Category Archives: HTS

iDirect In-Focus: Bring HTS to Market

As we kick-off 2016, we take a look at some of the biggest trends in satellite and how major announcements and campaigns led by iDirect throughout the past year twelve months are helping satellite operators and satellite service providers best position themselves for success.

iDirect In-Focus: Bring HTS to Market

Today we put High Throughput Satellite (HTS) in focus. In fact, 2015 was a year in which iDirect helped #BringHTStoMarket as the industry continued to move towards the realization of the HTS architecture implications and its performance benefits that have been talked about for years.

For example:

  • Inmarsat made significant strides toward a full commercial launch of Inmarsat GX, its seamless global platform for high-speed Ka-band satellite services, covering virtually everywhere on Earth and targeted at both the mobility and fixed markets
  • Intelsat announced its IntelsatOne Flex service, 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 continues to build momentum towards the launch of the THOR 7 satellite constellation, which 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

iDirect is playing a major role in each of these programs with our new iDirect Velocity platform. iDirect Velocity went live this year on the Inmarsat Global Xpress HTS program, and the IntelsatOne Flex from Intelsat and Thor 7 from Telenor programs are coming to market over the platform in the next coming months. Read More

Full Speed Ahead: HTS Spurs Change in Maritime

From Gottlieb’s Satellite Mobility World

Denis SutherlandBy Denis Sutherland, Director of Business Development

Consider the following findings from the fourth edition of the COMSYS Maritime VSAT Report:

  • Between 2012 and 2013, VSAT installations increased by 25% and service revenues grew by 15%
  • By 2018, there will likely be 44,242 vessels with VSAT, which is more than double COMSYS’ last recorded number in 2013
  • VSAT data rates in some segments have increased from 10Mb in 2007 to 100Mb in 2013
  • Commercial freight service VSAT revenues are likely to reach $506 million in 2018, accounting for roughly one-third of the total maritime market
  • VSAT service revenues for oil rigs and oil and gas maritime vessels are projected to reach $498 million by 2018
  • Cruise market service revenues have a projected value of $135 million by 2018

The Challenge: Meeting Increasing Demand

Upshot of all this growth is that as the maritime industry booms, the demand for sufficient bandwidth is rising precipitously. This is true across various segments of the maritime market. Continue>

iDirect 2015 In-Focus: Bring HTS to Market

As 2015 comes to a close, we’ll be taking a look at some of the major announcements of this past year at iDirect, highlighting the products and campaigns that had great impact on the industry.

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Today we put High Throughput Satellite (HTS) in focus. In fact, 2015 was a year in which iDirect helped #BringHTStoMarket as the industry continued to move towards the realization of the HTS architecture implications and its performance benefits that have been talked about for years.

For example:

  • Inmarsat made significant strides toward a full commercial launch of Inmarsat GX, its seamless global platform for high-speed Ka-band satellite services, covering virtually everywhere on Earth and targeted at both the mobility and fixed markets
  • Intelsat announced its IntelsatOne Flex service, 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 continues to build momentum towards the launch of the THOR 7 satellite constellation, which 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

iDirect is playing a major role in each of these programs with our new iDirect Velocity platform. iDirect Velocity went live this year on the Inmarsat Global Xpress HTS program, and the IntelsatOne Flex from Intelsat and Thor 7 from Telenor programs are coming to market over the platform in the next coming months. Read More

What Happens To FSS Satellites Now With All This HTS?

From Satnews

NSR asks will FSS become video only? Over the past year or so, one of the questions most frequently posed to NSR by clients, industry insiders, conference attendees, and others in the know, has been, “what happens to the traditional FSS satellites in the face of all this HTS? Won’t most data applications migrate over to lower cost per bit and better efficiencies offered by HTS payloads?”

The short answer is yes. Moving forward, NSR expects traditional FSS payloads to focus much more on point-to-multipoint applications; namely DTH and Video Distribution, with the implicit understanding that these will be the only major applications in the very long term for which traditional FSS can offer a truly unique value proposition. Conversely, the majority of point-to-point data applications will see a significant—although not complete—migration to HTS.

The Evolution of Enterprise Data to an HTS Application

Taking data from NSR’s recently published Global Satellite Capacity Supply & Demand, 12th Edition study, we see that Enterprise Data revenues are slowly but surely moving to HTS, with NSR anticipating just under 40 percent of Enterprise Data revenues to move towards GEO-HTS and Non GEO-HTS systems by 2024, up from just over 10 percent in 2014. This will be driven by multiple factors, namely GEO-HTS systems in developing markets aggressively targeting applications such as Backhaul, VSAT Networking, and Trunking, in particular players like Avanti and YahSat in Africa, Thaicom in East Asia, and to some extent ViaSat in North America.  This could become even more pronounced as more regional players start to launch HTS capacity. Continue>

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

Inmarsat’s GX Satellites Are Now Fully Operational

From Satnews

Inmarsat is reporting that the third satellite of the company’s new Global Xpress fleet, Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) which was launched August 2015, has successfully completed all its in-orbit testing (IOT)—the spacecraft is now fully operational and station-kept in final orbital position.

