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CETel & SeaMobile Europe – Acquiring Minds Wish To Know

From SatNews.com

CETel (Central European Telecom Services), the German Teleport & Satellite Service Provider, acquired SeaMobile Europe, a company of the SeaMobile Inc. and MTN family. The satellite communication provider based in Paris (France) will, in the future, perform under the origin name of Geolink Satellite Services, as an independent entity from CETel Germany. In early April of 2011 the companies reached the respective closing of the transaction of all assets to CETel. Trinity Advisers Limited acted as exclusive financial advisor to SeaMobile, Inc..

Geolink Satellite Services is well-known for its broad product portfolio comprising fix and mobile satellite services based Iridium, Inmarsat and iDirect technology for governmental, corporate and maritime customers. The company has an excellent reputation in the African region, especially in the French speaking markets. Within these regions, Geolink is a key supplier of satellite-based communications services for NGOs, government institutions, oil and gas, mining companies, media, fishing and offshore racing.

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Communication Networks Play Central Role for Smart Grid Initiatives

Energy and utility companies around the globe are undertaking new initiatives to modernize the way they offer and deliver services to their customers. Advances in technology have created a new way for computing and communications to be integrated into the grid in ways that were never possible with older technologies. The new smart grid will provide a more reliable, secure and cost-effective way to generate, transmit and distribute power to consumers.

Communication networks play a central role in the development and reach of smart grid initiatives. The move to IP-based applications for security, operations and two-way data exchange creates a new level of interaction between utilities and their customers. Many communication technologies will have an impact on the development of the smart grid, and satellite communications plays a complementary role helping to increase the reach and reliability of the communications infrastructure.

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Highlights from the 2011 iDirect Global Partner Summit

We just wrapped up our first Global Partner Summit held in Barcelona, Spain, with over 85 partners in attendance. 

The presentations are now available for download on the iDirect Partner Technical Assistance Center.  If you lost your login credentials, experience difficulty logging in or need to be registered, please fill out this form or email tac-web@idirect.net. Please note you must be an authorized partner to have access to the presentations.

Highlights from the Summit include:

  • Simon Bull, Comsys, presented the challenges and opportunities faced by satellite operators in our industry. This includes slower growth in the general broadband access/enterprise markets, and the faster-growing segments for the maritime, SCADA and cellular backhaul verticals.  How Ka-band will change our industry dynamics and it is inevitable so be prepared.  Successful operators need to differentiate based on providing customer value at the application level.
  • iDirect presented high level strategies including company, marketing and product. We also offered sneak previews into new products for the Utility and SCADA markets, and go-to-market plans to capture emerging 3G opportunities in cell backhaul, We also reported on new applications in the maritime market that are driving new bandwidth requirements.

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iDirect’s Hub Owners Group Update

iDirect Hub Owners Group LinkedIniDirect’s Hub Owners Group was formed in 2005 as a forum for iDirect hub owners to share information and learn how to get the most out of their iDirect experience. It was also a way for members to share the information with iDirect and through that, we have been able to improve our technologies and processes.

What started off as a small, easily manageable group has now grown to over 150 members. While the Hub Owners Group Board is excited about the growth and the member involvement, it has been a challenge to maintain and establish regular communication. With that in mind, the Board has asked iDirect to take an active ownership role with the iDirect Hub Owners Group.

iDirect is now a full partner and the group will remain as the iDirect Hub Owners Group via LinkedIn.

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Tampa Microwave X Band ManPack Satellite Terminal Offers Battery Saving Feature

From newsblaze.com

TAMPA, Fla. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Tampa Microwave(TM), a veteran owned small business specializing in satellite communication systems, microwave modules, satellite link simulators and carrier monitoring equipment announced the completion of verification testing of a significant battery life improvement feature that manages the power required for its Manpack family of X, Ku and Ka band ultra portable satellite terminals.

In cooperation with iDirect Government Systems, Tampa Microwave has designed its terminals to implement a Transmitter Keyline feature. A Tampa Microwave terminal using iDirect’s V2.3 modem software disables its transmitter until commanded by the iDirect e850MP modem to send a data packet. When packet transmission is complete, the Keyline returns the amplifier to standby mode to await the next transmission. Using the Keyline extends the terminal’s battery life by a factor of at least 2x up to a maximum of 3x depending on the transmitter duty cycle.

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Q-KON SA, BCX provide mobile service via satellite

From IT-Online

Q-KON SA, a South Africa-based provider of turnkey solutions covering specialist areas of telecommunications and ICT, in its capacity as strategic service provider to Business Connexion (BCX), provided a satellite communication network to assist in the roll out of mobile service stations.

Q-KON SA provided the X5 iDirect satellite modems, iNetVu Mobile platform and integration support to BusTruck, who completed the vehicle transformation into a service centre complete with desks, chairs, terminals, phones, external shaded area and generator.

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iDX 2.3 is now live!

We told you about iDX 2.3 and we’re excited to announce the wait is over! Specifically designed for our defense and government customers, iDX 2.3 is our latest software release that offers DVB-S2 TRANSEC over Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM), Transmit Keyline and FIPS 140-2 compliancy.

With our latest innovations in TRANSEC and FIPS compliance, this software release is ideal for communications-on-the-move, emergency response, and command and control applications in the field. 

Contact us today to learn how iDX 2.3 can help your business achieve greater security standards.

iDirect’s CTO, Dave Bettinger talks to Jason Bates, Editor of Satellite TODAY and Via Satellite Magazine

iDX 2.3 will be here in just a few days!

We told you about iDX 2.3 and we’re excited to announce the wait is nearly over! Specifically designed for our defense and government customers, iDX 2.3 is our latest software release that offers DVB-S2 TRANSEC over Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM), Transmit Keyline and FIPS 140-2 compliancy.

With our latest innovations in TRANSEC and FIPS compliance, this software release  is ideal for communications-on-the-move, emergency response, and command and control applications in the field.

Contact us today to learn how iDX 2.3 can help your business achieve greater security standards.

iDirect Introduces New Features For Defense And Government Customers

iDX 2.3 software upgrade offers improved security and advancements in mobility and hardware capabilities

Herndon, Va., March 29, 2011 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that it has expanded its government and defense feature set. The iDX 2.3 release expands iDirect’s TRANSEC security capabilities, adds new FIPS 140-2 Level 2-compliant remote and line cards capable of supporting multiple return channels, and introduces a new feature that extends the battery life of portable satellite terminals. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

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