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Bandwidth Requirements to Keep Driving Future Satellite Developments

From Spacenews

The requirement for higher and higher bandwidth will remain the major driver shaping future satellite infrastructure and services in the next five years, according to Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of Viasat.

Speaking Sept. 12 at the World Satellite Business Week here, Dankberg said that terabit-capable satellites like the Viasat3 satellite it is building with Boeing, are more responsive to customer expectations than forthcoming low-Earth-orbit mega-constellations emphasizing lower latency than geostationary satellites.

“Our customer want more bandwidth, they want to be able to stream video,” Dankberg said.  “We have done studies when we asked customers what would affect their willingness to pay for a service and we found that latency has the least impact.”

Lower latencies are a major strength of mega-constellations such as the 648-spacecraft fleet of broadband satellites being developed by OneWeb, whose aggressive timetable and a $1.2 billion investment led by Japan’s SoftBank is sending anticipatory shock waves through the industry.

Dankberg was one of five industry leaders on a panel discussing next-generation satellite infrastructure and services. Continue >

iDirect Shares Vision for Next Phase on In-Flight Connectivity Innovation

A Higher Plane - Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity White Paper

A Higher Plane – Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity White Paper

This week is a critical week for in-flight connectivity. At two major events – SmartPlane in Paris and Connected Aircraft E-enablement in London – experts across the industry will discuss what’s next as airlines look to improve network quality, expand services to new applications and lower their costs.

Today, airlines are demanding greater business value from their onboard networks. So, they’re expanding connectivity beyond just passenger Wi-Fi to transform their entire aircraft operations.

However, this new vision of the “connected aircraft” presents a whole new challenge for airlines and their in-flight service providers. It equates to managing a global wireless network in the sky that serves a much broader suite of applications and end users.

When evaluating the right in-flight communications solution, airlines need to consider their long-term plans for a broad range of applications across their fleet and service territory. And it will involve big changes: rewriting the business case, upgrading technology and running a much more complex network.

Yet, the reward is huge. Those airlines that can best leverage in-flight connectivity will gain a clear business advantage in terms of customer loyalty, crew productivity and company profitability.

The Connected Plane

That’s why iDirect has just issued a paper on the subject: A Higher Plane: Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity, which spells out key innovations to address these challenges:

  • Bringing HTS capacity onboard in the immediate future, while developing a long-term plan to integrate capacity across all orbits.
  • Improving how airlines share bandwidth across their entire fleet and myriad applications
  • How regional airlines can adopt inter-provider roaming agreements to economically and quickly expand their service areas.

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VT iDirect Helps Connect Orphans with Resources for the Future of Haiti

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Every morning in Trou du Nord, Haiti, two houses filled with nearly 30 previously orphaned, abandoned or trafficked children and young adults, ages 2 to 20 years old, wake up to a loving and nurturing home. They’ve been taken in by PROJECT 7, a charitable creation of New Reality International (NRI), and are rebuilding their futures in the safety and support of this quickly developing community.

Before an earthquake rocked Haiti in 2010, NRI had already been directly serving Haitians in extreme poverty for three years, providing health care, food and shelter through short-term medical trips. However, the growing number of homeless children orphaned by the earthquake brought on the realization that they needed to plant their feet on the ground if they wanted to make a lasting, sustainable change in the children’s lives. Continue >

Transforming Satellite Ground Infrastructure to Capture Greater Market Opportunity

Kevin-Steen-2017-blogBy Kevin Steen, President & CEO, VT iDirect

The fall event frenzy has begun this week. All around the globe, the satellite industry will be discussing the most pressing questions facing the industry. I’ll be attending the World Satellite Business Week Summit for Satellite Financing this week in Paris. And I’ll be speaking on “Next generation satellite infrastructure and services” with CEOs from Speedcast, Telespazio, Hughes Network Systems and Viasat.

Here’s what I plan to share. We all know that the satellite communications industry is undergoing massive innovation. There are dramatic improvements in speed, bandwidth availability, and cost competitiveness coming from so many industry leaders. Together, we’re expanding satellite beyond a niche form of connectivity, opening new markets and opportunities for all.

At iDirect, we know that ground infrastructure plays a critical, central role in bringing innovation to life. That’s why we’re expanding our platform in dramatic ways, including the adoption of existing telcom technologies, with the goal of delivering a significantly higher level of value to our customers.

To start, we have redesigned the foundation of our satellite remote. Our new iQ Series is built around the latest DVB-S2X standard, increasing performance and efficiencies. It leverages a common software-defined architecture that enables us to bring modems to market faster, and they can be continually upgraded over the air to increase network capabilities and throughput levels. This gives service providers a new degree of flexibility to meet requirements, while dramatically extending its deployment life. Read More

Technology Intelligence at Your Fingertips with iDirect’s Content Hub

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We’re making it easier for you to stay up-to-date on iDirect’s latest news and industry trends with the launch of our content hub – from our Top 5 Considerations for Implementing HTS and DVB-S2X whitepaper, to our Satellite Transformation video, to an End-to-End Perspectives article with key leaders discussing the state of the satellite industry – all in one place.

No more searching — everything is within one click!

Our new content hub features:

  • DVB-S2X. Learn how iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology offers greater performance and greater efficiency, and lowers your costs.
  • Explore the major growth opportunities in core satellite markets.
  • Discover how iDirect is leading the satellite transformation.
  • Customer Successes. See how our partners leverage the power of satellite to maximize their business.
  • Related Blogs & Press Releases. Exactly what it says – all of our latest blogs and press releases.

We’ll keep the hub growing with new content and news so you can stay current with the latest innovations.​

A Higher Plane: Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity

In-Flight Connectivity

Today, airlines want greater business value from their onboard networks. So, they’re expanding connectivity beyond just passenger Wi-Fi to transform their entire aircraft operations. Valour Consultancy estimates that the connected airline could save the aviation industry over $1 billion annually.

