Category Archives: HTS

Datagroup Selects iDirect Platform and New iQ Series Remotes to Launch HTS Service in Ukraine

Network to bring high-speed capacity to market, enable cost-effective rollout of large-scale networks

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Datagroup, the leading Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) provider in Ukraine, has selected the iDirect platform and its new series of DVB-S2X remotes, the iQ Series, to offer new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services to their substantial customer base. The company will leverage the iDirect network to offer high-speed connectivity to a wide range of enterprise markets, enabling cost-effective deployment of large-scale networks.

Datagroup Selects iDirect Platform and New iQ Series Remotes to Launch HTS Service in UkraineDatagroup contracts INTELSAT operator for capacity on one of its effective satellites. Long-term plans call for Datagroup to license an additional transponder of HTS capacity to support networks that can sсale up to 50,000 sites.

iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology delivers revolutionary gains in performance and efficiencies and will enable Datagroup to scale their network based on a significantly lower cost model. The iQ Series of remotes are designed to meet the needs of both fixed and mobility networks within a wide range of performance scenarios and software licensing features, based on a future-proof software-upgradeable design.

“Datagroup is the leading VSAT provider within Ukraine with over 83% market share. Our partnership with iDirect and the selection of their leading-edge DVB-S2X platform, along with the new iQ Series remote is a critical step in growing our leadership and delivering the high-quality services our customers rely on,” said Mikhail Shelemba, CEO, Datagroup. Read More

iDirect Partner Paradigm Announces Swarm45

The ultra-portable, flat-panel terminal provides the simplicity of BGAN with the throughput of VSAT

Paradigm's Ulf SandbergSatellite communications solution provider and iDirect partner Paradigm recently announced their newest product: Swarm45. We sat down with Ulf Sandberg, Managing Director, Paradigm, to discuss this latest technology and what this means for the satellite market.

What are the top challenges Paradigm solves for its customers?

Satcom solutions which exactly meet or even exceed our customers’ requirements. Paradigm is vendor-independent and so is not restricted to certain suppliers or products. This allows us to provide the optimum solution for our customers based on their exact requirements such as cost, performance, size, portability etc. If an ‘off-the-shelf’ solution is not available then Paradigm has the capability to design, integrate and manufacture one that is.

Fast fulfilment of orders. Paradigm has the largest satellite terminal warehousing facility in Europe, holding a large amount of stock and ideally located to dispatch goods within hours from receipt of order. Our engineering and sales expertise also ensures that our customers receive tested products efficiently and quickly.

Paradigm helps customers reach their goal faster and cheaper. The main way we do this is because we ‘know’ the satcom business. We understand what it can and can’t do and how it can be tailored, integrated and developed. Consequently, when a customer comes to us with a challenge we can deliver the ideal solution efficiently and effectively.

Paradigm Swarm45What is Swarm45?

The Swarm45 is an ultra-portable, flat panel range of terminals which provide the simplicity of BGAN with the throughput of VSAT. Uniquely, it can also be carried as airline hand luggage on commercial airlines and can be assembled in 90 secs and on-air in under 240 secs. It is certified for use on a range of HTS networks including Global Xpress, Intelsat EPIC, Avanti and Thor7 and can be operated on commercial and military Ka-Band as well as Ku, Extended-Ku and X-Band. Read More

The Path to Higher Performance: Making HTS and DVB-S2X Networks Mobile

Making HTS and DVB-S2X Networks Mobile

This is the final part of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Click here to read the whole series.

To be prepared for the new changes happening in our industry, for new applications, new end-user markets, making networks mobile will be vital point of emphasis for staying agile for upcoming growth opportunities.

Combining HTS with mobility applications presents a major challenge when it comes to managing complex SLAs across a large coverage area that spans multiple spot beams. Consider a scenario where hundreds of airplanes or maritime vessels demand different bandwidth levels as they travel frequently across spot beams and distribute bandwidth to diverse users onboard running dynamic applications without major service interruptions.

