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New iDirect Hub And Services To Provide Reliable Connectivity For Tanzania And East Coast Africa

From TMCnet

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,  At a customer launch seminar held in parallel with the Connecting Rural Communities (CRC) Africa 2011 conference in Dar es Salaam today, Vizada Networks will unveil new connectivity services based on the implementation of a sophisticated iDirect hub at its established facility in the Tanzanian capital.

The cost-effective services made possible by the new hub will be based on the leading satcoms and telecommunications specialist’s next generation shared connectivity solution, Viznet Dynamic, and are designed to enable reliable internet connectivity to and from towns and villages in Tanzania and along the east coast of Africa, where terrestrial telecoms may be unreliable or non-existent.

The new Viznet Dynamic services are primarily aimed at organisations and businesses having branches in the Eastern Africa region who want to connect to Dar es Salaam, directly. Using iDirect DVB-S2/ACM satellite technology in addition to Vizada Networks’ proprietary technology, Viznet Dynamic delivers a secure, reliable broadband connection regardless of location or local environment.  Continue>

The iDirect Advantage Checklist

iDirect’s unique strengths give our partners the greatest edge in bringing next-generation services to market. Contact us today to find out how we can help your business grow.

We aggressively push the limits of efficiency, flexibility and scalability to lower TCO.
Technologies such as DVB-S2 with Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) built into the iDirect platform means service providers can better utilize their network bandwidth resources and realize immediate bandwidth savings. And iDirect’s universal satellite hub enables network operators to deliver the highest quality connectivity regardless of bandwidth requirement, location, business application, satellite band or network topology.

Quality, enterprise-class end user experience.
Our native IP design and advanced IP routing technology allow the iDirect platform to integrate seamlessly with terrestrial networks. The result: our partners can design networks that provide the ultimate end user experience.

Continuous technology innovation.
Our innovation strategy is focused on delivering the economies that drive partner success. Priorities are based on a deeper understanding and insight into end user applications, and the everyday challenges our partners face. We continue to enter new markets with an aggressive, agile technology and business plan committed to the success of our partners.
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How leading companies meet challenges with satellite communication technology

Today, few organizations in the world can survive without constant connectivity. Global enterprises in the heart of major cities need to connect to local offices anywhere in the world. Militaries need secure, high-speed networks able to be instantly deployed and deliver immediate access to mission critical applications.  Maritime vessels scattered across the seas need reliable ship-to-shore communications.  The need has never been more universal:  People demand enterprise-class, high speed, reliable, secure IP voice, video and data applications wherever they are.

Whether utilized individually or integrated with a terrestrial network, satellite offers fast, efficient communications between companies, customers, partners, and field employees, along with an always-on broadband connection that acts as a flexible platform, and delivers numerous benefits, for a wide range of applications.

With satellite communication technology, companies have the ability to maximize the full potential of any network and minimize the costs. Read More

iDirect’s Military-Grade Satellite Routers And Line Cards Meet FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Physical Requirements

Certification ensures hardware is tamper-evident for use in U.S. Government and Defense applications

Herndon, Va., August 22, 2011 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that its government line of Evolution satellite routers and line cards have met the physical requirements for the Federal Information Processing Standards Publications (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2 validation. FIPS 140-2 validation is required for cryptographic products used in any U.S. Government agency network such as hardware and software that encrypts and decrypts data and conducts other cryptographic functions. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

FIPS 140-2 Level 2 is the second level of physical security certification for any hardware containing cryptographic modules that may be used by any branch of the U.S. military or civilian government agency. To ensure it is tamper evident, a specialized coating and seal must be engineered into each product. iDirect’s government Evolution series products that meet the physical requirements for FIPS 140-2 Level 2 include:
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Demystifying Satellite for the Smart Grid: Four Common Misconceptions

By Christian Bergan

Today, utility companies are making significant progress in developing a next-generation communications network capable of supporting the smart grid. But many utility companies still struggle with how to affordably and reliably extend this communications network to 100 percent of their service territory, especially to remote substations and customer locations that are beyond the reach of primary networks.

While an IP-based satellite platform can provide utilities with the real-time data exchange, operational visibility and broadband reach required for a smart grid communications system, there are several common misconceptions about the reliability, latency, cost and security that satellite provides.

The reality is that since its humble beginnings as a one-way distribution mechanism used primarily for back-up systems and consumer television service, satellite communications has undergone a major transformation.

