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Bentley Walker Drives iDirect DVB-S2X Deployment in the Middle East, and Africa Using Avanti’s HYLAS Fleet.

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Bentley Walker, the largest supplier and operator of VSAT Networks outside of North America, announces the launch of their iDirect-based DVB-S2X service in Afghanistan, following highly successful deployments in Iraq and Libya.

Utilising Avanti Communications’ Ka-band satellite capacity, this latest launch provides Bentley Walker’s customers a seamless upgrade path to utilise the iDirect iQ Series family of modems for increased throughputs.  The iQ Desktop modem supports a full range of DVB-S2X MODCODS up to 256APSK with a wide range of FEC rates and Adaptive TDMA, allowing greater bandwidth efficiencies.

Bentley Walker is also adding new functionality including software that allows resellers the flexibility to activate, upgrade, downgrade, change and find location.  Additionally, customers will have more access to multiple performance indicators to help in the management and delivery of more efficient operations.

Bentley Walker’s EMEA coverage is set to significantly increase with the announcement in 2018 that they will commence service roll out across Africa utilising their initial $1m bandwidth commitment on Avanti’s newest High-Throughput Satellite, HYLAS 4 which is due to launch in March 2018 from Kourou, French Guiana.

HYLAS 4 will expand capacity over Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa with 64 active Ka-band fixed beams and 4 steerable beams with Civil, Government and BSS service capabilities.  This will extend Avanti’s coverage to 1.7bn people across 118 countries, and support Bentley Walker’s market expansion into West, Central and South Africa. Read More

iDirect Innovation — A Core Strength

Kevin SteenBy Kevin Steen, President and Chief Executive Officer, iDirect

The SATCOM industry’s technology innovation cycle is accelerating at a rapid pace toward lower costs and to offer higher levels of customer satisfaction.

This year alone, breakthrough satellite designs are flooding the skies with ultra-fast bandwidth. Flat-panel antennas that are smaller, faster, and less expensive are spurring critical new applications and opening greater market opportunities — virtualized network infrastructure is enabling operators to support high-volume users over large-scale networks.

iDirect understands that ground infrastructure sits at the heart of these innovations and is the foundation of a satellite network. It also determines, to a large degree, the cost of deploying and growing a business and the ability to serve distinct markets and capture revenue.

The company is driving continued platform innovation to unleash the power of the satellite to a world that demands unlimited connectivity. The result was that 2017 was a milestone year in propelling High Throughput Satellite (HTS) and DVB-S2X toward those efforts.

One critical achievement was to enable satellite operators to bring high throughput capacity to market in the most profitable way possible — through offering a range of wholesale and managed services, depending on the region to be served and the needed applications. In 2017, iDirect became the de facto standard platform for the top three, major satellite operators.

The next pillar in the company’s strategy is to provide customers with a path to DVB-S2X. The higher throughputs and cost savings from HTS are critical for the markets that are experiencing insatiable user demand as well as serving price-sensitive markets. In 2017, iDirect customers launched DVB­S2X networks and unveiled ambitious plans to grow their business with iDirect’s next-generation platform technology.

iDirect Innovation—A Core StrengthWith a look to the future — to the day when VSAT will be a true “plug-and-play” extension of the telecom network fabric — strides had to be taken this year to advance toward that goal. iDirect’s plan demonstrates our support for future technology breakthroughs such as roaming, intelligent satellite payloads and satellite-5G network architecture.

Moving into 2018 and beyond, iDirect is leading the satellite industry toward a transformative architecture that will empower satellite service providers to realize fully dynamic, service-oriented satellite networks. Read More

AMTEL-SVYAZ first implemented the project for the subsidiary, DOZOR-TELEPORT for the launch of DVB-S2X network over iDirect platform

Russia-based service provider leverages iQ remote to deliver high-speed service to cost-sensitive markets

