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CommunicAsia 2015: Addressing Biggest Demands In APAC

We are one week away from CommunicAsia 2015, one of the biggest events for communications in Asia Pacific. This is a region that, according to NSR, could become the largest two-way broadband VSAT market worldwide in the next decade.

Be sure to see iDirect at this year’s event. We will be in booth IP3-01, showcasing how our CommunicAsia Booth verticalproducts are helping satellite operators and service providers meet market demands across Asia-Pacific.

Here is a closer look at how some of the biggest trends in the Asia-Pacific region intersect with the technology you can expect to see from iDirect at CommunicAsia 2015.

The Trend: According to NSR, in the next 10 years Asia Pacific will experience a spike in installed base growth due to the impending influx of new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity. Much of this increase in capacity is driven by new technologies or services that will provide more capacity at lower cost.

The Solution: iDirect’s Evolution® Product Portfolio

Today, more than 350 satellite service providers are leveraging Evolution. The product line consists of a universal hub and network management system, a series of line cards, operating software and a portfolio of remotes to provide investment protection with the flexibility to upgrade to higher capabilities in the future. Read More

Bordering on Bad Behaviour

By Dave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, iDirect EuropeDave Davis

At the recent Counter Terror Expo (CT Expo) in London there was a lot of focus on the physical side of security, like barriers, fences, etc.; this is to be expected. Let’s face it, barriers and fences are the first things most people think of when they are trying to control access to an area.

The area that is being secured could be anything from a small perimeter of tens of metres, such as a forward operating base, all the way up to a national border spanning hundreds, maybe thousands, of kilometres.

There are obvious limitations to fences. They can be easily breached if they span across uninhabited areas. Quite often, by the time you realise they’ve been breached, the trespasser is long gone. The traditional solution to this problem is to have lookout points, or watchtowers, posted at regular intervals. These dramatically increase costs. Another solution is to have regular patrols up and down the fence. Patrols are cheaper, but less effective and over time it can be easy to avoid these patrols as they can become predictable. Any amateur that’s watched any movie that involves getting into or out of an area through some sort of fence knows to wait until the patrol has passed so they have the maximum time to breach the fence and make an escape before the breach is discovered.

One of the technologies on display at the CT Expo was a type of electronic watchtower. By installing remote sensing technology, movement or some other trigger can be used to start the transmission of live video or data to a central control point, and quick reaction forces can be used to intercept any potential intruders. These systems require the use of some form of backhaul technology to link these remote sensors to the central point, and because of the remote nature, satellite technology is the obvious solution. Read More

Small Cells Asia: Satellite Profitably Extends Mobile Networks

Small Cells Asia2As data growth continues to expand, mobile operators must look to profitably extend their networks into remote and rural areas. iDirect helped to make the case for the use of satellite at the Small Cells Asia event that took place last week in Singapore.

The venue seemed fitting given the fact Asia is home to more small cells deployments than any other region. The use of small cells, along with the advancement of satellite ground infrastructure and the delivery of more high throughput capacity to the enterprise market with High Throughput Satellite (HTS), are helping to make the business case for satellite for backhaul.

This was a major point emphasized by Gerry Collins, iDirect’s director of business development, during his session ‘The Business Case for Satellite Backhaul 2G, 3G & 4G’ at Mobile Backhaul Asia—which was co-located with Small Cells Asia.

Collins emphasized iDirect’s proven track record in the area of mobile backhaul, and Small Cells Asia1highlighted new opportunities for satellite with small cells. This includes:

  • Rural locations, villages, isolated properties
  • Remote industrial sites – mines, drilling rigs, and machine-to-machine (M2M)
  • Mobility markets, including maritime ships, planes and trains
  • Military and first responder drop-in networks

Among the key takeaways associated with 2G, 3G & 4G networks:

  • 2G networks will remain the primary technology that connects billions of people in unconnected parts of the world. The availability and low cost of 2G handsets make it a logical choice for expanding into remote and rural locations.
  • 3G networks remains a challenge for mobile operators if they don’t have a cost effective means for backhaul.
  • 4G network interfaces that are better defined and allow for greater user-based optimization across a range of different products from different mobile infrastructure vendors. This remains vital as throughput requirements continue to elevate on mobile networks.

Many operators believe that small cells for urban will be integral to 4G given the growing data demand. This demand is projected to grow enormously in the coming years. By 2020, more than 55% of the data will be video by 2020 and 90% of all people over the age of six old will have mobile service. In addition, Cisco sees global mobile data traffic increasing nearly tenfold between, growing at a compound annual rate of 57%.

