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What’s On-Tap for iDirect’s European Partner Summit?

EPS-blogLondon will be the destination point this week as iDirect plays host to 80 key partners for its European Partner Summit. Held one day prior to the kick-off of VSAT 2014, this event will provide partners the opportunity to hear from iDirect’s executives on the company’s vision and plans for future development.

Market opportunities in this region should be heating up with NSR expecting HTS bandwidth demand in Western Europe to increase from just under 10 Gbps in 2013 to more than140 Gbps by 2023. NSR points to government/military, enterprise data and commercial mobility as fast-growing contributors after broadband.

That means partners in this region will be eagerly anticipating details for how iDirect can help them further capitalize on new market opportunities.

Hosted by Stephen Tunnicliffe, iDirect’s regional vice president, the agenda will cover many high-priority discussions facing partners in this region, including:

Market Direction

CEO Mary Cotton will discuss iDirect’s path for transforming into a larger, more ambitious organization to help capture even greater market opportunity. This point is underscored by the fact iDirect partners are building their business on iDirect technology.

The key will be in providing more value, services, training, and enhancements to help partners expand their business and best leverage their investment the technology. Read More

iDirect Makes Waves at Maritime Events

Leading shipbuilders, ship owners and suppliers from around the globe gathered in Hamburg at SMM this week to discuss trends and technologies steering the maritime market forward. iDirect and partners were front and center, helping set the stage for the various ways in which HTS will impact the future of maritime.

iDirect partner Orange Business Services hosted a panel discussion titled “Maritime Communications: What You Need to Know Now, Understanding and Benefitting from the New Technologies”, moderated by Alan Gottlieb, managing director of Gottlieb International Group Inc.

Propeller HeadsTaking part in this panel was Denis Sutherland, iDirect’s senior manager, sales system engineering, who highlighted significant technology enhancements iDirect has made in terms of speed and capacity. At the core, according to Sutherland, is the ability to continually develop products with a number of features that help make satellite easier to adopt and to deploy.

And with HTS set to become a game changer for maritime, the focus remains on developing technology designed to work in a spot beam environment, and enable traditional service providers to access the extra capacity and take advantage of the available coverage and speed.

For example, enhancements to the Evolution platform include: Adaptive TDMA, DVB-S2 enhancements, new remotes, and dual demodulators that help increase capability for different types of services, across different beams.

Overall, the importance in preparing for this new environment, says Sutherland, is to understand how to best leverage the business models. And that it is not a case of one service necessarily being better or more flexible than the other for the end customer. Read More

Satellite and the Promise of ‘Yes’

Kevin SteenBy Kevin Steen, Chief Operating Officer, iDirect

A promise can be very powerful. Take, for example, the promise that we make everyday to our customers and partners of delivering better technology and greater value. But as an industry we should also be thinking about the bigger promise at stake.

It’s a question I am pondering as I prepare for this week’s World Satellite Business Week conference. I am participating on a panel discussion, ‘VSAT Solutions and Services: Delivering the Broadband Promise’ and as preparation I have been asked to think about promises the satellite industry has delivered, as well as which promises the market should expect us to fulfill in the near term.

Naturally, one big-picture “promise” that comes to mind is satellite’s role as part of a converged end-to-end network. As an industry we are working diligently on what it takes to become part of this network convergence—things such integrating into the core telecom network and driving down the overall cost in order to become more price competitive, and delivering a user experience that parallels terrestrial ones.

Success is defined as the point at which the access technology, whether fiber, wireless or satellite, is irrelevant to the end user—the experience is the same regardless of what access technology is deployed. We must think in end-user terms; words that are used to describe delivery of service in traditional telco language, such as “provisioning” vs. “commissioning” and expectations that end users have based on how telecommunication services are delivered today on a broader scale. Read More

The Battle of the Bands Continues at the GVF HTS Round Table

Denis SutherlandBy Denis Sutherland, Sr. Manager, Sales System Engineering

It never was a battle, really, but sometimes it can be an emotional discussion about which band is most suited to High Throughput Satellite (HTS) deployments. There was certainly a strong response on the “Battle of the Bands” blog piece I wrote, with over 300 votes in our online poll.