AMTEL-SVYAZ DVB-S2XHerndon, VA, November 30, 2017VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that AMTEL-SVYAZ Company will launch the first iDirect DVB-S2X network in Russia, utilizing the iQ Series of remotes. The network is expected to operate on up to five geostationary satellites, providing coverage over the Russian Federation and parts of the adjacent seas and oceans, delivering cost-effective connectivity throughout the Russia region. AMTEL-SVYAZ will leverage their iDirect network to offer high-speed connectivity to a wide range of enterprise markets, such as Energy, Banking, Oil and Gas, and Maritime. This launch also enables the company to expand their territory and allows flexible pricing for their customers.

iDirect’s next-generation DVB-S2X technology delivers revolutionary gains in performance and efficiencies, and will enable AMTEL-SVYAZ to scale their network efficiently and cost effectively. The iQ Desktop remotes are designed to meet the needs of networks within a wide range of performance scenarios and software licensing features, all based on a future-proof software-upgradeable design.

“We see major opportunity for growth throughout Russia and decided that iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology provides the greatest opportunity to deliver a reliable, high-speed, cost-effective service,” said Igor Ilinchik, CEO of DOZOR-TELEPORT, which is included in the group of telecom companies AMTEL-SVYAZ. “We chose iDirect for their versatility, support, and the highly acclaimed performance of the iQ remote.” Read More

Powerful Evolution 4.1 Software Introduces DVB-S2X, Mesh and DVB-S2 Enhancements

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iDirect’s latest Evolution 4.1 release unlocks the power of DVB-S2X and HTS, dramatically expanding your network performance and capabilities to capture the exploding market opportunities.

Deploy New DVB-S2X networks

DVB-S2X enables larger carriers with MODCODs up to 256APSK, driving unprecedented efficiency gains and increased performance while protecting your investment. Existing customers can leverage their Series 15100 Universal Hub and Universal Line Cards (ULCs) to cost-effectively build out a new DVB-S2X network. The catalysts of the DVB-S2X portfolio are the next-generation software-defined iQ Desktop remote and Intelligent Gateway supporting virtualized protocol processors (PPs) for greatly improved hub density.

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For existing DVB-S2 networks, upgrading to Evolution 4.1 allows for greater return throughput up to 29 Msps on the same amount of bandwidth with the 9-series remotes and ULC-R. The ULC-R is also compatible with any X-series remote to benefit from licensable 16 channel demodulators for increased hub scalability.

For site-to-site, latency-sensitive applications, iDirect’s Evolution Multi-Carrier Mesh solution features star and mesh bandwidth sharing, TCP acceleration, aggregate receive capacity of up to 29 Msps and individual carrier rates up to 7.5 Msps for the flexibility to support a broad array of mesh implementations depending on business requirements.

Learn more about Evolution 4.1 to understand how to maximize your network and capitalize on future growth opportunities.

Datagroup Selects iDirect Platform and New iQ Series Remotes to Launch HTS Service in Ukraine

Network to bring high-speed capacity to market, enable cost-effective rollout of large-scale networks

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Datagroup, the leading Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) provider in Ukraine, has selected the iDirect platform and its new series of DVB-S2X remotes, the iQ Series, to offer new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services to their substantial customer base. The company will leverage the iDirect network to offer high-speed connectivity to a wide range of enterprise markets, enabling cost-effective deployment of large-scale networks.

Datagroup Selects iDirect Platform and New iQ Series Remotes to Launch HTS Service in UkraineDatagroup contracts INTELSAT operator for capacity on one of its effective satellites. Long-term plans call for Datagroup to license an additional transponder of HTS capacity to support networks that can sсale up to 50,000 sites.

iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology delivers revolutionary gains in performance and efficiencies and will enable Datagroup to scale their network based on a significantly lower cost model. The iQ Series of remotes are designed to meet the needs of both fixed and mobility networks within a wide range of performance scenarios and software licensing features, based on a future-proof software-upgradeable design.

“Datagroup is the leading VSAT provider within Ukraine with over 83% market share. Our partnership with iDirect and the selection of their leading-edge DVB-S2X platform, along with the new iQ Series remote is a critical step in growing our leadership and delivering the high-quality services our customers rely on,” said Mikhail Shelemba, CEO, Datagroup. Read More

Technology Intelligence at Your Fingertips with iDirect’s Content Hub

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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.​

The Path to Higher Performance: Making HTS and DVB-S2X Networks Mobile

Making HTS and DVB-S2X Networks Mobile

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.

