Record-breaker Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) Cruises’ new flagship MSC Meraviglia is named as Marine Electronics & Communications’ Ship of the Year. It was the clear winner because of its achievement of breaking the bandwidth-at-sea record in June this year on its maiden voyage.
Its superior satellite communications systems delivered unprecendented bandwidth to passengers and crew. The largest cruise ship built for a European operator so far was nominated alongside several other passenger ships, tankers, gas carriers and offshore support vessels. These were whittled down to a top five, of which MSC Meraviglia was chosen as the winner because of its record-breaking VSAT systems.
iDirect 9350 Satellite Modem
To achieve bandwidth of up to 300 Mbps, MSC involved service provider Marlink together with Intelsat’s latest high-throughput satellite and a new VT iDirect modem.
MSC Cruises used a stacked series of iDirect 9350 modems that were linked to Marlink’s Sealink VSAT. Marlink worked with Intelsat to provide data connectivity using Ku-band spot beams from an EpicNG satellite. Marlink provides widebeam C-band and Ku-band, plus spot beams, from Intelsat 29e and Intelsat 33e EpicNG satellites for MSC’s cruise ships.
At the recent APEX Expo in Long Beach, California, Frederik van Essen, Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Inmarsat Aviation, spent some time with “Get Connected’s” Steve Nichols and other journalists in a round table question and answer session. This is what he had to say:
Question: Why did you commission the “Sky High Economics: Quantifying the commercial opportunities of passenger connectivity for the global airline industry” study?
Answer: Many airlines are currently asking a lot of questions about inflight connectivity and some may be struggling to make a business case for it. This wholly-independent study by London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) can help them make the right decisions.
Question: I understand this is the first of three reports. What’s next?
Answer: Part two will look at the benefits of inflight connectivity to airline operations and will follow in about three months. The third and final part of the study will look at how airlines can use connectivity to increase customer loyalty. That will be released approximately three months after the second report.
Question: How is the rollout of Inmarsat’s GX inflight connectivity progressing?
Answer: There are now more than 1,300 aircraft in the GX backlog. Lufthansa Technik is really stepping up its production lines for the Lufthansa aircraft and should be finished in 2018, as should Austrian Airlines. Lufthansa Systems is currently working on the passenger interface for GX on Eurowings. Meanwhile, Air Astana has its first aircraft online and Qatar Airways is working on its installations. In total, there are currently about 100 commercial aircraft flying with GX. Continue>
IsoTropic Networks is a boutique service provider in the VSAT market focused on enterprise, maritime, and oil and gas industries. They face the same challenge as any service provider in an age of rapid industry growth: to deliver higher network performance and compelling new services, while lowering operating costs.
As one of iDirect’s partners, they recently upgraded their entire network infrastructure. Why? The satellite communications industry is growing fast, and iDirect provides future-proof infrastructure to run both Evolution® and iDirect Velocity® networks with advanced capabilities to leverage HTS and DVB-S2X, for the lowest total cost of ownership and highest level of customer service, something very important to IsoTropic Networks.
“We chose iDirect because we want to continue our role as a trusted presence in the satellite industry. This upgrade will provide the infrastructure foundation to launch Isotropic’s next generation of services and prepare us for future customer requirements,” said Hank Zbierski, chief catalyst, IsoTropic Networks.
Watch the video to discover more of IsoTropic’s satellite story.
“When we learned about Hurricanes Irma and Maria that were barreling over the islands, we knew we had to react quickly. VT iDirect joined forces with Hispasat, Digicel, Cisco, and Red52, to ensure satellite connectivity could be quickly deployed for those affected by these catastrophic events. During a natural disaster, it’s imperative to act quickly to restore communications on the ground; the satellite system is an aid to connect families, first responders, medical personnel and others via internet, phone and video to ensure everyone’s safety and provide relief,” said Dave Harrower, Sr. VP Global Sales.
Satellite connectivity will aid local relief efforts in Saint Martin, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos Islands.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria knocked out communications infrastructure and power lines across the Caribbean region.
Hispasat has donated Amazonas 3 capacity to this collaborative effort.
MADRID, 05 October 2017.- Spanish satellite operator HISPASAT has teamed with industry leaders to provide critical communications in the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, that have knocked out communications infrastructure and power lines; damaged homes, schools and hospitals; and left an overwhelming majority of residents without shelter and running water.
To respond to the situation, HISPASAT has joined the humanitarian efforts of leaders across the telecom industry to deploy a high-speed satellite network to aid local relief efforts in Saint Martin, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos Islands.
The satellite network is based on ground infrastructure from iDirect, space segment from Hispasat Amazonas 3, Cisco VoIP networking, and Red52’s satellite teleport services to collaborate in solidarity to restore connectivity. Read More
Posted onOctober 5, 2017byiDirect.
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Wisconsin-based operator installs Universal Line Cards and Intelligent Gateway, prepares for upgrade to iDirect Velocity® and iQ Series remotes to boost network performance
Herndon, VA, October 4, 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 IsoTropic Networks will upgrade all of its iDirect Evolution®-only line cards to Universal Line Cards, which have the capability to run both Evolution and Velocity networks and support the new iDirect iQ series remotes. The technology upgrade provides the infrastructure foundation for IsoTropic to launch next-generation services and prepares them for future customer requirements.
