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iDirect’s Partner Elara Comunicaciones Named Among Best Mexican Companies

Leading telecommunications provider honored among best medium-sized businesses based on strong financial performance and management practices

iDirect congratulates customer Elara Comunicaciones, a leading provider of telecommunication and technology services in Mexico and Latin America, for being named to the prestigious list of “Best Mexican Companies: sponsored by Banco Nacional de México, Deloitte and Tecnológico de Monterrey. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Established in 2010, the Best Mexican Companies initiative recognizes high performing private, medium-sized companies, promoting best practices and standards of the Mexican business community. The judging panel is made up of a specialized team from Deloitte, along with a group of executive and vice president-level individuals from the three sponsor companies. Companies are judged based on such criteria as strong financial performance and management practices.

Elara Comunicaciones installed its first iDirect Hub in 2004. Today the telecommunications provider operates one of the largest iDirect Evolution® networks in Mexico and Latin America, enabling two-way voice, data and video services to over 6,000 remote terminals.

“Since 2010 the ‘Best Mexican Companies’ initiative has been an important program in recognizing the unique leadership of medium-sized businesses throughout Mexico,” said Jorge Villarreal, CEO, Elara Comunicaciones. “We are honored to be named to this prestigious list, and this award speaks volumes to the work being done, both internally and by key partners like iDirect.”

“Elara Comunicaciones has long demonstrated the type of vision and leadership necessary to make it among the best companies in satellite,” said Rob Kilroy, Regional Vice President, Americas, VT iDirect. “Now, such qualities are on display for the entire business world to see, given this unique and prestigious honor. iDirect is very proud to be an enabling partner in helping Elara Comunicaciones enable critical enterprise connections across Mexico and Latin America.”

iDirect’s Observations from Satellite 2015: The Maritime Market

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.

Our first entry is focused on maritime.

The day started with Simon Bull from Comsys and a host of iDirect partners on stage to talk about the current state of the maritime market. Comsys just released the 4th edition of its maritime report that highlights continued growth in the maritime market.

There are now over 21,000 vessels equipped with VSAT and over 8,000 vessels have been equipped in the past three years. The majority of this growth has been in the commercial shipping segment where adoption of the technology has escalated as costs of hardware have decreased.

Airbus highlighted its growth, adding over 600 ships to its service last year to become the number-one maritime service provider based on revenue. SES and Telenor highlighted their varying HTS strategies to meet regional requirements. The biggest announcement of the session was ITC Global disclosing that Panasonic had acquired them, which now gives a strong aeronautical service provider a presence in the maritime space. Overall it was a positive session showing how maritime continues to be a growing market for VSAT services.

iDirect at Satellite 2015: Four Questions with Denis Sutherland

Denis SutherlandBy Denis Sutherland, Director of Business Development, iDirect

With nearly 20 years experience in the telecommunications and network industries, Denis Sutherland is firmly entrenched in the world of global communications, and the role of VSAT.

At the forefront of leadership discussions around HTS, Sutherland will be continuing such discussions at Satellite 2015. We sat down with Sutherland to get his perspective on this year’s show—including what he is anticipating the most from his time in Washington, D.C. at the event.

Q: Tell us about your new role with iDirect as Director of Business Development.

DS: Business Development in iDirect supports our customers with long term and strategic programs, and is very much customer facing. Therefore, this role is exactly where I have wanted to be for a while, taking the lead on discussing a number of exciting HTS programs with our partners. In general, iDirect is seeing a great deal of optimism in the VSAT community, and personally it’s great to be part of that.

On the whole, I would say that the time to act is now. With that in mind, many organizations are looking at how they participate in the HTS programs that are coming online very soon. Companies are dusting off the strategy books and working out their core strengths. That may be providing a gateway to a HTS operator, or for others it could be as a vertical specialist offering multiple VSAT offerings. The key is to have a defined plan, before service launch.

Q: You’ve been at the forefront of the Ka-band vs Ku-band debate for the industry. Talk about the biggest considerations influencing this debate going forward.

DS: This has been a hot topic since Ka-band was first proposed a number of years ago. The more interesting discussions are evolving into ecosystem comparisons, around all aspects of the satellite operators’ approach. Frequency is one, but you also have discussions associated with open or closed business models, terminal integration approach and a number of others.

The question of which satellite operator ecosystem will offer the best solution for you organization will depend on many things, not least being the vertical market that you are addressing. Read More

Great Expectations

Dave DavisDave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, iDirect Europe

It’s an exciting time to be in an industry that is evolving fast. High Throughput Satellites are leading the charge and with them are coming technological advancements in terminals and hubs, but above all mindsets. Some of these developments are clearly outlined in the recent blog on Raising the VSAT Opportunity by iDirect’s Denis Sutherland.