I enjoy social media because it gives me an opportunity to interact with partners across the globe and hear their views. Sometimes, people even talk to me. If you prefer that quirky way to communicate, I will be speaking at the GVF HTS Round Table on June 23, 2-2:30 p.m., in Washington D.C.:  “Engineering the HTS Solution.”

You never know what folks will ask when you sit on one of these panels, but some of the feedback I have received on recent blogs gives me some idea.  Also, the results of some of the polls below give me some insights on a couple of topics. It’s always nice to be prepared.

Which band do you think is better suited to HTS?

72% of people think Ka is a better option.

In my view it’s difficult to say one is any better than the other.  As satellite operators who need to make these hard choices repeatedly point out, it’s not only a matter of frequency but also depends on the planned bandwidth allocated to the multi-spot beams, bandwidth efficiency tradeoffs, frequency reuse scheme and the architecture that determine the high throughput. Intelsat and Eutelsat are just two that are placing their bets on high-throughput Ku payloads. Read More

The APAC Outlook

It’s a region that is projected by NSR to be one of the two largest for broadband VSAT networking services in the coming years, and one in which COMSYS data shows as currently having the second most TDMA enterprise sites in service across the globe. Driven by demand from a mix of both traditional and emerging market segments, the VSAT spotlight looks to be on the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region for a bright future.

At the very least, this region takes center stage of the VSAT community this week with the kickoff of CommunicAsia 2014 in Singapore. iDirect’s presence comes both at the show with executive speaking engagements and product showcases, as well as prior to the show with its annual Asia Partner Summit.

Setting the stage, let’s take a closer look at the market factors driving opportunity in APAC and the ways in which iDirect is helping better position both operators and service providers to succeed in this region.

Market Outlook

Tom Cheong, vice president and general manager, iDirect Asia, characterizes the market opportunity as a blend of both legacy and emerging. He points to the fact that unlike more VSAT- developed markets around the world, APAC is continuing to see growth from more traditional segments like Oil & Gas, Mining, Maritime and Defense. He believes untapped potential for upgrading legacy communications systems exist in these segments, which for many customers are built on less efficient RF or microwave technologies. Read More

What I learned at Posidonia2014: Roaming in Neptune’s Grass

By Denis Sutherland, Sr. Manager, Sales System EngineeringDenis Sutherland

I took my daughter’s iPad to a round table event at Posidonia2014 in Greece. She is only three, and I thought she would not miss it for a few days as it is important that we stay connected.  Nowhere is that more true than at sea; it must be tough for maritime crew to be away from their friends and family for long periods. I am glad to be part of the changes that are happening within satellite communications. Our technology is not only connecting people, but also driving business productivity.

With that said, I was very excited to be invited by Orange Business Services (OBS) and Gottlieb International to come and speak to 100 experts in Maritime IT at the recent Posidonia2014 event. This is important to me because there is a very healthy but heated debate concerning the future of High-Throughput Satellites (HTS), and maritime shipping is at the center of it.

Some questions need answers: Which band is best? Is global or regional coverage needed? How can satellite connectivity lose the perception that it is costly, to a tool that will save shipping companies money? How can we support business applications?

Nowhere is the future of broadband satellite connectivity more discussed than in the shipping community. Probably because they have gone through a lot of change, from a market dominated by L Band, then to wide-beam C and Ku. And now, there are interesting new HTS satellites coming into orbit. Read More

iDirect Drives Innovation Discussion At APAC Partner Summit And CommunicAsia 2014

Executive engagements, product showcase and a gathering of regional partners among event highlights for satellite technology provider

Herndon, Va., June 10, 2014 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced its schedule of activities associated with CommunicAsia 2014, to be held June 17-20, 2014 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Attendees will have multiple options for meeting with executives to learn about market trends and opportunities, experience products and hear the latest iDirect innovations. iDirect is a world leader is satellite IP communications technology.

