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Record-breaking 580 Mbps Throughput on Sealink VSAT for MSC Seaside’s Maiden Voyage

From Marlink

Marlink provides temporary VSAT boost with 280Mbps more throughput than existing cruise ship bandwidth record.

marlink logoMarlink has provided more than half a gigabit per second of throughput on its global Sealink VSAT network for MSC Cruises’ stunning new Seaside class cruise ship, at its service launch ceremony in Monfalcone, Italy on 30 November 2017. MSC Seaside will officially be named at a naming ceremony in Miami, Florida, USA on 21st December 2017, where Marlink is scheduled to provide similar throughputs that will also apply for its maiden voyage.

MSC Seaside is the 14th addition to the Swiss-based Company’s state-of-the-art fleet and the second new MSC Cruises ship to come into service this year, the first being MSC Meraviglia, which enjoyed a then record-breaking 300 Mbps service for its maiden voyage in July. Marlink provides connectivity for MSC Cruises’ entire fleet in an optimised, dedicated ‘cloud of bandwidth’, providing the highest availability and redundancy available today on its continuously expanding Sealink network made up of 25 satellites and 32 overlapping beams.

From its home port of Miami, MSC Seaside will deliver luxurious Caribbean itineraries all year round. Guests can expect a truly connected cruise experience on board, through the ‘MSC for Me’ digital innovation program that uses the latest cutting-edge technology to connect holidaymakers seamlessly with the experiences that matter to them, whether at sea or on land. Marlink’s VSAT services are a key enabler, ensuring that guests enjoy fast and reliable access to Social Media platforms where they can share their experiences with friends and family at home. Continue >

Elara Adds iDirect Hub for Enhanced Real-Time Data Streaming

Elara Adds iDirect Hub for Enhanced Real-Time Data Streaming

New hub and teleport location will support high-speed data application for critical enterprise applications

Herndon, VA, December 14, 2017 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Elara Comunicaciones (Elara), a leading Mexican satellite provider, has equipped a new teleport with an iDirect satellite hub to support high-speed data applications. With the expanded iDirect network, Elara can raise the customer experience for mission-critical applications, delivering enhanced network availability and real-time streaming.

The new hub, located in Querétaro City, will be fully interconnected and redundant to Elara’s existing iDirect hub in Mexico City, through a Layer 2 (L2) fiber link. Live-event streaming applications such as the Metropolitan Opera and the UEFA Champions League, as well as banking and Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) connectivity operations will benefit from the enhanced network support. In addition, Elara can now provide enterprise data services, including L2oS (Layer 2 over Satellite) LAN-to-LAN applications, as well as multipath multicast content.

“Elara is the first company in Mexico with two redundant teleports. Our goal is to increase network availability for critical enterprise applications and minimize weather interference,” said Jorge Luis Villarreal, CEO, Elara Comunicaciones. “Our customers are increasing their reliance of satellite communications to support their core operations, and iDirect enables us to deliver the superior standard of service.”

“Adding a new hub presents market growth opportunities for Elara, giving them more flexibility to operate over multiple satellites and harness greater capacity,” said Darren Ludington, Regional Vice President, Americas, VT iDirect. “We are pleased to help Elara strengthen their network within the Latin American region, which has led them to become a premier brand in their markets.”

New Maritime Report – “Navigating New Waters: How to Leverage VSAT Innovation to Meet Growing Customer Needs”

Navigating New Waters White PaperNew maritime VSAT report – Navigating New Waters: How to Leverage VSAT Innovation to Meet Growing Customer Needs

As the growth rate for VSAT-equipped vessels is expected to jump 9.1 percent CAGR by 2026 (NSR), maritime operators are seeking the most value from their connectivity investment to support larger deployments and a growing range of applications.

From commercial shipping vessels sending diagnostic data to shore, to cruise ships connecting floating communities, to yachts streaming TV for passengers, to oil rigs supporting video surveillance, the goal is a fully connected operation.

However, this new vision of the “connected ship” presents a new challenge of managing a global wireless network at sea that serves a much broader suite of applications and end users. When evaluating the right communications solution, maritime operators need to consider their long-term plans for a broad range of applications across their fleet and service territory.

Those maritime operators that can best leverage new technology innovations will be able to navigate their next phase of growth. To learn more on this subject, read iDirect’s new report, Navigating New Waters: How to Leverage VSAT Innovation to Meet Growing Customer Needs, which covers:

  • Bringing HTS capacity onboard in the immediate future, while developing a long-term plan to integrate capacity across all orbits
  • Improving how maritime operators pool bandwidth across their entire fleet and myriad applications
  • How regional companies can adopt inter-provider roaming agreements to economically and quickly expand their service areas
  • Adopting ground-breaking new flat-panel antenna designs and software-defined modems to lower their capital and operating costs

Read our new maritime report here.

