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The Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity: Three Key Steps Forward

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The Global Connected Aircraft Summit takes flight this week in Arlington, VA, and our very own David Harrower, VP of International Sales and Business Development, will speak on “Operations Technology – Future Connected Benefits.” David will join executives from Rockwell Collins and Honeywell on Thursday at 11:15 am to examine the latest developments in the “connected aircraft” trend and how satellite solutions providers are helping airlines meet the challenges and maximize the benefits of in-flight connectivity (IFC).

Today, passengers consider IFC a must-have, and it increasingly guides their decision on which airline to fly. Yet passenger connectivity alone cannot justify the business case for bringing VSAT onboard. Moving beyond an exclusive focus on passenger connectivity means re-imagining the in-flight experience and operations from top to bottom. “Fully connected” now means cockpits with electronic flight bags to improve aircraft operations. It means increasing communication between the crew, cockpit and ground maintenance teams to allow for better predictive aircraft management and reduce repair delays. And it also means equipping cabin crews with the latest mobile technology to improve customer care.

However, this broader scope equates to managing a global wireless network in the sky that serves a much broader suite of sophisticated applications vying for bandwidth, with more aircraft coming online. In this context, it is increasingly difficult to ensure a reliable, consistent service, and manage costs. In his presentation, David will focus on three key requirements to address these challenges as we embark on the next leg of IFC. Read More

Exploring the Future at CommunicAsia 2017

This year, CommunicAsia was all about the future of connectivity. The world’s leading telecom and tech brands converged in Singapore to explore everything from exploding demand for bandwidth to expanding markets for satellite.

For VT iDirect, the event got off to a strong start with our 2017 iDirect Asia Pacific Partner Event. More than 70 customers packed the house, and the buzz was unmistakable as Kevin Steen, President and CEO, VT iDirect, announced that our new DVB-S2X iQ Desktop remote and Intelligent Gateway entered live testing. Following a series of over-the-air tests with Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES, where we set new records for bandwidth efficiency, our customers are eager to get their hands on our new DVB-S2X technology and achieve their own performance results.

Throughout the show, our booth continued the buzz as hundreds more customers stopped by to check out the iQ Desktop, hear about our new defense product lineup, see firsthand the new Kymeta flat-panel mTenna, and learn about all the innovation iDirect is bringing to the market today.

Mike Liou, Vice President of Product Management, VT iDirect, presented a keynote address at the ST Electronics Technology Seminar 2017 attended by a high-profile crowd of tech and government leaders. Liou revealed the role satellite communications is playing in global telecom and detailed how iDirect is transforming its technology to make satellite smarter, faster, and more efficient – poised to bring new answers to today’s surging connectivity demands.

The future of iDirect and the satellite industry was vividly on display at CommunicAsia. And judging by all the excitement – from partners to tradeshow attendees to business and government leaders – the region is ready for what the future will bring. Please enjoy our video wrap up and thank you to all our partners!

iQ Desktop Remote and Intelligent Gateway Offer Significant Boost in Performance and Efficiency

iDirect iQ Series Desktop Satellite RemoteDVB-S2X product suite achieved 5.7bps/Hz in record-setting over-the-air (OTA) testing, now being deployed in large-scale fixed networks

Herndon, VA, May 22, 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 the start of live testing of its new iQ Desktop remote, Intelligent Gateway and DVB-S2X software (iDX 4.0) in large-scale fixed networks. This launch phase follows the recently conducted Over-the-Air (OTA) tests of the iQ Desktop with Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES, consistently achieving efficiency gains of 5.7 bps/Hz. iDirect will showcase its DVB-S2X product suite at CommunicAsia in Singapore from May 23 – 25. Please visit us at stand IP3-01.

The iQ Desktop supports a full range of DVB-S2X MODCODS up to 256APSK 3/4 and aggregate throughput up to 200 Mb/s. The initial release of the iQ Desktop is targeted for large-scale fixed networks for broadband, education and enterprise applications. Through a software upgradeable design, the iQ Desktop enables service providers to license additional throughput and mobility capabilities to meet growing end-user needs, while extending the deployment life of the remote.

