Category Archives: Related

Satellite and the End-to-End Network: VSAT Making End-to-End a Reality

By Stuart Burson, Associate Director of Satellite Solutions Group, Verizon

Making End-to-End A Reality

Satellite’s role in the end-to-end network is an ongoing industry discussion with multiple points of view. With that, iDirect started a blog-response series last week, posing the question about the role of VSAT in making end-to-end global connectivity a reality. This week Stuart Burson, Associate Director of Satellite Solutions Group, Verizon, gives us his response.

How valuable is the role of VSAT in making end-to-end global connectivity a reality?

This question, recently posed by Eric Watko, Vice President, Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, iDirect, is an important one facing the industry. For Verizon, it is a question that we made sure we addressed very early on in the development of our network.

From the outset, we designed satellite to interface directly with our MPLS-based IP network. This fully owned and operated end-to-end network seamlessly integrates all access technologies to deliver a highly secure, robust private network solution. Read More

Satellite and the End-to-End Network

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

Breaking Down the Satellite Silo - iDirect

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.

With that, join iDirect in a new blog-response series with communications leaders like Verizon and BT, as well as leading analyst firm NSR, as we tap into the conversation. Follow us over the coming weeks as we respond to questions about where we are and where we are headed next in satellite and the end-to-end network.

When will satellite become part of the mainstream network offering? This is an important question that continues to garner a lot of discussion in the industry today.

In fact, this was the basis for a webinar (article available) that Via Satellite hosted last October in conjunction with iDirect called “Breaking Down the Satellite Silo.”

In many ways, you could say that the time for finally answering such a question has never been more important as the volume of global IP services is projected to hit an accelerated level of growth over the coming years. Read More

SES Introduces SES Plus

From Satnews

SES S.A. announced it has launched a new satellite data network, SES Plus, that will offer customized products and solutions to tackle the evolving needs of the markets.

By leveraging SES’s partnership with O3b Networks and its medium Earth orbit (MEO) satellites, in combination with SES’s geostationary (GEO) widebeams and upcoming HTS payloads, the global satellite operator will be able to offer multiple solutions that will address the diverse needs of the data markets. SES will also continue to invest in ground infrastructure to ensure easy accessibility to space.

SES’s first Plus product, Enterprise+ Broadband, was launched across five markets in Africa in November. Offering up to 1 Gbps of connectivity, it is a competitively priced flexible connectivity platform that has a plug and play offering, with pay-as-you-go options to ensure the service can go live quickly.  Continue>

First Intelsat Epic High Throughput Satellite Launched into Orbit

From Via Satellite

Intelsat 29e, the first of Intelsat’s EpicNG High Throughput Satellite (HTS) series, launched Jan. 27 from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle. With C- and Ku-band coverage over the Americas and North Atlantic region, the satellite will be placed into service at 310 degrees east, where it replaces Intelsat 1R.

The Boeing-built Intelsat 29e combines wide beams and spot beams with frequency reuse technology and an advanced digital payload. The payload can digitally redirect a satellite beam to areas of greater demand, and brings improved security as well.

Intelsat EpicNG is optimized to provide satellite connectivity for applications including the Internet of Things (IoT), enterprise, wireless infrastructure, aeronautical and maritime mobility, and government. The HTS platform is backwards compatible and fully interoperable with Intelsat’s existing satellite fleet and terrestrial infrastructure. The platform’s open architecture allows customers to have control over service offerings and hardware selection, providing differentiation of service offerings. Continue>

Advanced Cloud Services Now Available From NewCom

From Satnews

Media organizations, TV stations, government agencies and other content providers now have an easy, affordable way to access the complete media management, distribution and contribution solutions they need anytime, anywhere in the world.These capabilities are thanks to the new Cloud Video Production, Playout, and Master Control Services just unveiled by NewCom International, a global satellite and terrestrial communication provider headquartered in Miami, Florida.

The comprehensive suite of cloud video services—powered by Primestream—are being facilitated through NewCom’s world-class teleport in Miami. The teleport features a comprehensive redundant satellite, fiber and IP network and extensive inbound/outbound bandwidth capacity to ensure quick, seamless distribution of video content.

