From Global VSAT to Oilcomm, from China Satellite to APEX, and from Futurecom to GlobalMilsatcom the consistent theme we are hearing from our partners is the need for continued innovation in bandwidth efficiency and performance. This helps our partners to drive OPEX costs down and to plan for what’s next to come with High Throughput Satellite (HTS).
At iDirect, we are passionate about RF innovations. As you know, today you can optimize the iDirect platform around RF efficiencies in many ways.
- Adaptive carriers with ACM and ATDMA to maximize availability and efficiency
- Reducing roll-off factors to maximize throughput
- DVB-S2 and TDMA waveform enhancements such as distributed pilots to run your networks optimally
And with new technologies on the horizon, we are continuing to push the limits on efficiency for our Evolution Platform:
- Offering more efficient MODCODs, such as 32APSK and numerous FEC and block sizes
- Saturating larger and larger HTS transponders with non-linear pre-distortion
- Active DVB-S2X developments
HTS is driving the need to capitalize on the higher performance and throughput in the most efficient ways. Thus the reason why we have spent some time looking at the new HTS architectures. Take the transponder size for example, not so long ago, 36 or 72 MHz transponders were so common on satellites that industry consultants used this as a standard unit to measure the growth in capacity available in the market. Now the norm is 100 MHz or higher on the new HTS satellite architectures, going soon on to 500 MHz. Read More
In the journey towards creating the end-to-end network, telecommunications providers realize the critical role that satellite plays in meeting every customer need. They are achieving success by deploying satellite at the core of their networks.
Such success stories were front-and-center during last week’s webinar “Breaking Down the Satellite Silo” hosted by Via Satellite Editorial Director Mark Holmes. Eric Watko, Vice President, Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, iDirect, was joined by Stuart Burson, Associate Director, Satellite Solutions Group, Verizon, and Renato Goodfellow, Head of Global Satellite, BT Global Services, BT Group, in a discussion on the ways in which global carriers are integrating VSAT seamlessly into their portfolio of services.
Watko kicked of the discussion by outlining the objectives facing all parts of the value chain. For satellite, it involves overcoming barriers of interoperability, easing deployment and lowering costs. For telecom providers, it’s having all access technologies seamlessly working in unison to fulfill every customer experience. Read More
Dave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, iDirect Europe
It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning a spectacular range of colours. Or is that colors? And Global MilSatcom once again comes to London. Walking along the Thames embankment is a real pleasure this time of year, the crisp mornings, the autumn sun on your back. Or is that the Fall sun? Working for a U.S. company in Europe comes with a particular challenge in language; the U.S. and UK are said to be divided by a common language.
The Global MilSatcom conference welcomes all languages, including quite a few versions of English. Day one promises an update on the European perspective, whilst day two focusses on the Americas and day three provides the opportunity for all of the other countries to showcase their particular opportunities and challenges.
Autumn in London
It is without doubt, one of the biggest annual events to meet with the global community within the MilSatcom world. Everyone who’s anyone will be there. There’ll be some interesting speakers, some new technologies, and some technological and commercial announcements. Above all there’ll be some priceless networking opportunities that rarely come along, including the highlight for me, the Airbus event on the evening of day two. Read More
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 | 11 a.m. EDT | Cost: Free
The promise of a connected world can only be fulfilled through the creation of a fully converged end-to-end communications network – one that integrates all access technologies into a common IP core to create a seamless user experience.
Integrating satellite into the core network has been a challenge as satellite operates under its own set of standards and protocols. Today, that’s changing as satellite moves toward the adoption of IP networking standards, open API technologies and virtualization.
Join iDirect, BT Group, Verizon and Via Satellite in this informative session, Breaking Down the Satellite Silo, to see how these advances enable satellite networks to be more easily integrated into the end-to-end network at the access and management layers. And with that, carriers can expand their services while they shift to cloud-based solutions.
In this webinar we will discuss:
- How satellite is being integrated into the converged end-to-end network
- How this enables new revenue opportunities around the world
- The future model for telco service over a global, virtual, end-to-end network
Reserve your spot today to learn how new technology innovations are taking satellite communications into the heart of the end-to-end network. Read More
VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Via Direta Telecom, a subsidiary of TV and radio broadcast group Rede Tiradentes de Telecomunicações, has selected the iDirect Evolution® platform to enable the largest, most ambitious distance-learning program ever created in Brazil. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
Using iDirect technology, Via Direta will be able to deliver lessons from a teacher located in the city of Manaus to roughly 45,000 remote students situated along the rivers of the Amazon basin.
Limited broadband coverage in Brazil has left roughly 97 million people without access to the Internet.1 Actively exploring a solution, the Amazon State’s Secretary of Education has commissioned Rede Tiradentes to create a distance-learning program that spans Brazil.
The program will use satellite to connect roughly 45,000 students situated across hundreds of municipalities along the rivers of the Amazon basin with teachers located in Manaus, the capital city of the state of Amazonas. Via Direta will operate the hub on behalf of Rede Tiradentes. Read More
By Dave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, iDirect Europe
The recent IET MilSatcom conference was an excellent event, attended by most of the industry’s key players. It was an outstanding opportunity to hear the perspectives of the UK MOD and several of the industry’s satellite providers, integrators, and partners, chaired by the charismatic Gerard Donelan. What is really good about the IET MilSatcom event is that there are very few sales pitches and plenty of insight, opinion and prediction, with the odd contentious point thrown in to make for good discussions in the breaks. And during those breaks, we had some great networking opportunities. All finished off with a final putting the world to rights session in the nearest local watering hole.
As usual at such conferences it didn’t take long for some common threads to become clear. These were increased data rates, a need for flexibility and the fact that one solution cannot fit all requirements.
