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iDirect Maritime Leadership Campaign Named Best in the Industry for 2015 by Via Satellite

AwardMulti-media program centered on market education and industry engagement wins 2015 Excellence Award for Integrated Marketing Campaign of the Year

VT iDirect was the recipient of the 2015 Integrated Marketing Campaign of the Year award from Via Satellite, as part of the publication’s 2015 Excellence Awards. iDirect’s multi-faceted campaign involved nine partners to educate and engage the global maritime VSAT market on key business and technology trends. The prestigious industry award recognizes the best integrated marketing campaign to bolster a unified message in both online and offline environments.

The iDirect Maritime Leadership Campaign leveraged print and online media, digital publishing, social media and email to generate an industry dialogue on the growing role of VSAT in the global maritime market. After kicking off the campaign with a digital feature as part of the September 2015 issue of Via Satellite, which reached 25,000, iDirect elevated the reach of the message by tapping into its nearly 13,000 followers across social media platforms and almost 14,000 blog subscribers.

A powerful component to the campaign involved the ongoing participation and engagement of iDirect partners Airbus Defence & Space/Marlink, Globecomm, Harris CapRock, Orange Business Services, RigNet, Speedcast, Inmarsat, Intelsat and Telenor. Executives from these market-leading satellite operators and service providers contributed key opinions and insights on current trends and future opportunities through a dedicated four-part blog series, which garnered more than 10,000 views on the iDirect website. Read More

iDirect Next-Generation Ground Infrastructure Powers New OmniAccess Super Yacht and Boutique Cruise VSAT Service

DVB-S2X-ready universal line cards and remotes exceeding 140 Mbps aggregate throughput set new standard for bandwidth aboard luxury ships

Herndon, VA, March 9, 2016 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that OmniAccess, a leading provider of VSAT services to the luxury yacht market, is launching its Broadbeam nextGen VSAT service using iDirect’s latest Evolution technology. OmniAccess will be the first to leverage iDirect’s new DVB-S2X-ready universal line cards and new 9350 satellite remote, which exceeds 140 Mbps aggregate throughput. This next generation VSAT service will meet the ever-increasing demand for connectivity aboard super yachts worldwide. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

A new expectation for connectivity exists amongst luxury super yacht and cruise ship passengers today. Service providers must be able to accommodate multiple devices streaming high-definition video and running voice and data applications, all at a low-cost, high quality level of delivery.

With the debut of its next-generation extreme-throughput VSAT service, OmniAccess will leverage iDirect’s technology developments to introduce Broadbeam nextGen, a new and unique triple-play service offering in the yacht market that will enable HD and UHD/4K PlexusTV streaming, as well as unparalleled bandwidths and premium VoIP services.

Building this next-generation service requires a new level of technology that is equipped to handle an unwavering acceleration of throughput requirements. iDirect’s new Universal line cards is the most powerful to date, with return line cards that will feature aggregate symbol rates up to 30Msps, with individual carriers up to 15Msps and 16QAM MODCODs for improved efficiency. The new transmit line card is software upgradable to DVB-S2X and will feature a powerful combination of 32APSK MODCODs and embedded pre-distortion, which helps OmniAccess realize new efficiency and performance gains when operating on fully saturated transponders. Read More

iDirect Partner Perspective: Integrasys

Alvaro pictureAlvaro Sanchez, Sales Manager, Satellite Monitoring Systems, Integrasys SA, shares news of big customer wins and gives a preview of the next phase in remote commissioning, which the company will unveil at Satellite 2016. Go see them at Booth 118.

iDirect: Please describe Integrasys, and its relationship with iDirect.

Sanchez: Founded in 1990, Integrasys SA is a development, engineering and integration company specializing in the telecommunication and broadcasting markets. We have been a partner with iDirect for three years, delivering our Satmotion Pocket remote commissioning solution to iDirect customers under the name the iDirect Remote Commissioning Solution.

iDirect: Talk about the growing value of a VSAT remote commissioning tool, given the increasing demand for VSAT connectivity in remote and rural regions.

Sanchez: A VSAT commissioning tool streamlines the process to point the antenna, isolate the cross polarization, minimize adjacent satellite interference, perform compression testing, and find the initial transmit power through an intuitive software interface.

