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HTS: 5 Points to Prepare for 2015

Denis SutherlandBy Denis Sutherland, Sr. Manager, Sales System Engineering

The dust has settled on yet another GVF HTS round table in London. For me, it was my fifth and final panel of 2014. That includes three GVF panels, one at Posidonia and one at the maritime event SMM. All have included lively debate and countless engagements with vendors, satellite operators, consultants and end customers.

Last week we took a look back at the year in HTS. As I alluded to in that blog, 2015 will be a year in which we continue to see more developments on the HTS front. Based on my participation in various conferences and other industry events, I have come away with five distinct things to watch as we prepare for 2015.

iDirect HTS 5 Points
1. The Inflection Point
Analyst projections show that HTS is just getting started as a great deal of capacity is coming online. The numbers paint an encouraging picture for the future.

For example, a report released earlier this year from NSR shows that leased HTS capacity increased by 25.6% in the last year and the wholesale revenue equivalent derived from the global HTS market in 2013 was estimated to be nearly $ 246.3 million, up 14.6% compared to 2012.

But the global market for HTS is still emerging. HTS demand growth rate is expected to rise above 30% annually with broadband access services to be the mainstay of demand. Overall, NSR forecasts that HTS capacity demand will surpass 1,000 Gbps by 2023. Read More

iDirect Year in Review

As 2014 comes to close, the satellite industry can reflect back on a year of great Mary Cottonopportunity and working transition.

Front-and-center throughout the year was the topic of high throughput satellite (HTS). But HTS remains a long-term endeavor. Looking ahead, much work will focus on how HTS changes the ways in which networks are designed, services are offered and operations are managed.

Aside from HTS, this past year brought forth continued growth within key satellite markets, as well as increased demand for high bandwidth networks across many traditional markets. Markets like cellular backhaul and mobility present ample opportunity for satellite to display its unique set of value propositions.

Mary Cotton, CEO of iDirect, expounds on both topics and more in a featured satellite year-in-review article published by SatMagazine. Click here to read this exclusive piece.

Need for High Throughput Connectivity in Defence Drives Satcom Applications Globally

From Satellite Markets & Research

London, UK, November 25, 2014 – The demand for high throughput military satcom applications is growing as the use of unmanned aerial systems and implementation of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance of C4ISR systems increase. High throughput satcom applications can support imagery streaming and seamless connectivity across tactical and strategic networks – capabilities which have become vital in the military space.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global Military Satcom Applications Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $3.05 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $3.82 billion in 2022. The study covers manpack/handheld, ground vehicle mounted, air platform mounted, naval platform mounted and fixed MilSatCom applications.

“To support MilSatCom suppliers and service providers, governments and commercial operators are launching high throughput satellite systems, which are driving Ka band capacity,” saidFrost & Sullivan Aerospace & Defence Research Analyst Arun Kumar Sampathkumar. “Currently, unused satellite spectrum capacity is delaying the migration to high throughput frequencies and hence lowering MilSatCom hardware expenditures. Nonetheless, as military users migrate to Ka bandwidth and Internet protocol (IP)-based strategic military communication networks, spending on MilSatCom will rise.”

Globally, spending is focused on upstream spectrum procurement. As a result, spending on hardware upgrades will go up in the coming decade and stimulate the use of MilSatCom applications. Continue >

The Year in HTS: Market Debates and Program Debuts

By Denis Sutherland, Sr. Manager, Sales System EngineeringDenis Sutherland

As we begin looking ahead to 2015, I cannot help but first look back at the major progress that has been made on the High Throughput Satellite (HTS) front during 2014. These past 12 months have been particularly enlightening for me, as I’ve had the opportunity to engage in some thorough and thought-provoking dialogue with the industry about both the challenges and opportunities associated with HTS.

First things first: HTS satellites have launched. This year we moved closer to the reality of several HTS programs focused on the enterprise market. The launch of Inmarsat’s first Global Xpress satellite was a great step forward . As we look forward to 2015, the anticipation is that satellite launches will quicken, led by major programs like Intelsat EPIC.

Certainly the launch of these HTS programs presents a major milestone. They signal a new era for the industry. However, we must continue to focus on preparing enterprise markets for the impact that comes with HTS; most notably how we design networks, offer services and manage operations.

