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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>

iDirect 2015 In Focus: The Coming Wave of Maritime Growth

As 2015 comes to a close, we’ll be taking a look at some of the major announcements of this past year at iDirect, highlighting the products and campaigns that had great impact on the industry.

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

iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization Suite Helps Mobile Operators Enhance 4G/LTE Experience Over Satellite

Features addressing speed, security and compression help mobile operators expand 4G coverage in smart and profitable manner

iDirect announced the release of the iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization Suite. This set of features is designed to enhance the cellular backhaul solution, iDirect SatHaul™, which helps mobile operators create a highly efficient and cost-effective solution for connecting rural and remote locations over satellite. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Today, mobile operators are deploying networks to meet the strong end-user demand for greater bandwidth to support advanced services and applications. Innovations in satellite technology and ground infrastructure are making the technology a cost-efficient solution to extend network coverage and enable higher throughput capabilities at the edge of the network. The iDirect SatHaul™ solution is designed to help mobile operators expand coverage in a smart and profitable way. When used for 4G/LTE networks, the iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization Suite enhances the end-user experience and at the same time reduces the amount of bandwidth needed for voice or data, redefining the business case for serving rural and remote markets or specialized environments like emergency services or mobile networks.

Key features of the iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization Suite include:

  • TCP Acceleration overcomes throughput issues caused by satellite delay, improving data speed and performance all the way down to the handset.
  • IPsec is a security protocol that protects all data going through a 4G network. With iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization, traffic can be optimized and secured throughout the entire satellite transmission link, ensuring that no data is exposed or compromised.
  • Header Compression saves on bandwidth by removing irrelevant elements during transmission and compressing the LTE header stack.
  • Payload Compression boosts the efficiency of user traffic and application data by optimizing payload traffic while maintaining a good experience at the device level.

The iDirect SatHaul™ Optimization Suite will run on the new X7-EC, a variant of the iDirect X7 satellite remote that has been enhanced with extended processing capabilities. The X7-EC has all of the standard iDirect features that make it a powerful remote, including dual demods, multicast and advanced mobility features, along with embedded computing capabilities to run high-speed applications at the edge of the network. Having the optimization suite embedded within the satellite router delivers a single box solution to the mobile operator, providing a more cost effective solution, decreasing points of failure and lowering power requirements at the remote site. Read More

Getting Real: The Remote and Rural Reach of Satellite

Today, advances in satellite technology and wireless infrastructure are enabling mobile operators to reach new subscribers and expand their networks into remote and rural regions of the world in a smart, profitable way.

Let’s focus on one area where new wireless infrastructure is making an impact: small cells. When coupled with HTS (High Throughput Satellite) and advanced satellite ground infrastructure technology, small cells provide an efficient, targeted alternative for remote and rural coverage compared to large macro cells—at the same level of investment.

Small cells are being deployed globally in urban areas, as opposed to using large macro cells, in order to offload data traffic in congested areas. Based on their size, small cells are easier to deploy, require less energy and need less infrastructure at a site. Building on the same small cell infrastructure being used to connect urban sites, the business case for connecting rural and remote sites is changing.

A recently published white paper by Real Wireless analyzed rural populations in more than 200 countries, along with various rural areas within the United States. The goal was to assess the potential benefits of small cells in bringing coverage to rural and remote populations worldwide.

At iDirect, we wanted to take this analysis a step further. So we commissioned Real Wireless to augment the findings from this study and independently assess the benefits to operators of using satellite backhaul on remote cellular sites.

Our goal was this: Given the option to deploy small cells with satellite backhaul as a complement to traditional macrocells, rather than just choosing macrocells alone to extend coverage, would mobile operators be able to extend their reach with the same investment? Read More

Breaking Down the Satellite Silo

In the journey towards creating the end-to-end network, telecommunications providers realize the critical role that satellite plays in meeting every customer need. They are achieving success by deploying satellite at the core of their networks.

New Market Growth

Such success stories were front-and-center during last week’s webinar “Breaking Down the Satellite Silo” hosted by Via Satellite Editorial Director Mark Holmes. Eric Watko, Vice President, Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, iDirect, was joined by Stuart Burson, Associate Director, Satellite Solutions Group, Verizon, and Renato Goodfellow, Head of Global Satellite, BT Global Services, BT Group, in a discussion on the ways in which global carriers are integrating VSAT seamlessly into their portfolio of services.

Watko kicked of the discussion by outlining the objectives facing all parts of the value chain. For satellite, it involves overcoming barriers of interoperability, easing deployment and lowering costs. For telecom providers, it’s having all access technologies seamlessly working in unison to fulfill every customer experience. Read More