5-considerations-HTS-S2X-blog5-make-it-mobileMeeting 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

The Path to Higher Performance: Enabling Mainstream Network Integration for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

Enabling Mainstream Network Integration HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

This is part four of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Read Part I – Enabling Higher Capacity Efficiencies, Part II – Implementing Intelligent Terminals and Part III – Scaling Cost-Effectively.

Harnessing the full potential of HTS and DVB-S2X means reimagining what a traditional network looks like. Today, satellite connectivity is undergoing a technology and business transformation, overcoming barriers of interoperability to become part of mainstream converged services and dramatically expand its role in the global communications landscape. And because HTS is transforming the economics of satellite service, operators can strongly position satellite as a viable part of the end-to-end network.

Enabling Mainstream Network Integration HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

The key to full mainstream adoption is for satellite networks to be defined by modern telco standards such as 4G/5G and Evolved Packet Core (EPC). A satellite platform should also support Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) capabilities. This offers the option to run a network in a Layer 2 bridging mode with high efficiency as an alternative to the traditional Layer 3 mode architecture. This allows a variety of modern, converged network architectures to be implemented, with easy integration with terrestrial networks and the ability to pass any Layer 3 protocol desired. Read More

The Path to Higher Performance: Scaling Cost Effectively for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

Scaling Cost Effectively for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

This is part three of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Read Part I – Enabling Higher Capacity Efficiencies and Part II – Implementing Intelligent Terminals.

When it comes to scaling a satellite communications network, hub-side infrastructure is one of the largest capital expenses service providers face. In fact, the infrastructure decision can make or break the ability to profitably expand, enter new markets and introduce new services.

With HTS and DVB-S2X, this reality has reached a new level of importance. With greater demand for higher throughputs and more satellite bandwidth comes the need to deploy and manage large-scale networks. Network operators need to change the cost model for ground infrastructure deployment, keeping up with demand without dramatically increasing capital and operating expenses.

Today, there are key advances in gateway technology. Consider hub solutions leveraging virtualization for processing capabilities that significantly increase the teleport’s capabilities to support extensive networks and higher throughputs in the same space. When you can achieve greatly improved density, it results in a massive footprint reduction, decreasing cooling and IT management expenses. Operating large networks spanning multiple spot beams versus one wide beam can make scaling more challenging for service providers, especially when expanding into new service areas.

Scaling Cost Effectively for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

With the right bandwidth management capabilities, satellite operators can manage Mbps across multiple spot beams and create a virtual bandwidth pool for service providers to use. This will allow service providers to not have to operate many spot beams but instead use the advantages of virtual network operations and still be in control of their own SLAs and service offerings to their end customers. Read More

The Path to Higher Performance: Implementing Intelligent Terminals for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

Implementing Intelligent Terminals HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

This is part two of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Read Part I – Enabling Higher Capacity Efficiencies.

When it comes to operating an efficient network and managing scale for an HTS/DVB-S2X platform, the key is to implement intelligent terminals. And the remote design enabled with full DVB-S2X capabilities is a critical aspect of delivering performance and efficiency gains to the overall solution.

Traditionally, satellite remote performance and features were over-engineered to future capabilities to avoid having to swap out the remotes soon after rollout. The features were largely encoded in hardware, and pay-as-you-grow, while well established for various hub-side capabilities, were not available for remotes. As such, the latest remotes carry a high cost to operate and could become a network’s single greatest cost factor when rolling out large networks.

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Today, service providers need a remote solution that’s engineered with a high degree of flexibility to adapt to changing requirements while only paying for the capabilities that you really need at any given time. Through software-defined and reprogrammable remote architectures, the next generation of remotes can be continually upgraded over the air to increase network capabilities and throughput levels, while dramatically extending the deployment life in the field. Read More

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