SES partners with VT iDirect to deploy iDirect Velocity® platform for GEO High Throughput Satellites

Managed Service solution will be installed at gateways worldwide, providing flexible throughput usage and broader coverage for mobility customers globally

LUXEMBOURG, 5 December 2017 – Customers of SES’s geostationary (GEO) High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services will have greater flexibility and control of their capacity following the deployment of the iDirect Velocity® ground infrastructure, developed by VT iDirect, a global leader in IP based satellite communications, SES announced today.

The iDirect Velocity infrastructure will be deployed across three HTS systems — SES-12, SES-14 and SES-15 — enabling SES Networks to host and provide modular and scalable solutions for its partners and customers, initially for SES Maritime+ services, and then as a multi-application service platform for the fixed and mobility markets.

SES Networks partners with VT iDirect to deploy iDirect Velocity platform for GEO High Throughput Satellites

SES is deploying the iDirect Velocity infrastructure across HTS gateway locations around the globe, allowing SES Networks to offer fully managed end-to-end services, or to delegate control of capacity and other key parameters to customers who, in turn, can do the same for their own customers. The SES Networks Global Services teams across numerous Network Operations Centres (NOCs) and our partners will have unprecedented insight into global bandwidth resources and maximum flexibility for resource allocation.

SES HTS satellites will first leverage iDirect Velocity-based services with leading maritime customers and others using traffic-intensive data applications in the Americas region. Upcoming HTS systems will expand SES Networks’ mobility and other data connectivity services in the Asia-Pacific region, including rapidly growing markets such as India and Indonesia, and will support existing VSAT services in the Americas and the North Atlantic Region. Read More

Inmarsat and Cobham SATCOM Achieve SB-S Milestone on United Airlines 767

From Satnews

Inmarsat and Cobham SATCOM have announced that SB-Safety (SB-S) has enteredcobham169 service evaluation on the first United Airlines Boeing B767 aircraft.

The important milestone was achieved as part of a technology evaluation of Inmarsat’s next generation SB-S flight deck communications platform, which has been installed on United Airlines’ Boeing 767 aircraft with Cobham’s AVIATOR 300D SATCOM system. SB-S offers global, high-speed, secure connectivity for the flight deck, enabling powerful and flexible communications in real-time, enhancing airline safety, asset use, security, and operations.

Inmarsat250During the evaluation, United Airlines will deploy their aircraft equipped with SB-S in the highly congested North Atlantic airspace. The company will use the new platform for communications and surveillance with Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Contract (ADS-C) messaging. United Airlines’ evaluation of SB-S is part of the carrier’s ongoing commitment to best-in-class operations, safety and service.

In addition to capabilities of today’s cockpit SATCOM, SB-S introduces new, always on, always secure applications, which are available for United Airlines’ use. These include continual positional awareness for flight tracking, flight data streaming (Black Box in the Cloud) and real-time electronic flight bag applications, such as networked graphical weather. Other benefits of the service include operational efficiency, in the form of more fuel-efficient routes and the ability to transmit vital aircraft performance and positioning data in real time. Continue >

Planning a Satellite 5G Future

By Adam Bennett, Product Marketing Manager, VT iDirect

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The future of telecommunications is bright, with projections for total global IP traffic to rise 24%1 year-after-year and mobile data traffic to accelerate at even faster 47%2 year-after-year. Rapid growth is expected for the foreseeable future because people are insatiable in their desire for connectivity.

Fiber and cellular alone won’t satisfy all the need. Satellites can also play a critical role in enabling a global connectivity. High Throughput GEO and new MEO and LEO constellations are dramatically expanding satellite capacity that can help absorb this growth.

To gain fullest advantage of this opportunity, satellite service providers must undergo a transformation, becoming part of the converged solution in a seamlessly integrated world. Customers expect a blend of connectivity options, seamlessly transitioning between Wi-Fi, cellular, and VSAT coverage as they move from place to place. They want personalized services that are highly adaptable as they change applications. And they don’t want to wait weeks or days to activate services.

This means satellite service providers will need to achieve new levels of agility and partner closely with other access networks. This is no small task, as satellite communication has tended to exist through separate networks relying on manual processes and isolated management structures. At the same time, satellite service providers will need to find ways to incorporate these expanded capabilities while lowering operating costs to make satellite competitive on a broader scale. Read More

AMTEL-SVYAZ first implemented the project for the subsidiary, DOZOR-TELEPORT for the launch of DVB-S2X network over iDirect platform

Russia-based service provider leverages iQ remote to deliver high-speed service to cost-sensitive markets

AMTEL-SVYAZ DVB-S2XHerndon, VA, November 30, 2017VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that AMTEL-SVYAZ Company will launch the first iDirect DVB-S2X network in Russia, utilizing the iQ Series of remotes. The network is expected to operate on up to five geostationary satellites, providing coverage over the Russian Federation and parts of the adjacent seas and oceans, delivering cost-effective connectivity throughout the Russia region. AMTEL-SVYAZ will leverage their iDirect network to offer high-speed connectivity to a wide range of enterprise markets, such as Energy, Banking, Oil and Gas, and Maritime. This launch also enables the company to expand their territory and allows flexible pricing for their customers.

iDirect’s next-generation DVB-S2X technology delivers revolutionary gains in performance and efficiencies, and will enable AMTEL-SVYAZ to scale their network efficiently and cost effectively. The iQ Desktop remotes are designed to meet the needs of networks within a wide range of performance scenarios and software licensing features, all based on a future-proof software-upgradeable design.

