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Com & Com Select iDirect Evolution® To Power VSAT Service In Myanmar

Service provider targets growing enterprise, banking and government markets with Ku-band service

Herndon, Va., December 5, 2016 – 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 Com & Com has selected the iDirect Evolution platform to launch a new Ku-band satellite service in Myanmar. Com & Com is a joint venture between satellite service providers OSB Investment and Technology Joint Stock Company (OSB JSC) and Terabit Wave Company, Ltd. With the iDirect-based service, Com & Com will deliver high-speed satellite connectivity to organizations across Myanmar’s enterprise, banking and government sectors.

Myanmar is home to more than 60 million people, many of whom are located in rural and remote regions of the country. Couple this with the fact that few cities are connected to the fiber network, and you have an ideal case for using satellite connectivity in order to bridge the digital divide. Com & Com has set up an iDirect hub in the region to deliver high-quality voice and data services over Ku-band satellite, such as VoIP, VPN internet access, streaming media and data backup. For government agencies, the service will provide secure, private networking from any location, integrating agency operations.

“While Myanmar continues to become a fast-growing area of opportunity for voice and data connectivity, a majority of the country’s population remains out of reach of the core fiber network,” says Theingi Lin, Managing Director, Com & Com. “Satellite technology helps to extend that reach, and iDirect Evolution provides a level of efficiency and scalability that ensures our VSAT service can always grow to meet the dynamic needs of the market. Further, the iDirect platform strongly positions Com & Com for long-term growth with the ability to service a wide range of markets and minimize operational and capital costs.” Read More

iDirect Unveils Powerful DVB-S2X Technology

Revolutionary new ASIC chipset redefines performance and efficiency levels for satellite networks  

Herndon, VA, November 30, 2016 – 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 transformational DVB-S2X technology based on a powerful, customized ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) chipset that will deliver revolutionary gains in data throughput and will power a new line of DVB-S2/DVB-S2X remotes called the iQ Series. iDirect is also introducing exponentially higher hub processing capabilities and virtualization of core gateway components to offer further gains in performance and efficiency and lower business costs.

iDirect iQ SeriesiDirect’s DVB-S2X solution is the result of a significant investment to co-develop a state-of-the-art ASIC chipset that is customized to exploit the full capabilities of the DVB-S2X standard and optimized for the enhanced iDirect waveform. This next generation of technology will allow iDirect to leverage the benefits of today’s High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and the capabilities of next-generation HTS to unlock additional features of the DVB-S2X standard.

The iQ Series establishes a new model for satellite remote performance providing a future-proof strategy to deliver successive gains in performance and efficiency as network operators strive to keep pace with the launch of increasingly higher throughput  satellites. Remotes can be continually reprogrammed over the air to increase network capabilities and throughput levels, driving a massive expansion of applications and setting new service level standards.

“We are incredibly excited to deliver DVB-S2X capabilities to our partners,” stated Wayne Haubner, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Emerging Technologies. “DVB-S2X represents a major opportunity for network operators to gain greater performance and efficiency to meet escalating user demands and realize lower business costs. We are currently performing over-the-air testing of our new DVB-S2X chipset, and results are demonstrating 500 Mbps of aggregate throughput. This technology will allow us to exceed 1 Gbps of throughput as we keep pace with future satellite developments.” Read More

High Throughput Solutions for High-Priority Defense Applications

As satellites with higher throughput capabilities come online, they bring tremendous promise to military networks – faster speeds for bandwidth-hungry applications like aerial surveillance, and greater bandwidth efficiency for increasingly cost-sensitive communications budgets.

iDirect's High Performance 9-Series Satellite Remotes

Bringing that capacity to market is the focus of iDirect’s latest product lineup, which it’s showcasing at the Global MilSatCom conference in London this week.

Stop by our booth at stand #17 to check out our latest products and hear first-hand how iDirect is advancing satellite connectivity for defense organizations worldwide.

iDirect 980The all-new lineup includes high-performance defense remotes. The 9-series remotes features the 9350 Satellite Router, the fastest iDirect TDMA remote to date, the 950mp Integrated Satellite Router Board for portable communications-on-the-move (COTM) solutions, the 980 Airborne Integrated Satellite Router Board, and the 9800AE and 9800AR Airborne Satellite Routers.

You can read more about the 9-series here.

The new defense remotes bring even greater performance and efficiency when they’re coupled with our next-generation Defense Line Cards, which are critical for operation in an environment of higher throughput satellite capacity coming online. The line cards feature FIPS 140-2 Level 3 security, an onboard TRANSEC module, and conformal coating. In addition, they deliver higher MODCODs and additional FEC rates to improve spectral efficiency in DVB-S2. Read More

All Apps on Board: All Eyes at Sea

Oil rig operators are constantly under pressure to run operations more efficiently and securely. With leasing rates averaging hundreds of thousands of dollars per day, a single minute of disrupted communications is a hefty loss in profits. The key to success is increasing the visibility and speed of collaboration between the rig and headquarters.

iDirect All Eyes at Sea

Today, VSAT networks provide real-time information exchanges between operations at sea and employees back at headquarters. One rising trend is the integrated use of video in day-to-day operations. Today, oil rigs are equipped to support video applications – whether that’s sending live video feeds from an oil rig or from the ocean floor. Furthermore, they’re equipping exploration vessels, workboats, tankers, offshore support vessels (OSVs), production platforms and remote drilling sites with full access to corporate networks.

Add to this the need to support basic corporate networking, crew welfare and bandwidth-heavy data transfer. And consider that oil and gas networks also support ocean-crossing oil tankers and other mobility applications – and suddenly many of today’s VSAT networks are challenged to carry the load.

