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Talia US Launches Mobile Comms Vehicle and Global MPLS Expansion to the Americas at OilComm 2014

From Talia

Oilcomm-2014-Talia-smart-carTalia looks set to turn heads at their exhibition at OilComm 2014, by launching their new Mobile Communications Vehicle, which is sure to take remote communication to the next level.

OilComm, the Oil and Gas Industry’s annual expo, which sees professionals from both Oil and Gas companies come together to view the new technologies and solutions available to them, is running over 3 days in November and is the leading forum for oil and gas industry experts. The conference and expo will host some great keynote speakers and displays of new and improved technology, tailored to making the industry smarter. Talia will therefore be likely to catch the eye of many of the attendees here by showcasing their Mobile Communication vehicle at their exhibition space.

The global communication experts, who have recently set up a regional office in The Woodlands, Texas, headed up by ex Orange America’s Kurt Spindle, have long been providing solutions to those in need of remote comms. Their main service offerings are to those in the Oil and Gas and Construction industries, and have put their expertise to good use by developing this vehicle, which will be enable a satellite connection to be driven to almost any location in the world. Read More

iDirect at AfricaCom 2014: High Potential for High-Speed Broadband

By Toni Lee Rudnicki, Chief Marketing Officer, iDirectTL

Senior decision makers from across the communications industry will be in Cape Town South Africa next week for the annual AfricaCom 2014 conference where talk will certainly be focused around new opportunities for delivering high-speed communications in the region.

Meeting the growing demand for bandwidth is top-of-mind for many in the market. Statistics from NSR project the Middle East and North Africa region to be among the more diverse markets for high throughput satellites (HTS) applications with 50 Gbps of demand by 2023, 16 Gbps of which will be driven by enterprise. In the Sub-Saharan region of Africa, 95% of HTS throughput utilized will be enterprise and broadband access.

At iDirect, we see this growing demand having a positive impact on the enterprise side. Markets like banking and finance, government and cell backhaul are strong areas of focus for iDirect in Africa.

This year at AfricaCom we will be showcasing our solutions that address these key markets in Africa. Both the X1 and X7 remotes will be display at our booth. We will have small-cell demo at the show, demonstrating the role that VSAT plays in the backhaul of terrestrial coverage for remote and rural areas. Cell backhaul remains one of the most significant growth markets on the horizon in Africa. Satellite’s ubiquitous coverage, high reliability, fast installation all combined with new wireless infrastructure capabilities utilizing small cells create a cost-effective solution for connecting remote and rural areas throughout Africa. Read More

Meet the iDirect Team at OilComm

The oil and gas market is undergoing a digital evolution. From the rigs themselves becoming increasingly modern using sophisticated technology, to the level of high-speed applications being used to run all phases of operation, technology continues to play a critical role in this market.

At the center of enabling it all is the use of VSAT. According to NSR, capacity demand for exploration and production will exceed 18.8 Gbps by 2022. Furthermore, 12% of all connected oil and gas sites will utilize High Throughout Satellite (HTS).

This convergence of digital trends and growing demand for capacity will be on full display at OilComm Conference and Exposition, November 5-7 in Houston, Texas. This event has become the annual gathering place for the communications industry serving the oil and gas market.

This year’s agenda is packed with topics to which the use of satellite communications has an underlying role to play. Everything from managing experiences with connected device policy and security implementation, to visualizing incident response solutions, to offshore enterprise communications present challenges that the satellite industry is working hard to address.

oilcom-reception2Once again, iDirect will be hosting a special networking reception at OilComm. Taking place on November 6, this reception will allow exhibitors and attendees to mix and mingle with the entire market in a casual setting.

Our roster of iDirect attendees brings unique expertise to these discussions. I encourage you to meet up with iDirect Senior Sales Executives Scott Glass, Ken Harris, Jeff Hunsucker, and Senior Sales Systems Engineer Mark West. Collectively they bring more than 40 years experience in oil and gas and are willing to engage into conversations that provide keen insights into the technologies and business strategies shaping the oil and gas market.

According to show organizers, the OilComm Conference and Exposition is shaping up to have its largest exhibit floor to date. Overall, the show promises to present solutions for the entire lifecycle of the oil platform. And VSAT has many important roles to play enabling it all.

VSAT in APAC: An Opportune Landscape for Growth

Two recent events shine the spotlight on VSAT’s continued growth in Asia-Pacific. The region is experiencing an upswing of opportunity, given the launches of multiple satellites, greater demand for high throughput satellites (HTS), and growing opportunities across a number of different markets.

The month of September wrapped up with the annual APSCC Conference & Exhibition, where the theme was appropriately centered on “The New Landscape for Satellite.” APSCC President Yutaka Nagai perhaps said it best when he welcomed attendees with a message that the satellite industry is positioned for an exciting phase of prosperity in Asia Pacific.