Such a solution is highly valuable in setting up networks in remote regions around the world, enabling you to autonomously point and adjust antennas, streamlining the overall commissioning of remotes. This allows service providers to deploy new services quicker, and get customers up-and-running on the network at an accelerated pace with optimal performance.

iDirect: You recently started to work with a few large customers in the maritime and oil and gas (O&G) verticals. Tell us about them.

Sanchez: We have a very significant customer in the maritime industry – our first and biggest! This partner is also working with us on new and exciting developments which we are addressing with a new product release at Satellite 2016. Read More

iDirect Government Unveils New Defense Remotes and Line Cards with Increased Performance and Functionality

Hardware Innovations to Bring Increased Performance to Government Customers

Herndon, Va., March 7, 2016 –iDirect Government (iDirectGov), a leading provider of satellite communications to the military and government, today unveils its next generation 9-Series portfolio of remotes and defense line cards that will bring greater spectral efficiencies and enhanced performance to the company’s government customers.

Riding on the 9-Series remotes is the Evolution 3.4 software that brings the products to life. Each of the remotes within the new series features different form factors and capabilities to accommodate customer specific needs. The entire series of remotes is capable of nearly double the in-route Msps of its predecessor the 8-Series and with almost 10 times the packets per second capability.

Featuring extended frequency ranges, which allow users to access the Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) constellation, as well as High Throughput Satellites (HTS), the 9-Series supports the ability to receive multiprotocol encapsulation (MPE) broadcasts. For secure traffic, the 9-Series will support both one-way and two-way TRANSEC and be certified at FIPS140-2 Level 3.

The series consists of the 950mp, 900 and 9350. The 950mp features a reduced footprint of 33%, uses 55% less power and is 28% lighter than its predecessor the e850mp – all of which is critical in the use of man-portable terminals. The 900 and 9350 remotes include dual demodulators, which allow the remotes to support two separate data streams. Combinations of data traffic can include both two-way and one-way traffic, with one way traffic consisting of multiprotocol encapsulation (MPE) broadcasts or one-way TRANSEC. The 9350 also boasts the first LCD screen on an iDirect remote, allowing the user to view remote’s configuration and statistics. Read More

Satellite and the End-to-End Network: Future VSAT Innovation

By Carlos Placido, Senior Analyst, NSR

Future Satellite Innovation - iDirect

Satellite’s role in creating a truly converged end-to-end network is an ongoing industry discussion, and one that continues to generate more conversation with the introduction of new technology innovations and the growing demands that drive them.

Last week Verizon discussed satellite’s critical role in completing its enterprise solution and posed the question: What does future innovation across satellite look like? This week Carlos Placido Senior Analyst with NSR, gives us his response.

Despite this shift, however, the high cost capacity remained a limiting factor for many years in satellite’s path of progression. The introduction of High Throughput Satellites (HTS), and the emergence of new high-efficiency LEO constellations as of late, have since change this limitation. Read More

iDirect In-Focus: Bring HTS to Market

As we kick-off 2016, we take a look at some of the biggest trends in satellite and how major announcements and campaigns led by iDirect throughout the past year twelve months are helping satellite operators and satellite service providers best position themselves for success.

iDirect In-Focus: Bring HTS to Market

Today we put High Throughput Satellite (HTS) in focus. In fact, 2015 was a year in which iDirect helped #BringHTStoMarket as the industry continued to move towards the realization of the HTS architecture implications and its performance benefits that have been talked about for years.

For example:

  • Inmarsat made significant strides toward a full commercial launch of Inmarsat GX, its seamless global platform for high-speed Ka-band satellite services, covering virtually everywhere on Earth and targeted at both the mobility and fixed markets
  • Intelsat announced its IntelsatOne Flex service, a high-performance wholesale Mbps managed service on Intelsat EPIC as well as wide-beam Ku-Band capacities. Service providers will be able to control their networks across multiple spot beams through customization of their own service plans and QoS prioritizations
  • Telenor continues to build momentum towards the launch of the THOR 7 satellite constellation, which will deliver a Ka-band HTS payload of up to nine Gbps of throughput across 25 spot beams over the North, Mediterranean and Baltic Seas

iDirect is playing a major role in each of these programs with our new iDirect Velocity platform. iDirect Velocity went live this year on the Inmarsat Global Xpress HTS program, and the IntelsatOne Flex from Intelsat and Thor 7 from Telenor programs are coming to market over the platform in the next coming months. Read More

iDirect In Focus: Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS)

