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iDirect Partner Perspective: Axesat

Mauricio Segovia - Axesat CEOMauricio Segovia, CEO, Axesat, sits down with iDirect and offers his perspective on the emerging LatAm market, HTS and what’s next in 2017 for Axesat.

iDirect: Please describe Axesat and its role in the emerging LatAm satellite market.

Segovia: Axesat is a multinational company based in Colombia focused on providing solutions that guarantee the best possible service experience to Latin American companies. We have over thirteen years of experience and over 200 employees committed to understanding our customer’s needs to deliver solutions that truly add value to their businesses. We have offices in Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador and Peru and we also serve the Argentinian, Venezuelan and Central American markets via strategic partners.  We have over 8,000 active satellite links and over 800 clients distributed throughout the region.  Our main goal is to solve the business connectivity needs of companies and telcos in a cost-efficient way.

iDirect: How long have you been an iDirect partner and why did Axesat select its technology?

Segovia: Axesat is constantly looking for the best way to deliver the best solutions to respond to our customer’s needs. Therefore, we continuously look for the best available technologies that allow us to satisfy our customer needs.  In such a process, in 2010, we decided to begin our relationship with iDirect, acquiring the Evolution® platform to complement our existing product portfolio.

iDirect: What verticals do you serve and which services do you offer in your core markets?

Segovia: We have a presence in several verticals.  Not one of the verticals we serve account for more than 10% of our revenues, which together with our geographic reach allows us to weather the storms when a vertical is not doing well.  We have customers in government, oil and gas, energy, mining, infrastructure, retail, banking, and agriculture.  We have developed a complete portfolio of satellite solutions from a deep market understanding of the segments we have a presence in. With our portfolio we offer data, video, voice, backhaul, manage services and trunking solutions to all our core markets. Read More

Aero Service Levels are Measured in More than Megabytes

Denis SutherlandIn-flight connectivity is becoming a standard expectation of modern air travel. From passengers watching live television and pilots checking weather patterns to crewmembers swiping credit cards and monitoring fuel levels, VSAT networks are driving loyalty, revenue and productivity.

Recently I presented at the GVF AERO Connect 2016 conference it was not a surprise that everyone wants more. And that more is going to come from HTS capacity translated into networks that can run at hundreds of Mbps. NSR reports that 18,000 aircraft will be powered by capacity from High Throughput Satellites by 2025, accounting for $2.8 billion in revenue.

But here’s the catch. High-quality airline connectivity cannot be boiled down simply to the speed of a satellite router. At iDirect, we believe that the ultimate guarantee of service performance depends a complete solution that will meet the demanding expectations of in-flight connectivity.

We heard from leading satellite operator that the key challenge is managing complex SLAs across a large coverage area that spans multiple spot beams. Think of hundreds of airlines all needing different bandwidth levels as they soar across spot beams and dish out bandwidth to diverse users onboard running dynamic applications. That’s incredibly difficult. And if not done well, it doesn’t matter how many megabytes a router can handle. Read More

High Throughput Solutions for High-Priority Defense Applications

As satellites with higher throughput capabilities come online, they bring tremendous promise to military networks – faster speeds for bandwidth-hungry applications like aerial surveillance, and greater bandwidth efficiency for increasingly cost-sensitive communications budgets.

iDirect's High Performance 9-Series Satellite Remotes

Bringing that capacity to market is the focus of iDirect’s latest product lineup, which it’s showcasing at the Global MilSatCom conference in London this week.

Stop by our booth at stand #17 to check out our latest products and hear first-hand how iDirect is advancing satellite connectivity for defense organizations worldwide.

iDirect 980The all-new lineup includes high-performance defense remotes. The 9-series remotes features the 9350 Satellite Router, the fastest iDirect TDMA remote to date, the 950mp Integrated Satellite Router Board for portable communications-on-the-move (COTM) solutions, the 980 Airborne Integrated Satellite Router Board, and the 9800AE and 9800AR Airborne Satellite Routers.

You can read more about the 9-series here.

The new defense remotes bring even greater performance and efficiency when they’re coupled with our next-generation Defense Line Cards, which are critical for operation in an environment of higher throughput satellite capacity coming online. The line cards feature FIPS 140-2 Level 3 security, an onboard TRANSEC module, and conformal coating. In addition, they deliver higher MODCODs and additional FEC rates to improve spectral efficiency in DVB-S2. Read More

High-Performance Defence Remotes Ready for Action

The world’s defence organizations are expanding their reliance on satellite communications. And satellite technology in turn is being significantly enhanced to serve the mission.

Next week at Global MilSatCom 2016 in London, iDirect will showcase its latest lineup of defence remotes – the 9-series. From new man-pack terminals to next-gen aero remotes, the 9-series delivers new levels of performance, efficiency and security. Here’s a quick preview.

