Category Archives: HTS

Passenger Demands For Connectivity Extend To Personal Devices

Claude Rousseau, Research Director, NSR

NSR_Claude_HS (2)The growth in the market for in-flight connectivity (IFC) is driven in no small part by passengers boarding aircrafts with their own personal electronics devices (PEDs). Whether they are using them for entertainment, work or to update social media, an increasing number of PEDs require connectivity. All of this is leading to an increased usage of satellite-based communication to and from an aircraft.

NSR’s Aeronautical Satcom Markets, 3rd Edition report found that having access to data and Wi-Fi services in the air is no longer seen as a luxury, but as a necessity for many passengers who use their time onboard to stay connected with those on the ground. This in-turn feeds airlines’ installation on wide-body and narrow-body airplanes of satellite antennas that offer increasingly higher bandwidth to serve a demanding set of passengers.

As a result, the NSR forecast for satellite-based commercial aircraft connectivity is set to grow to $3.9 billion by 2024, of which about $2.1 billion will be for in-flight connectivity, reinforced by a clear trend towards higher bandwidth demand being delivered by high-throughput satellites (HTS). NSR has also noted that many service providers in the IFC market understand this trend and all the major players such as Panasonic, GEE, GoGo and SITA OnAir have HTS capacity deals to meet this rising demand from passengers.

And there is still a lot of ‘leg room’ to grow for satellite-based services aboard aircrafts if we consider that of the more than 100,000 aircrafts that could be outfitted with a satcom solution, only about 47,500 in-service satcom units are deployed but mainly to support low data rate applications. Most of these units are in smaller airplanes and used for voice and basic data communications. Read More

High Throughput On The High Seas: Observations From Nor-Shipping 2015

By Denis Sutherland, Director of Business Development, iDirect

Denis SutherlandTrade show panels always make for lively market discussions. So when I was asked to join “What’s New in Maritime Satellite Communications: A look at the Coming Advancements in Technology” at the Nor-Shipping event in Oslo this past week, I jumped aboard—no pun intended.

The hot topic of the panel, hosted by Gottlieb International and sponsored by Speedcast, was High Throughput Satellites (HTS). More specifically, how to prepare service providers for delivering high-speed services to the maritime market. You can find my presentation from the panel here.

For those who aren’t quite convinced that maritime is a growing market for high-speed voice and data services, take a look at what the experts have been saying lately:

  • NSR hones in on significant growth projections in its latest Satcom Markets Report, indicating capacity (both HTS and FSS) driving annual revenues past the $5 billion market by 2024.
  • According to the COMSYS Maritime market report, we’re entering a new phase of growth and the defining factors include rising end user adoption and service diversification.

I believe that the advent of HTS has huge implications for the shipping industry. Here’s a taste of what that demand in which COMSYS is describing looks like today:

  • VSAT broadband networks are providing higher bandwidth applications to improve operations, productivity and crew welfare. Applications like route planning, engine diagnostics and weather applications are in high demand.
  • When it comes to cruise, passengers want to stay connected using their personal wireless devices for social media, video and mobile calling services.

And all such opportunities are indeed real. Speaking on the panel, Simon Gatty-Saunt from SES gave a glimpse into some of the exciting HTS plans for the company. This involves three satellites planned for launch in 2017. Read More

Small Cells World Summit: Satellite Technology in Focus

The Small Cells World Summit kicks off next week in London, and with it comes a focus on the solutions that help mobile operators deliver the best quality user experience in the most cost-efficient manner. In the case of satellite technology, when combined with small cells, it can help shift the cost dynamics and deployment methodology for connecting remote and rural areas.

iDirect remains at the center of such discussions. Visit booth 81 where our product experts will introduce you to iDirect SatHaul. This TDMA-based solution provides an efficient satellite transport for small cells using traditional broad beam or High Throughput Satellites, along with advanced optimization capabilities that reduce the amount of bandwidth needed for voice or data.

iDirect SatHaul

When you package it all together, what you get is an efficient satellite backhaul solution that helps operators expand voice and data services into rural and remote regions more reliably and cost effectively than ever before. Read More

Bringing HTS to Market

Denis SutherlandBy Denis Sutherland, Director of Business Development, iDirect

The advent of High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology means that the VSAT industry is poised to enter a new era of innovation and possibility. Challenges associated with quality, reliability and cost have been addressed, positioning satellite communication for exponential growth and mass adoption.

At the most fundamental level, HTS represents a major advance in satellite architecture design.

Compared with a traditional broad-beam satellite, HTS can be defined by three primary characteristics, as depicted in the diagram below:

iDirect HTS

The use of multiple spot beams changes where infrastructure must be located and how it will be deployed and managed. With an HTS feeder link design, an operator can no longer place hubs anywhere under a beam. Instead, the entire hub infrastructure must be located within a feeder link managed by a single network operator. Read More

Celebrating 50 Years of Nor-Shipping with iDirect Partner Events

50years_bThis week, the global maritime market convenes in Oslo for the annual Nor-Shipping exhibition and conference. The year marks the 50th anniversary of this premier event covering global communications for the maritime industry, and what better way to celebrate than with major announcements and VIP events?

iDirect will be on hand in Oslo this week in support of our partners as they host customer and channel events, as well as promote their most recent news.

Intelsat: Coming off the announcement last week of IntelsatOne Flex®, Intelsat is sure to be among the big newsmakers at the event. This customizable, high-performance managed service that leverages Intelsat’s new EpicNG fleet of spot-beam satellites along with its existing global Ku-Band fleet, uses iDirect VelocityVelocity has been fully optimized for Intelsat Epic to provide scalability, performance and higher throughput.

