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iDirect’s Sef Senhaji to Present at China Satellite 2017

Sef SenjiiJoin iDirect 25-27 October in Beijing for China Satellite 2017 where Sef Senhaji, Senior Director, Business Development Aero Market, will participate in a panel on 26 October at 9:50 a.m.: Operations Technology – Future Connected Benefits.

Mr. Senhaji will discuss the latest developments in the “connected aircraft” trend and how satellite solutions providers are helping airlines meet the challenges and maximize the benefits of in-flight connectivity (IFC).

With IFC a must-have these days for passengers, it heavily influences which airline people will choose to fly. Although passenger connectivity alone cannot justify the business case for bringing VSAT onboard, it does mean re-imagining the in-flight experience and operations from top to bottom. “Fully connected” now means cockpits with electronic flight bags to improve aircraft operations; it means increasing communication between the crew, cockpit and ground maintenance teams to allow for better predictive aircraft management and reduce repair delays; and, it also means equipping cabin crews with the latest mobile technology to improve customer care.

Today’s in-flight connectivity challenge is about meeting rising customer expectations while delivering a broad range of specialized applications. Join Mr. Senhaji at China Satellite 2017 as he discusses the latest developments in satellite communications that are helping airlines enable a truly connected aircraft.

To learn more, read our latest whitepaper: “A Higher Plane: Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity.”

Located in the Nikko New Century Hotel, China Satellite 2017 events will include pre-conference technology workshop, keynote speeches, equipment exhibition, sub-sessions and round-table discussions regarding the most hot topics in satellite industry in China and worldwide.

MEC Ship of the Year: MSC Meraviglia

From Marine Electronics & Communications

Record-breaker Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) Cruises’ new flagship MSC Meraviglia is named as Marine Electronics & Communications’ Ship of the Year. It was the clear winner because of its achievement of breaking the bandwidth-at-sea record in June this year on its maiden voyage.

MSC Meraviglia Uses iDirect 9350 Satellite Routers

Its superior satellite communications systems delivered unprecendented bandwidth to passengers and crew. The largest cruise ship built for a European operator so far was nominated alongside several other passenger ships, tankers, gas carriers and offshore support vessels. These were whittled down to a top five, of which MSC Meraviglia was chosen as the winner because of its record-breaking VSAT systems.

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iDirect 9350 Satellite Modem

To achieve bandwidth of up to 300 Mbps, MSC involved service provider Marlink together with Intelsat’s latest high-throughput satellite and a new VT iDirect modem.

MSC Cruises used a stacked series of iDirect 9350 modems that were linked to Marlink’s Sealink VSAT. Marlink worked with Intelsat to provide data connectivity using Ku-band spot beams from an EpicNG satellite. Marlink provides widebeam C-band and Ku-band, plus spot beams, from Intelsat 29e and Intelsat 33e EpicNG satellites for MSC’s cruise ships.

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A Time for “Extreme Service” in the Satellite Industry

IsoTropic Networks is a boutique service provider in the VSAT market focused on enterprise, maritime, and oil and gas industries. They face the same challenge as any service provider in an age of rapid industry growth: to deliver higher network performance and compelling new services, while lowering operating costs.

As one of iDirect’s partners, they recently upgraded their entire network infrastructure. Why? The satellite communications industry is growing fast, and iDirect provides future-proof infrastructure to run both Evolution® and iDirect Velocity® networks with advanced capabilities to leverage HTS and DVB-S2X, for the lowest total cost of ownership and highest level of customer service, something very important to IsoTropic Networks.

“We chose iDirect because we want to continue our role as a trusted presence in the satellite industry. This upgrade will provide the infrastructure foundation to launch Isotropic’s next generation of services and prepare us for future customer requirements,” said Hank Zbierski, chief catalyst, IsoTropic Networks.

Watch the video to discover more of IsoTropic’s satellite story.

