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Cloud Streaming For Air New Zealand Via Inmarsat’s Global Xpress

From Satnews

inmarsat global xpress air new zealandAir New Zealand has just signed on with Inmarsat for Global Xpress connectivity across the airline’s long- and short-haul fleets.

GX for Aviation  will be deployed by Air New Zealand to deliver a reliable, seamless broadband in-flight Wi-Fi experience across the world. For the first time, GX for Aviation connectivity will be integrated with Air New Zealand’s Inflight Entertainment (IFE) system provided by Panasonic. This was specifically requested by Air New Zealand.

The global nature of the GX network means that Air New Zealand’s ultra-long-haul routes, across the Pacific and on to the United Kingdom are covered, while the ability to layer-in capacity over Air New Zealand’s key regional destination hubs, such as the East Coast of Australia, will ensure that the customer experience will be of consistently high quality. The first GX-equipped aircraft are expected to begin proving flights in the second half of 2017, with services progressively available on Tasman, Pacific and long-haul fleets from the end of next year. It is anticipated that domestic routes will be added to the connected fleet from 2018. Air New Zealand joins a growing fleet of airline customers who have selected GX, including Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Singapore Airlines. Continue>

Chicago Start-Up Aims to Help Networks Keep Up with OTT

From Via Satellite

As consumers look to cut the cord on their cable providers and make the switch to contract-free Over-The-Top (OTT) video platforms such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, traditional unicast delivery methods are proving inefficient as OTT video consumption skyrockets, slowing delivery and hoisting prices. The Chicago-based company V-Satcast, launched in July 2015, is in the process of addressing this congestion and price hike by developing hybrid broadcast/broadband OTT multicast streaming platform with the aim to quell the OTT digital video bottleneck and streamline delivery, enabling the further proliferation of OTT.

Lead by Executive Chairman Vern Fotheringham, former CEO of Leosat and Kymeta, V-Satcast’s system allows users to stream edge-cached digital video content, such as Netflix, directly from their home or local storage.
“Video is truly the pig going through the python. It is giant files, and when you try to access them through remotely hosted data centers where you have millions of replicated copies of exactly the same file being downloaded in millions of one-to-one unicast legacy session oriented [Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol] TCP-IP internet, it is proving to be massively expensive as a distribution medium,” Fotheringham told Via Satellite.

And OTT video consumption is only expected to grow, with Cisco Systems anticipating that video will exceed 80 percent of all internet traffic by 2018. Moreover, the migration to HD, 4K, 8K, 3-D and extremely high resolution video applications such as Virtual Reality (VR) stands to exceed the capacity of existing Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Continue>

In-Service M2M/IoT Satellite Terminals to Top $2.5 Billion by 2025 – NSR

From Via Satellite

The global satellite Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) market will reach 5.96 million in-service satellite M2M/IoT terminals by 2025, according to Northern Sky Research’s (NSR) “M2M and IoT via Satellite, 7th Edition M2M7” report. These terminals correspond to nearly $2.5 billion in annual retail revenues, a doubling over 2015. The report finds the most lucrative application is land transport; however, other key verticals record strong growth.

“NSR’s latest report points to an optimistic picture for the industry; however, operators cannot stand still as increasing competition aims to take advantage of the growing demand for M2M/IoT,” notes Alan Crisp, NSR analyst and report lead author. “Growing cellular footprints, greater terrestrial reliability, and the rollout of 5G and [Low-Power Wide Area] LPWA networks are increasing competition within the M2M/IoT market globally. Longer term, IoT-dedicated smallsats will also enter the market, providing unique and potentially compelling value propositions to disrupt the current market paradigm.”
While competition within the M2M market will increase, opportunities also exist, such as dual-mode solutions, enabling operators to tap into new markets. Beyond this, with the growth of dedicated terrestrial IoT LPWA networks, such as Sigfox and LoRa, new, albeit relatively niche, markets for satellite participation will open up. The compelling value proposition to provide satellite IoT backhaul for such networks will enable new revenue sources in the longer term, once these networks are rolled out globally. Continue>

Satellite Industry Association and Global VSAT Forum Collaborate On Joint Cyber Security Initiative

Core Principles Are Confirmed for Industry and Government Efforts to Promote Cyber Security 

GVF and SIAWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) and Global VSAT Forum (GVF) – leading trade associations representing the satellite communications industry – have released a joint statement on the satellite industry’s commitment to cybersecurity, articulating core principles for cybersecurity and encouraging all segments of the satellite industry to continue efforts to address the dynamic challenge of cybersecurity.

