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A Secure 4G/LTE Backhaul Experience Shouldn’t Compromise Throughput

Richard DeasingtonBy Richard Deasington, Director of Market Development at iDirect

Global demand for 4G/LTE services has hit a new threshold. No matter the location—urban, rural or remote—user expectations remain the same: high speed and high quality, no compromise. This means that mobile operators are tasked with building-out networks that meet end-user expectations, yet still ensure privacy of the data being transmitted across the network.

However, this presents a difficult challenge for those that must leverage satellite for remote and rural locations or for emergency response networks. For satellite, achieving this level of security often comes at the cost of speed and efficiency.

Here’s the difficulty: Previous generations of networking technology encryption were provided from the handset to the RNC – within the core network. LTE has changed this configuration, moving the RNC functionality out to the edge of the network. This has been done in order to improve efficiency and reduce the latency. The resulting effect is that now the LTE base station processes the clear text of all traffic.

When it comes to backhauling this traffic to the network, the recommendation by the 3GPP is to carry all traffic from the base station inside an IPsec tunnel back to the security gateway in the core network. This, according to 3GPP specifications, ensures security.

Breaking the Norm

A standard LTE implementation uses IPsec to secure all communications by authenticating and encrypting the data from the LTE eNodeB through the network to the Security Gateway in the EPC. In the past, optimizing this encrypted traffic over a satellite link was not possible as the encryption process scrambled all the information being carried. Read More

Inmarsat Performs Live Global Xpress Broadcast from Rio de Janeiro

From Via Satellite

Inmarsat-at-NAB-2016Inmarsat is performing its first transcontinental live demonstration of Global Xpress (GX) broadcast capabilities during the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev. The demonstration features a live broadcast from Rio de Janeiro via GX.

Following the launch of its Global Xpress service for broadcasters last month, and combined with a portfolio of L-band newsgathering solutions, Inmarsat will deliver enhanced, tailored solutions for mobile journalists, broadcasters and content creators, in conjunction with its channel partners and third party software and service providers. Continue>

Satellite 2016 – Thank You

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us at Satellite. We enjoyed showing you our latest and greatest technology and explaining the ways we will all grow together this year. Whether it was our innovative Universal Line Cards that have higher MODCODs with 4x return capacity and are DVB-S2X ready; our newest EC and 9-Series Remotes that include the fastest TDMA remote in iDirect history; or a demo of our new highly scalable network management system, iDirect Pulse®, this year is an exciting time to be partnered in the industry.

The demand for connectivity around the global has never been greater and satellite has a clear role to play in meeting that demand. As more capacity comes online and the pace of innovation in our industry continues to accelerate, iDirect is ready with solutions to enable you to deliver services across all industries, whether enterprise, aero, cellular backhaul, or mobility, and to every location around the world.

Please enjoy this video as an extra “Thank You” for your partnership!

We look forward to a successful 2016 together.

iDirect Maritime Leadership Campaign Named Best in the Industry for 2015 by Via Satellite

AwardMulti-media program centered on market education and industry engagement wins 2015 Excellence Award for Integrated Marketing Campaign of the Year

VT iDirect was the recipient of the 2015 Integrated Marketing Campaign of the Year award from Via Satellite, as part of the publication’s 2015 Excellence Awards. iDirect’s multi-faceted campaign involved nine partners to educate and engage the global maritime VSAT market on key business and technology trends. The prestigious industry award recognizes the best integrated marketing campaign to bolster a unified message in both online and offline environments.

The iDirect Maritime Leadership Campaign leveraged print and online media, digital publishing, social media and email to generate an industry dialogue on the growing role of VSAT in the global maritime market. After kicking off the campaign with a digital feature as part of the September 2015 issue of Via Satellite, which reached 25,000, iDirect elevated the reach of the message by tapping into its nearly 13,000 followers across social media platforms and almost 14,000 blog subscribers.

