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The Path to Higher Performance: Making HTS and DVB-S2X Networks Mobile

Making HTS and DVB-S2X Networks Mobile

This is the final part of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Click here to read the whole series.

To be prepared for the new changes happening in our industry, for new applications, new end-user markets, making networks mobile will be vital point of emphasis for staying agile for upcoming growth opportunities.

Combining HTS with mobility applications presents a major challenge when it comes to managing complex SLAs across a large coverage area that spans multiple spot beams. Consider a scenario where hundreds of airplanes or maritime vessels demand different bandwidth levels as they travel frequently across spot beams and distribute bandwidth to diverse users onboard running dynamic applications without major service interruptions.

5-considerations-HTS-S2X-blog5-make-it-mobileMeeting the needs of mobility networks requires several specialized technologies. Look for a platform with a robust feature that can enable seamless connectivity in a high-speed mobility environment. This includes the ability for fast beam switching with no manual intervention across multiple satellite footprints in a high-speed environment. Internet sessions should not be interrupted as the plane moves through several beams on a flight. Features such as Doppler compensation, fast reacquisition after blockage and make-before-break are all working in sync to increase the seamless user experience. Read More

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce on the Connected Car

From Via Satellite

Inmarsat250Inmarsat aims to be a major player in terms of connected transportation. The company is already performing impressively in the aviation market as it looks to tap into huge demand for In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) from airlines all over the world. It has signed high profile deals in recent times with the likes of Avianca and Qatar Airways.

Inmarsat has been traditionally strong in the maritime business as well. But now, the company is looking beyond into other areas of connected and intelligent transportation. A hot topic of conversation for the operator, as well as others in the satellite sector, is the “connected car.”

Here at Inmarsat’s head office in London, Inmarsat’s CEO Rupert Pearce talks in-depth about the connected car, and why he thinks this market will be a tougher nut for the satellite industry to crack. Continue >

The Path to Higher Performance: Enabling Mainstream Network Integration for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

Enabling Mainstream Network Integration HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

This is part four of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Read Part I – Enabling Higher Capacity Efficiencies, Part II – Implementing Intelligent Terminals and Part III – Scaling Cost-Effectively.

Harnessing the full potential of HTS and DVB-S2X means reimagining what a traditional network looks like. Today, satellite connectivity is undergoing a technology and business transformation, overcoming barriers of interoperability to become part of mainstream converged services and dramatically expand its role in the global communications landscape. And because HTS is transforming the economics of satellite service, operators can strongly position satellite as a viable part of the end-to-end network.

Enabling Mainstream Network Integration HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

The key to full mainstream adoption is for satellite networks to be defined by modern telco standards such as 4G/5G and Evolved Packet Core (EPC). A satellite platform should also support Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) capabilities. This offers the option to run a network in a Layer 2 bridging mode with high efficiency as an alternative to the traditional Layer 3 mode architecture. This allows a variety of modern, converged network architectures to be implemented, with easy integration with terrestrial networks and the ability to pass any Layer 3 protocol desired. Read More

Bandwidth Management: New Paths in the LEO and MEO Era

From Via Satellite

The stars fell and competition rose. Leading satellite companies who enjoyed plump margins and steady revenue streams from broadcast and government verticals came crashing back to Earth with their share prices burning up in the atmosphere on the way down. Lower-cost, high-capacity systems had managed to topple the satellite giants and break their market stronghold. Greater competition means better pricing for customers and means there is also more bandwidth — all a good thing. But is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Considering the bandwidth coming online as well as the HTS being flown, is it becoming a manna-falling-from-heaven situation, with an oversupply in the cards? And what does this abundance mean for the bandwidth management market?

Too much of a good thing, it seems, is wonderful, according to market players, who noted that if there is going to be an oversupply at all, it would only be a temporary situation. What is certain, they say, is that requirements for bandwidth management solutions will remain, at the very least, hearty.

“If anything, bandwidth management could be an issue of greater importance. Multiple satellite systems, with more bandwidth and more customers that can be using GEO/MEO, GEO/LEO or even MEO/LEO add more dimensions of complexity to networks,” says Fred Morris, vice president of Comtech EF Data’s satellite operator market vertical.

Bandwidth demand rises as prices become more competitive, which, in turn, will see users demanding more throughput, adds Gerard Johnston, vice president of media solutions at Globecomm. This, he explains, will not only see that any oversupply is short-lived but will also allow service providers to improve services to customers, which is good for business. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for new services and new users to leverage the benefits of satellite connectivity. Continue >

The Path to Higher Performance: Scaling Cost Effectively for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

Scaling Cost Effectively for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

This is part three of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Read Part I – Enabling Higher Capacity Efficiencies and Part II – Implementing Intelligent Terminals.

When it comes to scaling a satellite communications network, hub-side infrastructure is one of the largest capital expenses service providers face. In fact, the infrastructure decision can make or break the ability to profitably expand, enter new markets and introduce new services.

With HTS and DVB-S2X, this reality has reached a new level of importance. With greater demand for higher throughputs and more satellite bandwidth comes the need to deploy and manage large-scale networks. Network operators need to change the cost model for ground infrastructure deployment, keeping up with demand without dramatically increasing capital and operating expenses.

