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.
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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By 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
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.
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
The ultra-portable, flat-panel terminal provides the simplicity of BGAN with the throughput of VSAT
Satellite 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.
What 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
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.
Meeting 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