5-considerations-HTS-S2X-blog5-make-it-mobileMeeting the needs of mobility networks requires several specialized technologies. Look for a platform with a robust feature that can enable seamless connectivity in a high-speed mobility environment. This includes the ability for fast beam switching with no manual intervention across multiple satellite footprints in a high-speed environment. Internet sessions should not be interrupted as the plane moves through several beams on a flight. Features such as Doppler compensation, fast reacquisition after blockage and make-before-break are all working in sync to increase the seamless user experience. Read More

The Path to Higher Performance: Enabling Mainstream Network Integration for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

Enabling Mainstream Network Integration HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

This is part four of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Read Part I – Enabling Higher Capacity Efficiencies, Part II – Implementing Intelligent Terminals and Part III – Scaling Cost-Effectively.

Harnessing the full potential of HTS and DVB-S2X means reimagining what a traditional network looks like. Today, satellite connectivity is undergoing a technology and business transformation, overcoming barriers of interoperability to become part of mainstream converged services and dramatically expand its role in the global communications landscape. And because HTS is transforming the economics of satellite service, operators can strongly position satellite as a viable part of the end-to-end network.

Enabling Mainstream Network Integration HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

The key to full mainstream adoption is for satellite networks to be defined by modern telco standards such as 4G/5G and Evolved Packet Core (EPC). A satellite platform should also support Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) capabilities. This offers the option to run a network in a Layer 2 bridging mode with high efficiency as an alternative to the traditional Layer 3 mode architecture. This allows a variety of modern, converged network architectures to be implemented, with easy integration with terrestrial networks and the ability to pass any Layer 3 protocol desired. Read More

The Path to Higher Performance: Scaling Cost Effectively for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

Scaling Cost Effectively for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

This is part three of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Read Part I – Enabling Higher Capacity Efficiencies and Part II – Implementing Intelligent Terminals.

When it comes to scaling a satellite communications network, hub-side infrastructure is one of the largest capital expenses service providers face. In fact, the infrastructure decision can make or break the ability to profitably expand, enter new markets and introduce new services.

With HTS and DVB-S2X, this reality has reached a new level of importance. With greater demand for higher throughputs and more satellite bandwidth comes the need to deploy and manage large-scale networks. Network operators need to change the cost model for ground infrastructure deployment, keeping up with demand without dramatically increasing capital and operating expenses.

Today, there are key advances in gateway technology. Consider hub solutions leveraging virtualization for processing capabilities that significantly increase the teleport’s capabilities to support extensive networks and higher throughputs in the same space. When you can achieve greatly improved density, it results in a massive footprint reduction, decreasing cooling and IT management expenses. Operating large networks spanning multiple spot beams versus one wide beam can make scaling more challenging for service providers, especially when expanding into new service areas.

Scaling Cost Effectively for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

With the right bandwidth management capabilities, satellite operators can manage Mbps across multiple spot beams and create a virtual bandwidth pool for service providers to use. This will allow service providers to not have to operate many spot beams but instead use the advantages of virtual network operations and still be in control of their own SLAs and service offerings to their end customers. Read More

The Path to Higher Performance: Implementing Intelligent Terminals for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

Implementing Intelligent Terminals HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

This is part two of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Read Part I – Enabling Higher Capacity Efficiencies.

When it comes to operating an efficient network and managing scale for an HTS/DVB-S2X platform, the key is to implement intelligent terminals. And the remote design enabled with full DVB-S2X capabilities is a critical aspect of delivering performance and efficiency gains to the overall solution.

Traditionally, satellite remote performance and features were over-engineered to future capabilities to avoid having to swap out the remotes soon after rollout. The features were largely encoded in hardware, and pay-as-you-grow, while well established for various hub-side capabilities, were not available for remotes. As such, the latest remotes carry a high cost to operate and could become a network’s single greatest cost factor when rolling out large networks.

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Today, service providers need a remote solution that’s engineered with a high degree of flexibility to adapt to changing requirements while only paying for the capabilities that you really need at any given time. Through software-defined and reprogrammable remote architectures, the next generation of remotes can be continually upgraded over the air to increase network capabilities and throughput levels, while dramatically extending the deployment life in the field. Read More

The Path to Higher Performance: 5 Considerations for Implementing HTS and DVB-S2X to Your Advantage

Here’s a preview of the topics that will be covered in this new blog series. Be sure to tune in over the next few weeks to learn about the five critical requirements for harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest.
The satellite communications industry is entering a new phase of growth. Today, wave after wave of High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity is transforming satellite economics and creating vast market opportunities. And we are now seeing the emergence of Ultra High Throughput Satellites (UHTS) and the DVB-S2X standard to drive unprecedented gains in performance and efficiency.