  • The 9-series lineup includes the iDirect 900/9350 Series Satellite Routers that provide unprecedented performance, dual demodulators and greater bandwidth efficiency. The rack-mounted 9350 is the fastest iDirect TDMA remote to date, with over 150 Mbps of aggregate throughput with DVB-S2 and Adaptive TDMA and a path to well over 200 Mbps via support of 29 Msps with Adaptive SCPC. The 9350 also features a multi-core processor, embedded 8-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, dual demodulators, and an LCD display. The 900 is a board-level remote and features the same capabilities as the 9350, with the added ability for custom terminal integration.
  • The iDirect 950mp Integrated Satellite Router Board is designed for portable communications-on-the-move (COTM) solutions. The 950mp features an overall 30% reduction in size, weight and power (SWaP) and iDirect Transmit Key Line to further reduce power consumption. It also features embedded FIPS 140-2 Level 3 encryption and is designed to operate within all Ku-, C-, Ka- and X-bands including Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) frequency ranges, providing flexibility in secure network deployments.
  • The 980 Airborne Integrated Satellite Router Board is a board-level router, designed for ultra-high speed airborne applications (up to 1,000 mph). Its improved performance, dual demodulators for seamless beam-switching, spread spectrum returns and skew angle compensation support aeronautical operations, enabling the use of ultra-small and phased-array antennas on military aircraft.
  • The iDirect 9800 AE and 9800 AR Airborne Satellite Routers incorporate the powerful 980 board-level router. Available in two form factors, ARINC 600 Enclosure (AE) and 1RU Rack Mount (AR), they are designed to meet the stringent certifications required for installation on aircraft. With its upgraded performance, security and efficiency features, this series is primed to protect military-grade communications.

The 9-series is designed to coexist with the e8000 series remotes, enabling a smooth transition path to upgrade fielded remotes. Read More

In The Oil And Gas Recovery, Satellite Will Rise

From Via Satellite

Despite slumps in technology spending, there is light on the horizon. New satellites, fit-for-purpose HTS, and increasing data-intensive trends could see satellite break away from the oil and gas market weakness in the future.

It’s no overstatement: there is seemingly always something going on in the Middle East. oil-rigAnd now, with nuclear-related sanctions lifted from Iran, the region has, perhaps, even more eyes on it. The geopolitical implications of Iran are significant; the country has the potential to redefine the Middle Eastern landscape. Oil rich and with numerous other valuable resources virtually untapped, Iran will likely resuscitate its economy, and the world will feel the wake of this large nation kicking off from the sin-bin pond into the global economy’s flowing river. The first evidence is the shaky price of oil. Iran stepping back from production cuts earlier this year left other members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the oil and gas (O&G) market as a whole in even greater turbulence.

While it’s interesting to see what comes out of Iran’s shackles being removed, the satellite industry is left to fretfully question the result of a turbulent O&G market. It’s highly probable that slumping revenues for O&G companies will squash technology investments. What does this mean for satellite growth? And for what duration? According to Judson Jacobs, senior director of upstream exploration and production at IHS energy consulting, many oil companies currently still see satellite as too expensive. This sentiment sours further when considering the pressure that O&G operations are under to cut back spending. Continue >

Regional Market Trends and Headlines: Latin America

Darren LudingtonBy Darren Ludington, Senior Director of Sales, LatAm, iDirect

Recognizing the significant social and economic benefits, governments across the region have taken the lead in extending broadband Internet services for greater accessibility to the entire population. Today, it’s fair to say that satellite is becoming the standard for rural communications across Latin America.

Satellite offers many advantages to the LatAm region, starting with reliable, immediate coverage. Service providers can deliver high-speed, secure connections to any locale, for any application, creating an intelligent path forward for new distance-learning opportunities, business continuity for retailers, and cost effective mobile backhaul. Read on to hear our take on these trends and more, and visit our expert team this week at Futurecom 2016 – we’ll be at Stand F18, starting today!

Market Headlines: 

Government: New Initiatives Advance Educational Opportunities  

As mentioned, substantial investments by local governments across the region have made access to and use of mobile broadband more pervasive. Today we’re beginning to see a greater level of collaboration between local governments and mobile operators, creating promising new mobile broadband initiatives particularly in education and enterprise markets.

african-internet-cafeResidents in remote Bahía Solano, Colombia, rely on VSAT connectivity provided by SkyNet de Colombia to not only gain knowledge about the world, but to educate the world about their community. Young adults from this community upload their own personal videos so that they can share their experiences with the world.

One such example comes from SkyNet de Colombia, one of the fastest growing satellite operators in Latin America serving markets including government, military, enterprise, and disaster and emergency response agencies. SkyNet is involved in an ambitious government-funded initiative called Kioscos Vive Digital. Read More

All Apps on Board: All Eyes at Sea

Oil rig operators are constantly under pressure to run operations more efficiently and securely. With leasing rates averaging hundreds of thousands of dollars per day, a single minute of disrupted communications is a hefty loss in profits. The key to success is increasing the visibility and speed of collaboration between the rig and headquarters.

iDirect All Eyes at Sea

Today, VSAT networks provide real-time information exchanges between operations at sea and employees back at headquarters. One rising trend is the integrated use of video in day-to-day operations. Today, oil rigs are equipped to support video applications – whether that’s sending live video feeds from an oil rig or from the ocean floor. Furthermore, they’re equipping exploration vessels, workboats, tankers, offshore support vessels (OSVs), production platforms and remote drilling sites with full access to corporate networks.