The statement emphasizes the criticality of cybersecurity to the satellite industry’s core goal of providing mission critical, highly reliable, and secure connectivity.  “The satellite industry has a long history of providing secure solutions to diverse global customers,” the associations said, “including military and government users, corporations of every size and type, the non-profit and scientific communities, and individual consumers.”

Drawing upon the industry’s experience, SIA and GVF have identified three principles that—although not intended to be a comprehensive roadmap or exhaustive list—should be at the center of private and government efforts to promote national and global cybersecurity:

  • Voluntary, industry-led efforts and public-private partnerships are the optimal way to address cybersecurity at the national or international levels.
  • Robust cybersecurity is aided by voluntary information sharing, free from fear of adverse consequences.
  • Satellite industry organizations should actively address cybersecurity using industry best practices for risk management.

The associations expand upon these principles in the statement, offering further details of how they might be implemented by companies throughout the satellite industry and through government efforts.  In addition to articulating these core principles, the joint statement also details numerous initiatives within national governments, intergovernmental organizations, and international standards bodies evidencing the satellite industry’s foundational and long-standing commitment to cybersecurity. Read More

An Internet of Things World: Where does Satellite fit in?

iotFrom Satellite Today

We live in the era where organizations and people want 24/7 always-on connectivity. The Internet of Things (IoT) will aim to make this a reality, and readily transform companies along with the way they do business. It is the next generation of internet connectivity, and it could have far reaching consequences for just about everything.

ne of the big buzz terms at recent satellite events has been the Internet of Things (IoT), where we live in an uber-connected world full of connected devices which can pretty much track everything man and machine do as billions of devices talk to each other. While IoT is great news for the wireless industry, it could also offer some interesting new growth opportunities for satellite companies as they look to secure a role in this hyper-connected state of affairs.

Organizations such as the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) have already started work on IoT strategies in Europe and Singapore, respectively. Beh Kian Teik, executive director of the Office for Space Technology and Industry (OSTIn) at the Singapore Economic Development Board (SEDB), says OSTIn is focused on building up satellite technology capabilities in both its public research institutions and for industry players, particularly through encouraging public-private collaborations. OSTIn also supports companies interested in leveraging Singapore to develop new satellite-based applications and services for the region and beyond. The EDB recently signed a deal with SES as it looks to get its IoT strategy in gear. Continue>

New L2oS Solution Lands iDirect a Finalist Spot for MEF 2016 Excellence Award

Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) recently announced the finalists for the MEF 2016 Excellence Awards, and among the 36 companies named, was iDirect.

The MEF is a global industry association composed of the world’s leading telecommunications service providers, focused on the implementation of Carrier Ethernet services. In support of promoting interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide, iDirect recently launched a major innovation, one that is also a significant step toward MEF’s vision: Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS).

MEF’s expert panel of judges honored our L2oS technology as a finalist for the category of Third Network Technology Solutions Awards. As the only satellite communications-related vendor in the list, iDirect appreciates the recognition for how L2oS will enable service providers to use Ethernet Virtual Connections to create more agile satellite networks.

Traditionally, satellite does not transport full Ethernet frames over the air because of the additional burden on scare bandwidth, thus isolating satellite networks from the rest of the terrestrial infrastructure. Instead, propriety techniques economize packets by stripping the Ethernet headers and retaining the payload for transmission. This loss of information breaks the Layer 2 adjacency, isolating satellite networks from the rest of the terrestrial infrastructure. Read More

In The Oil And Gas Recovery, Satellite Will Rise

From Via Satellite

Despite slumps in technology spending, there is light on the horizon. New satellites, fit-for-purpose HTS, and increasing data-intensive trends could see satellite break away from the oil and gas market weakness in the future.

