining growth in equipment shipments and revenues for each market vertical and region, and for each type of equipment?
  • What are the technology trends in modems, RF equipment, antennas and baseband systems shaping the industry? How is the emergence of HTS and the growing demand of bandwidth influencing these trends?
  • How is HTS opening new market segments in Broadband and Mobility markets?
  • What is iDirect’s strategy to unlocking these new opportunities?
  • How is iDirect driving innovations on the ground to be in lock-step with these new trends?

Reserve your spot today.

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AfricaCom 2017 Wrap Up

DM Telecommunications at AfricaCom 2017AfricaCom’s big focus this year was on satellite and how satellite technology will enable better access to connectivity for all of Africa. To help raise the visibility for satellite communications to the estimated 13,000+ AfricaCom attendees, iDirect invited Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services for the Republic of South Africa, to share her views on new programs that are supporting the role of satellite in the mission to connect Africa.

Keynote Address from Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Over 500 delegates gathered to hear Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services, deliver her keynote address, Visions for Africa: ensuring a connected Africa through satellite communication.

Today, “the challenges of lack of connectivity and low tele-densities particularly in the rural areas of Africa are acute and exacerbate the digital divide,” the Deputy Minister said. “Therefore, policy interventions, an enabling regulatory framework, legislation and collective efforts are needed to build the information society and a knowledge economy in Africa in order to achieve improved socio-economic development and modernized standards of living.”

Satellite communications is key in enabling Africa to overcome these challenges, offering a scalable, quick-to-deploy communications infrastructure to areas where terrestrial alternatives are unavailable, unreliable or simply too expensive. Furthermore, “with the additional satellite capacity and new high throughput capacity coming into the region, price points for bandwidth are more economical and present a mammoth opportunity for providers to deploy services across the region,” Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams said.

“Thank you to iDirect and its business partners who are already serving businesses, financial institutions, and rural communities throughout Africa, to meet their satellite broadband connectivity needs accelerating communication, knowledge and financial growth,” she continued. Read More

InterSat Sets Up Teleport Services in Nairobi

From IT News Africa

Satellite solution provider, InterSat and global satellite operator ABS have announced theintersat launch of iDirect platforms on ABS-3A C-band and Ku-band beams. InterSat will operate the services from its new and state-of-the-art teleport in Nairobi using ABS-3A’s pan-Africa beams.

The iDirect platforms will provide broadband internet across Sub-Sahara and South Africa and serve French-speaking African countries.

With the growing demand for broadband internet services, users in Africa demand services at low entry cost including hardware and bandwidth. InterSat with ABS, can now offer Software Virtual Network Operator (SVNO) access to resellers in Africa to distribute and manage internet services at affordable pricing on both C and Ku-band. Resellers can control their VSAT network and manage services to their clients without the need for investment in hard­ware. Both Ku- and C-band coverage offer excellent elevation across Africa. Continue >

Liquid Telecom teams with VT iDirect and Telesat to deliver enhanced services to businesses in Africa

New Liquid Telecom VSAT service will combine the power of iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology with Telesat’s Telstar 12 VANTAGE Africa Ku-band capacity

Cape Town, November 7, 2017 – Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has entered into an arrangement with Telesat, a leading global satellite operator with extensive coverage of the EMEA region, and VT iDirect, a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology, to deliver enhanced services to enterprise customers in central and southern Africa.

iDirect, Liquid Telecom and Telesat at AfricaCom 2017

iDirect’s Dave Harrower, Liquid Telecom’s Scott Mumford, Telesat’s Julian Kell

Liquid Telecom will leverage the iDirect platform to distribute cost-effective satellite services, using Telesat Africa-Africa capacity on the Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite, as part of a multi-year agreement.

Liquid Telecom will deploy iDirect’s Universal Satellite Hub at its teleport in Johannesburg, South Africa, along with the next-generation iQ Desktop remotes to offer Layer 2 VPLS connectivity across both fibre and satellite on a single network for the first time.

The new offering provides a complete, end-to-end solution for VSAT integrators and corporate customers that will deliver more reliable, consistent and cost-effective broadband for users across any network. It also will be available as a managed service offering, enabling enterprise customers access to a range of scalable and secure cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Windows 10. Read More

See iDirect at AfricaCom 2017 Next Week

Partners will enjoy a VIP Luncheon with a special guest speaker

As the second largest continent based on population, as well as area, Africa is poised for massive adoption of VSAT to accelerate social and economic development, from providing access to education to businesses extending their reach, to providing rural connectivity to those without access to knowledge and resources. As such, the AfricaCom 2017 conference is set to be a buzz of activity and opportunity!

iDirect AfricaCom 2017

With a growing presence and constant commitment to the region we are looking forward to welcoming our business partners at iDirect Stand E45, as well as our iDirect VIP Luncheon on Wednesday, 8 November at 1200. The luncheon will be an extremely special event as we are honored to have South Africa’s Telecommunications and Postal Services Deputy Minister, Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, serving as a guest speaker.