As mobile networks continue growing at a rapid pace, cellular backhaul remains a high-growth market with tremendous upside for satellite.

SES Partners With Technology Innovators To Bring Live And Linear From Las Vegas At NAB

From Satnews

SES S.A. announced it has partnered with broadcast and television technology innovators to create a full end-to-end Ultra HD transmission system and deliver three days of live and linear Ultra HD broadcasts to a cable system at the 2015 NAB Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas.

The Ultra HD broadcasts are being enabled by SES’s satellites and teleport network and a team of technology partners. Harmonic is contributing its Electra™ X3 advanced media processor providing live, full-frame, full-GOP UHD (HEVC Main 10 profile) encoding, ProView™ integrated receiver-decoders for satellite reception, and NSG™ Exo distributed CCAP system for DOCSIS transmission. Sony brings its content and 4K Ultra HD smart TVs to the first-of-its kind project. TelVue playout servers are stationed at the SES teleport in Woodbine, Maryland to enable content delivery. Superior Satellite Systems is enabling satellite downlink services over an onsite antenna. PACSAT is providing uplink services from its SNG truck next to the SES Ultra HD studio to be located at the front entrance of the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

A mix of pre-produced content, feature coverage of events throughout Las Vegas, and live interviews with Hollywood and television celebrities and executives will be broadcast in Ultra HD to a fully operational cable system in the SES NAB booth (#SU1910). NAB attendees visiting the SES, Harmonic and Sony booths in the Las Vegas Convention Center will be able to watch the live Ultra HD broadcast.

In conjunction with Sinclair Broadcast Group, the live celebrity interviews will be conducted by a KSNV News TV 3 reporter in Las Vegas and distributed to partner booths, and to HD news audiences watching KSNV-TV news in Las Vegas and viewers watching dozens of Sinclair news stations nationwide. Continue >

LinkedIn Reveals Their Connections When They Deliver Visionary Address at CommunicAsia2015 And BroadcastAsia2015

From Satnews

Social media isn’t just gossip and photos of lunch, there are serious and solution-solving aspects such as LinkedIn.

Users are finding more ways to play, interact, work and even monetise content through social media. Asia Pacific, presently the world’s largest mobile region, accounts for over half of the globe’s social media users. The social media explosion has not only changed the lives of hyper-connected consumers, it has also caused a rippling effect throughout its ecosystem such as businesses, network infrastructure, communication providers and more.

Businesses now face challenges of providing adequate and fast connectivity to support the exponential usage growth, and the need to rethink strategies to meet current media consumption and engagement patterns. The need to acquire a keen understanding of social media trends, the opportunities and challenges of engagement, innovative ways to monetise has never been more imperative.

The visionary address and plenary sessions to be held alongside CommunicAsia2015 and BroadcastAsia2015 from June 2-5, 2015 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, will bring to life social media trends, opportunities and challenges of engagement, monetisation and more, across the entire ecosystem. Continue >

VSAT Plays Critical Role in Disaster Relief Efforts in Vanuatu

During times of natural disaster VSAT plays an essential role in maintaining critical communications associated with relief efforts. Such capabilities were on display in the wake of Cyclone Pam, which hit the island of Vanuatu at the end of March.

One of the initial relief efforts deployed to the island was a 73-meter yacht, the M/Y MTN disaster relief1Dragonfly, tasked with transporting aid, SAR and medical teams from Port Vila to isolated islands that are without communication. The yacht was equipped with satellite technology and equipment donated from iDirect, MTN Communications and Intelsat.

The M/Y Dragonfly, was the first to answer a call for disaster relief efforts to the island by YachtAid Global. YachtAid Global is an organization dedicated to delivering humanitarian, developmental and conservation aid onboard yachts to isolated and underprivileged coastal communities around the world.

When disaster strikes, it is important to have a communications plan that is quickly MTN disaster relief2deployed in any environment and under any circumstance. The use of satellite, independent of terrestrial infrastructure, becomes the ideal choice, providing fast setup and connectivity.

iDirect technology is used in emergency relief scenarios around the globe, providing  relief teams with reliable global coverage whether in densely populated urban areas where the infrastructure is damaged, or remote locations where infrastructure does not currently exist. With the technology, first responders are given complete communications capabilities with voice, data and video.

