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Gilat Satcom Installs iDirect Hub To Expand Broadband Services In Nigeria

iDirect platform to integrate with terrestrial network, support wide range of vertical applications

Herndon, Va., May 3, 2011 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Gilat Satcom, a leading provider of domestic and international fiber and satellite-based connectivity services in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, successfully launched an iDirect Evolution-based service in Nigeria. Through a new local teleport equipped with an iDirect hub, Gilat Satcom will expand its reach throughout the country, delivering high-speed C-band service. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Gilat Satcom has integrated the iDirect platform with an MPLS-enabled routing network to provide both dedicated and shared services. The new service will support the needs of a wide range of customers, including banks, government offices, educational facilities, healthcare providers, TV networks, cellular operators and business enterprises. Customers can also take advantage of Gilat Satcom’s professional services, including fully-redundant power sourcing and local support.
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iDirect Government Technologies to Resell Riverbed Technology Products to Maximize Bandwidth Efficiencies and Increase Satellite Network Performance

Herndon, VA, May 2, 2011 – iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) has entered into a third-party agreement with Riverbed Technology to resell its wide area network (WAN) optimization and network visibility solutions in U.S. government and military satellite networks. Riverbed® products provide significant savings of satellite bandwidth, with a satellite-specific feature set that overcomes performance loss associated with latency. Riverbed WAN optimization solutions are a complementary technology to the iGT product set, creating a high-performance solution that meets the rigorous requirements of today’s government and military satellite networks.

iGT will resell Steelhead® appliances that provide comprehensive cross-layer optimization, resulting in significant performance enhancements over the satellite WAN. Performance is further enhanced by Riverbed SkipWare™ technology. SkipWare overcomes the sources of performance loss common in satellite networking and complies with Department of Defense (DoD) standards for interoperability. Riverbed satellite solutions improve network operations over high-latency satellite channels.
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The 21st Century Battlefield Is Fought on the Tactical Edge

Karl FuchsBy Karl Fuchs, Vice President, Technology, iDirect Government Technologies

The quicker soldiers can receive updated and accurate information, the more effective they become. Airborne satellite communications is playing its part in this new paradigm, allowing our military to communicate in the air with troops at sea, on land, and deployed in remote locations, where terrain and range can interfere with communications signals.

Advances in the speed and throughput of SATCOM signals have made high-definition (HD) video a reality for airborne applications. With the ability to upload full-motion video while in flight, high-speed airborne SATCOM can be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions as well as voice, video and data applications for the military and to fortify disaster response efforts. Using SATCOM technologies, the military and emergency responder communities can make command assignments and target imagery of natural and man-made disasters.
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iDirect Presents an International Defence and Government Webinar, May 3

Register now for “International Defence and Government” Tuesday, May 3, 10-11 a.m. ESTLive Q&A

Join iDirect’s Director, Product Marketing, Nikola Kromer, for an exclusive iDirect Defence and Government webinar

We will present our Defence and Government product line to our partners, integrators and customers, from ministries and governments worldwide.

You’ll 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
  • Quick deployable, tamper-proof, lightweight remotes
  • iDirect’s Advanced Hub network architecture

Plus, have your own questions answered via our live Q&A session.

Register today and discover more info on our International Defence applications page.


iDirect Product Developments and Roadmap Plans

At the 2011 iDirect Global Partner Summit we were excited to present our newest product developments and future roadmap plans to our customers.

Here are a few highlights:

iDX 2.3 was launched on April 1, 2011. Not an April Fools’ joke, iDX 2.3 is the latest Evolution software release including TRANSEC with ACM, FIPS 140-2 Level 1 compliant software and FIPS 140-2 Level 2 compliant hardware.

This release is focused on features essential for our Defence customers.

iDX 3.0 is a much anticipated release for our enterprise, maritime and energy customers and cellular providers. This release brings multi-channel demodulation and SCPC Return for lower total cost of ownership, as well as new service offerings and efficiency gains. iDX 3.0 is an extremely compelling release for all Evolution customers and iNFINITI customers looking to upgrade. Find out more details by watching the video.

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Vizada Introduces Seamless IP Mobility With AviLink(SM)


Vizada, the world’s largest independent satellite communications provider, and its technology partner ARINC collaborated last week to validate AviLink performance in an airborne environment. AviLink is a custom-designed capability that provides fully managed, automated handovers between Ku and L-band coverage areas for high-demand, mission-critical applications in flight, on land or at sea. The capability was first developed to meet the needs of a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) contract in 2010 and is now being offered to additional military, government and commercial customers.  

Testing was performed on the ground and in rain darkened skies using commercial Ku-band capacity on the SES World Skies AMC-3 satellite with the iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) e8350 DVB/S2 compliant modem and a 17-inch airborne antenna mounted on a Sierra Nevada Corporation provided King Air 300 aircraft. In addition to confirming the system’s ability to peak IP data rates in excess of 2 Mbps off the aircraft, AviLink intelligence was used to demonstrate its ability to concurrently stream high-quality color and IR video to the ground while passengers onboard watched streaming video, completed toll quality voice calls, downloaded multi-megabyte files and sent and received emails through their corporate VPNs. These flight trials verified AviLink’s ability to provide continuous communications from gate to gate, at speeds up to 330 kTAS and during aggressive aircraft maneuvers with up to 60 degree banks.


Panasonic looks to test new Ka-band antenna by 2Q 2012

From, By Mary Kirby

Panasonic Avionics is pressing forward with the development of a new Ka-band antenna and hybrid Ku/Ka antenna to support ultra-high-speed airborne Internet when Ka-band satellite-based connectivity becomes available, and says it is looking to begin testing in the second quarter of next year.

“Today, Panasonic is actively pursuing a Ka antenna R&D development, as well as a hybrid Ku/Ka antenna development. Panasonic is working with a key technology partner to develop our antenna in anticipation of Ka becoming available for the aviation market in the 2012/2013 time frame,” says a Panasonic spokesman.


ITC Global To Acquire Satellite Operations Of Broadpoint


Satellite communications services provider ITC Global announced on Thursday it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the satellite operations of communications services provider Broadpoint LLC.

The financial terms of the agreement were not revealed.

Broadpoint will retain its core cellular telecoms business, which operates cellular voice and data network in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the company, Broadpoint’s satellite communications business provides customers with managed communication services including broadband IP networking, MPLS, voice over IP, real-time video and Internet access delivered primarily to oil and gas exploration and production customers in the Gulf of Mexico.


CETel & SeaMobile Europe – Acquiring Minds Wish To Know


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.


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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