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Highlights from the 2011 iDirect Global Partner Summit

We just wrapped up our first Global Partner Summit held in Barcelona, Spain, with over 85 partners in attendance. 

The presentations are now available for download on the iDirect Partner Technical Assistance Center.  If you lost your login credentials, experience difficulty logging in or need to be registered, please fill out this form or email Please note you must be an authorized partner to have access to the presentations.

Highlights from the Summit include:

  • Simon Bull, Comsys, presented the challenges and opportunities faced by satellite operators in our industry. This includes slower growth in the general broadband access/enterprise markets, and the faster-growing segments for the maritime, SCADA and cellular backhaul verticals.  How Ka-band will change our industry dynamics and it is inevitable so be prepared.  Successful operators need to differentiate based on providing customer value at the application level.
  • iDirect presented high level strategies including company, marketing and product. We also offered sneak previews into new products for the Utility and SCADA markets, and go-to-market plans to capture emerging 3G opportunities in cell backhaul, We also reported on new applications in the maritime market that are driving new bandwidth requirements.

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iDirect’s CEO, Mary Cotton, Discusses iDX 3.0 – Q&A Session

Mary CottonAPSCC Newsletter

Bringing TDMA and SCPC onto a Common Platform:
How service providers can meet growing customer demands while lowering their costs

iDirect has just made a major announcement about integrating TDMA and SCPC on
its platform. What business challenge are you addressing?

In the satellite industry, service providers face an ironic challenge when it comes to growth. The more satellite IP networks are adopted for core communications, the more these networks can become difficult and costly to support.

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Satellite 2011’s Maritime Focused Session

Satellite 2011 hosted a maritime-focused track on Monday afternoon, March 14. iDirect was heavily featured during these sessions, which included Christian Bergan, our maritime expert, participating in one of the panel discussions on maritime satcom strategies.

The first session’s focus was on the different hardware suppliers and satellite operators supporting the maritime industry. Moderated by Simon Bull from Comsys and the Chairman of the GVF Satcom Forum, Bull asked a number of different questions to his panelists that included participants from iDirect, Intellian, Intelsat, Hughes, SatProf, Inmarsat and Eutelsat. A number of discussions centered on topics including current and future market trends, commoditization, implementing satcoms during the new build process, and finally around educating the shipping market about what to ask when evaluating a satcom service.

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Satellite 2011’s Quality of Service (QoS) Program

The Satellite 2011 pre-conference program featured a session on “Quality of Service.” Panel members included three iDirect customers ( CapRock, Globecomm and RigNet ), an independent consultant, and VP of networking from Hughes. Three key points came out of the panel discussion:

First was a reminder that not all elements of a network apply QoS in the same way and operators need to be knowledgeable of all elements in their network. Often they will need to work closely with equipment vendors, particularly their satellite equipment vendors, to ensure proper end-to-end operation of QoS in their network.

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Satellite 2011 Day 1 Pictures Now Available

iDirect's Greg Quiggle presenting iDX 3.0 at Satellite 2011Satellite 2011 is under way and we’re capturing every moment.  We’ve added a number of photos from pre-show and Tuesday to our Flickr and Facebook pages. 

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Check the links often as new photos are being added every day.

LIVE From Satellite 2011 – iDX 3.0 & SatManage!

We are live at Satellite 2011! Earlier today, Greg Quiggle gave a presentation on iDX 3.0, iDirect’s soon-to-be-released software that brings TDMA and SCPC together for the first time on one platform. Mike Patullo also presented SatManage, our award-winning operations support system (OSS). Both sessions were very well attended. To catch these demos tomorrow, come by the iDirect booth #709 at 11:30am and 2:30pm for iDX 3.0 and 12:30pm and 3:30pm for SatManage. 

Come join us today from 4-6pm for our iDX 3.0 Preview Party in meeting room 209C to learn more about iDX 3.0 and meet the team behind this landmark release. Get your admission ticket from any iDirect representative at the show. 

Visit us at booth #709 all week to learn more about our exciting announcements!

David Bettinger, iDirect CTO, comments on the CTO roundtable breakfast panel, Satellite 2011

CTOs for the satellite industry’s leading companies met this morning at 7:30 for a breakfast discussion on trends driving the development and adoption of new technologies in the satellite Industry. 

“For 7:30 on a Monday morning in downtown DC I was extremely impressed with the turn out,” said iDirect’s CTO, David Bettinger.  “We must have had 100 people in the audience.”

Greg Berlocher, president of TGN, as panel moderator, asked the panelist to introduce themselves and their companies then led into the discussions around several technology and market trends.  The two major topics that garnered most of the discussion were:

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Satellite 2011 Is On Its Way!

Satellite 2011 is on its way! Set up was messy as usual and it’s amazing that everything gets done on time and looking great. Satellite 2011 hosted its 30th anniversary party Monday night and some exhibitors were able to take a break to greet old friends. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the start!

Come see us at Satellite 2011!

Satellite 2011Satellite 2011 starts today and iDirect has a lot of exciting activities planned. Please join us for these events:

Monday, March 14

Room 209B at 7:30 a.m.
Engineering 2011: CTO Roundtable Breakfast: Technology Leaders
Come see iDirect’s Dave Bettinger

Room 143A at 1:30 p.m.
GVF Presents Emerging Markets: Maritime Satcom Strategies
iDirect’s Christian Bergan is a panelist

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Command Center – Interview with iDirect Government Technologies’ President, John Ratigan

John Ratigan - President, iDirect Government TechnologiesJohn Ratigan is the President of iDirect Government Technologies (iGT), a satellite-based IP communications company that transforms the way the Department of Defense (DoD) and civilian government agencies get and stay connected.  He started the Federal group for iDirect Technologies in 2003 which resulted in establishing iGT as a wholly owned subsidiary in 2007. Under his leadership, the group has enjoyed tremendous growth and has deployed thousands of terminals in support of military operations throughout South West Asia, as well as well as many civilian networks.
John brings more than 20 years of experience in the satellite communications arena to the Company.  Prior to joining iGT, he ran the east coast operations for Fairchild Data, and EF DATA, and eventually partnered in his own company that helped EF DATA grow from $20 million to $120 million in revenue and 700 employees between 1992 and 2000.   EFDATA became the preeminent leader in SCPC satellite technology in the late 1990s and provided John the baseline knowledge and expertise that would later benefit him in his role with iGT and the migration of technology into TDMA.  In addition to starting his own company, he held the position of Senior Vice president of North and South American sales for the start-up, Broadlogic, just as companies started to run IP directly over satellite.

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