For iDirect, the message of HTS in particular was front-and-center at the event, with Tom Cheong, VP & GM, iDirect Asia, participating on an engaging panel discussion titled “HTS and Broadband Satellite Services.”

“Given the coming HTS capacity that will present higher throughput, better mobility support and more persuasive economics for large networks, the Asia Pacific region can expect unprecedented new opportunities for both consumers and enterprise customers,” said Cheong. “Factors like rapid urbanization in major Asian cities, upsurge in air, land and sea travel as well as increasing demand for high-speed mobile connectivity, all speak to this being the right time for HTS to elevate Asia Pacific to the next level.”

This demand is already apparent in the form of communications on the move (COTM) from the defense and homeland security sectors. Multiple coast guard/naval forces, land-based army divisions as well as disaster management agencies in the region have incorporated iDirect technology into their mobile assets.

Likewise, cruise liners and commercial airlines remain the next big wave of mobility for Asia Pacific. iDirect’s strong foundation in the maritime space should propel this market segment forward. Coupled with the government mobility objectives, the outlook for mobility in APAC looks to be well rounded. Read More

Promising Productivity For Inmarsat Presented During MILCOM 2014

From Satnews

Inmarsat, in partnership with its Value Added Resellers, has begun providing wideband communications capability to U.S. government customers through its Global Xpress service carried over the first Inmarsat-5 satellite.

Using 72 fixed beams in commercial Ka-band, along with military Ka-band capacity available on its high-capacity steerable beams, Global Xpress is now supporting aeronautical and land terminal operations in the Indian Ocean Region with high-throughput connectivity. The steerable beams are designed to complement military Ka-band capacity provided by the Wideband Global SATCOM system (WGS) in areas of high demand, while the fixed beams enable consistent and reliable service across nearly all of the visible earth.

Peter Hadinger, president of Inmarsat’s U.S. Government Business Unit, said, ”Our goal throughout the design process was to address many of the U.S. government’s most critical communications needs, and now, Inmarsat is delivering on that objective.”

Global Xpress exceeded expectations during extensive user evaluations and tests. Users indicated that terminals were highly reliable under all operational conditions, providing seamless wideband SATCOM connectivity crucial to their mission requirements. The Inmarsat-5 military Ka-band steerable beam technology efficiently supports very high data rates and very small apertures enabling the satisfaction of previously unmet key mission requirements. Additionally, the iDirect evolution-based Global Service Beam (GSB) performance met or exceeded data throughput available on older Ku-band services using satellite terminals of equal or smaller size. Continue>

European Partner Summit Energizes Region’s Leading Operators and Service Providers

eps audienceiDirect leaders gathered with more than 70 partners this week in London for the much anticipated European Partner Summit. The event was a chance for iDirect to network with its strong base of operators and service providers in the region, listening to their market insights, while sharing iDirect’s plans for product and business development.

Kevin Steen, iDirect’s chief operating officer, led off the event by highlighting vibrant growth numbers in Europe reported by COMSYS.

  • Service revenues grew 3.7% to $7.2 billion (U.S.)
  • Hardware revenues grew 22.3% to $1.06 billion
  • Enterprise shipments grew by 13.8%
  • Enterprise sites in service grew to more than 1.5 million
  • Satellite consumer subscribers passed 2 million this year

Kevin then outlined how iDirect is engineering its platform to support this growth trajectory. This ranges from enabling larger scale, higher throughput networks to advancing satellite to play a major role in driving the end-to-end IP network. Kevin also spoke to iDirect’s strategy to lower the total cost of ownership and remove long-standing barriers to satellite adoption in the broader telecom market – key objectives on the path to mainstream opportunity. Read More

20/20 Vision for Building the “Network 2020 Environment”

Cisco_Watko_Hi_RezEric Watko, Vice President, Technology Initiatives, iDirect

It’s tough to say you have 20/20 vision on anything, much less a goal that is roughly six years down the road. But as we continue to talk about satellite’s role in the converged end-to-end network, some things are coming into clear focus about the path we need to take as an industry to get there.

I’ve been asked to present this week at VSAT 2014 on the topic “Preparing for a Network 2020 Environment.” And as I think about what that environment will look like, and the role that satellite must play, I cannot help but reflect on my past where I saw a similar path towards network convergence play out.

Prior to iDirect, I was a senior engineering development and business manager for Cisco’s space systems group.

During that time, Cisco was a major part of a transformation in the telecommunications industry from dedicated circuits to IP networks to end-to-end services.

I see the satellite industry following a similar path, starting with legacy networks more than 20 years ago, through the development of IP-based satellite communications, pioneered by iDirect. And now satellite communications is poised to join the converged end-to-end network, ready to deliver unique value in terms of global reach, unique applications and market opportunity.

Yet, as we talk about satellite taking that next step on its path, there are definite gaps that need to be filled. One of these gaps exists with regards to network standards, similar to the way in which terrestrial-based technologies like wireless, wireline, DSL, and optical shifted from disparate networks to become one core network. Read More

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