Add to this the need to support basic corporate networking, crew welfare and bandwidth-heavy data transfer. And consider that oil and gas networks also support ocean-crossing oil tankers and other mobility applications – and suddenly many of today’s VSAT networks are challenged to carry the load.

Enter the newly launched iDirect 9350 Satellite Router. The 9350 is targeted at high-end commercial mobility markets, and initially features up to 150 Mbps of aggregate throughput Adaptive TDMA performance with a software upgrade path to well over 200 Mbps via support for Adaptive SCPC. Read More

All Apps on Board: Meeting Sky-High Expectations for Connectivity

Meet Sky-High Expectations - iDirectYou can barely board a flight these days that doesn’t advertise in-flight connectivity. Commercial airlines are investing more in VSAT for in-flight connectivity to compete for the loyalty of more than one billion annual airline passengers, as well as improve operational productivity in the face of constantly rising costs.

Today, expectations for what a VSAT network can deliver are soaring to a higher level. Passengers want to watch streaming video content and live TV without constant buffering. Further, onboard networks are expanding to support cellular service.

In the cockpit, in-flight connectivity serves a growing set of business needs, such as navigational charting, weather-pattern monitoring and mechanical system monitoring. And connectivity helps ground control stay in control, receiving live feeds from the aircraft to monitor fuel and maintenance needs.

Supporting all these applications demands a faster and more efficient network. Thankfully, High Throughput Satellites (HTS) are answering the call. NSR reports that approximately 18,000 aircraft will be powered by capacity from HTS by 2025, accounting for $2.8 billion in revenue. These numbers are in addition to 8,160 Ku-band units, and nearly 90,000 total VSAT-connected aircraft projected for the same timeframe.

With rising pressure on service providers to meet the airlines’ continual demand for increasing network performance, iDirect has introduced its next-generation aero remote, the CX780. Read More

All Apps on Board: Now Serving More Data

You could say that the superyacht passenger epitomizes the market standard for connectivity these days.

Once these passengers step aboard, their expectation for unparalleled bandwidth, premium VoIP services and 4K video – present in their everyday lives – is just as fervent out at sea.

Now Serving More DataFor the superyacht owner, that means that along with the high-end concierge service, they must be serving more data than ever.

Both passengers and crew want high-speed internet connectivity and access to content like streaming TV. And VSAT networks must support applications such as bridge communications, weather tracking and ship maintenance.

The superyacht segment within maritime has relied on VSAT for many years, and now that reliance levels up a notch. And as traffic demands surge and the number of devices per passenger per ship increases, superyacht owners are upgrading their VSAT networks to support higher-speed and higher-quality service.

A look at the market shows growth ahead. According to Northern Sky Research’s (NSR) Maritime SATCOM Markets, 4th Edition, there will be 8,200 VSAT-equipped passenger vessels by 2025, up from 4,400 reported at the end of 2015. The general leisure maritime market, of which superyacht is part of, remains strong, with new ship orders demanding higher bandwidth options.

Learn what NSR and maritime VSAT leaders are forecasting for the years ahead.

Passenger markets are poised to move over to HTS-based offerings in GEO and Non-GEO, with almost 24 Gbps of demand by 2025, in addition to 79 TPEs of FSS capacity. HTS services are predicated to drive significant adoption with better coverage, more affordable bandwidth and lower-cost equipment. Read More

Live from Monaco Yacht Show: Kymeta, VT iDirect, Panasonic and Intelsat demo high-speed VSAT system, delivering Internet and TV service over first-of-its-kind flat panel antenna

KymetaiDirect has partnered with flat-panel antenna manufacturer Kymeta and Panasonic Avionics to host a live network demonstration at the Monaco Yacht Show. The demo will stream Panasonic’s eXTV service, as well as Skype sessions and Internet access, running over iDirect’s new high-performance 9350 remote router, which will be connected to Kymeta’s new ultra-sleek flat-panel antenna subsystem module (ASM).

The demo is located in front of Restaurant Le Virage. Streaming TV and free Wi-Fi can be experienced in the VIP lounge during the following times:

  • Wednesday, Sept 28 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, Sept 29 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday, Sept 30 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

The demo is enabled by the iDirect 9350 satellite remote. With the 9350, iDirect introduces a new class of remote ideal for the high-throughput expectations. Targeted at the high-end commercial mobility markets, the 9350 initially features up to 150Mbps of aggregate throughput Adaptive TDMA performance with a software upgrade path to well over 200Mbps via support for Adaptive SCPC.

Kymeta’s ground-breaking mTenna technology is a lightweight, metamaterials-based flat-panel ASM that can be recessed into the structure of super yachts making the ASM invisible. By using metamaterials as the basis of the design instead of a phased array approach the Kymeta ASM consumes an extraordinarily low amount of power – in fact, less than 15 Watts (that’s right, not kilowatts).

The Kymeta solution can scale with the use of the Kymeta antenna combiner to enable significantly higher Internet connection speeds than legacy maritime communications systems and is designed for next-generation GEO, MEO and LEO satellites. Read More