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L2oS Video Series #1: Introducing Layer 2 over Satellite

iDirect introduces Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS), dramatically expanding the capability of the Evolution® platform. L2oS offers the option to run transparent links to customer end-points through an efficient Ethernet bridging mode as an alternative to Layer 3 routing.

This means service providers gain flexibility to pass all kinds of protocols and deploy new architectures, even creating hybrid networks that operate in both Layer 2 and Layer 3 modes tailored to customer needs.

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iDirect Advances Satellite Network Interoperability with Latest Upgrade to Evolution® Platform

Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) allows service providers to simplify network deployment and carry IP traffic wherever it needs to go

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iDirect announced the release of Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS), a new feature set within the iDirect Evolution® platform, allowing satellite to work more seamlessly with other telecommunications access technologies, providing transparency across the entire network. Service providers are able to use L2oS to simplify deployment of a satellite network and effectively carry IP traffic anywhere it needs to go. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

As service providers experience greater demand to deliver global services, satellite connectivity allows them to reach beyond their traditional area of coverage. L2oS makes it easier to interface satellite technology with terrestrial networking and build unified communication networks. iDirect’s L2oS overcomes proprietary satellite protocols, allowing the satellite connection to emulate a transparent Ethernet link with the freedom to pass any protocols and provide more flexibility in network management. Ultimately, L2oS allows satellite to look and act like all other access technologies. Read More

Q-KON Upgrades Evolution® Software And Deploys iDirect SatManage® To Manage Financial VSAT Network

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Q-KON, a specialist service provider and systems integrator, has upgraded its iDirect Evolution® network to version 3.3 and deployed the iDirect SatManage® network management solution to manage this network. SatManage will be customized to provide specialized service level agreement (SLA) reporting to one of its major customers in the financial market. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

The Q-KON iDirect network currently consists of 1,500 remote sites and is expected to reach 2,200 before the end of 2015. With SatManage, Q-KON can now actively monitor and manage its entire network gaining deeper visibility into key actions, while providing specialized reporting functionality to user groups in order to better serve business customers. Key factors for choosing SatManage include the ability to provide statistics related to remote site availability, which enables Q-KON to prove network SLA adherence to particular customers.

In addition to leveraging the capabilities of SatManage internally, Q-KON is working with iDirect to develop customized functionality for one of its major customers in the financial market. One such function is the ability to proactively monitor remotes for indications of power outages. In such instances, planned maintenance outages (PMOs) are created automatically by the system. This protects against negative impacts that outages could have to SLAs for the customer. Read More

Harris CapRock Communications Delivering More Than 1.5 Gbps To Maritime Customers With iDirect Evolution® Platform

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of  Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Harris CapRock Communications, a premier provider of managed satellite, wireless and fiber services, is delivering more than 1.5 billion bits per second (1.5 Gbps) of traffic across its base of maritime customers using its iDirect Evolution® network. The service provider is deploying iDirect X7 remotes in order to meet the growing demand for high-speed voice, video and data services from both passengers and crew. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

At any moment, Harris CapRock is leveraging iDirect to service more than 250 cruise and other ships sailing globally carrying in excess of 300,000 guests and crew. It is estimated that an average family uses approximately six devices to stay connected at all times — including aboard cruise ships — accessing social media network, streaming video and more. In addition, ship operators are turning to VSAT to improve operational performance of their fleets, implementing applications to help with equipment monitoring, IT integration, and remote access, among others. Such demand has resulted in Harris CapRock handling more than 1.5 Gbps of traffic to cruise customers over the iDirect Evolution platform.

Harris CapRock utilizes features on the iDirect Evolution platform such as Group QoS in order to prioritize bandwidth allocation across its customer base, ensuring that business and customer application traffic can co-exist in the most efficient manner. Adaptive Code Modulation (ACM) is used in order to make the most efficient use of the satellite bandwidth with changing weather conditions and location of the vessels. As bandwidth demands for cruise ships outpace the performance of its current generation of remotes, Harris CapRock is deploying X7 remotes, which deliver the highest bandwidth per ship achievable, while allowing customers to gain deep visibility into ship and network performance.

“Our customers are in the business of providing exciting vacation experiences and outstanding hospitality services, all with hotel-like service at sea,” said Rob McDermid, Chief Architect – Global Access Technology, Harris CapRock. “iDirect technology provides the flexibility we need to deliver high bandwidth over shared global networks, and its market-leading experience in maritime serves as the foundation that allows us to continually expand our services going forward.” Read More

Share Your iDirect Evolution® Journey

#MySatelliteEvolution

Here’s a question: What’s your satellite evolution? As a satellite service provider, you are making some significant connections around the globe. The type of connections that can be educational and inspiring for millions of people.

We all know that the role of satellite connectivity today can help improve productivity and increase efficiency across many different industries. More and more, we are also hearing stories of satellite playing a significant role improving educational, social and economic conditions around the globe.

With that in mind, we are excited to announce the launch of our new campaign, #MySatelliteEvolution! Meant to help increase the awareness of the capabilities of satellite, #MySatelliteEvolution celebrates the ways in which our partners are making a positive impact for citizens worldwide. Read More

Up To The Task Of Providing Greater Resiliency In HTS

Nikola-KromerBy Nikola Kromer, Senior Director Product Marketing, iDirect

The need for greater resiliency to your High Throughput Satellite (HTS) network is apparent: Just ask Denis Sutherland, who pointed to five reasons in his last blog.

As he outlined, HTS satellite architectures oftentimes drive a higher concentration of hub equipment at the central gateway site. Higher throughputs on HTS drive larger scale and service complexities resulting in massive networks with thousands of remotes managed by fewer gateways. Scaling many more networks and customers from fewer gateway locations introduces a greater need for network resiliency, and more specifically, teleport and gateway reliability.