It’s no overstatement: there is seemingly always something going on in the Middle East. oil-rigAnd now, with nuclear-related sanctions lifted from Iran, the region has, perhaps, even more eyes on it. The geopolitical implications of Iran are significant; the country has the potential to redefine the Middle Eastern landscape. Oil rich and with numerous other valuable resources virtually untapped, Iran will likely resuscitate its economy, and the world will feel the wake of this large nation kicking off from the sin-bin pond into the global economy’s flowing river. The first evidence is the shaky price of oil. Iran stepping back from production cuts earlier this year left other members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the oil and gas (O&G) market as a whole in even greater turbulence.

While it’s interesting to see what comes out of Iran’s shackles being removed, the satellite industry is left to fretfully question the result of a turbulent O&G market. It’s highly probable that slumping revenues for O&G companies will squash technology investments. What does this mean for satellite growth? And for what duration? According to Judson Jacobs, senior director of upstream exploration and production at IHS energy consulting, many oil companies currently still see satellite as too expensive. This sentiment sours further when considering the pressure that O&G operations are under to cut back spending. Continue >

Riding With Globecomm Sat Phones Support For Wounded Vets

From SatNews

globecommBenefiting wounded veterans is the Ride Allegheny charitable bicycle trek that runs from Pittsburgh to Maryland, and to assist with this event two satellite phones have been donated by Globecomm.

The phones will enable ride organizers to contact public safety officials if there is an emergency when the riders are beyond the range of cell phone coverage. Ride Allegheny started on September 29th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with more than 100 riders who will travel more than 300 miles—the ride ended in Gaithersburg, Maryland on October 2nd. Ride Allegheny partnered with Operation Second Chance by providing support to the needs of soldiers and their families to cover the gaps that are not covered by the US Government. Since 2005, the event has raised more $2 million for Operation Second Chance.

Jason Juranek, the Globecomm CEO/CFO, stated that the riders traversed some of the most remote routes in western Pennsylvania and western Maryland and the satellite phone units that were donated helped them stay in touch, no matter where they were located during their journey. Continue>

Rising To The Needs Of The LATAM Market: An Elara Focus

From SatMagazine

elaraWhen thinking about connectivity in Latin America (LATAM), the belief is that this region of the world is a complicated market.

On the one hand, satellite connectivity represents a solid business opportunity, given the topography of LATAM countries. There is often difficulty in accessing some of the more remote towns which are far away from Mexico’s urban areas and where terrestrial connectivity is unknown. On the other hand, satellite connectivity as an alternative communications solution is too expensive for many  would-be users.

Nevertheless, since 2004, Elara Comunicaciones has been delivering satellite connectivity and a reliable customer experience for the LATAM market. This has enabled the Mexican company to meet with great success and over a relatively short period of time.

Since 2012, Elara’s teleport has been ranked in the Top Teleport Operators ranking of the World Teleport Association (WTA); the company works with eight satellites that provide and guarantee communication services for clients, with an availability of 99.8 percent. Continue>

Ka-Band Connectivity to Become Standard on Lufthansa’s A320 Fleet

From Via Satellite

Lufthansa Technik AG has started installing the latest Ka-band satellite technology as standard equipment for the Lufthansa Group’s entire Airbus A320 aircraft family. Together with partners Inmarsat and Lufthansa Systems, the Ka-band satellite technology aims to allow internet coverage on short- and medium-haul flights with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) network. Passengers can use their own mobile devices to access the Internet via Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN).

The Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) organization will fit a total of around 300 aircraft with the necessary antennas and routers in parallel in up to 10 production lines by spring 2018 at various Lufthansa Technik locations.

Lufthansa Technik currently holds Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for the Airbus A320 family and the Airbus A340 for installing the system. Continue>