Airbus/Marlink: Today, more than 10,000 vessels operate using services from Airbus/Marlink. The company will celebrate its success with its customer base, hosting a VIP event. Jerome Clappison, iDirect’s senior director sales strategic and key accounts, and Michael Haddad, senior sales engineer will attend. Read More

iDirect Velocity® Powers IntelsatOne® Flex

Today, Intelsat announced the launch of IntelsatOne Flex, a customizable, high-performance managed service that leverages Intelsat’s new Epic fleet of spot-beam satellites along with its existing global Ku-Band fleet.

IntelsatOne Flex offers service providers improved performance and coverage without the cost and complexities that come with managing hardware across multiple spot beams, required to incorporate HTS into their existing network infrastructure.

Service providers can easily and cost-effectively launch services across the maritime, aero and government verticals, offering their customers greater accessibility and improved economics through the use of smaller antennas.

The Intelsat offering will allow service providers to maintain control over their network by allowing them to continue to manage the customization, contention and prioritization of sub networks and end-user terminals with tiered Committed Information Rate (CIR) plans.

Powered by Velocity

IntelsatOne Flex uses iDirect Velocity®, a ground infrastructure platform designed for AllDiagramslarge-scale global HTS networks, which has been fully optimized for Intelsat EpicNG to provide scalability, performance and higher throughput.

Intelsat will use Velocity’s unique global bandwidth management feature to streamline and simplify the management of capacity across the entire Intelsat fleet of satellites, ensuring connectivity across multiple spot-beams. Velocity features very fast beam switching powering Intelsat’s Mobility flexibility. Read More

HTS Offers Solution to Rising Connectivity Demands at Sea

From Via Satellite

Noting an uptick in expectation for faster bandwidth in the satellite communications market, NSSLGlobal recently ran a study that found nearly half of all superyacht crewmembers expect to receive the same connectivity speeds at sea as they do on land. With superyachts leading rapidly rising expectations for faster and more reliable maritime connectivity, the question becomes whether or not technology can keep pace.

“Fifty percent of the world’s population is under 30. The younger working-age population has grown up with connectivity as the norm,” Sally-Anne Ray, managing director of NSSLGlobal told Via Satellite. “Increasingly ‘IT-savvy’ crew expects to always be online, which results in a demand for increased speed as well as different ways of using bandwidth.”

With bandwidth previously used primarily for voice and email communications to keep in touch with loved ones while abroad, in just a few short years these demands have been replaced with the desire to access applications such as Facebook, Skype, Whatsapp and FaceTime, all of which are “potentially bandwidth-hungry” applications.

Solutions such as Kerio Control or NSSLGlobal’s Cruise Control can help yacht operators ensure that bandwidth isn’t being wasted while companies improve equipment onboard to try to meet demand. Meanwhile, crewmembers can turn off automatic updates and synching while on board to prioritize bandwidth. But with superyacht owners who have more resources available — often setting the tone for the rest of the industry — it’s likely other vessels will come to demand more reliable connectivity at sea as well, calling for a more permanent solution.

“We definitely believe that demand in the superyacht sector will ripple out to the rest of the maritime community,” Ray said. “This is especially true of commercial maritime where the introduction of the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC-2006), which establishes minimum working and living standards for all seafarers, has meant vessels must re-evaluate their bandwidth.” Passengers aboard cruise ships also often expect similar standards at sea as on land, and support vessels for offshore oilrigs have high bandwidth requirements as well. Continue >

Ground Players Tackle Bandwidth Optimization in an HTS World

From Via Satellite

For any industry, making the most of the resources you have available is critical to success. The managing of bandwidth for the satellite industry is vital particularly as we look at things like 4K and move into a more data-intensive world.

The launch of ViaSat 1, Intelsat Epic NG and other new High Throughput Satellites (HTS) is increasing the amount of bandwidth in the sky by a factor of eight to 10. At the same time, the promise of performance embodied by HTS has upped the stakes for the ground segment to devise new ways to squeeze more efficiency out of existing networks while ensuring that infrastructure investments made today will serve customers needs for broadband on the fly tomorrow.

“Our customers are demanding much more dynamic delivery of service from us,” says Andrew Lucas, global operating officer for Harris CapRock, which teams with iDirect and Comtech EF Data to serve customers in the maritime, energy and government sectors. “In our world, a customer may be in a location for only a short period and then change, but they may not be able to tell us where they are going next. We need to deliver very quickly.”

Mark Ayers, director of RF satellite engineering for Alaska-based GCI, a voice, data and video services provider, is also feeling the pressure to serve more demanding users, especially as it delivers high-bandwidth to schools and clinics in rural Alaska for applications such as telemedicine. “We’re highly focused on being as efficient as possible with our bandwidth because of the high cost of satellite capacity,” he says. “Every single link we deliver is focused on maximizing the spectral efficiencies we can achieve.” Continue >

Having Higher Hub Capacity Is The Result Of XipLink’s New XA Products

From Satnews

XipLink has debuted three new models of their XA Hub products.

The new XA-60K, XA-100K and XA-150K appliances will scale from accelerating 60,000 TCP sessions to as high as 150,000 sessions, accommodating the most demanding new capacities and High Throughput Satellites. In addition, the new hardware will support current hub products XA-10K and XA-30K allowing customers to migrate from 50 Megabit per second bandwidth to Gigabit speed.

The new XA 60K Hub Appliance will be available in April, while higher capacity systems based on the same hardware platform will be delivered later in 2015. All Hub products come standard with XipOS 4.3 for all key features such as TCP Acceleration, Link Balancing/Bonding and Byte Caching while supporting options such as XipLink Hub Optimizations (XHO) for single device optimization of web traffic and Advanced Cellular Compression (ACC) for optimal cellular backhaul. The new XA capacities are available to customers in the models shown in the chart to the right. Continue >

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