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Record-breaking 580 Mbps Throughput on Sealink VSAT for MSC Seaside’s Maiden Voyage

From Marlink

Marlink provides temporary VSAT boost with 280Mbps more throughput than existing cruise ship bandwidth record.

marlink logoMarlink has provided more than half a gigabit per second of throughput on its global Sealink VSAT network for MSC Cruises’ stunning new Seaside class cruise ship, at its service launch ceremony in Monfalcone, Italy on 30 November 2017. MSC Seaside will officially be named at a naming ceremony in Miami, Florida, USA on 21st December 2017, where Marlink is scheduled to provide similar throughputs that will also apply for its maiden voyage.

MSC Seaside is the 14th addition to the Swiss-based Company’s state-of-the-art fleet and the second new MSC Cruises ship to come into service this year, the first being MSC Meraviglia, which enjoyed a then record-breaking 300 Mbps service for its maiden voyage in July. Marlink provides connectivity for MSC Cruises’ entire fleet in an optimised, dedicated ‘cloud of bandwidth’, providing the highest availability and redundancy available today on its continuously expanding Sealink network made up of 25 satellites and 32 overlapping beams.

From its home port of Miami, MSC Seaside will deliver luxurious Caribbean itineraries all year round. Guests can expect a truly connected cruise experience on board, through the ‘MSC for Me’ digital innovation program that uses the latest cutting-edge technology to connect holidaymakers seamlessly with the experiences that matter to them, whether at sea or on land. Marlink’s VSAT services are a key enabler, ensuring that guests enjoy fast and reliable access to Social Media platforms where they can share their experiences with friends and family at home. Continue >

Inmarsat and Cobham SATCOM Achieve SB-S Milestone on United Airlines 767

From Satnews

Inmarsat and Cobham SATCOM have announced that SB-Safety (SB-S) has enteredcobham169 service evaluation on the first United Airlines Boeing B767 aircraft.

The important milestone was achieved as part of a technology evaluation of Inmarsat’s next generation SB-S flight deck communications platform, which has been installed on United Airlines’ Boeing 767 aircraft with Cobham’s AVIATOR 300D SATCOM system. SB-S offers global, high-speed, secure connectivity for the flight deck, enabling powerful and flexible communications in real-time, enhancing airline safety, asset use, security, and operations.

Inmarsat250During the evaluation, United Airlines will deploy their aircraft equipped with SB-S in the highly congested North Atlantic airspace. The company will use the new platform for communications and surveillance with Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Contract (ADS-C) messaging. United Airlines’ evaluation of SB-S is part of the carrier’s ongoing commitment to best-in-class operations, safety and service.

In addition to capabilities of today’s cockpit SATCOM, SB-S introduces new, always on, always secure applications, which are available for United Airlines’ use. These include continual positional awareness for flight tracking, flight data streaming (Black Box in the Cloud) and real-time electronic flight bag applications, such as networked graphical weather. Other benefits of the service include operational efficiency, in the form of more fuel-efficient routes and the ability to transmit vital aircraft performance and positioning data in real time. Continue >

iDirect Partner Perspective: IP Access International

IP Access CEO Bryan HillWe recently sat down with longtime iDirect partner IP Access International to discuss their role in the satellite world. Bryan Hill, CEO of IP Access International, talks about their partnership with iDirect, the customers they serve, and their new revolutionary product called the Harrier.

iDirect: Please describe IP Access as a company and its role in the satellite communications marketplace.

Hill: IP Access provides critical communications to First Responders who protect and save lives.

iDirect: What drives your decision to partner with iDirect?

Hill: Public Safety has made a clear decision to adopt iDirect as the platform of choice and with over 15 years providing solid communication services to these responders, it was clearly a great choice.

iDirect: What are the top challenges IP Access solves for its customers?

Hill: During crises such as hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes, and terrorist attacks, there is a very high likelihood that local communication infrastructure will be disrupted. IP Access solves this with our satellite network and prevents what would be a life-threatening situation for responders. Read More

Inmarsat CEO and the $1 Billion Target

From Via Satellite

Inmarsat is one of the biggest investors in new satellites and new capability. Thanks to a Inmarsat250rising profile in mobility markets, Inmarsat is likely to remain a highly influential player in the market and remain a major investor in new satellites. In an interview with Via Satellite, CEO Rupert Pearce talks about the challenges ahead for the operator.