Protecting the network from service degradation, service interruptions or even catastrophic events is key to ensuring a very high availability and reliability of the HTS network. And since quite a few HTS constellation leverage Ka-Band, where its frequency has a higher susceptibility to rain fade compared to Ku-band and C-band, maintaining consistent network availability under all weather conditions requires special features.

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The Reliability of the Network and its Components
At iDirect, we have designed our platform to have built-in high availability on all aspects of the hub infrastructure ranging from superior line card availability and hub component redundancy, to rain diversity and all the way to complete gateway redundancy. Read More

5 Reasons HTS Networks Need To Be More Resilient

By Denis Sutherland, Director of Business Development, iDirect

It has always been critical to ensure that satellite communications infrastructure remain online, and operational. High Throughput Satellites (HTS) introduce many reasons for redundancy and resiliency—five reasons, to be exact. Let’s take a look.

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1)      Gateway Architecture

One of the critical factors that impact satellite operators and service providers is the architecture of a high throughput satellite. Centrally located hub infrastructure accessing a gateway beam, a feeder link, leads to an increased amount of traffic generated from a single teleport, which equates to greater risk of network failure or service impact from uplink degradation. This is particularly relevant in the case of Ka-band, as its frequency has a higher susceptibility to rain fade compared to Ku-band and C-band. Since Ka-band frequencies are particularly prone to rain fade, a network must also leverage adaptive modulation techniques, such as Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) and Adaptive TDMA, to achieve the maximum data throughput and optimized traffic in changing weather conditions.

In many cases satellite operators that are managing the teleport will make provision for service degradation such as for weather so severe that ACM can’t protect the link, or for a failure in the teleport. This will also drive operators to consider smarter gateway diversity, ensuring that failure in one gateway, will be backed up in a different location. This is the case with Telenor’s Thor 7, as explained here, which has two uplinks in Norway to achieve carrier-grade availability.

2)      Scale of Networks

In a previous blog I considered how HTS networks will increase in scale. There will be additional network infrastructure with HTS, due to increased numbers of beams, more terminals, and higher data rates. As the networks grows the need for reliable network infrastructure increases. Read More

Mobil Satellite Technologies Offers Win-Win When On The Go-Go: RV-ers Enjoy Self Provisioning Insta-Sat Service

From Satnews

This innovative system gives RV owners access to broadband anywhere in the USA, even in places where cellular doesn’t work…

Mobil Satellite Technologies is proud to announce that after over a year of development and testing that the new RVDataSat840 automatic satellite antenna system and  Insta-Sat on-demand consumer broadband satellite Internet service are both now available.

The RV DataSat840 is a fully automatic satellite antenna system that includes a one-touch controller, .84 meter dish for increased signal strength, iDirect Evolution X5 satellite modem and 6 Watt transmitter. This system has all of the professional-grade components of a Government or Commercial system, but is engineered as a consumer platform. The Insta-Sat broadband service was designed by Mobil Satellite Technologies specifically to support the new RV DataSat840 automatic satellite antenna system. This innovative system gives RV owners access to broadband anywhere in the USA, even in places where cellular doesn’t work.

The Insta-Sat broadband service delivers up to 4 Mbps of data for lightning fast downloads, and has no monthly fee, no contract, and no term commitments.The Insta-Sat service is self-provisioning through a web portal, the user simply pushes a button to deploy the antenna, opens a browser and selects a service plan, enters their account information and the service activates itself automatically. The antenna can connect to the web portal any time that the antenna is deployed, whether there is a current service plan in place or not. Continue >

iDirect Remote Commissioning Solution Helps Axesat Streamline VSAT Installations Across Latin America

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of  Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that satellite service provider Axesat has implemented the iDirect Remote Commissioning Solution to help accelerate the commissioning of its VSAT remotes, enabling it to deploy new services more efficiently and add customers on to the network faster. Axesat’s VSAT service, based on iDirect Evolution, offers connectivity solutions to customers in retail, construction and infrastructure, financial and oil and gas markets across Latin America. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

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Members of the Axesat team align the satellite signal using the iDirect Remote Commissioning Solution from a laptop

Axesat is a multinational company with presence in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Central America.The service provider is targeting Mexico as its base for serving the entire Latin American market. Roughly half of its 12,000 VSATs are installed in this region, where it anticipates new opportunities across such core markets as retail, infrastructure, financial and oil and gas growing the business by 40-50%.

The iDirect Remote Commissioning Solution is based on Integrasys’ Satmotion product and allows Axesat to autonomously point and adjust its antennas, streamlining the overall commissioning of its X1, X3 and X5 remotes. This helps support the anticipated growth for Axesat, allowing it to deploy new services quicker, and get customers up-and-running on the network at an accelerated pace. Read More

iDirect’s Evolution Platform Is Selected By Via Direta To Power Largest Distance-learning Program In Brazil

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Via Direta Telecom, a subsidiary of TV and radio broadcast group Rede Tiradentes de Telecomunicações, has selected the iDirect Evolution® platform to enable the largest, most ambitious distance-learning program ever created in Brazil. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

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Using iDirect technology, Via Direta will be able to deliver lessons from a teacher located in the city of Manaus to roughly 45,000 remote students situated along the rivers of the Amazon basin.

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Limited broadband coverage in Brazil has left roughly 97 million people without access to the Internet.1 Actively exploring a solution, the Amazon State’s Secretary of Education has commissioned Rede Tiradentes to create a distance-learning program that spans Brazil.

The program will use satellite to connect roughly 45,000 students situated across hundreds of municipalities along the rivers of the Amazon basin with teachers located in Manaus, the capital city of the state of Amazonas. Via Direta will operate the hub on behalf of Rede Tiradentes. Read More