However, this new vision of the “connected aircraft” present a whole new challenge for airlines and their in-flight service providers. It equates to managing a global wireless network in the sky that serves a much broader suite of applications and end-users, all of which are vying for contested bandwidth. In this context, it is increasingly difficult to ensure a reliable, consistent service, and manage costs. Read More

Kymeta and Intelsat to Bring Groundbreaking Satellite Service to Market

Kymeta IntelsatiDirect is excited to partner with Kymeta and Intelasat as the modem inside the new Kyway terminal and the Velocity platform that powers IntelsatOne Flex!

From SatNews

Kymeta and Intelsat S.A. have joined forces to offer a new, groundbreaking, satellite service offering that is both easy to use and easy to buy.

The KÄ€LO high-throughput access service is used with fully-integrated KyWay™ terminals and mTennau7 antenna subsystem modules (ASMs) to provide reliable wireless mobile connectivity. The service leverages the IntelsatOne Flex managed services platform, and will soon commercially offer a radical by-the-gigabyte pricing plan under the management of the KÄ€LO BU.

Dushyant Sukhija, Kymeta’s newly appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of the KÄ€LO BU, who joined Kymeta’s executive leadership team in July 2017, will lead the KÄ€LO BU and the upcoming launch of the service. Sukhija, author of the bestselling leadership book “The Cisco Way” and an ex-Cisco executive who helped Cisco Services grow to an $11.4 billion annual run rate, brings more than 30 years of experience in business and technology leadership to the KÄ€LO BU.

At present, reports from InternetLiveStats.com and OpenSignal.com respectively indicate that 60 percent of people on Earth do not have access to sufficient internet communication networks and more than 32-percent do not have access to wireless LTE coverage. The upcoming launch of the KÄ€LO access service, later this year, will one day make it possible for people to take the world with them, anywhere they go. Continue>

iDirect Partner Paradigm Announces Swarm45

The ultra-portable, flat-panel terminal provides the simplicity of BGAN with the throughput of VSAT

Paradigm's Ulf SandbergSatellite communications solution provider and iDirect partner Paradigm recently announced their newest product: Swarm45. We sat down with Ulf Sandberg, Managing Director, Paradigm, to discuss this latest technology and what this means for the satellite market.

What are the top challenges Paradigm solves for its customers?

Satcom solutions which exactly meet or even exceed our customers’ requirements. Paradigm is vendor-independent and so is not restricted to certain suppliers or products. This allows us to provide the optimum solution for our customers based on their exact requirements such as cost, performance, size, portability etc. If an ‘off-the-shelf’ solution is not available then Paradigm has the capability to design, integrate and manufacture one that is.

Fast fulfilment of orders. Paradigm has the largest satellite terminal warehousing facility in Europe, holding a large amount of stock and ideally located to dispatch goods within hours from receipt of order. Our engineering and sales expertise also ensures that our customers receive tested products efficiently and quickly.

Paradigm helps customers reach their goal faster and cheaper. The main way we do this is because we ‘know’ the satcom business. We understand what it can and can’t do and how it can be tailored, integrated and developed. Consequently, when a customer comes to us with a challenge we can deliver the ideal solution efficiently and effectively.

Paradigm Swarm45What is Swarm45?

The Swarm45 is an ultra-portable, flat panel range of terminals which provide the simplicity of BGAN with the throughput of VSAT. Uniquely, it can also be carried as airline hand luggage on commercial airlines and can be assembled in 90 secs and on-air in under 240 secs. It is certified for use on a range of HTS networks including Global Xpress, Intelsat EPIC, Avanti and Thor7 and can be operated on commercial and military Ka-Band as well as Ku, Extended-Ku and X-Band. Read More

Marlink Comes Through With Comms For Grieg Star

From Satnews

Grieg Star has selected Marlink’s Sealink VSAT Premium for the company’s entire Generalmarlink logo Cargo Open Hatch fleet of 33 vessels.

Operating on multiple routes world wide, Grieg Star’s ships will benefit from seamless, high bandwidth global VSAT services with unlimited L-band back up included in the fixed monthly fee, ensuring continuous availability of vessel and fleet efficiency enhancing applications. Grieg Star’s decision to enable their digital operations with Sealink VSAT Premium, also with focus on improving crew voice and data communication facilities, was made following extensive three month sea trials involving multiple service providers. Marlink was selected as the preferred provider based on Grieg Star’s experience of the high throughput, reliability and market leading global coverage provided by the Sealink multi-band network during the trials. Continue >

Globecomm Service Sails with MV Baltic

From Satnews

Globecomm has installed a complete communications solution on MV Baltic, the latest globecommnewbuild to join the Global Seatrade fleet.

To meet demanding connectivity needs, Globecomm delivered their global Ku-band VSAT solution with VoIP services, an Iridium Pilot L-Band system and KNS S8, to enable flat fee internet access and live TV services onboard the new heavy cargo roll-on/roll-off vessel ship.

MV Baltic is a specialist heavy cargo/ro-ro carrier of 3,500 dwt designed by Hartman Marine to carry heavy and project cargoes including windfarm and other offshore components, locomotives and yachts. Owner Global Seatrade is a heavy lift shipping provider whose management team includes former vessel masters with vast experience in both cargo and port operations. Globecomm has provided data connectivity for the company’s previous vessel newbuilds over the past decade.

Globecomm VSAT is a state-of-the-art global network based on the iDirect Evolution IP-based platform technology. Providing a broad range of narrowband and high-throughput applications over a robust and scalable network, it supports automatic beam switching, as well as access to new HTS services, providing Ku, Ka, and C-Band services on a single platform. Continue >