A powerful component to the campaign involved the ongoing participation and engagement of iDirect partners Airbus Defence & Space/Marlink, Globecomm, Harris CapRock, Orange Business Services, RigNet, Speedcast, Inmarsat, Intelsat and Telenor. Executives from these market-leading satellite operators and service providers contributed key opinions and insights on current trends and future opportunities through a dedicated four-part blog series, which garnered more than 10,000 views on the iDirect website. Read More

iDirect Next-Generation Ground Infrastructure Powers New OmniAccess Super Yacht and Boutique Cruise VSAT Service

DVB-S2X-ready universal line cards and remotes exceeding 140 Mbps aggregate throughput set new standard for bandwidth aboard luxury ships

Herndon, VA, March 9, 2016 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that OmniAccess, a leading provider of VSAT services to the luxury yacht market, is launching its Broadbeam nextGen VSAT service using iDirect’s latest Evolution technology. OmniAccess will be the first to leverage iDirect’s new DVB-S2X-ready universal line cards and new 9350 satellite remote, which exceeds 140 Mbps aggregate throughput. This next generation VSAT service will meet the ever-increasing demand for connectivity aboard super yachts worldwide. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

A new expectation for connectivity exists amongst luxury super yacht and cruise ship passengers today. Service providers must be able to accommodate multiple devices streaming high-definition video and running voice and data applications, all at a low-cost, high quality level of delivery.

With the debut of its next-generation extreme-throughput VSAT service, OmniAccess will leverage iDirect’s technology developments to introduce Broadbeam nextGen, a new and unique triple-play service offering in the yacht market that will enable HD and UHD/4K PlexusTV streaming, as well as unparalleled bandwidths and premium VoIP services.

Building this next-generation service requires a new level of technology that is equipped to handle an unwavering acceleration of throughput requirements. iDirect’s new Universal line cards is the most powerful to date, with return line cards that will feature aggregate symbol rates up to 30Msps, with individual carriers up to 15Msps and 16QAM MODCODs for improved efficiency. The new transmit line card is software upgradable to DVB-S2X and will feature a powerful combination of 32APSK MODCODs and embedded pre-distortion, which helps OmniAccess realize new efficiency and performance gains when operating on fully saturated transponders. Read More

iDirect Partner Perspective: Integrasys

Alvaro pictureAlvaro Sanchez, Sales Manager, Satellite Monitoring Systems, Integrasys SA, shares news of big customer wins and gives a preview of the next phase in remote commissioning, which the company will unveil at Satellite 2016. Go see them at Booth 118.

iDirect: Please describe Integrasys, and its relationship with iDirect.

Sanchez: Founded in 1990, Integrasys SA is a development, engineering and integration company specializing in the telecommunication and broadcasting markets. We have been a partner with iDirect for three years, delivering our Satmotion Pocket remote commissioning solution to iDirect customers under the name the iDirect Remote Commissioning Solution.

iDirect: Talk about the growing value of a VSAT remote commissioning tool, given the increasing demand for VSAT connectivity in remote and rural regions.

Sanchez: A VSAT commissioning tool streamlines the process to point the antenna, isolate the cross polarization, minimize adjacent satellite interference, perform compression testing, and find the initial transmit power through an intuitive software interface.

Such a solution is highly valuable in setting up networks in remote regions around the world, enabling you to autonomously point and adjust antennas, streamlining the overall commissioning of remotes. This allows service providers to deploy new services quicker, and get customers up-and-running on the network at an accelerated pace with optimal performance.

iDirect: You recently started to work with a few large customers in the maritime and oil and gas (O&G) verticals. Tell us about them.

Sanchez: We have a very significant customer in the maritime industry – our first and biggest! This partner is also working with us on new and exciting developments which we are addressing with a new product release at Satellite 2016. Read More

See iDirect at Satellite 2016

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The most important global satellite communications event of the year is less than a month away! Join the iDirect team and 13,000 satellite professionals at the industry’s most anticipated event! This year’s event takes place March 8-10 in a new location – the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

Sessions for Your ‘Don’t Miss’ List  

This year you’ll hear firsthand from a wide variety of iDirect experts on some of today’s hottest topics.  Cybersecurity … High Throughput Satellites…Mobile Backhaul … SNG Technology … and more.

For a detailed list of iDirect presentations during the show, click here.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Booth #901!

GVF HTS Round Table Event

Denis SutherlandExcitement levels surrounding High Throughput Satellites (HTS) deployments remain high throughout the globe, as confirmed last week with a very impressive turnout at the GVF HTS 2015 London Roundtable.

The theme of the event was High Throughput SatellitesGame-Changer or New Game? The event explored a range of issues relating to the growth opportunities in the market for satellite-based broadband solutions.