These very subjects were the topic of much discussion on the blog this past year. I posed some thoughts, encouraged the industry to respond—and heard back with some great insight. And before we look ahead to what 2015 will hold for HTS, let’s quickly recap what we’ve discovered over this past year. Read More

iDirect at Africacom: Cell Backhaul on the Horizon

By Toni Lee Rudnicki, Chief Marketing Officer, iDirect

As mobile operators continue transforming their network architecture to take advantage ofTL small cells and carrier Wi-Fi, high throughput satellite (HTS) capacity remains well positioned to create new opportunities for providing backhaul in remote and rural locations. This is a trend that is certainly playing out across Africa; a reason why it was no surprise that cell backhaul was the focal point of most discussions at Africacom.

Overall, this year’s Africacom event was bustling with positivity despite many attendees characterizing 2014 as being a bit of a tough year. The optimism that attendees expressed was the fact that they saw many opportunities on the horizon. For example, the enterprise market remains on a steady uptick. Banking and education were two such markets garnering significant attention. But again, every conversation ultimately centered on the topic of cell backhaul.

iDirect hosted a series of small cell demos at the event, all of which turned out very positive results. It was fun to watch as the attendees took the cell phones and walked across the tradeshow floor to experience the demo. Most were pleasantly surprised. In general, HTS and small cells were seen as an opportunity. It is another area in which satellite communications is able to flex its unique muscle in the network.

For iDirect, this further reinforces our acquisition earlier this year of the some of the software assets of Altobridge. Attendees definitely noticed and on more than one occasion I received positive feedback on the move. As we build the Altobridge technology into our satellite platform we will be able to offer cellular customers a cost-efficient and fully integrated solution focused on the needs of backhaul. Read More

OilComm 2014: The Answer to the Increasing Demand for Capacity

By Gloria Kinney, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, iDirect

Unprecedented bandwidth demand within the Oil & Gas industry is driven by the use of video monitoring and real-time data exchange for improved operations, security, and training. While the emergence of high throughput satellite (HTS) will play a prominent role in providing much of that additional capacity, there is a key role for other communications technologies – Wi-Fi, WiMAX, 4G, and fiber – within the larger ecosystem. This hybrid network infrastructure approach was the key theme throughout the OilComm 2014 conference that took place in Houston, TX, Nov. 5-7.


OilComm 2014

Satellite connectivity still remains the primary source for offshore, mobility, and back-up applications particularly in remote locations. The advent of High Throughput Satellite (HTS) will drastically improve data throughput and capacity at more affordable prices. In addition to HTS, various Oilcomm sessions explored how other terrestrial and wireless communications technologies can complement the existing satellite infrastructure.

The new pre-conference Tech Workshops were designed to facilitate discussions with existing industry challenges such as key considerations for effective mobile application development for the oilfield. Also new this year was the Exhibitor Showcase Theater where companies had 30 minutes to promote the latest in cutting edge technology including subsea optical communication systems, virtual private radio networks, and dynamic wireless microwave networking solutions. Read More

HTS and the Capacity to Accommodate Offshore Oil & Gas

Denis SutherlandBy Denis Sutherland, Sr. Manager, Sales System Engineering 

From Offcomm News

The adoption of High Throughput Satellite in the oil and gas market will be impacted by the cost of the service compared to the uptime and availability that can be delivered.

More than two Tbps of HTS (High Throughput Satellite) capacity is projected to fill the sky over the next 10 years. This should provide a welcome opportunity for the offshore oil and gas sector, where satellite internet demand continues to escalate, says Denis Sutherland, senior manager, sales system engineering, iDirect.

Offshore rigs and platforms around the world remain heavy users of satellite broadband with their use of voice, video, and data applications – ultimately driving up the average consumption of bandwidth. Be it: applications connecting rigs with onshore production teams; safety applications and equipment monitoring to track operations; or personal connections for crew welfare, this growing use of data presents a service challenge that satellite network operators will need to face in the near future.

Both Ku-band and C-band have served the oil and gas offshore market for a number of years. C-band is the most reliable choice for operations where uptime is a must, but is also the most expensive choice per site. Ku-band is more cost-effective and is the most deployed satellite connectivity solution in the market. It is used in many areas where weather has less impact on performance. Continue>

VSAT in APAC: An Opportune Landscape for Growth

Two recent events shine the spotlight on VSAT’s continued growth in Asia-Pacific. The region is experiencing an upswing of opportunity, given the launches of multiple satellites, greater demand for high throughput satellites (HTS), and growing opportunities across a number of different markets.