With the Intelligent Gateway, iDirect introduces a more cost-effective way to scale teleport and hub-side infrastructure through virtualization. Now supporting DVB-S2X outbound carrier throughput greater than 500 Mb/s, the Intelligent Gateway provides a 10x improvement in Protocol Processor (PP) density and performance while future proofing the gateway infrastructure for large-scale network growth. Read More

High Throughput Satellites: The Bigger Picture

HTS-beam-vs-traditional-beamThe term High Throughput Satellite (HTS) has become synonymous with the satellite industry’s promising future. And when we think of HTS, we often focus narrowly on throughput. Yet, the future of how satellite connectivity hinges on much more than how fast can we speed up an end-user network.

That’s because HTS is more than a term. It’s an important step forward in a broader technology evolution that encompasses every aspect of satellite networking. It means redefining how we operate our industry and manage our respective businesses.

Here are some critical points to consider for the future of our industry – four areas where we need to take not just one step forward, but a giant leap ahead.

#1 – Create higher capacity efficiencies and enable intelligent payloads.

HTS, along with DVB-S2X, transforms the performance and efficiency of satellite capacity. DVB-S2X delivers higher efficiencies and saturates larger transponders (with time slicing), helping to bring costs per bits down.

When implemented to its fullest, satellite operators can design next-generation architectures with features like beam hopping to adjust their payloads based on real-time demand on the ground. Intelligent payloads require the integration of ground and space infrastructure to measure and respond to demand. So terminals designed for HTS must support the full DVB-S2X standard – that’s the key to much more significant efficiency gains in the years ahead. Read More

The Promises of VSAT Network Programmability

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Satellite service providers are being challenged by the demand for value-added services, the increasing complexity of networks, and increasing operational costs. These three forces are creating an environment where service providers have unlimited potential for growth, but the cost structure to sustain that growth means the opportunity is becoming less profitable.

The VSAT industry needs a new approach to resolve this situation, one offered through Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). Since adopting network programmability means embracing automation and virtualization, it Download The Birth of Dynamic VSAT Services White Paperpromises to satisfy the forces by:

  1. Improving agility for supplying value-added services,
  2. Making network complexity manageable, and
  3. Achieving this while reducing operational cost.

Each of these outcomes are critical to future success and they are logically linked to each other. If the complexity is better managed, then companies become more agile. Better agility also boosts productivity, which leads to a reduction in expenses.

Network programmability encourages business to focus on investing in infrastructure solutions that lead to dynamic service capabilities and a reduction in operating expenses (OpEx). Read More

Delivering Connectivity to the Unconnected. An Integrasys, Optus and VT iDirect Case in Point

From SatMagazine

By Sivakumar Sandrasegaram, Group Leader, Product Engineering VSAT, Optus Wholesale and Satellite, and Alvaro Sanchez, Sales and Marketing Manager, Integrasys.

Today many countries select satellite for their rural connectivity needs, and for good reason. Satellite brings reliable connectivity with widespread availability, high performance, and lower cost.

For rural communities, connectivity is essential to allow the same opportunities as is available those in urban communities, whether participating in online learning or searching for a new job, to name just a couple of examples.

Connectivity can help lead to a better overall quality of life, as well as allowing families to connect across the miles, to stay current with news and weather alerts and to enjoy more entertainment variety.

As the second largest telecommunications company in Australia, Optus has a mission to connect the unconnected and to enable rural communities access to communications via satellite, with the most reliable availability and fair cost.

Recently, Optus was contracted to supply capacity to one of Integrasys’ wholesale channel partners to enable autonomous migration and rollout of 2,100 sites in rural communities scattered across New Zealand. With the support of iDirect technology, Satmotion Pocket, and Integrasys, all provided the wholesaler the ability to seamlessly and successfully accomplish this task in a short timeframe. In an area as large and diverse as New Zealand, streamlining the deployment of the remotes, from the initial antenna pointing to calibration and commissioning of remotes, is critical. Satmotion made it possible for VSAT installers to autonomously get remotes into the network quickly and cost effectively. Continue>

Intelsat to Complete Their EpicNG Network with Launch of Horizons’ 3e Satellite

From Satnews

The joint venture between Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT, known has Horizons, has signed on with Arianespace to launch the Boeing manufactured Horizons’ 3e satellite.