It was generally accepted that data requirements are growing at an ever increasing rate. There has been an explosion of applications and devices which are either producing a massive throughput increase, such as ISTAR or a large amount of devices generating burst data, such as sensors…then add Autonomous vehicles, aircraft and maritime platforms…and mobile command platforms…and cell backhaul…and BYOD…and Big Data….
These data requirements are also very hard to predict going forward. It was generally accepted that increases in demand range from 10 to 30 percent annually. The soon to be released 12th edition of the NSR Global Satellite Capacity Supply and Demand report will make for interesting reading. Read More
By Nikola Kromer, Senior Director Product Marketing, iDirect
These days, in-flight connectivity (IFC) rules the skies. This idea was clearly evident, and among my key takeaways from attending the Global Connected Aircraft Summit in Chantilly, Virginia, last week. At the event, a ton of great applications and use cases were discussed, all showcasing the rapidly growing relevance of IFC for commercial aero.
Here’s a fact: Every major airline today is either actively deploying or planning to roll out IFC. So what that means is that the differentiating factor is becoming less about the connection and more about what airlines are doing with that connection. And the key question at the conference, of course, was how airlines make money on it. At the conference’s first Airline Roundtable panelists from major airlines were discussing exactly that.
If passengers expect in-flight entertainment to cost little or even come free, the question becomes: How do airlines make a business case around adding connectivity?
It’s important to look at the various applications that in-flight connectivity provides besides entertainment and passenger Wi-Fi. I highlighted some of the main uses for IFC in my previous blog, including crew communication, measurement of key flight data and cockpit applications like Electronic Flight Bags (EFB).
In fact, Andrew Kemmetmueller, Vice President of Operational Applications at GoGo, referenced an excellent white paper that points to the four areas of connected aircraft: In-flight services, flight operations, maintenance and aircraft systems. Let’s examine a few that emerged during the conference as “killer apps”. Read More
By Terry Neumann, Director of Market Strategy
A team from iDirect just finished up a positive week in London at the Small Cells World Summit. This annual event brings together mobile operators and technology vendors to discuss the latest industry trends in this combination conference and tradeshow.
According to Mobile Experts, the total number of small cells deployed has now passed 11 million units and has experienced 32% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for year-over-year shipment growth. Over 77 mobile operators have deployed some form of small cell in their network to help them address specific business challenges.
A number of presentations at the conference addressed various trends and drivers that will enable connectivity in mobile networks moving forward. Ericsson presented on 5G, highlighting increasing throughput speeds up to 1Gb and reducing latency to enable applications for expanding consumer services like personalized video services, as well as for enabling business-focused connectivity to empower markets like the Internet of Things.
Much discussion also took place about virtualization and how it can impact network deployment. This involves bringing intelligence into the network, finding ways to make the most of capacity and being able to move it to where it is needed. Read More
By Dave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, iDirect Europe
A good friend of mine is an artist and has a passion for science fiction. He’s produced some incredible artwork based on franchises such as Star Wars, Terminator, Firefly and Alien. A recent piece features the Aliens Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) that takes pride of place over my desk at work. It was while looking at this piece recently that I started to realise that we’re not that far away from this sci-fi vehicle becoming reality.
In the film, an all-connected squad of colonial marines are kept informed of what’s coming their way with a range of sensors and live communications links. The APC then acts as a mobile HQ, linking the marines to their mothership and chain of command. We’re starting to see this now on the modern battlefield, with APCs not only delivering troops, but then acting as ad-hoc mobile command centres.
Reading through the latest AFCEA journal, gives the reader a good sense of how technology now dominates the battlefield. So much of this technology relies on connectivity; much of it is autonomous, but most of it is bandwidth-hungry with sensors, cameras, tracking devices, etc. Soldiers and Marines on the ground are now more connected than ever with sensors and biometric collection devices commonplace. The devices are becoming ever more sophisticated and more autonomous, with a strong trend towards pushing more data back to central command points.
At the forward edge of battle most of this connectivity still uses short-range technology, such as Wave Relay, but it then needs to be collated and relayed back to a central point, normally over satellite. As the number of users increase and the throughput demands become more intensive, there is a drive towards higher throughput satellites. This central point could be an APC, as in the film, but also could be a static VSAT in a Forward Operating Base (FOB), or an aircraft: either manned, or an unmanned aerial system (UAS). Read More
By Nikola Kromer, Senior Director Product Marketing, iDirect
Earlier this week, NSR’s Claude Rousseau authored a great piece for the iDirect blog that sized up the market for satellite-based connections aboard commercial aircrafts over the next decade. He anticipates that this market will reach $3.9 billion by 2024, with roughly $2.1 billion for in-flight connectivity. And as he points out, there is still ‘leg room’ to grow.
On that note, let’s hone in on growth for higher bandwidth applications in particular. Consider the fact that today about 47,500 in-service satcom units in aero are supporting low data rate applications. As high-throughput satellites (HTS) fulfill the demand for higher bandwidth, we can look to a range of uses for VSAT aboard commercial aircraft going forward.
The Connected Aircraft
Today, nearly every major airline is rolling out or planning to deploy in-flight connectivity. For passengers, this means video streaming, voice connections and Wi-Fi. For the airline, it means a range of operational efficiencies, including:
- Optimizing crew utilization
- Improving on-time performance and charting
- Measurement of key data such as speed and fuel consumption
More and more, the airline industry is embracing VSAT to support all such capabilities. With VSAT, airlines are able to offer higher data rates, with continual coverage for both domestic and international routes. And the advent of HTS is dramatically improving capacity economics, which addresses the traditional challenge of higher operational expenses based on the cost of satellite bandwidth. Read More