Enter the newly launched iDirect 9350 Satellite Router. The 9350 is targeted at high-end commercial mobility markets, and initially features up to 150 Mbps of aggregate throughput Adaptive TDMA performance with a software upgrade path to well over 200 Mbps via support for Adaptive SCPC. Read More

All Apps on Board: Meeting Sky-High Expectations for Connectivity

Meet Sky-High Expectations - iDirectYou can barely board a flight these days that doesn’t advertise in-flight connectivity. Commercial airlines are investing more in VSAT for in-flight connectivity to compete for the loyalty of more than one billion annual airline passengers, as well as improve operational productivity in the face of constantly rising costs.

Today, expectations for what a VSAT network can deliver are soaring to a higher level. Passengers want to watch streaming video content and live TV without constant buffering. Further, onboard networks are expanding to support cellular service.

In the cockpit, in-flight connectivity serves a growing set of business needs, such as navigational charting, weather-pattern monitoring and mechanical system monitoring. And connectivity helps ground control stay in control, receiving live feeds from the aircraft to monitor fuel and maintenance needs.

Supporting all these applications demands a faster and more efficient network. Thankfully, High Throughput Satellites (HTS) are answering the call. NSR reports that approximately 18,000 aircraft will be powered by capacity from HTS by 2025, accounting for $2.8 billion in revenue. These numbers are in addition to 8,160 Ku-band units, and nearly 90,000 total VSAT-connected aircraft projected for the same timeframe.

With rising pressure on service providers to meet the airlines’ continual demand for increasing network performance, iDirect has introduced its next-generation aero remote, the CX780. Read More

All Apps on Board: Now Serving More Data

You could say that the superyacht passenger epitomizes the market standard for connectivity these days.

Once these passengers step aboard, their expectation for unparalleled bandwidth, premium VoIP services and 4K video – present in their everyday lives – is just as fervent out at sea.

Now Serving More DataFor the superyacht owner, that means that along with the high-end concierge service, they must be serving more data than ever.

Both passengers and crew want high-speed internet connectivity and access to content like streaming TV. And VSAT networks must support applications such as bridge communications, weather tracking and ship maintenance.

The superyacht segment within maritime has relied on VSAT for many years, and now that reliance levels up a notch. And as traffic demands surge and the number of devices per passenger per ship increases, superyacht owners are upgrading their VSAT networks to support higher-speed and higher-quality service.

A look at the market shows growth ahead. According to Northern Sky Research’s (NSR) Maritime SATCOM Markets, 4th Edition, there will be 8,200 VSAT-equipped passenger vessels by 2025, up from 4,400 reported at the end of 2015. The general leisure maritime market, of which superyacht is part of, remains strong, with new ship orders demanding higher bandwidth options.

Learn what NSR and maritime VSAT leaders are forecasting for the years ahead.

Passenger markets are poised to move over to HTS-based offerings in GEO and Non-GEO, with almost 24 Gbps of demand by 2025, in addition to 79 TPEs of FSS capacity. HTS services are predicated to drive significant adoption with better coverage, more affordable bandwidth and lower-cost equipment. Read More

All Apps on Board: Meet Demand on Any Level

Meet Demand on Any Level

Picture this: A family of four set to go on a cruise. Dad must remain in contact with the office, taking calls and even a bit of video conferencing. Mom is streaming episodes of her favorite television show on her tablet, while the kids are keeping up their social and gaming profiles using multiple devices.

And now, multiply this by the thousands and what you have is the new reality of serving passengers aboard luxury cruise ships. In fact, more passengers are stepping aboard these luxury cruise liners than ever. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, 24 million passengers will travel via global ocean cruise by the end of 2016, up from the 20.9 million in 2012.

Consider it part of the unrelenting level of demand that comes as a result of being connected across every aspect of our lives these days. In fact, Northern Sky Research (NSR) says value-added connectivity services are becoming a bigger selling point for the cruise market than ever before.

Read our latest maritime feature to learn more about what analysts are forecasting for the future of maritime VSAT.

And along with passenger connectivity comes the need to run safer, more intelligent and productive operations. Crew must stay connected in order to access a vessel’s entire IT network, fix issues remotely, run real-time weather and navigation applications, and provide telehealth. These applications require data communication back to shore and increasingly involve live video. Read More

The 9-Series: Pairing Performance with Efficiency for Government & Defense

iDirect Defense Line CardsFor 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

Meet the 9-Series Satellite Routers with Steve Moses

Q&A with Steve Moses, Chief Product Owner for the Evolution Product Line

iDirect 9-Series Satellite RemotesQ: Introduce us to the 9350, and tell us what makes this remote stand out from others on the market today?

Moses: Today we face a new reality in the market; one where end-users have an unrelenting demand for more bandwidth at all times. Whether that is aboard a maritime vessel, or out in the middle of the ocean on an oil rig, the expectation to do more is very real. We are talking more people, more devices, more bandwidth-hungry applications. And it is an expectation that satellite service providers must rapidly be in position to address.

The 9-series remotes are designed with this very challenge in mind; able to handle this level of unrelenting demand across high-end mobility and enterprise markets, as well as specific applications for government and defense.

The 9350 is highly focused on delivering unprecedented levels of performance and efficiency. The rack-mounted 9350 is the fastest iDirect TDMA remote to date with over 150 Mbps of aggregate throughput with DVB-S2/ACM and Adaptive TDMA, and a path to well over 200 Mbps via support with Adaptive SCPC.

Q: The 9350 belongs to the new 9 series that iDirect introduced to the market. Walk us through the different models and what makes each a distinct fit for that particular use case.

Moses: The 9-series comes in different form factors and capabilities. We have three products depending on the use case and the integration level needed. Along with the aforementioned 9350, these models include: Read More

The 9-Series: Matching Security and Innovation for Government and Defense

iDirect 9-Series Satellite RoutersHere’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