How satellite operators and service providers leverage HTS and DVB-S2X technology will largely determine how they capitalize on growth opportunities. And as they plan their migration forward, they must consider what ground infrastructure capabilities will equip them with the greatest competitive advantage.

At iDirect, we believe there are five critical requirements for harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest.

  1. Enabling higher capacity efficiencies
  2. Implementing intelligent terminals
  3. Scaling cost-effectively
  4. Enabling mainstream network integration
  5. Making HTS and DVB-S2X networks mobile

In a five-part blog series, we’ll explore these requirements and you can deploy today to gain an advantage in the market. So, here is the first consideration. Read More

High Throughput Satellites: The Bigger Picture

HTS-beam-vs-traditional-beamThe term High Throughput Satellite (HTS) has become synonymous with the satellite industry’s promising future. And when we think of HTS, we often focus narrowly on throughput. Yet, the future of how satellite connectivity hinges on much more than how fast can we speed up an end-user network.

That’s because HTS is more than a term. It’s an important step forward in a broader technology evolution that encompasses every aspect of satellite networking. It means redefining how we operate our industry and manage our respective businesses.

Here are some critical points to consider for the future of our industry – four areas where we need to take not just one step forward, but a giant leap ahead.

#1 – Create higher capacity efficiencies and enable intelligent payloads.

HTS, along with DVB-S2X, transforms the performance and efficiency of satellite capacity. DVB-S2X delivers higher efficiencies and saturates larger transponders (with time slicing), helping to bring costs per bits down.

When implemented to its fullest, satellite operators can design next-generation architectures with features like beam hopping to adjust their payloads based on real-time demand on the ground. Intelligent payloads require the integration of ground and space infrastructure to measure and respond to demand. So terminals designed for HTS must support the full DVB-S2X standard – that’s the key to much more significant efficiency gains in the years ahead. Read More

Intelsat Signs eProcess on Epic for Banking Services in Africa

From Via Satellite

Intelsat announced that eProcess International, an affiliate of pan-African banking conglomerate Ecobank Group, has signed an agreement to use the Intelsat Epic platform to expand and strengthen its corporate banking services throughout Africa. The solution incorporates high-throughput Intelsat Epic C-band spot beam capacity available on Intelsat 35e, which is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2017. This capacity complements the existing eProcess network as it is based on wide beam C-band connectivity on Intelsat 903.

EProcess connects head offices and affiliates across 27 countries in Africa, enabling banking transactions and corporate data exchanges through its network. Given the growth in commerce across the African continent, the company sought to enhance its network to address increasing transaction volumes for its customers.

According to Intelsat, eProcess is able to accommodate its growing bandwidth demand across its pan-African network by leveraging the backwards compatibility of Intelsat Epic and the higher efficiency of the spot beams. Continue >

Our Moment

By Kevin Steen, President and CEO, VT iDirect

Kevin-Steen-2017-blogI joined VT iDirect in 2010 because I saw the unique potential for satellite to help connect the world. I knew that satellite technology could solve issues unaddressed by cellular or terrestrial bandwidth. And I understood that with the emergence of High Throughput Satellites (HTS), the satellite industry was at a major transformational moment.

So it was fitting that one of my first roles at VT iDirect was to ensure our infrastructure could unlock the power of these satellites and enable a new cost model for our customers – and I am thrilled to say we are seeing our HTS partners successfully rolling out their services on the VT iDirect platform.

Today, my role has grown to leading the talented VT iDirect organization as President and Chief Executive Officer. As I take on this great responsibility, my sole focus is to ensure our clients have the best technology and services in our industry to grow their businesses and capitalize on the dramatic changes that are happening in the industry.

We are bringing a fresh mindset to key issues that define the satellite industry’s future. We’re advancing the role of satellite technology including how this technology’s role can be expanded in the end-to-end telecom network; identifying new market opportunities for satellite communications, and collaborating across our ecosystem to co-develop industry-leading and industry-changing technology. These are the fundamental themes driving my leadership at VT iDirect.

VT iDirect is incredibly excited to remain on the leading edge of innovation to meet the ever-increasing critical needs of our clients and the satellite industry. Our new DVB-S2X product suite is a case in point, proving how we can reengineer the core elements of ground infrastructure for new levels of performance, scale and agility. I recently shared our plans with Alan Gottlieb in this article for Mobility World. Read More