As we kick-off 2016, we take a look at some of the biggest trends in satellite and how major announcements and campaigns led by iDirect throughout the past year twelve months are helping satellite operators and satellite service providers best position themselves for success.

iDirect In Focus - Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS)

Today we look at the release of Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS). In order to enable new levels of flexibility and transparency, iDirect announced the release of L2oS, a new feature set within the iDirect Evolution® platform that allows satellite to work more seamlessly with other telecommunications access technologies.

As an alternative to the traditional Layer 3 routing architecture, L2oS offers service providers the option to run an iDirect network in an efficient Layer 2 bridging mode, which provides enhanced transparency across the entire network. Using L2oS, service providers are simplifying deployment of satellite networks and effectively carrying IP traffic anywhere it needs to go.

Telecom providers like Verizon and BT have demonstrated how iDirect’s technology is helping them create true end-to-end networks that deliver superb performance for their own businesses as well as for their customers. For instance, BT is leveraging satellite to extend coverage to remote locations, provide business continuity, and deliver cellular backhaul. Verizon has always made satellite an integral part of its MPLS network and works closely with iDirect to make the technology a transparent part of its service. Read More

iDirect In Focus: The Coming Wave of Maritime Growth

As we kick-off 2016, we take a look at some of the biggest trends in satellite and how major announcements and campaigns led by iDirect throughout the past year twelve months are helping satellite operators and satellite service providers best position themselves for success.

iDirect In Focus - Maritime

Today we put the spotlight on one vertical market, which gained a lot of traction in the past year: maritime.

Alongside our partners, iDirect is playing a critical role in shaping this fast growing and evolving market as the leading provider for satellite service providers in maritime. More than 20,000 vessels are currently online, and the latest comsys Maritime VSAT Report projects that there will be 44,242 vessels with VSAT by 2018. In fact, 50% of all VSAT remotes deployed on vessels are made by iDirect, and eight of the 10 largest maritime VSAT service providers by revenue rely on iDirect’s Evolution platform to run their networks. Read More

Government Spending Remains Strong Despite Decreased Military Activity

From Satnews

Although the United States is spending less on military activities, spending on satellite communications continues to increase at a steady rate.

This is due to the continued need to retain communications, operate UAVs, and monitor locations on a global level. Additionally, the U.S. government continues to use more satellite bandwidth within North America for training and backup purposes. This study analyzes the U.S. government commercial satellite market, providing a look at the trends affecting adoption/use of satellite communications, including regional hot spots of political and military concern. A market share and competitive analysis identifies key satellite providers and their roles in the market. Market forecasts span 2015 to 2020.

Despite the United States spending less on military activities, the country’s consumption of satellite communications (SATCOM) is anticipated to maintain a strong percentage of compound annual growth rate (CAGR) on satellite services used for military applications and percentage of CAGR for the entire government. Continue>

Full Speed Ahead: HTS Spurs Change in Maritime

From Gottlieb’s Satellite Mobility World

Denis SutherlandBy Denis Sutherland, Director of Business Development

Consider the following findings from the fourth edition of the COMSYS Maritime VSAT Report:

  • Between 2012 and 2013, VSAT installations increased by 25% and service revenues grew by 15%
  • By 2018, there will likely be 44,242 vessels with VSAT, which is more than double COMSYS’ last recorded number in 2013
  • VSAT data rates in some segments have increased from 10Mb in 2007 to 100Mb in 2013
  • Commercial freight service VSAT revenues are likely to reach $506 million in 2018, accounting for roughly one-third of the total maritime market
  • VSAT service revenues for oil rigs and oil and gas maritime vessels are projected to reach $498 million by 2018
  • Cruise market service revenues have a projected value of $135 million by 2018

The Challenge: Meeting Increasing Demand

Upshot of all this growth is that as the maritime industry booms, the demand for sufficient bandwidth is rising precipitously. This is true across various segments of the maritime market. Continue>