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Your Intelligent Path Forward Begins Today

iDirect - Your Intelligent Path ForwardBy Kevin Steen, VP of Global Sales and Chief Operating Officer, iDirect

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

I’d like you to join us on the journey at IntelligentPathForward.com. Our goal is to share unprecedented visibility and context with iDirect partners into the full lineup of releases coming this year and next so you can capitalize on your next phase of growth.

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We’ll show you both the broader perspective of where we’re headed as a technology industry leader … as well as the ground-level product detail you need to make the best choices for your business along the way. Most importantly, we’ll connect the dots between the innovations we’re delivering and how they will enable you to access more markets, better manage operational and capital costs, and create unique value for your customers. It all boils down to staying on the right path to growing your business for the long term.

The iDirect Intelligent Path Forward is your iDirect base camp for all the insights, background and intelligence you need in order to effectively execute on your business plans. Over the coming months we’ll be adding new pieces to the story, mile markers along the way, that demonstrate how the iDirect roadmap is aligned with your growth plans. For instance, today we’ll zero in on the re-engineering of our remote portfolio, and what this means for delivering specialized applications. Read More

One Box Solutions: Bringing XipLink™ to iDirect’s X7-EC

Watch it now: XipLink CEO Jack Waters stopped by iDirect’s booth during Satellite 2016 and discussed the XipLink application on the X7-EC with Terry Neumann.

Satellite service providers have long valued XipLink’s suite of tools to resolve problems related to acceleration, compression and optimization to better utilize bandwidth and provide more efficient operation. Plus, the end-user experience is boosted through faster response times.

Normally, deploying XipLink technology requires installing separate hardware at the remote location – but this isn’t always possible and it adds complexity.

A Single-Box Solution

So iDirect worked with XipLink to offer its Virtual (XV) Optimization as an application that can be directly loaded into iDirect’s X7-EC embedded computing remote.

The X7-EC makes it far easier for service providers to utilize XipLink as part of an integrated, consolidated solution. The flexibility of installing one physical remote that can run additional third-party software to deliver specialized services is compelling.

XipLink capabilities such as TCP acceleration, data compression, link bonding and balancing, packet coalescing, and byte caching allow service providers to build a stronger business case for using satellite to support many different enterprise needs.

To learn more about the EC series, attend our upcoming webinar, “Bringing Powerful Applications to the Service Edge,” on June 14. Register here.

iDirect Exceeds 400 Mbps in LTE Cellular Backhaul Test

Demo conducted with SpeedCast leverages iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology, enables aggressive data rates for SpeedCast managed service offering designed to extend reach of mobile networks

iDirect announced that lab tests with SpeedCast International Ltd. have demonstrated GTP/LTE traffic being transmitted over a single iDirect SatHaul™ terminal at speeds over 350Mbps on the downstream and 90Mbps on the upstream. This proof-of-concept is critical in helping SpeedCast achieve a leading position in cellular backhaul provisioning and helping mobile operators extend the reach of their services via satellite connectivity. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

As demand for 4G/LTE service continues to escalate around the globe, SpeedCast is helping mobile operators scale their networks efficiently through delivery of a managed service offering, delivering high performance with no capital expenditures for the operator. Core to that strategy is choosing the right solution for mobile backhaul that can extend data connectivity into rural and remote areas, along with specialized environments, such as emergency services and disaster recovery, in a cost-effective manner while ensuring high service reliability.

With test results hitting 350Mbps on the downstream, iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology provides a proof-of-concept that essentially doubles previous levels of speed achieved in the market. Designed to provide a path to the most optimal ongoing network performance, iDirect’s DVB-S2X strategy puts SpeedCast in best position to match network speed and quality of service expectations, both today and going forward. Read More

iDirect Government Debuts New 3.4.1 Evolution Software which Powers 9-Series Defense Remotes and Line Cards and Delivers Advanced Features

Software Brings Enhanced TRANSEC, Performance and Efficiency to Company’s Next-Generation Satellite Communications Equipment

Herndon, Va., May 23, 2016 – iDirect Government (iDirectGov), a leading provider of satellite communications to the military and government, today unveils its Evolution 3.4.1 software, which powers the company’s next generation 9-Series portfolio of remotes and defense line cards. iDirectGov will showcase the new software release in the company’s booth, No. 1712, during the 2016 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), which runs today through May 26 in Tampa.

Evolution 3.4.1 delivers enhanced features in security, performance and efficiency to the 9-Series product line in support of the company’s defense and government customers whenever and wherever they need effective satellite communications. The software supports the 950mp, 900 and 9350 remotes as well as the DLC-T and DLC-R defense line cards – all from a single platform.