The Deputy Minister will be giving the Keynote speech at 1030 on Wednesday, focusing on the value of ICT and digital connectivity under the theme, “Visions for Africa: Ensuring a Connected Africa through Satellite Communications.” This includes an analysis of the satellite communication policy interventions, regulatory framework, legislation, and collective efforts that are required to build an information society and knowledge economy in Africa.  We are thrilled she will be able to join us for lunch and share her views on potential for satellite connectivity to aid in the vision for a connected Africa.

Register for the iDirect VIP Luncheon

If you haven’t yet registered for our event at the Westin Cape Town on 8 November from 1200-0200, please reserve your seat today.

We look forward to seeing you during the iDirect VIP Luncheon and AfricaCom 2017, where we will be showcasing our new products and technology at Stand E45.

New, Flexible Satellite Solutions Improve Maritime Efficiency

Exciting times! iDirect is proud to be Intelsat’s technology partner in providing the underlying technology platform on which the IntelsatOne Flex service is built.

From Intelsat, By Mark Rasmussen

intelsat-logo-250With more than a decade of experience providing critical satellite capacity to the global maritime industry, Intelsat is keenly aware of the challenges faced by service providers who deliver satellite connectivity across all the maritime sectors we serve. Those sectors include commercial shipping, cruise, oil and gas, superyacht, fishing and leisure – each of which has its own unique requirements and customer demands. Intelsat’s customers, the satellite service and solution providers, are demanding specialized tools as they work to integrate higher-capacity satellite solutions into their operations. These include tools for seasonal fluctuations in capacity needs, reactive purchasing, the ability to forecast future bandwidth demand for each region, and applications to ensure the highest possible return on any investment in new technology.

The award winning IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime platform provides those tools. It lets service providers integrate capacity from across the Intelsat fleet – including our next-generation EpicNG high-throughput satellites (HTS), the IntelsatOne global ground infrastructure, and the HTS-optimized iDirect Velocity® platform – into a simplified, unified ecosystem.

When designing the IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime platform, our main goal was to enable simple access to Intelsat’s mobility network while allowing our customers to maintain full control over their service differentiation – something that is not possible with other HTS service platforms. Continue>

Intelsat Helps Restore Comms to Disaster-Stricken Islands in the Caribbean

Intelsat CaribbeanFrom Via Satellite

Intelsat announced it is supporting multiple organizations providing relief services in the Caribbean as well as helping local and U.S. businesses recover from the three hurricanes that devastated the regions. According to the company, it is leveraging its globalized network and IntelsatOne Flex managed service, an offering that aggregates the Intelsat Epic High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and the IntelsatOne terrestrial network into a unified ecosystem to deliver bandwidth.

Intelsat stated its support efforts began even before the first storm approached land, initiating disaster recovery and restoration plans for customers across the media, broadband and mobility sectors with operations established in the projected paths of the storms. In some cases, customers transitioned hub operations and relocated staff to Intelsat teleport locations, maintaining unimpaired operations throughout the storms.

Intelsat’s satellites and teleports also provided restoration services and helped deliver news coverage in the wake of the storms. With broadcasters being significantly impacted by the flooding in Houston, Intelsat used its Galaxy 16 satellite to provide connectivity to re-establish services. In Puerto Rico, capacity was allocated to provide connectivity from New York to the devastated island. Continue >

Bentley Walker Becomes First Service Provider to Go Live with DVB-S2X Network Using iDirect’s iQ Desktop Remote

New iDirect DVB-S2X technology is game changer to meet escalating customer needs across high-growth markets in Middle East

London, UK, October 5, 2017Bentley Walker, the largest supplier and operator of VSAT Networks outside of North America, has launched a live DVB-S2X satellite service leveraging iDirect’s iQ Desktop and iDX 4.0 software. Bentley Walker will deploy the new service in the Middle East with capacity from Avanti’s HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite. The DVB-S2X-based service will target a range of end users including consumer markets, small-to-medium enterprises, large corporate companies, Wi-Fi hotspots and military organizations.

Bentley Walker and iDirect's iQ Series Remote

iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology allows Bentley Walker to leverage the benefits of Avanti’s HTS Ka-band capacity, supporting MODCODs up to 256APSK, to significantly increase network efficiency and performance. The iQ remote supports a high number of traffic sessions and delivers over 100 Mbps for a high-quality, cost-effective solution. Furthermore, with the software-defined iQ remote, Bentley Walker can adapt its service to future customer requirements by licensing additional throughput and networking capabilities.

Anthony Walker, CEO of Bentley Walker, said: “The iQ Desktop is a game changer for our business. It unlocks a new era of satellite connectivity and opens attractive new opportunities. We believe that iDirect has the best DVB-S2X product in the market and gives us a true leadership edge. As iDirect expands the iQ series product line, we will continue to deepen our investment to bring continuous value to our customers, staying ahead of demand in this dynamic market.” Read More