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Understanding and Improving the ROI of VSAT Networks

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Thursday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. EST, 3:00 p.m. BST

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Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) networks have been providing reliable connectivity around the world and in the most remote locations since the 1980s. The World Teleport Association (WTA) and Integrasys have produced a report, Understanding and Improving the ROI of VSAT Networks, outlining the costly resources involved in deploying and maintaining VSAT networks along with products such as Satmotion Pocket, iDirect’s remote commissioning solution, that help address some of those challenges.

The ultimate goal of the network operator is to provide the highest quality and most efficient service while minimizing costs. According to the survey in the report, for a 50-site VSAT high-performance network, capital expenditure represents 45 percent of the total investment, while operating expenses comprise approximately 55 percent of the cost.

While costs vary depending on the type of network, size, application, and vertical market being served, they can be significantly reduced by simplifying and speeding up the installation process through automation and guidance. Getting a network up and running quickly also results in revenue generation sooner. The more accurate the initial installation is also eliminates the added cost of redeploying trained installers to a remote site as well as any fines for adjacent satellite interference (ASI).

To learn more about improving your ROI for VSAT networks, sign up for the complimentary webinar by emailing Integrasys at info.sales@integrasys-sa.com. This will be a live panel discussion including iDirect’s VP of Business Development, Denis Sutherland. You can also purchase and download the full report from the WTA website.

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The Four Nines Project is an ongoing effort by World Teleport Association to promote best practices in teleport business, operations, technology and management. It is named for the technical standard in a satellite or terrestrial transmission of 99.99% availability.

iDirect Shares Vision for Next Phase on In-Flight Connectivity Innovation

A Higher Plane - Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity White Paper

A Higher Plane – Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity White Paper

This week is a critical week for in-flight connectivity. At two major events – SmartPlane in Paris and Connected Aircraft E-enablement in London – experts across the industry will discuss what’s next as airlines look to improve network quality, expand services to new applications and lower their costs.

Today, airlines are demanding greater business value from their onboard networks. So, they’re expanding connectivity beyond just passenger Wi-Fi to transform their entire aircraft operations.

However, this new vision of the “connected aircraft” presents a whole new challenge for airlines and their in-flight service providers. It equates to managing a global wireless network in the sky that serves a much broader suite of applications and end users.

When evaluating the right in-flight communications solution, airlines need to consider their long-term plans for a broad range of applications across their fleet and service territory. And it will involve big changes: rewriting the business case, upgrading technology and running a much more complex network.

Yet, the reward is huge. Those airlines that can best leverage in-flight connectivity will gain a clear business advantage in terms of customer loyalty, crew productivity and company profitability.

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That’s why iDirect has just issued a paper on the subject: A Higher Plane: Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity, which spells out key innovations to address these challenges:

  • Bringing HTS capacity onboard in the immediate future, while developing a long-term plan to integrate capacity across all orbits.
  • Improving how airlines share bandwidth across their entire fleet and myriad applications
  • How regional airlines can adopt inter-provider roaming agreements to economically and quickly expand their service areas.

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Transforming Satellite Ground Infrastructure to Capture Greater Market Opportunity

Kevin-Steen-2017-blogBy Kevin Steen, President & CEO, VT iDirect

The fall event frenzy has begun this week. All around the globe, the satellite industry will be discussing the most pressing questions facing the industry. I’ll be attending the World Satellite Business Week Summit for Satellite Financing this week in Paris. And I’ll be speaking on “Next generation satellite infrastructure and services” with CEOs from Speedcast, Telespazio, Hughes Network Systems and Viasat.

Here’s what I plan to share. We all know that the satellite communications industry is undergoing massive innovation. There are dramatic improvements in speed, bandwidth availability, and cost competitiveness coming from so many industry leaders. Together, we’re expanding satellite beyond a niche form of connectivity, opening new markets and opportunities for all.

At iDirect, we know that ground infrastructure plays a critical, central role in bringing innovation to life. That’s why we’re expanding our platform in dramatic ways, including the adoption of existing telcom technologies, with the goal of delivering a significantly higher level of value to our customers.

To start, we have redesigned the foundation of our satellite remote. Our new iQ Series is built around the latest DVB-S2X standard, increasing performance and efficiencies. It leverages a common software-defined architecture that enables us to bring modems to market faster, and they can be continually upgraded over the air to increase network capabilities and throughput levels. This gives service providers a new degree of flexibility to meet requirements, while dramatically extending its deployment life. Read More

iDirect’s Nikita Demidenko to Discuss Satellite Market Trends at August 24th Event

nikita-demidenko-postOn August 24 iDirect’s Nikita Demidenko, Sales Director, Russia and CIS, will participate in “Satellite Internet. Far East,” to be held in Khabarovsk at Khabarovsk City Hotel.