The defence sector once led the communications world, with many commonplace technologies such as the mobile phone, or the Internet, starting as defence-based programs.

In recent decades, there has been a dramatic switch to the technological drive coming from the commercial world. Technologies like HTS are providing capability far beyond that of current defence assets. As a result, closer communications between the defence requirements teams and commercial industry is needed and a collaborative approach from an early stage is essential.

At February’s Mobile Deployable Communications Conference (MDC)in Prague, the main thrust of the conference was predictively SWaP and ARC.

SWaP, or Size Weight and Power, is at the forefront of the minds in the defence and security community. However, another point well made at MDC was the additional requirement to not burden the warfighter with information overload. Such programs as the UK’s FIST will have to balance situational awareness (SA) with decision fatigue.

DDAVISTo address the challenges of SWaP, the iDirect next-generation manpack board level router, the 950mp, has been designed from the ground up with these three key elements in mind. Compared to our e850mp it’s been made smaller by far, is obviously lighter and is incredibly power efficient. The 950mp will be on the iDirect stand at Satellite 2015, Booth #4000. If you’re there, make sure you come and say “hi” and have a look at the terminal up close.

I am really looking forward to seeing the terminals that will now be possible as a result of the new 950mp. I predict a real step-change from man-portable to a true manpack, bringing capability to the front line that was only possible in vehicle mounted or suitcase sized terminals only a few years ago.

There is also a new rack mounted router, the 9350 and it looks great. OK, I’m biased, but the product development team have certainly done their job well and have produced a router that is highly capable, offers much higher speeds, easy to use, ready for future HTS deployment  and is well adapted to life in a harsh environment. Read More

This week: VT iDirect at CABSAT 2015

One of the largest trade shows is happening this week – CABSAT 2015! There is no better place to learn about the newest iDirect developments and innovations directly from the people behind them.

A Full Lineup at Stand D8-10 You Don’t Want to Miss!

Visit VT iDirect at Stand D8-10 in the Dubai World Trade Centre to see nearly every aspectCABSAT-2014-4 of the iDirect portfolio. Come learn about our exciting growth strategy for Evolution® customers, catch a glimpse of our new Velocity® product line for HTS operators launching managed services, get a sneak peek at iDirect Pulse®, the next generation management system, and get an up-close look at our family of remotes that can be used in any type of market.

Learn how iDirect technology is able to support a multitude of diverse marketplaces such as:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Government Solutions
  • Cellular Backhaul over Satellite

Discover how iDirect products and solutions enables you to meet all your customer requirements from ATM connectivity, to providing cellular coverage closing the digital divide, to helping first responders manage emergencies and natural disasters. Read More

Mobile World Congress Wrap Up

Richard Deasington at Mobile World CongressMembers of the iDirect team were very active last week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The largest event in the mobile industry brought together the best and brightest to introduce the latest in technology and develop strategies for future growth.

Satellite may not be the most talked about technology at this type of show, but it is important to enable mobile operators to extend their networks and reach new subscribers. New market research provided by industry consultant Real Wireless highlighted how there are 650 million subscribers globally that are still waiting to have access to mobile connectivity. Satellite will play a big role in connecting these sites back into the mobile operator’s Radio Access Network. Mobile World CongressiDirect has continued our strategy of working with the various manufacturers to bring the best of breed solutions into the market. A number of small cell vendors are seeing new opportunity in rural areas as mobile operators look to provide the same Quality of Experience for their subscribers whether in a city or a remote town.

Richard Deasington presented at the Small Cell Forum stand and highlighted the different market opportunities where satellite and small cells work together to create unique solutions. The areas covered included rural connectivity, emergency and disaster response, mobility applications including aero and maritime vessels, and special events where cells on wheels are brought in to provide extra coverage. Everyone continues to be positive about the growth of small cells and the role they are playing in increasing coverage and capacity. When it comes to rural connectivity the opportunity continues to be a good one for mobile operators.

Getting Ready for Satellite 2015

Satellite 2015 is less than two weeks away and our team is excited to be there! We hope to see our Partners at Booth #4000 and we welcome anyone else who is looking into satellite technology to visit and talk to us. We have a number of our executives set to speak on panels ranging from small cells to adaptive payloads, the Internet of Things and military satellite.

This year we’ll be showcasing every aspect of the iDirect portfolio ─ our exciting growth strategy for Evolution® customers; our new Velocity® product line for HTS Operators launching managed services; a sneak peek at iDirect Pulse®, the next generation management system; and our entire remote portfolio.