Offering the latest transmission security (TRANSEC) enhancements in the air, on land and at sea, the Evolution platform is Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Level 3 certifiable. The 9-series remotes and DLC line cards support dual-domain TRANSEC. One-Way TRANSEC is a new feature that secures broadcast traffic from the hub to a network of receive only remotes. Read More

Satellite and the End-to-End Network: The Next Stage of Innovation

By Eric Watko, Vice President, Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, iDirect

The Next Stage of Innovation

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.

Throughout the past few weeks iDirect has engaged in a discussion with Verizon, NSR, BT and Intelsat on the role of satellite in the end-to-end network. Our conversation wraps up this week with Eric Watko addressing the question posed by Intelsat: What are the next steps to innovating around modern networking technology in order for satellite to continue operating right at the heart of IP networks?

Looking back on the past few weeks, we have been engaged in a very enlightening discussion around how we work to make satellite communication technology look and act more like all other access technologies.

  • We were given a glimpse into the telco environment from Verizon and the steps it must take in order to align satellite with its core MPLS network.
  • From there, NSR offered a call-to-action regarding the need to see more advances in the areas of software-defined satellite networks, transitioning out of fixed server hardware and into a virtualized environment.
  • BT Global Services described their efforts to launch satellite networks built on a Layer 2 foundation to support telco trends toward carrier Ethernet.
  • Finally, Intelsat talked about enabling service agility so telecom providers can quickly reach underserved areas.

For iDirect, the answer is clear: We must be able to support the service needs of the industry as a whole. We cannot simply focus on the space segment, but instead examine every aspect—from the edge of the core network, to the terminals, to the endpoint of the customer. Read More

Satellite and the End-to-End Network: Evolving Telco Capabilities

By Renato Goodfellow, Head of Global Satellite, BT Global Services

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Satellite’s role in creating a truly converged end-to-end network is an ongoing industry development and continues to generate more conversation with the introduction of new technology innovations and the growing demands that drive them. It is gaining more and more momentum with the growing end-to-end functionality requirements of our customers, such as security.

The series’ previous blog post by NSR addressed the next generation of innovation in satellite, while posing the question around which trends in telco will continue to drive future innovation in satellite. 

BT Global’s communications network provides connectivity to nearly 200 countries, most of which rely on terrestrial fiber. We also serve over 37,000 sites around the globe to which fiber will not reach and this is where satellite enters the discussion.

Over recent years, BT Global Services has invested heavily in growing our VSAT infrastructure to take advantage of VSAT strengths. Satellite is a quick-to-deploy and secure solution that enables global connectivity, and has played a vital role in helping complete our BT Connect Global MPLS network reach. We have installed dedicated VSAT hubs in key regions of the world, which helps us optimize communication performance, with a single BT managed solution for our customers. Read More

iDirect Next-Generation Ground Infrastructure Powers New OmniAccess Super Yacht and Boutique Cruise VSAT Service

DVB-S2X-ready universal line cards and remotes exceeding 140 Mbps aggregate throughput set new standard for bandwidth aboard luxury ships

Herndon, VA, March 9, 2016 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that OmniAccess, a leading provider of VSAT services to the luxury yacht market, is launching its Broadbeam nextGen VSAT service using iDirect’s latest Evolution technology. OmniAccess will be the first to leverage iDirect’s new DVB-S2X-ready universal line cards and new 9350 satellite remote, which exceeds 140 Mbps aggregate throughput. This next generation VSAT service will meet the ever-increasing demand for connectivity aboard super yachts worldwide. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

A new expectation for connectivity exists amongst luxury super yacht and cruise ship passengers today. Service providers must be able to accommodate multiple devices streaming high-definition video and running voice and data applications, all at a low-cost, high quality level of delivery.

With the debut of its next-generation extreme-throughput VSAT service, OmniAccess will leverage iDirect’s technology developments to introduce Broadbeam nextGen, a new and unique triple-play service offering in the yacht market that will enable HD and UHD/4K PlexusTV streaming, as well as unparalleled bandwidths and premium VoIP services.