Engaging with Others to Make Satellite 5G a Reality

Denis SutherlandBy Denis Sutherland, Vice President of Business Development, VT iDirect

Today, I’m chairing the Satellite Terminal Working Group’s (STWG) special meeting Satellite Communications and their Role in 5G and presenting on the topic of “Bringing 5G to VSAT Terminals.”

The STWG is part of the Innovative UK Knowledge Transfer Network, which seeks to link together business and universities to share ideas and the latest discoveries. We’re holding the meeting at the University of Surrey, located just a bit southwest of London, in their 5G Innovation Centre, a top-rate research centre dedicated to the development of the next generation of mobile and wireless communications.

5G is a perfect topic for the STWG to explore, as it has major implications for satellite communications and cross-industry collaboration will be essential if VSAT is to take advantage of future opportunities in cellular backhaul, connected vehicles, and the Internet of Things. Satellite terminals have to adapt to service new applications, so this will likely require unique form factors, much smaller sizes, and dual cellular/VSAT capabilities.

We want VSAT to be accessible as an extension of 5G networks, to achieve “plug-and-play” functionality and bring coverage to places where traditional terrestrial struggles. This will require adding greater programmability to VSAT networks, incorporating industry standard 5G interfaces to both terminals and hub-side components, and harmonizing the management plane to seamlessly transfer services between VSAT and 5G access points. Read More

iDirect Shares Vision for Next Phase on In-Flight Connectivity Innovation

A Higher Plane - Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity White Paper

A Higher Plane – Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity White Paper

This week is a critical week for in-flight connectivity. At two major events – SmartPlane in Paris and Connected Aircraft E-enablement in London – experts across the industry will discuss what’s next as airlines look to improve network quality, expand services to new applications and lower their costs.

Today, airlines are demanding greater business value from their onboard networks. So, they’re expanding connectivity beyond just passenger Wi-Fi to transform their entire aircraft operations.

However, this new vision of the “connected aircraft” presents a whole new challenge for airlines and their in-flight service providers. It equates to managing a global wireless network in the sky that serves a much broader suite of applications and end users.

When evaluating the right in-flight communications solution, airlines need to consider their long-term plans for a broad range of applications across their fleet and service territory. And it will involve big changes: rewriting the business case, upgrading technology and running a much more complex network.

Yet, the reward is huge. Those airlines that can best leverage in-flight connectivity will gain a clear business advantage in terms of customer loyalty, crew productivity and company profitability.

The Connected Plane

That’s why iDirect has just issued a paper on the subject: A Higher Plane: Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity, which spells out key innovations to address these challenges:

  • Bringing HTS capacity onboard in the immediate future, while developing a long-term plan to integrate capacity across all orbits.
  • Improving how airlines share bandwidth across their entire fleet and myriad applications
  • How regional airlines can adopt inter-provider roaming agreements to economically and quickly expand their service areas.

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A Higher Plane: Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity

In-Flight Connectivity

Today, airlines want greater business value from their onboard networks. So, they’re expanding connectivity beyond just passenger Wi-Fi to transform their entire aircraft operations. Valour Consultancy estimates that the connected airline could save the aviation industry over $1 billion annually.

However, this new vision of the “connected aircraft” present a whole new challenge for airlines and their in-flight service providers. It equates to managing a global wireless network in the sky that serves a much broader suite of applications and end-users, all of which are vying for contested bandwidth. In this context, it is increasingly difficult to ensure a reliable, consistent service, and manage costs. Read More

Operation Convergent Response 2017: Keeping First Responders Safer Through Technology

blog-post-1Earlier this month, Verizon, a long time iDirect customer, along with technology partners, law enforcement, and state and local officials, came together for #OCR2017 to demonstrate how technology can help first responders during simulated crises such as tornadoes, a chemical plant collapse, floods and explosions.

iDirect is proud to support Verizon in this effort to enable first responders and disaster recovery units around the world utilize satellite technology. Whether using unmanned aircraft such as drones, or robots that can make the way through tight spaces where humans can’t, iDirect’s satellite technology platform can be depended upon to be easily deployable, flexible, and always connected.

