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The Rising Tide of Maritime VSAT Growth

The Rising Tide of Maritime VSAT

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Today, an increasing number of maritime vessels are relying on VSAT to run safer, more intelligent and productive operations.

Currently, the number of VSAT-equipped maritime vessels stands at roughly 13,200, according to the NSR Maritime SATCOM Markets, 4th Edition. It is a number that could eclipse 32,700, representing an 8.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) by 2025.

The driving factors for the adoption of VSAT vary based on the segment of the market. For instance, merchant shipping relies on the technology for crew welfare and remote IT services, among others. Fishing—a segment that historically has relied primarily on cellular connectivity—is looking to VSAT to enable more on board, such as online sales of catches. While cruise looks more to support higher-speed Internet, onboard wireless service, entertainment and streaming video, and oil and gas looks to lean heavily on live video, among other uses.

Regardless of what the service is being used for, the one common denominator across the entire market is this: VSAT has fundamentally shifted from a cost center to a cost saver in maritime. And that means the technology—from the space segment to the ground segment—must be ready to accommodate the growing demand to do more out at sea. Read More

The 9-Series: High-Performance Remotes Built for the Mission

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Whether by land, air, or sea, the mission at-hand is always critical for government and defense agencies. Therefore, the technology used in every instance must have the ability to deliver fast and flexible communications whenever and wherever needed.

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 performance.

The 9-series are designed to co-exist with the e8000 series remotes thus enabling for a smooth transition path to upgrade fielded remotes. Our new portfolio of remotes are able to handle highly sophisticated applications that operate at the heart of military operations worldwide:

  • The real-time exchange of voice, data, and high-definition ISR video between airborne assets and operators on the ground
  • Enable command access for soldiers deployed with portable, light-weight, power-efficient manpack terminals
  • A full range of broadband capabilities aboard military maritime vessels
  • The establishment of land-based mobile command units

These applications are enabled with the 9-series through a range of different form factors and capabilities. This includes rack-mount, board level products optimized around size, weight and power (SWaP) and special form factors and capabilities for aero applications. Read More

Inside iDirect’s End-to-End Solutions Lab

There is a lot that goes into testing and validating the performance, scalability and configuration of iDirect technology. Chris Boyd, iDirect’s Network Solutions Architect, will show you how we test our reference architectures to ensure ease of deployment for you across the network.

With iDirect Verified Designs, we actively identify, test and document every step of the network configuration, and match the correct router and switching equipment with satellite equipment. This helps to ensure that the services and functionality set up on the satellite side can carry through on the terrestrial side.

Overall, the role of the End-to-End Solutions Lab is to work with various different technologies to determine how best they will scale in any environment, and the ways in which they are being used in our customers’ networks. The ultimate result is improving iDirect’s ability to provide support and best practices guidance to customers. Read More

One Box Solutions: iDirect SatHaul™ and X7-EC are On the Move

iDirect's Terry NeumannBy Terry Neumann, Director of Market Strategy

As iDirect finished the second quarter of the year, we saw the first deliveries of the X7-EC Satellite Router(s), along with iDirect SatHaul™ to support LTE backhaul over satellite. We are very excited to have this product in the marketplace, which helps improve the efficiency and user experience for connecting 4G base stations over satellite.

Proof-of-Concept Trials Deemed Successful

During the first half of 2016, we conducted various proof-of-concept (POC) trials with different mobile operators to see how our solution would perform in their specific environments. Out of these tests we learned a good amount about some of the different network setups, and had the ability to try the iDirect SatHaul™ optimization with most of the popular infrastructure equipment from Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and Alcatel Lucent.

Even though there were a few adjustments to make in order to work in the different operator environments, the standard interface of LTE seems to make integration much simpler than 2G or 3G networks which were much less standardized. We had success optimizing 4G traffic over all of these different infrastructure set ups and improving the 4G experience over satellite.

With key features like TCP Acceleration, header and payload compression, and optimization of IPSec links, iDirect SatHaul™ is an effective solution in 4G networks to improve the user experience and throughput when using satellite. Read More

Inmarsat and VT iDirect Form Joint R&D Partnership to Develop Next Generation Services

New agreement supports Inmarsat ‘building block’ development strategy

Inmarsat-iDirect-logosInmarsat and VT iDirect announced an extension of their long-term strategic partnership with the formation of a joint research & development (R&D) team – i2 – to support the development of the next generation satellite communications (satcom) technologies. This venture is a logical next step in the Inmarsat and VT iDirect relationship, having worked successfully together over the past four years to develop the GX program.

The R&D project team, which will be based at Inmarsat’s headquarters in London, will focus on the proof-of-concept and prototype phases for new satcom technologies. Inmarsat and VT iDirect will jointly assess the commercial potential of each new technology before the decision is taken to deploy it in the form of a new product or service. Both companies’ partners and end-users will enjoy privileged access to the new technologies.

Among the first projects the team will address are the creation of new solutions to support the growing integration of satcom and terrestrial networks, the requirement for smaller, more powerful satcom terminals, and the boosting of waveform performance.

“This is a highly practical relationship with the objective to deliver a continual flow of market-leading new technologies,” said Michele Franci, Inmarsat’s Chief Technology Officer. “Inmarsat and VT iDirect have been close partners for many years, and we share a common vision of the future development of satellite communications – particularly its growing integration with terrestrial networks. It makes complete sense to combine our resources and capabilities in this way. Read More

What are industry leaders saying about satellite’s role in the end-to-end network?

Satellite’s role in creating a truly converged end-to-end network is generating more buzz than ever.

Learn more in our free 16-page report, End-to-End Perspectives, to see how satellite plays a pivotal role in the converged end-to-end network.