We look forward to seeing you at Booth #4000!


iDirect’s Richard Deasington to Speak at Mobile World Congress: Leveraging Satellite Backhaul for 3G and 4G Coverage

The mobile industry continues to experience exponential growth and nowhere will that beMWC 2015 logo more apparent than at the Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona. More than 80,000 people will come together to see the latest innovations, from advanced networking infrastructure to the newest consumer technology that all of us will want to have.

iDirect will be in attendance at the show as a primary sponsor of the Small Cell Forum’s stand. We will be in hall 7 at stand 7F61 where show attendees can see the latest in small cell technology from many different companies, and listen to presentations from vendors and key market analysts.

iDirect’s own Richard Deasington will be “bringing you up to speed for 3G and 4G rural Richard Deasingtoncoverage” during his presentation times in the Small Cell Forum’s stand. If you are attending the show and want to learn more about iDirect SatHaulTM, Richard will be presenting on Tuesday, March 3 at 12:00pm and Wednesday, March 4 at 1:30pm. The full list of speakers at the Small Cell Forum’s stand can be found here

Satellite has a growing role to play in helping mobile operators meet the challenges they face bringing high speed, reliable services to their subscribers in remote and rural areas. Advanced satellite capabilities combined with small cell technology enables mobile operators to expand their services in a cost-effective way.

The iDirect SatHaul solution combines the latest in satellite infrastructure with advanced transmission techniques, including mobile specific optimization of signaling, voice and data content to offer the most profitable business case for 2G, 3G and 4G over satellite. If you are interested in meeting anyone from the iDirect team at Mobile World Congress, please send an email to

One more note: The Small Cell Forum will also be releasing a series of new content about rural connectivity as part of their content release program. Release Five is focused on rural and remote connectivity and will provide a series of papers that discuss many of the different capabilities that small cells can offer in these various challenging environments.

WTA Names Elara’s Jorge Luis Villarreal Schutz 2015 Teleport Executive of the Year

From World Teleport Association

elaraThe World Teleport Association today announced that Jorge Luis Villarreal Schutz, CEO of Mexican-based Elara Comunicaciones, has been named as its 2015 Teleport Executive of the Year. Mr. Villarreal Schutz will be honored during WTA’s Teleport Awards for Excellence luncheon on March 17 during SATELLITE 2015. The Teleport Executive of the Year award is presented to an individual for demonstrated entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation in the development or operation of a teleport-based business.

A successful entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the satellite industry, Villarreal Schutz is the founder of an outstanding telecommunications company that has transformed satellite connectivity. His company has excelled in ethics, professionalism and commitment, continuously fostering the use of tailor-made satellite solutions through values such as customer service, honesty, teamwork and innovation, allowing him to reach others and generate a positive impact by providing satellite technology in new frontiers.

“The 20th anniversary of the awards has produced a Teleport Executive of the Year from a part of the world which, two decades ago, had not yet made its mark in the industry,” said WTA Director of Development Lou Zacharilla. “Jorge is not only an excellent tactical leader focused on customer service systems and innovation, he also has enabled his company to profitably address the most pressing economic issue in Latin America, the digital divide. Under his leadership, Elara is part of a digital inclusion effort with the government of Mexico that provides coverage to more than 3,000 small villages. His teleport helps make a better world.” Continue >

Satellite 2015: iDirect Speakers Tackle Your Interests

Don’t look now, but Satellite 2015 is a little more than three weeks away. As the premier Satellite-2014-iDirect-Booth-9event for satellite technology, Satellite 2015 promises a highly educational experience covering a range of different topics. But with an agenda that is chock full of informative sessions, it becomes difficult to determine which are the right ones to attend.

As always, iDirect will be well represented throughout this year’s program, covering a wide range of subjects. In order to help guide your personal experience at this year’s show, below is a quick snapshot of where and when you can find iDirect speakers—tailored by your specific interests for VSAT.

Your interest: Small cell, mobile networks
Attend: The Small-Cell Civil and Enterprise Applications in Orbit panel
Monday, 10:30 a.m.
iDirect speaker: Richard Deasington, Director of Business Development
What to expect: How to turn small cells into portable, standalone rapidly deployable mobile networks for site-specific uses. The importance of understanding how small-cell networks can be deployed efficiently over satellite without compromising the level of service expected from a broadband technology.


Your interest: TDMA or SCPC?
Attend: Technological Solutions to Solve the SCPC vs. MF-TDMA Debate session on Monday, 1:30 p.m.
iDirect speaker: Guy Adams, Vice President, Software Engineering
What to expect: Information that addresses the debate between SCPC and MF-TDMA. Help with choosing high-efficiency with dedicated capacity per site; or lower efficiency with on-demand bandwidth allocation and sharing the bandwidth across multiple sites.

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