Key to its future success is likely to be aviation. While Inmarsat’s business used to be substantially maritime, things are changing, with aviation, government and enterprise offering the operator significant growth opportunities. “From this diversified position, we can achieve many more shots on goal than we did a decade ago, and aviation passenger connectivity is a classic example of that. It could be a billion-dollar revenue stream for us in a decade or more, if we are successful, and if the market grows the way commentators think it will do,” says Pearce.

It strikes me as a bullish prediction, so I ask Pearce again whether a $1 billion revenue stream in aviation is realistic. He breaks down why that figure could be realistic. “If you look at the Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) based on services already in the market, we’re seeing revenues of between $150,000 to $200,000 per plane, per year; and these are for regional services that aren’t exactly fabulous in terms of the customer experience. On that basis, we’d reach a billion dollar annual revenue stream with some 5,000 aircraft under contract — and we’re already at 1,200, so it’s not an impossible target as commentators are projecting more than 25,000 connected aircraft globally by the mid-2020s. Passengers want Wi-Fi and it is valuable to them. The latest survey we did in aviation showed that people regard it as a necessity, not a luxury, and this is more the case in Asia than anywhere else,” says Pearce. Continue >

Kymeta Launches KĀLO™ Trek Across America

From Kymeta

KymetaWashington-based company drives connected car coast-to-coast on record-making 7,000-mile journey

Redmond-based Kymeta—the communications company making good on the promise of global mobile connectivity—set out on a two-week trek across America in its connected Toyota RAV4 to provide a rigorous, real-world proving ground for its widely anticipated KĀLO™ internet service. KĀLO services will deliver a new mobile satellite internet service that will make mobile high-throughput internet access available and easy to buy. The KĀLO Trek Across America will begin in Washington, D.C. and wind through the country, covering over 7,000 miles, and culminating in a homecoming event at the Kymeta campus in Washington state on November 27.

Powered by the IntelsatOne® Flex network, Kymeta KĀLO services will provide high-bandwidth mobile satellite internet access to industries that require connectivity on the move like military, news reporting, first responders, construction, trains, buses, and more. KĀLO services, when paired with Kymeta™ KyWay™ terminals and mTennau7 ASMs, will connect places and fixed and mobile platforms that have traditionally had limited or no connectivity at all.

“Kymeta is taking its connected car across the country to put the network through the paces,” said Dushyant Sukhija, SVP and General Manager, KĀLO Business Unit, Kymeta. “When launched, KĀLO mobile internet services will mark a revolutionary change in the way satellite services are purchased and supplied, making it as simple as purchasing a cell phone plan. The launch of Kymeta KĀLO services will usher in changes in the way businesses get work done: on the move, from everyday vehicles, in even the most difficult to reach industries and areas of the world.” Continue>

InterSat Sets Up Teleport Services in Nairobi

From IT News Africa

Satellite solution provider, InterSat and global satellite operator ABS have announced theintersat launch of iDirect platforms on ABS-3A C-band and Ku-band beams. InterSat will operate the services from its new and state-of-the-art teleport in Nairobi using ABS-3A’s pan-Africa beams.

The iDirect platforms will provide broadband internet across Sub-Sahara and South Africa and serve French-speaking African countries.

With the growing demand for broadband internet services, users in Africa demand services at low entry cost including hardware and bandwidth. InterSat with ABS, can now offer Software Virtual Network Operator (SVNO) access to resellers in Africa to distribute and manage internet services at affordable pricing on both C and Ku-band. Resellers can control their VSAT network and manage services to their clients without the need for investment in hard­ware. Both Ku- and C-band coverage offer excellent elevation across Africa. Continue >

Liquid Telecom teams with VT iDirect and Telesat to deliver enhanced services to businesses in Africa

New Liquid Telecom VSAT service will combine the power of iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology with Telesat’s Telstar 12 VANTAGE Africa Ku-band capacity

Cape Town, November 7, 2017 – Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has entered into an arrangement with Telesat, a leading global satellite operator with extensive coverage of the EMEA region, and VT iDirect, a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology, to deliver enhanced services to enterprise customers in central and southern Africa.

iDirect, Liquid Telecom and Telesat at AfricaCom 2017

iDirect’s Dave Harrower, Liquid Telecom’s Scott Mumford, Telesat’s Julian Kell

Liquid Telecom will leverage the iDirect platform to distribute cost-effective satellite services, using Telesat Africa-Africa capacity on the Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite, as part of a multi-year agreement.

