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Dalkom Somalia Launches iDirect Network to Expand Satellite Connectivity in Somalia

Dalkom Somalia Launches iDirect Network to Expand Satellite Connectivity in SomaliaiDirect platform brings greater bandwidth speed and improves end user experience

Herndon, Va. January 3, 2018 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Dalkom Somalia has installed an iDirect Hub and will leverage iDirect’s series remotes to provide high-speed satellite connectivity in Somalia. The new iDirect network will enable Dalkom Somalia to scale its service more cost-effectively, expand end user data rates up to 38.5 Mbps, and improve Service Level Agreements by reducing service set-up duration. It will also provide back-up connectivity for service restoration in cities as needed.

Dalkom Somalia is one of Somalia’s fast-growing telecom companies offering next-generation solutions for broadband, connectivity, cloud computing, managed services, satellite services, and internet services for businesses, wholesale and consumer segments. Financed by Dalkom Somalia as part of the company’s strategy to provide world class infrastructure to support the Horn and East Africa region’s needs for innovative Telecommunication & Information and Communications Technology solutions, the new iDirect network will serve a wide range of markets, including Government and non-Government Organisations, charities, healthcare, academic institutions, Internet Service Providers, telecommunications operators and financial services.

“Through the iDirect platform, we are opening up areas where no connectivity has existed before,” said Mohamed Ahmed Jama, CEO, Dalkom Somalia. “iDirect’s platform technology enables us to gain critical operations advantages by increasing data performance and efficiency, and shortening service installation. And these are critical requirements to expand our service reach and capabilities.”

“The expansion of connectivity in Africa is a major priority for iDirect,” said David Harrower, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, VT iDirect. “Our partnership with Dalkom Somalia hinges on the provision of efficient, high-speed satellite service, enabling the expansion of businesses, government and non-profit services across the continent. This new network in Somalia will significantly aid local citizens in Somalia.”

Elara Adds iDirect Hub for Enhanced Real-Time Data Streaming

Elara Adds iDirect Hub for Enhanced Real-Time Data Streaming

New hub and teleport location will support high-speed data application for critical enterprise applications

Herndon, VA, December 14, 2017 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Elara Comunicaciones (Elara), a leading Mexican satellite provider, has equipped a new teleport with an iDirect satellite hub to support high-speed data applications. With the expanded iDirect network, Elara can raise the customer experience for mission-critical applications, delivering enhanced network availability and real-time streaming.

The new hub, located in Querétaro City, will be fully interconnected and redundant to Elara’s existing iDirect hub in Mexico City, through a Layer 2 (L2) fiber link. Live-event streaming applications such as the Metropolitan Opera and the UEFA Champions League, as well as banking and Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) connectivity operations will benefit from the enhanced network support. In addition, Elara can now provide enterprise data services, including L2oS (Layer 2 over Satellite) LAN-to-LAN applications, as well as multipath multicast content.

“Elara is the first company in Mexico with two redundant teleports. Our goal is to increase network availability for critical enterprise applications and minimize weather interference,” said Jorge Luis Villarreal, CEO, Elara Comunicaciones. “Our customers are increasing their reliance of satellite communications to support their core operations, and iDirect enables us to deliver the superior standard of service.”

“Adding a new hub presents market growth opportunities for Elara, giving them more flexibility to operate over multiple satellites and harness greater capacity,” said Darren Ludington, Regional Vice President, Americas, VT iDirect. “We are pleased to help Elara strengthen their network within the Latin American region, which has led them to become a premier brand in their markets.”

iDirect Innovation — A Core Strength

Kevin SteenBy Kevin Steen, President and Chief Executive Officer, iDirect

The SATCOM industry’s technology innovation cycle is accelerating at a rapid pace toward lower costs and to offer higher levels of customer satisfaction.

This year alone, breakthrough satellite designs are flooding the skies with ultra-fast bandwidth. Flat-panel antennas that are smaller, faster, and less expensive are spurring critical new applications and opening greater market opportunities — virtualized network infrastructure is enabling operators to support high-volume users over large-scale networks.

iDirect understands that ground infrastructure sits at the heart of these innovations and is the foundation of a satellite network. It also determines, to a large degree, the cost of deploying and growing a business and the ability to serve distinct markets and capture revenue.

The company is driving continued platform innovation to unleash the power of the satellite to a world that demands unlimited connectivity. The result was that 2017 was a milestone year in propelling High Throughput Satellite (HTS) and DVB-S2X toward those efforts.

