Maritime customers to enjoy seamless global roaming through new fully-customisable and scalable managed service
LUXEMBOURG, 14 September 2016 — SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) today announced the launch of its global SES Maritime+ service that will deliver high-speed connectivity to vessels traversing oceans.
SES Maritime+ will enable maritime customers to have easy access to customisable bandwidth and coverage packages, ensuring satellite capacity is effectively utilised. Vessels traversing the oceans will be offered seamless roaming, leveraging SES’s global fleet of over 50 satellites, extensive ground infrastructure of over 20 teleports and more than 6,000 points of presence.
The managed connectivity service brings together SES’s global network infrastructure and hybrid satellite capacity with the latest technology from VT iDirect, enabling SES customers to deliver a complete platform solution to maritime users on a worldwide basis. Commercial benefits include customized service level agreements and scalable throughput options, with standardized pricing regardless of region or season of operation.
The global SES Maritime+ product is part of SES’s enhanced data network, SES Plus, which is offering customised products and solutions to tackle the evolving needs of the mobility and enterprise markets. In March of this year, a regional Ka-band maritime+ offering was unveiled specifically to target Europe. Read More
For government and defense agencies, confidence is key to all aspects of their operation. This includes their investment in technology, as these agencies must always be assured that the tools they have today are future proof to withstand any challenge ahead.
With the release of the next-generation 9-series of satellite routers and defense line cards, iDirect continues to raise the bar across three fronts of innovation: performance, efficiency, and security. This week we focus on efficiency.
iDirect continually delivers software feature enhancements on the Evolution® platform to accompany its next-generation of 9-series remotes. The result is a networking platform that provides today’s militaries with the most efficient use of bandwidth.
As satellite capacity increases with HTS (High Throughput Satellite) and WGS (Wideband Global Satellite), network optimization and driving higher performance out of the network becomes even more important to accomplish the mission. With the release of next-generation defense line cards – the DLC-T and DLC-R– defense customers can enable secure voice, data and video communication links and never seen before performance and throughput levels. Read More
Here’s a challenge to consider: How to provide government and defense agencies with access to the latest technology advancements while ensuring they maintain the proper security and accreditation requirements for military operations.
With the release of the next-generation 9-series of satellite remotes and defense line cards (DLCs), iDirect continues to raise the bar across three fronts of innovation: performance, efficiency, and security. This week we focus on security.
Security starts with the network platform. The iDirect Evolution® platform is FIPS 140-2 (Federal Information Processing Standards) Level 2 certified and now Level 3 certifiable. Obtaining Level 3 certification means the encryption module requires additional tamper detection and the ability to zeroize all plain text critical security parameters (CSPs) when unauthorized access is detected. As an added layer of security, the module uses ports that are physically separated from other ports, or interfaces that are logically separated using a trusted path from other interfaces. All of these features are now available with the 9-Series and defense line cards on the Evolution Platform.
To ensure the highest level of military security standards, the platform also offers the latest TRANSEC (transmission security) enhancements and encryption, which help to mask communication activity—a necessity for military operations to safeguard mission-critical information exchange from adversaries.
iDirect’s new 9-Series remotes are particularly valuable in this regard as they support dual-domain TRANSEC; this allows the remotes to maintain two separate sets of security certificates for two different TRANSEC networks simultaneously. One-Way TRANSEC is a new feature that secures broadcast traffic from the hub to a network of receive only remotes, while two-way TRANSEC is for both receive and transmit. Read More
Download The Rising Tide of Maritime VSAT
Today, an increasing number of maritime vessels are relying on VSAT to run safer, more intelligent and productive operations.
Currently, the number of VSAT-equipped maritime vessels stands at roughly 13,200, according to the NSR Maritime SATCOM Markets, 4th Edition. It is a number that could eclipse 32,700, representing an 8.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) by 2025.
The driving factors for the adoption of VSAT vary based on the segment of the market. For instance, merchant shipping relies on the technology for crew welfare and remote IT services, among others. Fishing—a segment that historically has relied primarily on cellular connectivity—is looking to VSAT to enable more on board, such as online sales of catches. While cruise looks more to support higher-speed Internet, onboard wireless service, entertainment and streaming video, and oil and gas looks to lean heavily on live video, among other uses.
Regardless of what the service is being used for, the one common denominator across the entire market is this: VSAT has fundamentally shifted from a cost center to a cost saver in maritime. And that means the technology—from the space segment to the ground segment—must be ready to accommodate the growing demand to do more out at sea. Read More
Whether by land, air, or sea, the mission at-hand is always critical for government and defense agencies. Therefore, the technology used in every instance must have the ability to deliver fast and flexible communications whenever and wherever needed.
With the release of the next-generation 9-series of satellite routers and defense line cards, iDirect continues to raise the bar across three fronts of innovation: performance, efficiency, and security. This week we focus on performance.
The 9-series are designed to co-exist with the e8000 series remotes thus enabling for a smooth transition path to upgrade fielded remotes. Our new portfolio of remotes are able to handle highly sophisticated applications that operate at the heart of military operations worldwide:
- The real-time exchange of voice, data, and high-definition ISR video between airborne assets and operators on the ground
- Enable command access for soldiers deployed with portable, light-weight, power-efficient manpack terminals
- A full range of broadband capabilities aboard military maritime vessels
- The establishment of land-based mobile command units
These applications are enabled with the 9-series through a range of different form factors and capabilities. This includes rack-mount, board level products optimized around size, weight and power (SWaP) and special form factors and capabilities for aero applications. Read More
By Terry Neumann, Director of Market Strategy
As iDirect finished the second quarter of the year, we saw the first deliveries of the X7-EC Satellite Router(s), along with iDirect SatHaul™ to support LTE backhaul over satellite. We are very excited to have this product in the marketplace, which helps improve the efficiency and user experience for connecting 4G base stations over satellite.
Proof-of-Concept Trials Deemed Successful
During the first half of 2016, we conducted various proof-of-concept (POC) trials with different mobile operators to see how our solution would perform in their specific environments. Out of these tests we learned a good amount about some of the different network setups, and had the ability to try the iDirect SatHaul™ optimization with most of the popular infrastructure equipment from Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and Alcatel Lucent.
Even though there were a few adjustments to make in order to work in the different operator environments, the standard interface of LTE seems to make integration much simpler than 2G or 3G networks which were much less standardized. We had success optimizing 4G traffic over all of these different infrastructure set ups and improving the 4G experience over satellite.
With key features like TCP Acceleration, header and payload compression, and optimization of IPSec links, iDirect SatHaul™ is an effective solution in 4G networks to improve the user experience and throughput when using satellite. Read More
Satellite’s role in creating a truly converged end-to-end network is generating more buzz than ever.
Learn more in our free 16-page report, End-to-End Perspectives, to see how satellite plays a pivotal role in the converged end-to-end network.
Industry leaders from Verizon, BT Global Services, Intelsat and NSR share their perspectives with iDirect on some of the most complex – and pressing – questions facing our industry today.
This new report sheds light on the “when” and the “how” behind this next step in satellite’s evolution, providing insights from all aspects of the industry:
- What’s the thinking behind Verizon’s strategy for delivering satellite value and making end-to-end a reality?
- NSR discusses the impact of software-defined networks, cloud-based technologies, and the virtualized environment in future VSAT innovation.
- How is the new Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) technology from iDirect enabling BT Global Services to extend their network reach?
- What three biggest obstacles must be overcome in doing business globally, with agility, and how does Intelsat intend to tackle these hurdles head on?
- Why is “holistic innovation” the best path forward to closing the gap between satellite and terrestrial networks?