By Denis Sutherland, Director of Business Development, iDirect
The advent of High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology means that the VSAT industry is poised to enter a new era of innovation and possibility. Challenges associated with quality, reliability and cost have been addressed, positioning satellite communication for exponential growth and mass adoption.
At the most fundamental level, HTS represents a major advance in satellite architecture design.
Compared with a traditional broad-beam satellite, HTS can be defined by three primary characteristics, as depicted in the diagram below:
The use of multiple spot beams changes where infrastructure must be located and how it will be deployed and managed. With an HTS feeder link design, an operator can no longer place hubs anywhere under a beam. Instead, the entire hub infrastructure must be located within a feeder link managed by a single network operator. Read More
We are one week away from CommunicAsia 2015, one of the biggest events for communications in Asia Pacific. This is a region that, according to NSR, could become the largest two-way broadband VSAT market worldwide in the next decade.
Be sure to see iDirect at this year’s event. We will be in booth IP3-01, showcasing how our products are helping satellite operators and service providers meet market demands across Asia-Pacific.
Here is a closer look at how some of the biggest trends in the Asia-Pacific region intersect with the technology you can expect to see from iDirect at CommunicAsia 2015.
The Trend: According to NSR, in the next 10 years Asia Pacific will experience a spike in installed base growth due to the impending influx of new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity. Much of this increase in capacity is driven by new technologies or services that will provide more capacity at lower cost.
The Solution: iDirect’s Evolution® Product Portfolio
Today, more than 350 satellite service providers are leveraging Evolution. The product line consists of a universal hub and network management system, a series of line cards, operating software and a portfolio of remotes to provide investment protection with the flexibility to upgrade to higher capabilities in the future. Read More
VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that iDirect Asia Pte Ltd partnered with ST Teleport Pte Ltd (ST Teleport), a Singapore-based full-service satellite and fiber communications solutions provider, has launched a unique and advanced vessel-location tracking and network-monitoring platform to help maritime customers achieve greater operational and cost control, and improve customer satisfaction. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
Marketed as Nautical, the platform is a proprietary solution built by ST Teleport using iDirect’s award-winning Network Management System, SatManage, which features a comprehensive suite of web-based tools that enable automation, monitoring and integration of hybrid satellite networks and Network Operating Center (NOC)-based applications from single or multiple locations.
As a unique service offering, Nautical is fully customizable and offered as a standalone or “white label” solution to customers. Its interface provides an in-depth view of real-time and historical VSAT performance statistics, “live” tracking of vessels and timely automated generation of detailed network utilization management reports. The platform’s compatibility with popular mobile devices means customers can access vital network information anywhere and anytime. There is no further hardware investment required for customers that are already using iDirect VSAT terminals. Read More
As data growth continues to expand, mobile operators must look to profitably extend their networks into remote and rural areas. iDirect helped to make the case for the use of satellite at the Small Cells Asia event that took place last week in Singapore.
The venue seemed fitting given the fact Asia is home to more small cells deployments than any other region. The use of small cells, along with the advancement of satellite ground infrastructure and the delivery of more high throughput capacity to the enterprise market with High Throughput Satellite (HTS), are helping to make the business case for satellite for backhaul.
This was a major point emphasized by Gerry Collins, iDirect’s director of business development, during his session ‘The Business Case for Satellite Backhaul 2G, 3G & 4G’ at Mobile Backhaul Asia—which was co-located with Small Cells Asia.
Collins emphasized iDirect’s proven track record in the area of mobile backhaul, and highlighted new opportunities for satellite with small cells. This includes:
- Rural locations, villages, isolated properties
- Remote industrial sites – mines, drilling rigs, and machine-to-machine (M2M)
- Mobility markets, including maritime ships, planes and trains
- Military and first responder drop-in networks
Among the key takeaways associated with 2G, 3G & 4G networks:
- 2G networks will remain the primary technology that connects billions of people in unconnected parts of the world. The availability and low cost of 2G handsets make it a logical choice for expanding into remote and rural locations.
- 3G networks remains a challenge for mobile operators if they don’t have a cost effective means for backhaul.
- 4G network interfaces that are better defined and allow for greater user-based optimization across a range of different products from different mobile infrastructure vendors. This remains vital as throughput requirements continue to elevate on mobile networks.
Many operators believe that small cells for urban will be integral to 4G given the growing data demand. This demand is projected to grow enormously in the coming years. By 2020, more than 55% of the data will be video by 2020 and 90% of all people over the age of six old will have mobile service. In addition, Cisco sees global mobile data traffic increasing nearly tenfold between, growing at a compound annual rate of 57%.
As mobile networks continue growing at a rapid pace, cellular backhaul remains a high-growth market with tremendous upside for satellite.
By Dave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, iDirect Europe
Airbus recently announced that Skynet 5A will be re-clocked to 97 East; this announcement comes at a time when talk of the western strategic reorientation towards China (known as the “pivot to Asia”) has become a key issue in international politics. It also comes at a time when there are increasing concerns over response to humanitarian crises, with recent emergencies in the area.
In June of 2015, the AIDF Asia: Aid and Response Summit will see over 400 senior representatives from the industry, with governments and international bodies coming together to discuss how technological innovations can improve aid and development work in the Asia-Pacific region. I am certain many of the options will be satellite based.
So what could these technological innovations be? I can foresee this coming in two areas primarily: early warning and communications post-event.
Early warning systems based around satellite technologies, to detect and give advanced notice or tsunami, earthquake, cyclone, crop failure, etc., are becoming mature to the stage that they are starting to have a real impact and saving lives. Further development and innovation in these technologies is a must.
As far as communications goes, by its very nature any technology that is designed to work in a defence and security environment is also very suitable to be employed in disaster relief and humanitarian aid operations, so I see the defence focused products being key in this discussion. The discussions will no doubt be focused across all elements; air, land, sea and the lesser known littoral or coastal element, where specialists in amphibious operations come into play. Read More