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2011 Satellite Operator Benchmarks Webinars by WTA

Based on WTA’s groundbreaking reports, WTA will be delivering Webinars to further explore the topics and results that are pushing the industry to take action.

2011 Satellite Operator Benchmarks Webinars June 8, 9 and 10

WTA’s Satellite Operator Benchmarks report provides satisfaction ratings and feedback from teleport executives around the world on the commercial practices and operational performance of the top four satellite operators.  That report now comes to life in WTA’s Webinars, led by report author and WTA Executive Director Robert Bell. Get inside the report and learn more about the dynamic relationship between satellite and teleport operators. Be part of the discussions that will contribute to a stronger industry.

To read more and register, click here.

iDirect Expands Product Portfolio With New Optimization Solutions From Xiplink

New capabilities help network operators improve bandwidth utilization and enhance end-user experience

Herndon, Va., May17, 2011 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that it will offer new Web and UDP optimization solutions through a reseller agreement with XipLink, Inc., a technology leader in wireless bandwidth optimization. The new optimization solutions work with iDirect’s line of satellite hubs and remote routers to enhance the end-user’s Web browsing experience, enable increased voice call volume, as well as provide overall bandwidth savings for network operators. The optimization software is an option for iDirect’s recently expanded range of XipLink acceleration appliances. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Through the new XipLink Hub Optimizations (XHO) solution, iDirect is able to provide advanced compression of http traffic that enables network operators to improve performance, reducing bandwidth requirements by up to 30 percent. Bundled with the XA-30K and XA-10K products, XHO software can be installed as a single-sided solution. Used alongside an iDirect hub to complement iDirect’s built-in Quality of Service and acceleration features, it delivers an exceptional end-user browsing experience. The XHO software was recently awarded the 2011 Teleport Technology of the Year award by the World Teleport Association.
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Want to work with a leading satellite communications company?

iDirect is hiring and we’d love for you to be part of the team. Check out our featured jobs:

Associate Software Engineers (NMS)

Software Engineer (Datapath)

Component Engineer

Senior RF/Microwave Test Engineer
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IDET Event Showcases iDirect Defence Solutions

IDET showiDirect has been at IDET 2011 in Brno, Czech Republic, this week. IDET is  the largest Eastern and Central European Defence show with over 240 exhibitors from Europe, Asia and the US and we have a report on the show: the focus is on Central European Defense with at least six regional Ministry of Defence (MoDs) organizations having sent representatives, along with  a number of Middle Eastern, Asian, and African MoDs. 

While communications hardware and services are a small but integral part of the show, we talked to potential customers about iDirect’s satellite solution services. It was also a great venue to catch up with our current partners. 

Our defence solution drew some crowds, primarily the Evolution 8000 Router Series with its e850mp model.

We also discussed: 

  • The latest advances in high-speed Comms-on-the-Move products
  • Our Global voice, video and data solutions for assured access
  • Our latest enhancements to provide an extremely fast, secure and reliable connectivity solution 

Would you like to know more about our defence solution? Watch our latest webinar!

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NewCom International – Consideration For Contingencies (SATCOM)


NewCom International, a global communications firm that specializes in unified voice, video, data and content solutions, has developed Emergency Communications Response Network™ (ECR) to provide an instant, cost-effective contingency plan or back up, should regular communications go down. It also serves as an on-the-go communications center for mobile military and public safety corps units. ECR is a compact, self-contained communications E2E solution that includes voice, Internet, SCADA connectivity, email, fax, video surveillance, VideoMeetings™ and data services. Along with the communications components, the package includes a portable antenna and optional solar power supply. The product uses aggressive compression technology combined with iDirect’s shared platform service to minimize bandwidth requirements, ensuring a low-cost solution that delivers high-quality voice, video and data services.  Continue>

iDirect and 3G Backhauling

Richard DeasingtonBy Richard Deasington

iDirect is well known as a provider of 2G / GSM cellular backhaul solutions with over 40 networks in operation around the world – including the largest VSAT cell backhaul network that is deployed in China with around 1,200 sites.  However, most new networks deployed now are 3G HSPA networks that offer high-speed data at up to 11 MB downlink speed as well as conventional voice and SMS services – can iDirect satellite infrastructure support this traffic? 

The short answer is ‘yes’!  iDirect worked over the past year with several leading vendors of 3G infrastructure to ensure that it operates efficiently over our D-TDMA networks and also so that we have the best network settings already prepared for implementing these networks.  We have just completed a round of testing with the very latest 3G technology and you can expect to see a public announcement on this in the next month or so.  As a taster we can say that achieving 3G connectivity from native IP- connected 3G Node Bs (base stations) has proved quite straightforward and multi-megabit throughputs can be delivered.  Our combined SCPC Return and TDMA networks can now easily handle this level of traffic using the most appropriate technology depending on the throughput required and the traffic characteristics. 
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Come See iDirect at UTC

iDirect at UTC 2011Things are going great in Long Beach, CA. The iDirect team participated in the evening reception at the UTC 2011 show, which opened yesterday.  Traffic has been consistent at the iDirect booth and the sales and marketing team discussed satellite connectivity solutions with utilities customers.

Fun Events

  • If you’re at the show, stop by our booth #106 to register to win an iPad2!
  • Hang around after the show tonight and stop by the Auld Dubliner Irish Pub. iDirect is hosting a VIP reception for key partners, vendors and utility customers. RSVP here

Don’t Miss!

  • Symposium: Enterprise IT, with iDirect’s Ed Smith

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iDirect Platform Enables Iridium To Optimize Operations With Upgrades To Satellite Network Infrastructure

VSAT network enhances bandwidth efficiency and data throughput between satellites and remote tracking, telemetry and control stations

Herndon, Va., May 11, 2011 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM), a leading mobile satellite service (MSS) provider offering truly global mobile voice and data communications, is leveraging iDirect’s VSAT platform as part of a multi-year plan to upgrade the ground-control infrastructure of its low-Earth orbiting (LEO) satellite constellation. The enhanced network will allow Iridium to handle increased data transmission between its remote tracking, telemetry and control (TTAC) stations in Canada and its Satellite Network Operations Center (SNOC) in Leesburg, Va. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
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International Defence Webinar Ready to View

If you missed iDirect’s last webinar about International Defence it is now available for viewing.

Tune in to learn about:

  • iDirect’s Defence technology, whether you are interested in our latest government- and military- focused iDX 2.3 Release offering DVB-S2 TRANSEC over Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM), Transmit Keyline, and FIPS 140-2 compliancy
  • The latest advances in high-speed Comms-on-the-Move products
  • Quickly deployable, tamper-proof, lightweight remotes
  • iDirect Hub network architecture with great advances in DVB-S2/ACM combined with highly secure features

Thanks to all who participated! Keep reading our blog to hear about our next webinar coming in May.

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