Today’s satellite networks have advanced to become two-way, enterprise-class platforms that provide terrestrial-like broadband connectivity. They are high-speed communications systems that are built on IP and integrate seamlessly with core communications technology. No longer hampered by early latency or reliability issues, satellite is a cost-effective and secure solution that can provide backup communications and easily support core smart grid applications like SCADA, telemetry, AMI backhaul and distribution automation. Continue>

SIS Ups the Antennae at IBC

SIS Live provides a complete satellite broadcast system including uplinks

Outside broadcast and satellite uplink specialist SIS Live will show some new developments in its product ranges at IBC2011 in Amsterdam next month. This includes versions of its uPak VSAT terminal in Ka, Ku and X band parabolic style antenna, and the Tr-uPod satellite uplink system for the first time in Europe.

Multi-band uPak is now available with a 60cm parabolic style antenna as well as the previously issued flat plate antenna. This automated VSAT terminal provides high-speed data communications for Internet connectivity, video transmission and VPN connectivity, using its integral iDirect modem.

Tr-uPod, first unveiled at NAB 2011, is a flexible, compact satellite uplink system featuring an advanced composite antenna design, tool-less assembly with fully automated or simple manual operation. The multiband antenna is available in 0.75m, 1.0m, 1.2m and 1.5m versions and packs into two IATA-compliant carry cases, which can be flown as standard airline baggage and easily carried over rough terrain.

See iDirect at IBC2011

Booth 5.B30
Sept. 9-13
Amsterdam RAI

IBC is a premier venue for Satellite Service Providers and the Satellite Broadcasting Industry. iDirect will be presenting some exciting new developments to its product range at the 2011 IBC exhibition in Amsterdam.

With so much to see and do how do you make the best use of your time?

Here are some reasons why you should visit iDirect at IBC2011, located at booth 5.B30:

  • Stop by as we host a special VIP Reception in our booth on Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 4 – 6 p.m. You’ll have a chance to network with the iDirect executives and team!
  • iDirect’s iDX 3.0 software brings TDMA and SCPC together for the first time on one platform. Building on the power of the industry-leading Evolution® technology, iDX 3.0 is loaded with all the abilities you need to thrive in any industry, any network configuration. Stop by our booth to see a demo of this powerful software’s capabilities and register for our iDX 3.0 workshop.
  • Experience the most sophisticated network management tool in the business, SatManage, in our SatManage Pavilion adjacent to the iDirect booth.
  • The entire Evolution® product line will be on display, featuring our commercial and military powerful remotes and BUC and LNB bundles, so this is an ideal time to have a hands-on look at what makes this technology line so unique.
  • Get a sneak-peak of our soon-to-be launched Evolution Minihub Series and our low-cost X1 remote ideal for large, narrow-band networks.
  • You’ll also see XipLink, our network accelerator, on display. XipLink products are easy to install and maximize the speed of encrypted packets over secure satellite networks and optimize web traffic and content for improved user experience.

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EADS acquires Vizada for its Astrium Division

Astrium, an EADS subsidiary has entered into an agreement to acquire Vizada from Apax France, a French Private Equity fund and the majority shareholder, for $ 960 million. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.

Vizada is a leading independent provider of global satellite-based mobility communication services, serving customers across sectors including maritime, aero, land, media, NGO (non-governmental organizations) and government/defence. Via all satellite network operators, it offers mobile and fixed connectivity services both directly and through a distribution network of over 400 re-sellers. Vizada has over 200,000 users around the world. Vizada is present in five continents with over 700 employees.

Vizada expects to generate around $ 660 million in revenue and $ 95 million EBITDA in 2011.

The growing demand for maritime services is a perfect cornerstone for Astrium to develop its commercial Satellite Communications (SatCom) business. Vizada is one of the leaders in such services for which there is a clear market demand. This also offers multiple development potential in the various sub sectors such as commercial, fishing, leisure and military. Vizada also serves other market verticals such as media, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), mining and governmental sectors.  Continue>


Submissions for WTA’s Top Teleport Operator Rankings to Open September 5

WTA Top OperatorsFrom World Teleport

Each year, WTA publishes the world’s only rankings of companies that operate teleports for commercial purposes, including independents, satellite carriers, fiber carriers and technology providers. Rankings are based on total revenue from all sources and on year-over-year growth. The questionnaire will be available on September 5.

Rankings are based on total revenue from all sources and on year-over-year growth. They recognize that, to some extent, every teleport operator competes in the same marketplace – the biggest with the smallest – but that like all marketplaces, the teleport sector has segments in which even the smallest players can compete effectively and achieve strong growth.  Continue>

TETRA Webinar Playback

In case you missed our last webinar on TETRA networks, you can watch it here.

iDirect’s Director, Vertical Marketing, Richard Deasington, discussed:

  •  The importance of TETRA
  •  How big the market opportunity is and where the growth areas are
  •  iDirect’s offering to TETRA network operators
  •  The technical solution and its advantages 

You can also learn more by reading our TETRA Case Study.