Satellite 2015: Opportunity Rises Across Satellite

Satellite-2015-booth-2One of the key themes emerging from Satellite 2015 last week was this: The opportunity for global connectivity is at an all-time high, and satellite is in prime position to capitalize.

There is a great deal of excitement surrounding our industry, with a wave of new entrants coming into the market, an infusion of fresh IT talent and new opportunities emerging in such key markets as enterprise, mobility and government. In all, it speaks to the fact that continued demand for connectivity will lead to expansive opportunity across the entire industry.

Have Your HTS Plans Ready

Anchoring the event was a message from the executives of Intelsat, SES, Telesat, and Eutelsat: It’s time to start putting a high throughput satellite (HTS) plan in place. During the session “Big Four – Crunch Time Approaches,” they spoke of a coming period of acceleration in the market; one that will necessitate HTS plans to be in place sooner rather than later.

In fact, executives from both SES and Intelsat indicated new innovations coming to the FSS satellite market, such as the faster production of satellites and more intelligence through architectures that support “software-defined payloads” providing greater flexibility, lower operational costs and quicker time to market. All in all, the buzz around HTS was as hot as ever at Satellite 2015.

Capacity supply and demand was the topic of NSR’s 4th Annual Breakfast Briefing under the theme: “The Satellite Capacity Bubble: Will it Pop?” Read More

Continued Uplift for Satellite in Commercial Aero

Aero ConnectivitySenior-level executives from leading satellite service providers discussed the future of aeronautical connectivity this past week at Satellite 2015. The panel discussion “In-Flight Connectivity: What Can Providers Offer to the Market?” featured a number of iDirect partners, including Panasonic, Gogo and Inmarsat.

Technology Choices

The consensus was that Air-to-Ground (ATG) is a good technology for planes that are flying over high-density ground routes, due to lower costs involved. The challenge, however, is that spectrum is limited and many airlines don’t want a solution that is only available for planes in a limited range.

More airlines are considering a hybrid solution where a plane can support satellite or ATG. This is due to the fact that they want a consistent solution that can work across their entire fleet and in any location.

Looking forward, a few points to consider:

  • Inmarsat is building an ATG network over Europe and it sees it as a complementary solution to its global strategy.
  • An upcoming spectrum auction in the United States for 500Mhz could be attractive to service providers if the price is right. This spectrum could be used to build a complementary solution as part of a broader portfolio of communications solutions.
  • Future markets where ATG could be a solution include countries with large landmasses, such as China and India, which have many domestic flights on a daily basis.

On-Board Aircrafts

Service providers are engaging with Boeing and Airbus to go through the process of having planes roll off the assembly line with the satellite solution already wired into the plane. This process is expensive and time consuming, but in the long term will be essential for any service provider to have their solutions available when an airline purchases new planes. Read More

iDirect’s Observations from Satellite 2015: VSAT and IoT

Day one the Satellite 2015 Conference was filled with a diverse grouping of presentations covering a bevy of different topics. From market specific content around maritime and cellular backhaul to technical sessions on satellite waveforms and future payload capabilities, many of the thought leaders throughout the satellite industry were on stage sharing their views.

iDirect is in attendance to give you a first-hand perspective of the key topics throughout the conference.

This entry is focused on the Internet of Things

Later in the afternoon of day one, the panel The Internet of Things and Maritime Communications addressed some of the different technologies that are being used onboard maritime vessels and how the “explosion” of connected devices will impact connectivity requirements.

The maritime industry is unique in the fact that the ecosystem has functioned for years trying to do many things with very little amounts of bandwidth. Based on this, many maritime companies have not looked at all the possible ways that a broadband connection can be utilized for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.

Some applications, like fuel monitoring and engine management, are already showing the way to enhance M2M usage on these vessels, but overall there is still much opportunity for further development in this market.

iDirect’s Guy Adams joined five other diverse companies from across the industry to address a broad range of topics during this session. Areas covered included the future impacts of LEO satellites, the various options of the different frequencies and the cost of equipment and bandwidth on future growth.

The key takeaway from this session is that maritime vessels are not as far along in their usage of M2M, but that they have great potential to increase operational efficiency by implementing different applications in the future.

From the Floor of Satellite, Day 2

Day two of Satellite 2015 proved as busy as ever. Here’s another Dave Davis video from the floor of Satellite 2015:

iDirect & Ultra GigaSat Discuss the micro VSAT terminal: