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Dalkom Somalia Launches iDirect Network to Expand Satellite Connectivity in Somalia

Dalkom Somalia Launches iDirect Network to Expand Satellite Connectivity in SomaliaiDirect platform brings greater bandwidth speed and improves end user experience

Herndon, Va. January 3, 2018 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Dalkom Somalia has installed an iDirect Hub and will leverage iDirect’s series remotes to provide high-speed satellite connectivity in Somalia. The new iDirect network will enable Dalkom Somalia to scale its service more cost-effectively, expand end user data rates up to 38.5 Mbps, and improve Service Level Agreements by reducing service set-up duration. It will also provide back-up connectivity for service restoration in cities as needed.

Dalkom Somalia is one of Somalia’s fast-growing telecom companies offering next-generation solutions for broadband, connectivity, cloud computing, managed services, satellite services, and internet services for businesses, wholesale and consumer segments. Financed by Dalkom Somalia as part of the company’s strategy to provide world class infrastructure to support the Horn and East Africa region’s needs for innovative Telecommunication & Information and Communications Technology solutions, the new iDirect network will serve a wide range of markets, including Government and non-Government Organisations, charities, healthcare, academic institutions, Internet Service Providers, telecommunications operators and financial services.

“Through the iDirect platform, we are opening up areas where no connectivity has existed before,” said Mohamed Ahmed Jama, CEO, Dalkom Somalia. “iDirect’s platform technology enables us to gain critical operations advantages by increasing data performance and efficiency, and shortening service installation. And these are critical requirements to expand our service reach and capabilities.”

“The expansion of connectivity in Africa is a major priority for iDirect,” said David Harrower, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, VT iDirect. “Our partnership with Dalkom Somalia hinges on the provision of efficient, high-speed satellite service, enabling the expansion of businesses, government and non-profit services across the continent. This new network in Somalia will significantly aid local citizens in Somalia.”

iDirect Innovation — A Core Strength

Kevin SteenBy Kevin Steen, President and Chief Executive Officer, iDirect

The SATCOM industry’s technology innovation cycle is accelerating at a rapid pace toward lower costs and to offer higher levels of customer satisfaction.

This year alone, breakthrough satellite designs are flooding the skies with ultra-fast bandwidth. Flat-panel antennas that are smaller, faster, and less expensive are spurring critical new applications and opening greater market opportunities — virtualized network infrastructure is enabling operators to support high-volume users over large-scale networks.

iDirect understands that ground infrastructure sits at the heart of these innovations and is the foundation of a satellite network. It also determines, to a large degree, the cost of deploying and growing a business and the ability to serve distinct markets and capture revenue.

The company is driving continued platform innovation to unleash the power of the satellite to a world that demands unlimited connectivity. The result was that 2017 was a milestone year in propelling High Throughput Satellite (HTS) and DVB-S2X toward those efforts.

One critical achievement was to enable satellite operators to bring high throughput capacity to market in the most profitable way possible — through offering a range of wholesale and managed services, depending on the region to be served and the needed applications. In 2017, iDirect became the de facto standard platform for the top three, major satellite operators.

The next pillar in the company’s strategy is to provide customers with a path to DVB-S2X. The higher throughputs and cost savings from HTS are critical for the markets that are experiencing insatiable user demand as well as serving price-sensitive markets. In 2017, iDirect customers launched DVB­S2X networks and unveiled ambitious plans to grow their business with iDirect’s next-generation platform technology.

iDirect Innovation—A Core StrengthWith a look to the future — to the day when VSAT will be a true “plug-and-play” extension of the telecom network fabric — strides had to be taken this year to advance toward that goal. iDirect’s plan demonstrates our support for future technology breakthroughs such as roaming, intelligent satellite payloads and satellite-5G network architecture.

Moving into 2018 and beyond, iDirect is leading the satellite industry toward a transformative architecture that will empower satellite service providers to realize fully dynamic, service-oriented satellite networks. Read More

New Maritime Report – “Navigating New Waters: How to Leverage VSAT Innovation to Meet Growing Customer Needs”

Navigating New Waters White PaperNew maritime VSAT report – Navigating New Waters: How to Leverage VSAT Innovation to Meet Growing Customer Needs

As the growth rate for VSAT-equipped vessels is expected to jump 9.1 percent CAGR by 2026 (NSR), maritime operators are seeking the most value from their connectivity investment to support larger deployments and a growing range of applications.

From commercial shipping vessels sending diagnostic data to shore, to cruise ships connecting floating communities, to yachts streaming TV for passengers, to oil rigs supporting video surveillance, the goal is a fully connected operation.

However, this new vision of the “connected ship” presents a new challenge of managing a global wireless network at sea that serves a much broader suite of applications and end users. When evaluating the right communications solution, maritime operators need to consider their long-term plans for a broad range of applications across their fleet and service territory.

Those maritime operators that can best leverage new technology innovations will be able to navigate their next phase of growth. To learn more on this subject, read iDirect’s new report, Navigating New Waters: How to Leverage VSAT Innovation to Meet Growing Customer Needs, which covers:

  • Bringing HTS capacity onboard in the immediate future, while developing a long-term plan to integrate capacity across all orbits
  • Improving how maritime operators pool bandwidth across their entire fleet and myriad applications
  • How regional companies can adopt inter-provider roaming agreements to economically and quickly expand their service areas
  • Adopting ground-breaking new flat-panel antenna designs and software-defined modems to lower their capital and operating costs

Read our new maritime report here.

SES partners with VT iDirect to deploy iDirect Velocity® platform for GEO High Throughput Satellites

Managed Service solution will be installed at gateways worldwide, providing flexible throughput usage and broader coverage for mobility customers globally

LUXEMBOURG, 5 December 2017 – Customers of SES’s geostationary (GEO) High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services will have greater flexibility and control of their capacity following the deployment of the iDirect Velocity® ground infrastructure, developed by VT iDirect, a global leader in IP based satellite communications, SES announced today.

The iDirect Velocity infrastructure will be deployed across three HTS systems — SES-12, SES-14 and SES-15 — enabling SES Networks to host and provide modular and scalable solutions for its partners and customers, initially for SES Maritime+ services, and then as a multi-application service platform for the fixed and mobility markets.

SES Networks partners with VT iDirect to deploy iDirect Velocity platform for GEO High Throughput Satellites

SES is deploying the iDirect Velocity infrastructure across HTS gateway locations around the globe, allowing SES Networks to offer fully managed end-to-end services, or to delegate control of capacity and other key parameters to customers who, in turn, can do the same for their own customers. The SES Networks Global Services teams across numerous Network Operations Centres (NOCs) and our partners will have unprecedented insight into global bandwidth resources and maximum flexibility for resource allocation.

SES HTS satellites will first leverage iDirect Velocity-based services with leading maritime customers and others using traffic-intensive data applications in the Americas region. Upcoming HTS systems will expand SES Networks’ mobility and other data connectivity services in the Asia-Pacific region, including rapidly growing markets such as India and Indonesia, and will support existing VSAT services in the Americas and the North Atlantic Region. Read More

AMTEL-SVYAZ first implemented the project for the subsidiary, DOZOR-TELEPORT for the launch of DVB-S2X network over iDirect platform

Russia-based service provider leverages iQ remote to deliver high-speed service to cost-sensitive markets

AMTEL-SVYAZ DVB-S2XHerndon, VA, November 30, 2017VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that AMTEL-SVYAZ Company will launch the first iDirect DVB-S2X network in Russia, utilizing the iQ Series of remotes. The network is expected to operate on up to five geostationary satellites, providing coverage over the Russian Federation and parts of the adjacent seas and oceans, delivering cost-effective connectivity throughout the Russia region. AMTEL-SVYAZ will leverage their iDirect network to offer high-speed connectivity to a wide range of enterprise markets, such as Energy, Banking, Oil and Gas, and Maritime. This launch also enables the company to expand their territory and allows flexible pricing for their customers.

iDirect’s next-generation DVB-S2X technology delivers revolutionary gains in performance and efficiencies, and will enable AMTEL-SVYAZ to scale their network efficiently and cost effectively. The iQ Desktop remotes are designed to meet the needs of networks within a wide range of performance scenarios and software licensing features, all based on a future-proof software-upgradeable design.

“We see major opportunity for growth throughout Russia and decided that iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology provides the greatest opportunity to deliver a reliable, high-speed, cost-effective service,” said Igor Ilinchik, CEO of DOZOR-TELEPORT, which is included in the group of telecom companies AMTEL-SVYAZ. “We chose iDirect for their versatility, support, and the highly acclaimed performance of the iQ remote.” Read More

iDirect Partner Perspective: IP Access International

IP Access CEO Bryan HillWe recently sat down with longtime iDirect partner IP Access International to discuss their role in the satellite world. Bryan Hill, CEO of IP Access International, talks about their partnership with iDirect, the customers they serve, and their new revolutionary product called the Harrier.

iDirect: Please describe IP Access as a company and its role in the satellite communications marketplace.

Hill: IP Access provides critical communications to First Responders who protect and save lives.

iDirect: What drives your decision to partner with iDirect?

Hill: Public Safety has made a clear decision to adopt iDirect as the platform of choice and with over 15 years providing solid communication services to these responders, it was clearly a great choice.

iDirect: What are the top challenges IP Access solves for its customers?

Hill: During crises such as hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes, and terrorist attacks, there is a very high likelihood that local communication infrastructure will be disrupted. IP Access solves this with our satellite network and prevents what would be a life-threatening situation for responders. Read More

We Need to Keep Moving

Kevin SteenBy Kevin Steen, President and CEO, VT iDirect

This is an excerpt from a recent speech given by Kevin Steen at the 2017 VSAT Congress, an event organized by the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) to bring together industry leaders to discuss upcoming challenges and the innovations that will drive the wider adoption of VSAT.

When you have a single beam, maintaining connectivity for the mobility of ships or planes within that beam is simple. However, modern VSAT networks long ago expanded beyond a single beam. Each step of the way, iDirect has created solutions to keep mobility as seamless as possible.

Demands for Mobility Innovation

First came the need to stitch together multiple beams on the same satellite, so iDirect introduced Fast Beam Switching and switching logic to handle expansion across multiple beams. Then came the need to stitch together multiple satellites, so iDirect introduced Global Bandwidth Management for traffic load balancing.

Now, customers are wanting to combine multiple constellations, such as broad beams from an older satellite with spot beams from a newer satellite, even operating on different frequency bands. And the emergence of MEO and LEO satellites is creating a need to combine and manage connectivity across multiple orbital planes.

Finally, people are seeking to reach past VSAT and integrate with terrestrial 5G for a multi-access network. As you can see, supporting ships, planes or trains has moved far beyond our traditional thoughts about mobility. A new approach is required for bringing together all these differing forms of connectivity on completely separated networks. Read More

Register Now: “Unlocking New Satcom Markets and Capabilities with Next-Gen Ground Segment” Webinar

NSR iDirect Webinar November 29th

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 | 10-11 a.m. EST | Cost: Free

To say that the satellite industry is going through a profound transformation is in many instances an understatement. Demand for connectivity is surging, and satellite operators are responding by launching massive amounts of new bandwidth into orbit. By 2025, we’re expected to have 10x the capacity we have today.

While the space segment has attracted most of the innovative focus in recent years, it is vital to recognize that there is no value in the satellite industry without a ground terminal. New opportunities cannot be met without major steps forward in the ground segment.

Join iDirect and NSR for an exclusive analysis of the market opportunities, technology trends and the impact of ground segment on the overall satellite industry.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • What are the trends driving or restraining growth in equipment shipments and revenues for each market vertical and region, and for each type of equipment?
  • What are the technology trends in modems, RF equipment, antennas and baseband systems shaping the industry? How is the emergence of HTS and the growing demand of bandwidth influencing these trends?
  • How is HTS opening new market segments in Broadband and Mobility markets?
  • What is iDirect’s strategy to unlocking these new opportunities?
  • How is iDirect driving innovations on the ground to be in lock-step with these new trends?

Reserve your spot today.

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AfricaCom 2017 Wrap Up

DM Telecommunications at AfricaCom 2017AfricaCom’s big focus this year was on satellite and how satellite technology will enable better access to connectivity for all of Africa. To help raise the visibility for satellite communications to the estimated 13,000+ AfricaCom attendees, iDirect invited Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services for the Republic of South Africa, to share her views on new programs that are supporting the role of satellite in the mission to connect Africa.

Keynote Address from Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Over 500 delegates gathered to hear Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services, deliver her keynote address, Visions for Africa: ensuring a connected Africa through satellite communication.

Today, “the challenges of lack of connectivity and low tele-densities particularly in the rural areas of Africa are acute and exacerbate the digital divide,” the Deputy Minister said. “Therefore, policy interventions, an enabling regulatory framework, legislation and collective efforts are needed to build the information society and a knowledge economy in Africa in order to achieve improved socio-economic development and modernized standards of living.”

Satellite communications is key in enabling Africa to overcome these challenges, offering a scalable, quick-to-deploy communications infrastructure to areas where terrestrial alternatives are unavailable, unreliable or simply too expensive. Furthermore, “with the additional satellite capacity and new high throughput capacity coming into the region, price points for bandwidth are more economical and present a mammoth opportunity for providers to deploy services across the region,” Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams said.

“Thank you to iDirect and its business partners who are already serving businesses, financial institutions, and rural communities throughout Africa, to meet their satellite broadband connectivity needs accelerating communication, knowledge and financial growth,” she continued. Read More

New, Flexible Satellite Solutions Improve Maritime Efficiency

Exciting times! iDirect is proud to be Intelsat’s technology partner in providing the underlying technology platform on which the IntelsatOne Flex service is built.

From Intelsat, By Mark Rasmussen

intelsat-logo-250With more than a decade of experience providing critical satellite capacity to the global maritime industry, Intelsat is keenly aware of the challenges faced by service providers who deliver satellite connectivity across all the maritime sectors we serve. Those sectors include commercial shipping, cruise, oil and gas, superyacht, fishing and leisure – each of which has its own unique requirements and customer demands. Intelsat’s customers, the satellite service and solution providers, are demanding specialized tools as they work to integrate higher-capacity satellite solutions into their operations. These include tools for seasonal fluctuations in capacity needs, reactive purchasing, the ability to forecast future bandwidth demand for each region, and applications to ensure the highest possible return on any investment in new technology.

The award winning IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime platform provides those tools. It lets service providers integrate capacity from across the Intelsat fleet – including our next-generation EpicNG high-throughput satellites (HTS), the IntelsatOne global ground infrastructure, and the HTS-optimized iDirect Velocity® platform – into a simplified, unified ecosystem.

When designing the IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime platform, our main goal was to enable simple access to Intelsat’s mobility network while allowing our customers to maintain full control over their service differentiation – something that is not possible with other HTS service platforms. Continue>