“We see major opportunity for growth throughout Russia and decided that iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology provides the greatest opportunity to deliver a reliable, high-speed, cost-effective service,” said Igor Ilinchik, CEO of DOZOR-TELEPORT, which is included in the group of telecom companies AMTEL-SVYAZ. “We chose iDirect for their versatility, support, and the highly acclaimed performance of the iQ remote.” Read More

Powerful Evolution 4.1 Software Introduces DVB-S2X, Mesh and DVB-S2 Enhancements

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iDirect’s latest Evolution 4.1 release unlocks the power of DVB-S2X and HTS, dramatically expanding your network performance and capabilities to capture the exploding market opportunities.

Deploy New DVB-S2X networks

DVB-S2X enables larger carriers with MODCODs up to 256APSK, driving unprecedented efficiency gains and increased performance while protecting your investment. Existing customers can leverage their Series 15100 Universal Hub and Universal Line Cards (ULCs) to cost-effectively build out a new DVB-S2X network. The catalysts of the DVB-S2X portfolio are the next-generation software-defined iQ Desktop remote and Intelligent Gateway supporting virtualized protocol processors (PPs) for greatly improved hub density.

Get more from DVB-S2 networks

For existing DVB-S2 networks, upgrading to Evolution 4.1 allows for greater return throughput up to 29 Msps on the same amount of bandwidth with the 9-series remotes and ULC-R. The ULC-R is also compatible with any X-series remote to benefit from licensable 16 channel demodulators for increased hub scalability.

For site-to-site, latency-sensitive applications, iDirect’s Evolution Multi-Carrier Mesh solution features star and mesh bandwidth sharing, TCP acceleration, aggregate receive capacity of up to 29 Msps and individual carrier rates up to 7.5 Msps for the flexibility to support a broad array of mesh implementations depending on business requirements.

Learn more about Evolution 4.1 to understand how to maximize your network and capitalize on future growth opportunities.

iDirect Partner Perspective: IP Access International

IP Access CEO Bryan HillWe recently sat down with longtime iDirect partner IP Access International to discuss their role in the satellite world. Bryan Hill, CEO of IP Access International, talks about their partnership with iDirect, the customers they serve, and their new revolutionary product called the Harrier.

iDirect: Please describe IP Access as a company and its role in the satellite communications marketplace.

Hill: IP Access provides critical communications to First Responders who protect and save lives.

iDirect: What drives your decision to partner with iDirect?

Hill: Public Safety has made a clear decision to adopt iDirect as the platform of choice and with over 15 years providing solid communication services to these responders, it was clearly a great choice.

iDirect: What are the top challenges IP Access solves for its customers?

Hill: During crises such as hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes, and terrorist attacks, there is a very high likelihood that local communication infrastructure will be disrupted. IP Access solves this with our satellite network and prevents what would be a life-threatening situation for responders. Read More

Inmarsat CEO and the $1 Billion Target

From Via Satellite

Inmarsat is one of the biggest investors in new satellites and new capability. Thanks to a Inmarsat250rising profile in mobility markets, Inmarsat is likely to remain a highly influential player in the market and remain a major investor in new satellites. In an interview with Via Satellite, CEO Rupert Pearce talks about the challenges ahead for the operator.

Key to its future success is likely to be aviation. While Inmarsat’s business used to be substantially maritime, things are changing, with aviation, government and enterprise offering the operator significant growth opportunities. “From this diversified position, we can achieve many more shots on goal than we did a decade ago, and aviation passenger connectivity is a classic example of that. It could be a billion-dollar revenue stream for us in a decade or more, if we are successful, and if the market grows the way commentators think it will do,” says Pearce.

It strikes me as a bullish prediction, so I ask Pearce again whether a $1 billion revenue stream in aviation is realistic. He breaks down why that figure could be realistic. “If you look at the Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) based on services already in the market, we’re seeing revenues of between $150,000 to $200,000 per plane, per year; and these are for regional services that aren’t exactly fabulous in terms of the customer experience. On that basis, we’d reach a billion dollar annual revenue stream with some 5,000 aircraft under contract — and we’re already at 1,200, so it’s not an impossible target as commentators are projecting more than 25,000 connected aircraft globally by the mid-2020s. Passengers want Wi-Fi and it is valuable to them. The latest survey we did in aviation showed that people regard it as a necessity, not a luxury, and this is more the case in Asia than anywhere else,” says Pearce. Continue >