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Industry leaders from Verizon, BT Global Services, Intelsat and NSR share their perspectives with iDirect on some of the most complex – and pressing – questions facing our industry today.

This new report sheds light on the “when” and the “how” behind this next step in satellite’s evolution, providing insights from all aspects of the industry:

  • What’s the thinking behind Verizon’s strategy for delivering satellite value and making end-to-end a reality?
  • NSR discusses the impact of software-defined networks, cloud-based technologies, and the virtualized environment in future VSAT innovation.
  • How is the new Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) technology from iDirect enabling BT Global Services to extend their network reach?
  • What three biggest obstacles must be overcome in doing business globally, with agility, and how does Intelsat intend to tackle these hurdles head on?
  • Why is “holistic innovation” the best path forward to closing the gap between satellite and terrestrial networks?

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One Box Solutions: Bringing Sevis 2G/3G Optimization to the iDirect X7-EC

When it comes to Cellular backhaul over satellite, it is important for mobile operators to maximize the effectiveness of the space capacity since it is the most expensive part of connecting remote and rural sites.

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iDirect has worked with Sevis for a number of years to support mobile operators around the globe, helping them backhaul traffic in a cost-effective way. On the new iDirect X7-EC, a variant of the popular iDirect X7 remote that features embedded computing, customers now have the ability to run the Sevis 2G/3G Optimization software as an application inside our satellite modem.

Ian_WalterJoin iDirect in this Q&A with Ian Walter, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Sevis, to learn how you can seamlessly deliver services to the network edge.

Ian, tell us a bit about Sevis, the products you offer and the role you play to help Mobile operators deliver services.

Sevis Systems is a leading provider of mobile backhaul optimization and enhanced SS7 signaling defense solutions to mobile and fixed line network operators around the world. Several of the largest global operators rely on our products to increase operational efficiencies, save cost and enable new innovative services.

Founded in 1999, Sevis is a privately held corporation based in Dallas, Texas. Sevis offers best-in-class, innovative, carrier-grade solutions to satellite and telecom operators worldwide through our global network of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and distribution partners. Read More

Find Your Best Path Forward to New Market Opportunities

iDirect - Your Intelligent Path ForwardiDirect’s next-generation innovations are forging the most intelligent path forward to new opportunities in a broad range of markets and applications.

But as opportunities are rising, so are market demands. Delivering highly customer-specific applications, keeping pace with the requirements for higher network speeds, and meeting performance expectations and demanding service levels isn’t easy.

Let us shed some light on how the innovations we’re delivering will enable you to better serve your existing markets today, manage operational and capital costs, create unique value for your customers and access more markets tomorrow.

Join us now in viewing 3 new short market features that provide an overview of what iDirect innovations will mean for your key markets today, such as: enterprise, financial services, education, defence and military, and mobility.

IPF-three-animations-playFrom Scalability to RF Efficiency to Remote Performance, come see a concise, high-level picture of the iDirect solution today, and tomorrow: Read More

New Digital Feature Previews Performance And Efficiency Enhancements

When it comes to planning and ensuring your long-term growth, iDirect’s innovations are forging the most intelligent path forward today.

For starters, a whole new wave of more than a dozen iDirect technologies and products dedicated to maximizing performance and efficiency are coming your way.  See them all now up close in our Digital Preview Feature “Dial it Up”.

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See how you can dial up your performance and efficiency.

This new feature includes video interviews, product overviews and interactive charts that provide real-time insight into the development that’s ensuring iDirect customers are ready to dial up their DVB-S2 performance and prepare for the next level of throughput with DVB-S2X.

Here’s just a sample of what you’ll see and learn in the new Preview Feature:

  • Details on our two-step strategy for finding your path toward migrating to DVB-S2X at the right time for your organization, enabling you to maximize current hub investments and minimize the need for expensive dual-illumination.
  • A first look at our next-generation, high-powered line cards ─ with higher performance, higher MODCODs and DVB-S2X ready.
  • What the new 9-Series high-performance remotes, the fastest TDMA remote in iDirect history, will mean for you and your business.
  • The many benefits of a new family of Embedded Computing (EC) remotes.  See how iDirect technology is joining with best-in-class third-party solutions from partners including Cisco®, XipLink™, Sevis® and others to open doors to delivering new, specialized services and more.
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One Box Solutions: Extending Cisco® Services with the X7-EC

One Box Solutions: Extending Cisco® Services with the X7-EC

Satellite service providers must bring sophisticated networking capabilities to the customer end site to meet rising customer expectations. Enterprise requirements might include running multi-tenant networks, terminating Layer 2 services, routing for disaster recovery, and providing sophisticated data and network management.

iDirect’s X7-EC embedded computing remote allows service providers to achieve all these activities through the ability to deploy Cisco IOS® software at the network edge.

The Cisco 5921 Embedded Services Router (ESR) supports enterprise routing protocols for advanced end point management across an iDirect Evolution® Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) network. It’s equivalent to placing a Cisco routing box at the customer premise to create a natural demarcation for managed services.

The service provider is able to reinforce their VSAT networks with the same global-standards, exceptional reliability and security they find in terrestrial networks. And as satellite plays an increasingly important role in enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) across the globe, the introduction of the Cisco 5921 ESR to the VSAT market brings an effective solution for managing all end points across the VSAT network.

“iDirect is offering the Cisco 5921 ESR as one of the first deliverables of our partnership as a Cisco Solution Technology Integrator (STI). As the satellite industry continues to adopt industry networking standards and support seamless services end-to-end, this combination of our iDirect X7 Remote with a Cisco Router in a single box satisfies demand for more capabilities at customer sites in a cost-effective, highly efficient manner,” says Eric Watko Vice President, Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, iDirect. Read More