The teleport also features unlimited storage capacity, redundant environmental control and fire detection systems, powerful emergency electric generators, and around-the-clock monitoring and support to ensure content and operations are secure. Continue>

SpeedCast Begins Offering O3b Networks Services

From Via Satellite

SpeedCast has launched service with O3b Networks, delivering satellite connectivity to Christmas Island and Papua New Guinea (PNG). The companies are working with the Christmas Island Internet Administration (CIIA) — the only Internet Service Provider (ISP) on Christmas Island — and with local PNG ISP, Seeto Kui’s MyNet ISP, who will rollout a low latency, citywide Wi-Fi distribution in Lae, PNG, using the new service.

Since launching the O3b service on Christmas Island, SpeedCast reports a 300 percent increase in data usage. Continue>

German Ministry of Defence Renews Airbus Defence and Space Contract, Providing Free Satellite Comms to Troops

From Satnews

The German Ministry of Defence has renewed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space to provide free satellite communications and calls for German troops for another four years, starting July 1, 2016.

The existing contract framework has been augmented to meet the ministries directive for the provision of free, unlimited voice calling and internet access to all servicewomen and men during operations, exercises and training outside Germany in order to keep in touch with their family and friends.

Whereas previous services were based on a mixture of ministry paid free calls and services individually paid by the soldiers, as of July 2016 soldiers will get full, unlimited access to voice calling and internet connectivity in all relevant locations abroad. The new service includes the provision of media servers, giving troops free access to movies, digital newspapers and the forces broadcast service. Continue>

The Intelsat 29e Satellite Is Fueled And Ready For a Heavy-lift Ariane 5

From Satnews

This liftoff is the first of up to 11 missions planned with Arianespace’s launcher family during the coming 12 months, with as many as eight utilizing the workhorse Ariane 5.

Named Intelsat 29e, this relay platform is based on the Boeing 702MP spacecraft design and will be a solo passenger on the year-opening flight.

As the series-opening Intelsat EpicNG satellite, Intelsat 29e purports to be one of the most advanced digital payloads operating in the C-, Ku- and Ka- frequency bands. It will offer enterprise-grade broadband services to fixed and mobile network operators, aero and maritime mobility service providers, along with government customers. Coverage area is the Americas and over the North Atlantic (for sea and aviation routes). Continue>

High Speed Car Connectivity Evolving Through Kymeta and Intelsat Technologies

From Satnews

Kymeta Corporation and Intelsat S.A. are making the next evolution of the connected car a reality.

The companies will combine Intelsat’s space-based communication with Kymeta’s antenna technology to bring high speed connectivity to cars on a global basis. This will enable the creation of new services on every continent, support software over-the-air applications, advance the potential for autonomous driving as well as pave the way for the future of the connected car.

Last month, in an industry first, Kymeta and Intelsat proved that a “dish” ground antenna was unnecessary for on-the-move satellite connectivity. The team recently completed an 8,000 mile demonstration across the United States using the Kymeta satellite-enabled test car. Over the course of the journey, the mTenna™ technology, embedded into the roof of the automobile, automatically acquired and tracked Intelsat Ku-band satellite signals while on the move. Continue>

Government Spending Remains Strong Despite Decreased Military Activity

From Satnews

Although the United States is spending less on military activities, spending on satellite communications continues to increase at a steady rate.

This is due to the continued need to retain communications, operate UAVs, and monitor locations on a global level. Additionally, the U.S. government continues to use more satellite bandwidth within North America for training and backup purposes. This study analyzes the U.S. government commercial satellite market, providing a look at the trends affecting adoption/use of satellite communications, including regional hot spots of political and military concern. A market share and competitive analysis identifies key satellite providers and their roles in the market. Market forecasts span 2015 to 2020.

Despite the United States spending less on military activities, the country’s consumption of satellite communications (SATCOM) is anticipated to maintain a strong percentage of compound annual growth rate (CAGR) on satellite services used for military applications and percentage of CAGR for the entire government. Continue>