The month of September wrapped up with the annual APSCC Conference & Exhibition, where the theme was appropriately centered on “The New Landscape for Satellite.” APSCC President Yutaka Nagai perhaps said it best when he welcomed attendees with a message that the satellite industry is positioned for an exciting phase of prosperity in Asia Pacific.


For iDirect, the message of HTS in particular was front-and-center at the event, with Tom Cheong, VP & GM, iDirect Asia, participating on an engaging panel discussion titled “HTS and Broadband Satellite Services.”

“Given the coming HTS capacity that will present higher throughput, better mobility support and more persuasive economics for large networks, the Asia Pacific region can expect unprecedented new opportunities for both consumers and enterprise customers,” said Cheong. “Factors like rapid urbanization in major Asian cities, upsurge in air, land and sea travel as well as increasing demand for high-speed mobile connectivity, all speak to this being the right time for HTS to elevate Asia Pacific to the next level.”

This demand is already apparent in the form of communications on the move (COTM) from the defense and homeland security sectors. Multiple coast guard/naval forces, land-based army divisions as well as disaster management agencies in the region have incorporated iDirect technology into their mobile assets.

Likewise, cruise liners and commercial airlines remain the next big wave of mobility for Asia Pacific. iDirect’s strong foundation in the maritime space should propel this market segment forward. Coupled with the government mobility objectives, the outlook for mobility in APAC looks to be well rounded. Read More

Coming Down From Space, Part 2 of 2

BDenis Sutherlandy Denis Sutherland, Sr. Manager, Sales System Engineering

Satellite operators’ business models are going to change due to the multi spot beam architecture of HTS. Satellite operators will need to focus not just on space but also on ground infrastructure. This new focus will enable their service provider (SP) customers to cost effectively access HTS via a managed service model. We predict that satellite operators will change their business models to sell Mbps rather than MHz. In my last blog I considered why, but in this one I would like to discuss what impact this may have.

How Do You Sell Mbps?

RSCC recently told SatTV Week that they are an “operator of infrastructure” during an interview at CommunicAsia 2014.

This demonstrates to me that satellite operators understand that they need to sell more than just a satellite’s capability in order to ultimately sell Mbps. Satellite operators must sell what’s on the ground, too; the quality, security and reliability of the ground infrastructure are significant. The ground elements are a critical part of the overall network architecture. Therefore, satellite operators will be responsible for the entire network if they are selling Mbps via a managed service model.

Could The VNO Model Be A Stepping Stone?

Satellite operators can control how their capacity comes to market by choosing one of four business models:

  • Vertically Integrated Model – (Mbps)
  • Managed Services Model – (Mbps)
  • Virtual Network Operator Model – (MHz)
  • Hub Co-location Model – (MHz)

Although all four business models are in use today, I made the case in my last blog that satellite operators that are selling MHz will gradually transition to a managed service model based on selling Mbps. However, the VNO model could serve as transition point for some. Read More

What’s on the Horizon for HTS?

iDirect's CMO, Toni Lee RudnickiBy Toni Lee Rudnicki, Chief Marketing Officer, iDirect

A few trends stuck out from NSR’s earlier released Global Satellite Capacity Supply and Demand, 11th edition. In particular, trends associated with High Throughput Satellite (HTS) contained in the report set the stage for the next stage in its growth.

In terms of bench-setting data for HTS, NSR’s report shows that leased HTS capacity increased by 25.6% in the last year and the wholesale revenue equivalent derived from the global HTS market in 2013 was estimated to be nearly $ 246.3 million, up 14.6% compared to 2012.

But going forward NSR believes that the global market for HTS is still emerging. Projected HTS demand growth rate is expected to rise above 30% annually with broadband access services to be the mainstay of demand. Overall, NSR forecasts that HTS capacity demand will surpass 1,000 Gbps by 2023.

A deeper look into the trends reveals that NSR believes the future of HTS should accelerated once we move past the current “land-grab phase” and business cases beyond typical broadband access start to pan out.

Mobility. Going forward, NSR anticipates mobility applications for both commercial and government/military clients to utilize both traditional FSS capacity along with next-generation HTS and MEO-HTS.

And NSR believes both segments could see even greater demand, should certain factors eventually play out further. In the government/military segment, for example, an increase in requirements associated with certain foreign policy initiatives could have substantial impact. With regards to commercial mobility, an increase in the number of deployments for aeronautical and maritime will be among the main accelerating factors. Read More