One critical achievement was to enable satellite operators to bring high throughput capacity to market in the most profitable way possible — through offering a range of wholesale and managed services, depending on the region to be served and the needed applications. In 2017, iDirect became the de facto standard platform for the top three, major satellite operators.

The next pillar in the company’s strategy is to provide customers with a path to DVB-S2X. The higher throughputs and cost savings from HTS are critical for the markets that are experiencing insatiable user demand as well as serving price-sensitive markets. In 2017, iDirect customers launched DVB­S2X networks and unveiled ambitious plans to grow their business with iDirect’s next-generation platform technology.

iDirect Innovation—A Core StrengthWith a look to the future — to the day when VSAT will be a true “plug-and-play” extension of the telecom network fabric — strides had to be taken this year to advance toward that goal. iDirect’s plan demonstrates our support for future technology breakthroughs such as roaming, intelligent satellite payloads and satellite-5G network architecture.

Moving into 2018 and beyond, iDirect is leading the satellite industry toward a transformative architecture that will empower satellite service providers to realize fully dynamic, service-oriented satellite networks. Read More

Powerful Evolution 4.1 Software Introduces DVB-S2X, Mesh and DVB-S2 Enhancements

iDirect - Lead The Way

iDirect’s latest Evolution 4.1 release unlocks the power of DVB-S2X and HTS, dramatically expanding your network performance and capabilities to capture the exploding market opportunities.

Deploy New DVB-S2X networks

DVB-S2X enables larger carriers with MODCODs up to 256APSK, driving unprecedented efficiency gains and increased performance while protecting your investment. Existing customers can leverage their Series 15100 Universal Hub and Universal Line Cards (ULCs) to cost-effectively build out a new DVB-S2X network. The catalysts of the DVB-S2X portfolio are the next-generation software-defined iQ Desktop remote and Intelligent Gateway supporting virtualized protocol processors (PPs) for greatly improved hub density.

Get more from DVB-S2 networks

For existing DVB-S2 networks, upgrading to Evolution 4.1 allows for greater return throughput up to 29 Msps on the same amount of bandwidth with the 9-series remotes and ULC-R. The ULC-R is also compatible with any X-series remote to benefit from licensable 16 channel demodulators for increased hub scalability.

For site-to-site, latency-sensitive applications, iDirect’s Evolution Multi-Carrier Mesh solution features star and mesh bandwidth sharing, TCP acceleration, aggregate receive capacity of up to 29 Msps and individual carrier rates up to 7.5 Msps for the flexibility to support a broad array of mesh implementations depending on business requirements.

Learn more about Evolution 4.1 to understand how to maximize your network and capitalize on future growth opportunities.

Liquid Telecom teams with VT iDirect and Telesat to deliver enhanced services to businesses in Africa

New Liquid Telecom VSAT service will combine the power of iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology with Telesat’s Telstar 12 VANTAGE Africa Ku-band capacity

Cape Town, November 7, 2017 – Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has entered into an arrangement with Telesat, a leading global satellite operator with extensive coverage of the EMEA region, and VT iDirect, a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology, to deliver enhanced services to enterprise customers in central and southern Africa.

iDirect, Liquid Telecom and Telesat at AfricaCom 2017

iDirect’s Dave Harrower, Liquid Telecom’s Scott Mumford, Telesat’s Julian Kell

Liquid Telecom will leverage the iDirect platform to distribute cost-effective satellite services, using Telesat Africa-Africa capacity on the Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite, as part of a multi-year agreement.

Liquid Telecom will deploy iDirect’s Universal Satellite Hub at its teleport in Johannesburg, South Africa, along with the next-generation iQ Desktop remotes to offer Layer 2 VPLS connectivity across both fibre and satellite on a single network for the first time.

The new offering provides a complete, end-to-end solution for VSAT integrators and corporate customers that will deliver more reliable, consistent and cost-effective broadband for users across any network. It also will be available as a managed service offering, enabling enterprise customers access to a range of scalable and secure cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Windows 10. Read More

Bentley Walker Becomes First Service Provider to Go Live with DVB-S2X Network Using iDirect’s iQ Desktop Remote

New iDirect DVB-S2X technology is game changer to meet escalating customer needs across high-growth markets in Middle East

London, UK, October 5, 2017Bentley Walker, the largest supplier and operator of VSAT Networks outside of North America, has launched a live DVB-S2X satellite service leveraging iDirect’s iQ Desktop and iDX 4.0 software. Bentley Walker will deploy the new service in the Middle East with capacity from Avanti’s HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite. The DVB-S2X-based service will target a range of end users including consumer markets, small-to-medium enterprises, large corporate companies, Wi-Fi hotspots and military organizations.