Mr. Demidenko’s presentation will focus on the latest trends impacting satellite communications, and how iDirect technology is meeting complex business needs across diverse markets such as oil and gas, maritime and aviation.

This is an excellent opportunity to hear the latest about how exciting innovations in remotes, satellites and integrated networks are changing the face of satellite communications.

24 August http://iskrakb.ru/dialog/ (in Russian only)
Location Khabarovsk City Hotel, 64 Istomina Str., Khabarovsk
Session Plenary session “Satellite Communication as the Informatization Tool”
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Operation Convergent Response 2017: Keeping First Responders Safer Through Technology

blog-post-1Earlier this month, Verizon, a long time iDirect customer, along with technology partners, law enforcement, and state and local officials, came together for #OCR2017 to demonstrate how technology can help first responders during simulated crises such as tornadoes, a chemical plant collapse, floods and explosions.

iDirect is proud to support Verizon in this effort to enable first responders and disaster recovery units around the world utilize satellite technology. Whether using unmanned aircraft such as drones, or robots that can make the way through tight spaces where humans can’t, iDirect’s satellite technology platform can be depended upon to be easily deployable, flexible, and always connected.

The outcome of #OCR2017 was a blend of global technologies and people that proved working together before a disaster happens in real life will help save more lives in the event of true disaster.

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Why 5G is So Important for the Satellite Industry

This week, iDirect’s Gerry Collins, Director of Business Development, will speak at the GVF Cellular Backhaul 2017 event in London. Gerry will address “Why 5G is So Important for the Satellite Industry.”

It’s a question that’s top of mind for cellular backhaul operators, and a priority for iDirect as the promise of satellite and 5G convergence opens tremendous opportunity for the satellite industry at large.

Here are the key topics Gerry will cover in what promises to be a lively discussion:

The world is experiencing a significant shift in Internet traffic from computer access to smartphone access. This places the mobile industry in a strong position for growth. And the 5G standard represents a bold vision for an end-to-end ecosystem that will enable a fully mobile and connected society.

5G promises to transform the mobile experience. For example, 5G is projected to increase peak data to 1Gbps per device, spectral efficiency by 200%, and connection density by 200%. It can reduce transmission latency by 94% and signaling overhead by 81%. And it provides expanded support for IoT, autonomous vehicles, GPS and network virtualization and programmability.

At iDirect, we believe the 5G standard represents more than cellular access. It informs what multi-access networks will look like going forward. And we are playing a lead role in the convergence of 5G and satellite connectivity. The diagram below summarizes the key steps we are enabling in the ecosystem towards “Unified Technology Transformation” – which includes 5G convergence.

5GAt all layers of the service delivery model, we see major points of convergence with the cellular industry, and in particular 5G. At the Infrastructure and Transport layer, we’re engineering our satellite ground infrastructure platform to scale much more rapidly and cost-effectively by leveraging embedded compute and cloud technologies. Read More

Global Connected Aircraft Summit – In-flight Connectivity Rules the Skies

iDirect at Global Connected Aircraft 2017These days, in-flight connectivity (IFC) rules the skies. This was clearly evident at the three-day Global Connected Aircraft Summit in Arlington, Virginia, last week. Service providers, airlines and content providers alike shared with the audience the rapidly growing relevance of IFC for commercial aero.

The days of discussion and debate about how airlines can make money from IFC are gone. Today IFC is a requirement in order to remain competitive. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by Inmarsat, 60% of passengers said that Wi-Fi is a necessity onboard a flight. And if the connectivity is poor? The survey reported 44% of passengers would book a different airline next time.

So what makes the Wi-Fi connectivity good enough — and what other applications need to be managed as part of IFC?

It’s important to look at all the various applications that in-flight connectivity provides beyond passenger entertainment and Wi-Fi.  That includes increasing communication among crew, cockpit and ground maintenance teams to allow for better predictive aircraft management and reduced repair delays. And it also means equipping cabin crews with the latest mobile technology to improve customer care and increase flight attendant safety.