The outcome of #OCR2017 was a blend of global technologies and people that proved working together before a disaster happens in real life will help save more lives in the event of true disaster.

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Why 5G is So Important for the Satellite Industry

This week, iDirect’s Gerry Collins, Director of Business Development, will speak at the GVF Cellular Backhaul 2017 event in London. Gerry will address “Why 5G is So Important for the Satellite Industry.”

It’s a question that’s top of mind for cellular backhaul operators, and a priority for iDirect as the promise of satellite and 5G convergence opens tremendous opportunity for the satellite industry at large.

Here are the key topics Gerry will cover in what promises to be a lively discussion:

The world is experiencing a significant shift in Internet traffic from computer access to smartphone access. This places the mobile industry in a strong position for growth. And the 5G standard represents a bold vision for an end-to-end ecosystem that will enable a fully mobile and connected society.

5G promises to transform the mobile experience. For example, 5G is projected to increase peak data to 1Gbps per device, spectral efficiency by 200%, and connection density by 200%. It can reduce transmission latency by 94% and signaling overhead by 81%. And it provides expanded support for IoT, autonomous vehicles, GPS and network virtualization and programmability.

At iDirect, we believe the 5G standard represents more than cellular access. It informs what multi-access networks will look like going forward. And we are playing a lead role in the convergence of 5G and satellite connectivity. The diagram below summarizes the key steps we are enabling in the ecosystem towards “Unified Technology Transformation” – which includes 5G convergence.

5GAt all layers of the service delivery model, we see major points of convergence with the cellular industry, and in particular 5G. At the Infrastructure and Transport layer, we’re engineering our satellite ground infrastructure platform to scale much more rapidly and cost-effectively by leveraging embedded compute and cloud technologies. Read More

The Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity: Three Key Steps Forward

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The Global Connected Aircraft Summit takes flight this week in Arlington, VA, and our very own David Harrower, VP of International Sales and Business Development, will speak on “Operations Technology – Future Connected Benefits.” David will join executives from Rockwell Collins and Honeywell on Thursday at 11:15 am to examine the latest developments in the “connected aircraft” trend and how satellite solutions providers are helping airlines meet the challenges and maximize the benefits of in-flight connectivity (IFC).

Today, passengers consider IFC a must-have, and it increasingly guides their decision on which airline to fly. Yet passenger connectivity alone cannot justify the business case for bringing VSAT onboard. Moving beyond an exclusive focus on passenger connectivity means re-imagining the in-flight experience and operations from top to bottom. “Fully connected” now means cockpits with electronic flight bags to improve aircraft operations. It means increasing communication between the crew, cockpit and ground maintenance teams to allow for better predictive aircraft management and reduce repair delays. And it also means equipping cabin crews with the latest mobile technology to improve customer care.

However, this broader scope equates to managing a global wireless network in the sky that serves a much broader suite of sophisticated applications vying for bandwidth, with more aircraft coming online. In this context, it is increasingly difficult to ensure a reliable, consistent service, and manage costs. In his presentation, David will focus on three key requirements to address these challenges as we embark on the next leg of IFC. Read More

Avanti Communications, Telkom Kenya and iDirect Launch Community Based Service Across Kenya for Entrepreneurs

From Avanti

Avanti Kenya Case StudyAvanti Communications Group plc, a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), announces the launch of a community based service with Telkom Kenya, a telecommunications solutions provider in Kenya, to provide connectivity for entrepreneurs across Kenya. The government initiative, Constituency Incubation Hubs (CIHs), has been awarded by the Ministry of ICT of Kenya. It will see Telkom Kenya roll-out the service via 1160 CIHs across the country using capacity from Avanti’s HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite.

The project will focus on enabling young adults and entrepreneurs to develop their ICT skills and applications at a fixed, reliable location which is always accessible. The incubation hub facility will open up new opportunities for users, not only related to developing and growing businesses, but also improving computer skills, which will be applicable in a wide range of employments, bringing users into the digital world and enabling them to address basic working skills required. Continue>