Liquid Telecom will deploy iDirect’s Universal Satellite Hub at its teleport in Johannesburg, South Africa, along with the next-generation iQ Desktop remotes to offer Layer 2 VPLS connectivity across both fibre and satellite on a single network for the first time.

The new offering provides a complete, end-to-end solution for VSAT integrators and corporate customers that will deliver more reliable, consistent and cost-effective broadband for users across any network. It also will be available as a managed service offering, enabling enterprise customers access to a range of scalable and secure cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Windows 10. Read More

Intelsat Helps Restore Comms to Disaster-Stricken Islands in the Caribbean

Intelsat CaribbeanFrom Via Satellite

Intelsat announced it is supporting multiple organizations providing relief services in the Caribbean as well as helping local and U.S. businesses recover from the three hurricanes that devastated the regions. According to the company, it is leveraging its globalized network and IntelsatOne Flex managed service, an offering that aggregates the Intelsat Epic High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and the IntelsatOne terrestrial network into a unified ecosystem to deliver bandwidth.

Intelsat stated its support efforts began even before the first storm approached land, initiating disaster recovery and restoration plans for customers across the media, broadband and mobility sectors with operations established in the projected paths of the storms. In some cases, customers transitioned hub operations and relocated staff to Intelsat teleport locations, maintaining unimpaired operations throughout the storms.

Intelsat’s satellites and teleports also provided restoration services and helped deliver news coverage in the wake of the storms. With broadcasters being significantly impacted by the flooding in Houston, Intelsat used its Galaxy 16 satellite to provide connectivity to re-establish services. In Puerto Rico, capacity was allocated to provide connectivity from New York to the devastated island. Continue >

Gatr to Provide Satcom Solutions for New Zealand Defense Force

From Via Satellite

Cubic Corporation subsidiary Gatr Technologies has won an order worth more than $5 million to provide satellite communication solutions for the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF). Cubic will supply 2.4-meter inflatable satellite antennas with supporting hardware, spares and new equipment training for the NZDF Network Enabled Army (NEA) program. In addition to a multi-year support contract, Cubic will deliver and integrate an iDirect-based, Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) network within the NZDF’s existing and future hub infrastructure.

According to NZDF, the NEA program improves its ability to support deployed land forces by enhancing its battlefield’s Command and Control System, Communications and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) sensor systems. By closely examining how the NZDF communicates across coalition operations, the NEA program works to advance communication capabilities for future deployments in the South Pacific and high-intensity environments.

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Inmarsat Outlines Progress on Both GX and EAN

inmarsatFrom GetConnected

At the recent APEX Expo in Long Beach, California, Frederik van Essen, Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Inmarsat Aviation, spent some time with “Get Connected’s” Steve Nichols and other journalists in a round table question and answer session. This is what he had to say:

Question: Why did you commission the “Sky High Economics: Quantifying the commercial opportunities of passenger connectivity for the global airline industry” study?

Answer: Many airlines are currently asking a lot of questions about inflight connectivity and some may be struggling to make a business case for it. This wholly-independent study by London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) can help them make the right decisions.

Question: I understand this is the first of three reports. What’s next?

Answer: Part two will look at the benefits of inflight connectivity to airline operations and will follow in about three months. The third and final part of the study will look at how airlines can use connectivity to increase customer loyalty. That will be released approximately three months after the second report.

Question: How is the rollout of Inmarsat’s GX inflight connectivity progressing?

Answer: There are now more than 1,300 aircraft in the GX backlog. Lufthansa Technik is really stepping up its production lines for the Lufthansa aircraft and should be finished in 2018, as should Austrian Airlines. Lufthansa Systems is currently working on the passenger interface for GX on Eurowings. Meanwhile, Air Astana has its first aircraft online and Qatar Airways is working on its installations. In total, there are currently about 100 commercial aircraft flying with GX. Continue>