Satellite operators realize that inconsistency in SLAs/ coverage is a major obstacle to adoption, creating challenges in achieving a good return on investment. According to Mark Richman, Director, Product Management Mobility & Energy Services for Intelsat, one way to overcome this inconsistency is through a combination of three factors: ubiquity, density and resiliency/scalability. Intelsat has achieved this through their HTS EpicNG constellation and their plans for HTS 2.0 – the LEO/GEO integration. According to Andrew Ruszkowski, SES, VP Strategic Initiatives Mobility, the answer to ubiquitous coverage lies with the fact that at the moment SES operates the only operational geo/ non-geo constellation with their integration of O3B. Read More

A SQEP in the Right Direction…

Dave DavisBy Dave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, VT iDirect

Last week saw IET MilSatcom 2017 come to London. It was a fantastic event with big hitters from industry, Ministry of Defence (MoD) and academia joining together to share a vision of the future of MilSatcom in the near and medium term.

It was also the first time the event incorporated a second day with a series of workshops on day 1. The workshops provided an opportunity to discuss threats, countermeasures, management and spectrum issues. The workshops produced some interesting takeaways:

  • There is the potential for over-reliance on MilSatcom
  • There is a lack in training to be able to operate in a denied or degraded environment
  • There is a lack of suitably qualified and experienced personnel (SQEP) in the military
  • Effective management is key

Reliance is a big factor in MilSatcom. Yes, there is a built-in resilience and technology is far more reliable than it once was, but could a modern battlefield commander operate without MilSatcom providing the large data rates required? Training in a degraded environment is key to understanding how the systems operate under stress and what contingencies are there. There is still a requirement for non-Satcom, i.e., HF capability and an ability to fall back where required. Luckily there is a plethora of Satcom available, so if MilSatcom is denied or degraded, having another satellite system available is likely, but data rates will probably be reduced. Read More

The Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity: Three Key Steps Forward

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The Global Connected Aircraft Summit takes flight this week in Arlington, VA, and our very own David Harrower, VP of International Sales and Business Development, will speak on “Operations Technology – Future Connected Benefits.” David will join executives from Rockwell Collins and Honeywell on Thursday at 11:15 am to examine the latest developments in the “connected aircraft” trend and how satellite solutions providers are helping airlines meet the challenges and maximize the benefits of in-flight connectivity (IFC).

Today, passengers consider IFC a must-have, and it increasingly guides their decision on which airline to fly. Yet passenger connectivity alone cannot justify the business case for bringing VSAT onboard. Moving beyond an exclusive focus on passenger connectivity means re-imagining the in-flight experience and operations from top to bottom. “Fully connected” now means cockpits with electronic flight bags to improve aircraft operations. It means increasing communication between the crew, cockpit and ground maintenance teams to allow for better predictive aircraft management and reduce repair delays. And it also means equipping cabin crews with the latest mobile technology to improve customer care.

However, this broader scope equates to managing a global wireless network in the sky that serves a much broader suite of sophisticated applications vying for bandwidth, with more aircraft coming online. In this context, it is increasingly difficult to ensure a reliable, consistent service, and manage costs. In his presentation, David will focus on three key requirements to address these challenges as we embark on the next leg of IFC. Read More

Jam Tomorrow And Jam Yesterday – But Never Jam Today?

Dave DavisBy Dave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, VT iDirect

There is definitely a feel of summer in the air of London. And this week, where better to enjoy the London sun, than the North bank of the river Thames? Savoy Place has been the home of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and its forebears since 1909. The building is steeped in history, with famous names of engineering legends all around you everywhere you turn. If you look closely you’ll notice a discreet plaque on the wall outside; this was also once home of the British Broadcasting Company, before it got too big to be a tenant and had to find its own space to fill. Just looking at the past Presidents in the foyer, some names leap out; Siemens, Swan, Kelvin, Ferranti and Fleming. From the guardian outside, the statue of Michael Faraday, to the modern roof terrace with views to die for, the recent £30M makeover has made IET Savoy Place a flagship building to be proud of.

Savoy Place is host to IET MilSatcom 2017, which is expanded this year to a two-day event. The first day is a series of workshops, aimed at an open forum to discuss threats and countermeasures, digital security and managing MilSatcom. It is hoped that these workshops will provide an interactive platform for all attendees and presenters to learn from each other. I will be leading the threats and countermeasures workshop alongside Sqn Ldr Van Halteren and am really looking forward to it; we’ll be talking about jamming, locating, interception, etc. as you’d expect, but we’re also trying to pull out some of the other “softer” threats that may not be quite so obvious on first inspection.

The second day is a really good blend of presentations from solo presenters, double acts and panel discussions, involving commercial and military experts in the field. We will also learn about a range of sectors within the industry; the defence view, the commercial/sovereign mix, the need for throughput, the balance between the frequencies, the use of Global Xpress and L-Band, building satellites, welfare provision, border security and the future of MilSatcom. All in all it promises to be an outstanding couple of days. Read More