This launch will occur late in 2018 and will be conducted from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. Horizons 3e will complete Intelsat’s global EpicNG network. The high-throughput satellite’s C- and Ku-band transponders will provide 22 Gbps+ in growth capacity for aeronautical and maritime mobility applications spanning from Asia and the Pacific to North America. Horizons’ 3e is also expected to support further development of specialty networks for governments. The spacecraft will weigh 6,500 kg. at liftoff.

Arianespace CEO Stéphane Israël stated this his firm is delighted to be working with both of those companies, who have always placed their trust in Arianespace. Plus, he added that this is a special honor to be able to announce this contract during Arianespace’s annual Japan Week activities in Tokyo. Continue>

A Platform For Opportunity

From Satellite Evolution EMEA

iQ-2017-2-SOCIAL-500We’ve come a long way since we first started launching satellites in the late 1950s. Capabilities have advanced far beyond what anyone could have imagined, and it’s key that we make the most of the technology we have today. Kevin Steen, President and Chief Executive Officer of VT iDirect, explains how satellite capacity can best be harnessed, today and into the future.

The satellite industry is poised for big change. Wave after wave of capacity is transforming the economics of our industry and creating vast market opportunities, and the DVB-S2X standard is driving unprecedented gains in performance and efficiency to meet surging demand for bandwidth coming from every market sector.

How will satellite operators and service providers harness the power of current and future capacity to most efficiently run their networks and capitalize on growth opportunities?

The answer comes down to three priorities. They need to continually keep pace with throughput demands, be vigilantly prepared for the next wave of innovation, and manage scale at the right cost and pace.

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Winning in today’s satellite market requires a high-performance, ultra-efficient solution. Today, that primiarly means DVB-S2X. As companies like iDirect have released DVB-S2X products, we’re beginning to see the emergence of programmable chip sets that provide horsepower and much of the intelligence inside. Continue>

3 Important Forces Impacting VSAT Providers

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Terrestrial telecommunication is steadily embracing network programmability, with all the major terrestrial carriers incorporating Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) as core strategic efforts to build more agile networks.

The same forces encouraging terrestrial companies to adopt network programmability also apply to satellite service providers. These forces are summarized by the demand for value-added services, the increasing complexity of networks, and increasing operational costs.

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#1 – Demand for Value-Added Services

Telecommunications companies consistently rank customer experience management as the highest strategic priority to maintain differentiation over competitors. End users demand customer-centric approaches, so companies able to deliver highly tailored solutions while also reducing time to market not only achieve the best service offering, they gain a true competitive advantage.

In contrast, end users traditionally experience satellite communication as a cumbersome solution with limited options. Until satellite service providers become more agile and improve responsiveness, they will always be relegated to be an access technology of last resort. With an expected doubling of connected devices, the winners of this booming growth will be those companies that can meet emerging market requirements and quickly ramp deployment of services.

#2 – Increasing Network Complexity

Satellite communication has survived global economic slowdowns and the spread of cellular services. This consistent growth is projected to continue and may even accelerate given decreasing service costs and faster data rates. And the demand for value-added services is driving satellite service providers to aim for the same level of sophistication as traditional telecommunication companies.

Every additional site and each new service capability adds burden to the staff. But this burden is not merely linear… the more complex the network, the more exponential the curve. Every additional router, switch, line card, and remote multiplies interconnections to maintain. Enterprise firewalls and intrusion protection devices must be physically installed and configured per business customer. And the sheer number of users on a consumer network overwhelms any but the most streamlined operations. Read More

Who’s Keeping Satellites Safe From Cyberattacks?

From Space News

Vinit Duggal was updating his family’s home wireless network recently when he noticed 39 connected devices, including phones, laptop computers, printers, alarms and a couple of televisions.

Even Duggal, director and chief information security officer for satellite fleet operator Intelsat, was surprised by the number of connections. “I thought, ‘How do I have all these things,’” he said.

That’s just the beginning. In the next few years, the number of connected devices in homes, offices, farms and transportation hubs is expected to skyrocket. The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to simplify life by offering a way for people to remotely control appliances and maintain broadband connections while traveling in cars, trains, ships and aircraft.

At the same time, IoT will present enormous challenges for people who offer satellite communications products and services because each connected device from refrigerators to tractors offers hackers a point of entry into the network and a way to target other elements of the network.  Continue>