Bentley Walker and iDirect's iQ Series Remote

iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology allows Bentley Walker to leverage the benefits of Avanti’s HTS Ka-band capacity, supporting MODCODs up to 256APSK, to significantly increase network efficiency and performance. The iQ remote supports a high number of traffic sessions and delivers over 100 Mbps for a high-quality, cost-effective solution. Furthermore, with the software-defined iQ remote, Bentley Walker can adapt its service to future customer requirements by licensing additional throughput and networking capabilities.

Anthony Walker, CEO of Bentley Walker, said: “The iQ Desktop is a game changer for our business. It unlocks a new era of satellite connectivity and opens attractive new opportunities. We believe that iDirect has the best DVB-S2X product in the market and gives us a true leadership edge. As iDirect expands the iQ series product line, we will continue to deepen our investment to bring continuous value to our customers, staying ahead of demand in this dynamic market.” Read More

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.

HISPASAT Teams with Industry Leaders Group to Restore Connectivity in Caribbean Over High-Speed Satellite Network After the Hurricanes

“When we learned about Hurricanes Irma and Maria that were barreling over the islands, we knew we had to react quickly. VT iDirect joined forces with Hispasat, Digicel, Cisco, and Red52, to ensure satellite connectivity could be quickly deployed for those affected by these catastrophic events. During a natural disaster, it’s imperative to act quickly to restore communications on the ground; the satellite system is an aid to connect families, first responders, medical personnel and others via internet, phone and video to ensure everyone’s safety and provide relief,” said Dave Harrower, Sr. VP Global Sales.

From HISPASAT

  • Satellite connectivity will aid local relief efforts in Saint Martin, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Hurricanes Irma and Maria knocked out communications infrastructure and power lines across the Caribbean region.
  • Hispasat has donated Amazonas 3 capacity to this collaborative effort.

HISPASAT teams with industry leaders group to restore connectivity in Caribbean over high-speed satellite network after the hurricanesMADRID, 05 October 2017.- Spanish satellite operator HISPASAT has teamed with industry leaders to provide critical communications in the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, that have knocked out communications infrastructure and power lines; damaged homes, schools and hospitals; and left an overwhelming majority of residents without shelter and running water.

To respond to the situation, HISPASAT has joined the humanitarian efforts of leaders across the telecom industry to deploy a high-speed satellite network to aid local relief efforts in Saint Martin, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos Islands.

The satellite network is based on ground infrastructure from iDirect, space segment from Hispasat Amazonas 3, Cisco VoIP networking, and Red52’s satellite teleport services to collaborate in solidarity to restore connectivity. Read More

IsoTropic Networks Selects VT iDirect For Next-Generation VSAT Offering

Wisconsin-based operator installs Universal Line Cards and Intelligent Gateway, prepares for upgrade to iDirect Velocity® and iQ Series remotes to boost network performance

Herndon, VA, October 4, 2017 VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that IsoTropic Networks will upgrade all of its iDirect Evolution®-only line cards to Universal Line Cards, which have the capability to run both Evolution and Velocity networks and support the new iDirect iQ series remotes. The technology upgrade provides the infrastructure foundation for IsoTropic to launch next-generation services and prepares them for future customer requirements.

Isotropic Networks Selects VT iDirect For Next-Generation VSAT Offering

IsoTropic Networks is a specialized leader in the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) market, delivering highly responsive and cost-effective services to enterprise, maritime, and oil and gas industries. The network upgrade is in response to escalating customer demand for bandwidth and scalability, and enables IsoTropic Networks to increase support for real-time, data-intensive applications across its growing customer base.

“We strive to lead the pace of innovation in our field, so we are taking aggressive steps to equip our networks for future requirements,” said Hank Zbierski, chief catalyst, IsoTropic Networks. “We conducted a very thorough examination and tested all available platforms in the ground infrastructure market. iDirect was the clear winner. We’re excited to show our customers how iDirect’s next-generation technology will transform their service experience.” Read More