IsoTropic Networks is a specialized leader in the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) market, delivering highly responsive and cost-effective services to enterprise, maritime, and oil and gas industries. The network upgrade is in response to escalating customer demand for bandwidth and scalability, and enables IsoTropic Networks to increase support for real-time, data-intensive applications across its growing customer base.
“We strive to lead the pace of innovation in our field, so we are taking aggressive steps to equip our networks for future requirements,” said Hank Zbierski, chief catalyst, IsoTropic Networks. “We conducted a very thorough examination and tested all available platforms in the ground infrastructure market. iDirect was the clear winner. We’re excited to show our customers how iDirect’s next-generation technology will transform their service experience.” Read More
Posted onOctober 4, 2017byiDirect.
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Join iDirect’s Wayne Haubner, Senior Vice President of Emerging Technologies, as he discusses the new architecture satellite systems will require to meet future demands at the Satellite Innovation Symposium conference. The session, Digesting Software’s New Role, is on Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. PDT.
The system architecture of next-generation satellite networks will differ greatly from today’s systems.
Here’s why: End users are demanding more and more bandwidth for their data-hungry applications, with no sign of slowing down.
Satellite operators and service providers are struggling to meet the needs of this explosive growth in capacity demand, and are also under tremendous pressure to reduce the capital and operating expense of these systems. Additionally, they are required to deliver new services and capabilities to clients at a faster pace.
Satellite systems of the future will have an explosion of spacecraft and teleports. Where today a global network may contain perhaps a couple dozen spacecraft, new LEO constellations will allow global networks to contain hundreds of spacecraft. Operators may create hybrid constellations with spacecraft operating at different orbits, perhaps with different waveforms or capabilities. These constellations will leverage dozens, if not hundreds, of teleports.
The complexity of these new networks, combined with the explosion of devices to the millions or billions, make our traditional network management and monitoring systems obsolete. Read More
Posted onOctober 2, 2017byiDirect.
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Network to bring high-speed capacity to market, enable cost-effective rollout of large-scale networks
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 Datagroup, the leading Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) provider in Ukraine, has selected the iDirect platform and its new series of DVB-S2X remotes, the iQ Series, to offer new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services to their substantial customer base. The company will leverage the iDirect network to offer high-speed connectivity to a wide range of enterprise markets, enabling cost-effective deployment of large-scale networks.
Datagroup contracts INTELSAT operator for capacity on one of its effective satellites. Long-term plans call for Datagroup to license an additional transponder of HTS capacity to support networks that can sсale up to 50,000 sites.
iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology delivers revolutionary gains in performance and efficiencies and will enable Datagroup to scale their network based on a significantly lower cost model. The iQ Series of remotes are designed to meet the needs of both fixed and mobility networks within a wide range of performance scenarios and software licensing features, based on a future-proof software-upgradeable design.
“Datagroup is the leading VSAT provider within Ukraine with over 83% market share. Our partnership with iDirect and the selection of their leading-edge DVB-S2X platform, along with the new iQ Series remote is a critical step in growing our leadership and delivering the high-quality services our customers rely on,” said Mikhail Shelemba, CEO, Datagroup. Read More
Posted onSeptember 26, 2017byiDirect.
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Talia International has announced new C-band services covering Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States. This additional service uses capacity on the SES 4 satellite at 22 degrees west and connects to the Talia Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network via the recently acquired iDirect hub located at Comsat’s teleport in Southbury, Connecticut. In addition, the new partnership with Comsat will provide teleport facilities to Talia’s existing Ku-band services running on the Eutelsat 113 West A satellite.
Talia also recently announced a new partnership with Arabsat for a new 10-channel video uplink to Arabsat’s Badr 7 satellite at 26 degrees east. The service will offer both Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) channel uplinks and will form the basis of a new high-power Ku-band neighborhood over Iraq. Content will be uplinked from the Talia teleport in Raisting, Germany and monitored for quality in the Talia Network Operations Center (NOC) in Erbil, Iraq. Continue >
Register Now: “Understanding and Improving the ROI of VSAT Networks” Webinar
Thursday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. EST, 3:00 p.m. BST
Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) networks have been providing reliable connectivity around the world and in the most remote locations since the 1980s. The World Teleport Association (WTA) and Integrasys have produced a report, Understanding and Improving the ROI of VSAT Networks, outlining the costly resources involved in deploying and maintaining VSAT networks along with products such as Satmotion Pocket, iDirect’s remote commissioning solution, that help address some of those challenges.
The ultimate goal of the network operator is to provide the highest quality and most efficient service while minimizing costs. According to the survey in the report, for a 50-site VSAT high-performance network, capital expenditure represents 45 percent of the total investment, while operating expenses comprise approximately 55 percent of the cost.
While costs vary depending on the type of network, size, application, and vertical market being served, they can be significantly reduced by simplifying and speeding up the installation process through automation and guidance. Getting a network up and running quickly also results in revenue generation sooner. The more accurate the initial installation is also eliminates the added cost of redeploying trained installers to a remote site as well as any fines for adjacent satellite interference (ASI). Read More
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 >