Among the highlights will be the participation of Tom Cheong, Vice President and General Manager of iDirect Asia, in the panel discussion “Satellite Mobility Solutions to Drive Market Growth.” The discussion, scheduled for Thursday, June 19, is slated to address such topics as cost effective solutions for VSAT service providers, methods for creating services to meet future requirements and the ways in which HTS will impact their role in the market, among others.

Prior to the start of CommunicAsia, iDirect will hold its annual Asia Partner Summit on Monday, June 16, at the Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa. During this half-day event, partners will have the chance to participate in Q&A sessions with product managers and interact with iDirect’s executive management team.

Visit iDirect at booth #1P3-01 at Hall B, Level 1 and experience iDirect at the Product Showcase at CommunicAsia 2014.

The iDirect Vision Takes Center Stage at Americas Partner Summit

APS 2014iDirect and 70 key partners from across the Americas region convened in Orlando last week to examine the state of the satellite industry. It was an occasion to celebrate the region’s strong growth, with iDirect’s top executives sharing the company’s vision and plans for future development.

The summit kicked off with a keynote presentation by COMSYS analyst Simon Bull. Simon presented solid growth numbers for the Americas region and globally According to COMSYS data for 2012, service revenues grew 3.7% to $7.2 billion. Hardware revenue surged 22.3% to $1.06 billion. And enterprise shipments grew by 13.8%, while enterprise sites in service topped 1.5 million.

Simon noted that iDirect is now the world’s largest TDMA enterprise hardware manufacturer by revenue – backed by a strong 11% growth rate in North America sites and 20% increase in Latin America sites.

Simon also addressed the satellite industry’s major transformation, driven by HTS, with greater adoption of VSAT a key part of the total enterprise solution. He concluded with a strong vote of confidence in the iDirect platform, saying it is well positioned for the next stage of market growth and able to support increasingly complex requirements while delivering significant value to iDirect’s partners. Read More

iDirect at UTC 2014

This week a team from iDirect is participating in the Utilities Telecom Council 2014 national exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona. This show brings together the telecoms professionals within the major utilities throughout North America. Utilities are working to upgrade many of their communications networks to IP-based solutions as the demand for information throughout their transmission and distribution networks is growing.

Utilities must rely on many different technologies to provide total coverage to their service areas and satellite plays a role. From basic SCADA services in remote an rural areas, to more advanced security and communications requirements, satellite can provide a reliable and quickly deployable solution.

UTC-2014-Kris-Jarrett-23Our own Kris Jarrett presented on the topic of satellite communications and educated the audience on how VSAT is a valuable tool and walked through some use cases. Travis Phifer, a Telecommunications Engineer from Tri-State Generation and Transmission, presented with Kris to highlight how his company is using satellite communications and how it has helped them overcome some of the geographic challenges in their coverage area, which is over 200,000 square miles. Read More

iDirect Takes On Numerous Challenges at UTC Telecom 2014

From SatNews

The use of satellite communications continues to grow as a reliable means for connecting sites throughout a Utility network. From enabling the latest IP applications at a remote substation to improving customer knowledge through AMI collector sites, satellite brings a unique feature set to complement your overall communications infrastructure.

UTC Telecom 2014 is fast approaching and iDirect will be present to highlight the latest solutions in satellite technology at booth #314 and meet with the experts to learn how utilities are implementing our technology today.

On Wednesday, May 7, at 8 a.m., Senior Systems Engineer, Kris Jarrett will present, Satellite’s Role in the Utility Smart Grid Network in room 122A-B. He will highlight the role satellite can play in a network, the different business models for deploying a solution, and walk through customer use cases. Continue>