Many conversations focused on a look forward to such future satellite constellations and large-scale satellites as:

  • Inmarsat GX: A seamless global platform for high-speed Ka-band satellite services, covering virtually everywhere on Earth and targeted at both the mobility and fixed markets.
  • IntelsatOne Flex: A high-performance wholesale Mbps managed service on Intelsat EPIC as well as wide-beam Ku-Band capacities. Service providers will be able to control their networks across multiple spot beams through customization of their own service plans and QoS prioritizations.
  • Telenor THOR 7: This will deliver a Ka-band HTS payload of up to nine Gbps of throughput across 25 spot beams over the North, Mediterranean and Baltic Seas.

These exciting programs represent the first global deployments of iDirect Velocity, which is designed to enable the global delivery of high-performance capacity over spot-beam satellites. We’ve addressed new HTS challenges such as spot-beam architecture, high-speed mobility, global coverage, higher throughput performance and carrier-class redundancy. Read More

iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization Suite Helps Mobile Operators Enhance 4G/LTE Experience Over Satellite

Features addressing speed, security and compression help mobile operators expand 4G coverage in smart and profitable manner

iDirect announced the release of the iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization Suite. This set of features is designed to enhance the cellular backhaul solution, iDirect SatHaul™, which helps mobile operators create a highly efficient and cost-effective solution for connecting rural and remote locations over satellite. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Today, mobile operators are deploying networks to meet the strong end-user demand for greater bandwidth to support advanced services and applications. Innovations in satellite technology and ground infrastructure are making the technology a cost-efficient solution to extend network coverage and enable higher throughput capabilities at the edge of the network. The iDirect SatHaul™ solution is designed to help mobile operators expand coverage in a smart and profitable way. When used for 4G/LTE networks, the iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization Suite enhances the end-user experience and at the same time reduces the amount of bandwidth needed for voice or data, redefining the business case for serving rural and remote markets or specialized environments like emergency services or mobile networks.

Key features of the iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization Suite include:

  • TCP Acceleration overcomes throughput issues caused by satellite delay, improving data speed and performance all the way down to the handset.
  • IPsec is a security protocol that protects all data going through a 4G network. With iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization, traffic can be optimized and secured throughout the entire satellite transmission link, ensuring that no data is exposed or compromised.
  • Header Compression saves on bandwidth by removing irrelevant elements during transmission and compressing the LTE header stack.
  • Payload Compression boosts the efficiency of user traffic and application data by optimizing payload traffic while maintaining a good experience at the device level.

The iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization Suite will run on the new X7-EC, a variant of the iDirect X7 satellite remote that has been enhanced with extended processing capabilities. The X7-EC has all of the standard iDirect features that make it a powerful remote, including dual demods, multicast and advanced mobility features, along with embedded computing capabilities to run high-speed applications at the edge of the network. Having the optimization suite embedded within the satellite router delivers a single box solution to the mobile operator, providing a more cost effective solution, decreasing points of failure and lowering power requirements at the remote site. Read More

Stirred, Not Shaken

By Dave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, iDirect Europe

Global MilSatcom was a real success last week with more people than ever gathering to learn about developments in the MilSatcom world. As predicted, the Airbus evening event on day two was a real highlight and this year the choice of venue was inspired. Just after the release of the latest James Bond Film, Spectre, we went to the London Film Museum and had a reception in the thrilling Bond in Motion exhibition.

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Bond is known for his love of Martinis, shaken, not stirred. But after Global MilSatcom, I felt the other way around – Stirred, not shaken. I’ll explain.

I wasn’t shaken because there wasn’t really anything to be shaken by. One of the main themes was the need for greater collaboration between the defence organisations and the commercial satellite sector. Not a groundbreaking observation really. Partnerships are nothing new to iDirect and we’ve been working hand-in-glove with defence organisations for decades, developing products and platforms that have the defence and security community’s needs at their heart.

With market leading security features, Network Management System (NMS) and Quality of Service (QoS), iDirect have engaged with the defence users to provide a capable platform, which is resilient and affordable. The QoS options allow separation of welfare traffic and operational traffic and allows managers to distinguish between a myriad of levels of priority and allocate valuable resources as needed, guaranteeing the levels of service required. The NMS is the most powerful in the industry, allowing commercial partners and end users varying levels of control and monitoring. And the security with TRANSEC and FIPS-140-2 protection is second to none. With the introduction of the 9000 series remotes, the separate TRANSEC module allows for fast re-certification, meaning defence forces can keep pace with the technological advances and stay abreast of features the commercial sector enjoys, whilst maintaining security and accreditation. Read More