Today, there are key advances in gateway technology. Consider hub solutions leveraging virtualization for processing capabilities that significantly increase the teleport’s capabilities to support extensive networks and higher throughputs in the same space. When you can achieve greatly improved density, it results in a massive footprint reduction, decreasing cooling and IT management expenses. Operating large networks spanning multiple spot beams versus one wide beam can make scaling more challenging for service providers, especially when expanding into new service areas.

Scaling Cost Effectively for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

With the right bandwidth management capabilities, satellite operators can manage Mbps across multiple spot beams and create a virtual bandwidth pool for service providers to use. This will allow service providers to not have to operate many spot beams but instead use the advantages of virtual network operations and still be in control of their own SLAs and service offerings to their end customers. Read More

The Path to Higher Performance: Implementing Intelligent Terminals for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

Implementing Intelligent Terminals HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

This is part two of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Read Part I – Enabling Higher Capacity Efficiencies.

When it comes to operating an efficient network and managing scale for an HTS/DVB-S2X platform, the key is to implement intelligent terminals. And the remote design enabled with full DVB-S2X capabilities is a critical aspect of delivering performance and efficiency gains to the overall solution.

Traditionally, satellite remote performance and features were over-engineered to future capabilities to avoid having to swap out the remotes soon after rollout. The features were largely encoded in hardware, and pay-as-you-grow, while well established for various hub-side capabilities, were not available for remotes. As such, the latest remotes carry a high cost to operate and could become a network’s single greatest cost factor when rolling out large networks.

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Today, service providers need a remote solution that’s engineered with a high degree of flexibility to adapt to changing requirements while only paying for the capabilities that you really need at any given time. Through software-defined and reprogrammable remote architectures, the next generation of remotes can be continually upgraded over the air to increase network capabilities and throughput levels, while dramatically extending the deployment life in the field. Read More

iDirect’s Nikita Demidenko to Discuss Satellite Market Trends at August 24th Event

nikita-demidenko-postOn August 24 iDirect’s Nikita Demidenko, Sales Director, Russia and CIS, will participate in “Satellite Internet. Far East,” to be held in Khabarovsk at Khabarovsk City Hotel.

Mr. Demidenko’s presentation will focus on the latest trends impacting satellite communications, and how iDirect technology is meeting complex business needs across diverse markets such as oil and gas, maritime and aviation.

This is an excellent opportunity to hear the latest about how exciting innovations in remotes, satellites and integrated networks are changing the face of satellite communications.

24 August http://iskrakb.ru/dialog/ (in Russian only)
Location Khabarovsk City Hotel, 64 Istomina Str., Khabarovsk
Session Plenary session “Satellite Communication as the Informatization Tool”
Request a meeting with Nikita

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ST Engineering 50th Anniversary Family Day

Catch the highlights of ST Engineering 50th Anniversary Family Day as our colleagues and their families enjoyed themselves as one big family amidst carnival games like mini golf, ring toss; activities like face painting, photo booth; and mouth-watering snacks like cotton candy, kacang puteh and many more!

The Path to Higher Performance: 5 Considerations for Implementing HTS and DVB-S2X to Your Advantage

Here’s a preview of the topics that will be covered in this new blog series. Be sure to tune in over the next few weeks to learn about the five critical requirements for harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest.
The satellite communications industry is entering a new phase of growth. Today, wave after wave of High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity is transforming satellite economics and creating vast market opportunities. And we are now seeing the emergence of Ultra High Throughput Satellites (UHTS) and the DVB-S2X standard to drive unprecedented gains in performance and efficiency.

How satellite operators and service providers leverage HTS and DVB-S2X technology will largely determine how they capitalize on growth opportunities. And as they plan their migration forward, they must consider what ground infrastructure capabilities will equip them with the greatest competitive advantage.

At iDirect, we believe there are five critical requirements for harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest.

  1. Enabling higher capacity efficiencies
  2. Implementing intelligent terminals
  3. Scaling cost-effectively
  4. Enabling mainstream network integration
  5. Making HTS and DVB-S2X networks mobile

In a five-part blog series, we’ll explore these requirements and you can deploy today to gain an advantage in the market. So, here is the first consideration. Read More

Speedcast to Acquire UltiSat and Create New Government Division

speedcast logoFrom Speedcast

Speedcast International Limited, the world’s most trusted provider of highly reliable, fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire UltiSat for a purchase consideration of up to USD$100m, payable over 2 years and subject to the ongoing financial performance of the company. UltiSat is a leading provider of remote communications and professional services to governments, in particular the US Government, and to International Government Organisations (IGOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The acquisition strengthens Speedcast’s position in the Government and NGO sectors, complementing Speedcast’s government activities in Australia, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

“The acquisition of UltiSat extends Speedcast’s position serving Government and NGO customers. UltiSat has built a really strong reputation providing remote communications and professional services to key customers, such as the U.S. Government and IGOs,” said Speedcast CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier. “I am excited to have the UltiSat team joining Speedcast. Speedcast’s scale, global network and unique support services capabilities will enable the combined Group to provide expanded services and coverage for UltiSat’s customers around the world. Speedcast will also be able to leverage UltiSat’s solutions and expertise to serve other governments globally with which Speedcast has existing relationships.”

UltiSat CEO Mohammed G. Abutaleb will lead the newly-formed Government division at Speedcast that will be focused on providing communication solutions and professional services to Speedcast’s and UltiSat’s existing and new Government and IGO customers, as well as driving new growth in the nearly $5B market for government and military satellite communications. Continue >