With this latest accomplishment, all three Global Xpress (GX) satellites have now achieved full operational capability to support government missions, which started on December 1, 2015.  GX Government services can be competitively procured from a wide array of authorized Value Added Resellers.

Intelsat Exec Says Sky Perfect JSAT Deal Took 18 Months To Do

From Via Satellite

Intelsat’s latest EpicNG deal with SkyPerfect JSAT was not easy to do and in fact took well over a year to complete, according to Bruno Fromont, senior vice -president of strategy and asset management at Intelsat. Fromont told Via Satellite that Intelsat had been working on this deal “for quite some time” and that it had been “18 months in the making.”

Intelsat and Sky Perfect JSAT announced earlier this month that they had signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture that will launch a new satellite with optimized C-band and high throughput Ku-band capacity to satisfy the growing mobility and broadband connectivity demands in the Asia-Pacific region. To be known as Horizons 3e, the satellite is based on the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput design, which, upon launch, will complete the global footprint of the Intelsat EpicNG next generation platform. The satellite will be stationed at the 169 degrees east orbital location with a launch expected in the second half of 2018.

Sky Perfect JSAT is a long-standing partner of Intelsat, and given the history that the two operators share, the deal is perhaps not a surprise. Also, with Japan being such an important market and an overall telecommunications hub, the partnership makes a lot of sense for Intelsat.

Fromont said Intelsat felt the partnership model made the most sense for its first High Throughput Satellite in Asia. Continue >

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

Getting Real: The Remote and Rural Reach of Satellite

Today, advances in satellite technology and wireless infrastructure are enabling mobile operators to reach new subscribers and expand their networks into remote and rural regions of the world in a smart, profitable way.

Let’s focus on one area where new wireless infrastructure is making an impact: small cells. When coupled with HTS (High Throughput Satellite) and advanced satellite ground infrastructure technology, small cells provide an efficient, targeted alternative for remote and rural coverage compared to large macro cells—at the same level of investment.

Small cells are being deployed globally in urban areas, as opposed to using large macro cells, in order to offload data traffic in congested areas. Based on their size, small cells are easier to deploy, require less energy and need less infrastructure at a site. Building on the same small cell infrastructure being used to connect urban sites, the business case for connecting rural and remote sites is changing.

A recently published white paper by Real Wireless analyzed rural populations in more than 200 countries, along with various rural areas within the United States. The goal was to assess the potential benefits of small cells in bringing coverage to rural and remote populations worldwide.

At iDirect, we wanted to take this analysis a step further. So we commissioned Real Wireless to augment the findings from this study and independently assess the benefits to operators of using satellite backhaul on remote cellular sites.

Our goal was this: Given the option to deploy small cells with satellite backhaul as a complement to traditional macrocells, rather than just choosing macrocells alone to extend coverage, would mobile operators be able to extend their reach with the same investment? Read More

iDirect to Begin Testing iDirect Velocity™ Ground Infrastructure on Inmarsat-5 F3 Satellite

With iDirect Velocity™ in full operation on Inmarsat-5 F1& F2 satellites, next round of rigorous testing readies Global Xpress for full commercial service

Herndon, Va., October 27, 2015 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that it will begin the final leg of an ambitious rollout program of its iDirect Velocity™ ground infrastructure platform to support Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite fleet. iDirect will start over-the-air testing of iDirect Velocity™ on the Inmarsat-5 F3 satellite. The initiative follows the successful Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) and Over-the-Satellite Acceptance Testing (OSAT) of iDirect Velocity™ on Inmarsat-5 F1 and F2 satellites, as well as Site Acceptance Testing at Inmarsat’s GX earth stations, ready for GX global service introduction.

Inmarsat’s GX service is being introduced as the world’s first seamless, globally available platform for high-speed, Ka-band satellite connectivity services provided through a single operator. GX will be accessible to users worldwide and is targeted at both the mobility and fixed markets.

iDirect is providing Inmarsat with the first deployment of its iDirect Velocity™ platform, including the core features that enable GX’s unique broadband mobility capabilities. Through the iDirect Velocity™ global bandwidth management system, Inmarsat can integrate capacity across multiple spot beams to deliver seamless broadband connectivity and provide tiered service options to its distribution partners. The iDirect Velocity™ platform’s high-speed infrastructure, including the core remote module technology that powers GX terminals, allows Inmarsat to offer broadband connectivity that is up to 100 times faster than Inmarsat’s existing L-band constellations. And iDirect Velocity™ ensures carrier-class redundancy to protect Inmarsat’s worldwide network reliability. Read More