Building this next-generation service requires a new level of technology that is equipped to handle an unwavering acceleration of throughput requirements. iDirect’s new Universal line cards is the most powerful to date, with return line cards that will feature aggregate symbol rates up to 30Msps, with individual carriers up to 15Msps and 16QAM MODCODs for improved efficiency. The new transmit line card is software upgradable to DVB-S2X and will feature a powerful combination of 32APSK MODCODs and embedded pre-distortion, which helps OmniAccess realize new efficiency and performance gains when operating on fully saturated transponders. Read More

iDirect Ushers In New Levels Of Performance And Efficiency

New Universal Line Cards and 9-Series remotes deliver significant throughput and efficiency gains, field upgrade path to DVB-S2X

Herndon, VA, March 8, 2016 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the release of its new Universal Line Cards (ULCs) and 9-Series portfolio of remotes. With the debut of its next-generation Line Card technology, iDirect elevates capacity and throughput levels to help service providers achieve the optimal performance and capture the exploding market opportunities of High Throughput Satellite (HTS).  iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Compatible with both Evolution® and iDirect Velocity™ networks, the ULCs deliver impressive gains in both performance and efficiency. The new ULC-R return line card will feature aggregate symbol rates up to 30Msps, with individual carriers up to 15Msps and 16QAM MODCODs for improved efficiency. The new ULC-T transmit line card will feature a powerful combination of 32APSK MODCODs and embedded pre-distortion for optimal operation on saturated transponders.

The ULC-T also touts a software upgrade path to support DVB-S2X carriers up to 125MHz.  With support for both DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X networks, the new ULCs provide a seamless migration  for iDirect customers that leverages their existing hub investments and future proofs their networks while minimizing the need for costly dual-illumination.

Ideally suited for high-value cruise, yacht and offshore drilling and defense markets, the new 9-Series remotes initially feature up to 140Mbps of aggregate throughput performance with a path to well over 200Mbps via support for adaptive 15Msps TDMA and 30Msps with adaptive SCPC. The 9-series remotes, which come in a range of different form factors and capabilities, also offer major reductions in Size, Weight and Power (SWaP), making them ideal for Communications On The Move (COTM) applications. Read More

iDirect Partner Perspective: Integrasys

Alvaro pictureAlvaro Sanchez, Sales Manager, Satellite Monitoring Systems, Integrasys SA, shares news of big customer wins and gives a preview of the next phase in remote commissioning, which the company will unveil at Satellite 2016. Go see them at Booth 118.

iDirect: Please describe Integrasys, and its relationship with iDirect.

Sanchez: Founded in 1990, Integrasys SA is a development, engineering and integration company specializing in the telecommunication and broadcasting markets. We have been a partner with iDirect for three years, delivering our Satmotion Pocket remote commissioning solution to iDirect customers under the name the iDirect Remote Commissioning Solution.

iDirect: Talk about the growing value of a VSAT remote commissioning tool, given the increasing demand for VSAT connectivity in remote and rural regions.

Sanchez: A VSAT commissioning tool streamlines the process to point the antenna, isolate the cross polarization, minimize adjacent satellite interference, perform compression testing, and find the initial transmit power through an intuitive software interface.

Such a solution is highly valuable in setting up networks in remote regions around the world, enabling you to autonomously point and adjust antennas, streamlining the overall commissioning of remotes. This allows service providers to deploy new services quicker, and get customers up-and-running on the network at an accelerated pace with optimal performance.

iDirect: You recently started to work with a few large customers in the maritime and oil and gas (O&G) verticals. Tell us about them.

Sanchez: We have a very significant customer in the maritime industry – our first and biggest! This partner is also working with us on new and exciting developments which we are addressing with a new product release at Satellite 2016. Read More

iDirect Government Unveils New Defense Remotes and Line Cards with Increased Performance and Functionality

Hardware Innovations to Bring Increased Performance to Government Customers

Herndon, Va., March 7, 2016 –iDirect Government (iDirectGov), a leading provider of satellite communications to the military and government, today unveils its next generation 9-Series portfolio of remotes and defense line cards that will bring greater spectral efficiencies and enhanced performance to the company’s government customers.

Riding on the 9-Series remotes is the Evolution 3.4 software that brings the products to life. Each of the remotes within the new series features different form factors and capabilities to accommodate customer specific needs. The entire series of remotes is capable of nearly double the in-route Msps of its predecessor the 8-Series and with almost 10 times the packets per second capability.

Featuring extended frequency ranges, which allow users to access the Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) constellation, as well as High Throughput Satellites (HTS), the 9-Series supports the ability to receive multiprotocol encapsulation (MPE) broadcasts. For secure traffic, the 9-Series will support both one-way and two-way TRANSEC and be certified at FIPS140-2 Level 3.

The series consists of the 950mp, 900 and 9350. The 950mp features a reduced footprint of 33%, uses 55% less power and is 28% lighter than its predecessor the e850mp – all of which is critical in the use of man-portable terminals. The 900 and 9350 remotes include dual demodulators, which allow the remotes to support two separate data streams. Combinations of data traffic can include both two-way and one-way traffic, with one way traffic consisting of multiprotocol encapsulation (MPE) broadcasts or one-way TRANSEC. The 9350 also boasts the first LCD screen on an iDirect remote, allowing the user to view remote’s configuration and statistics. Read More