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A Time for “Extreme Service” in the Satellite Industry

IsoTropic Networks is a boutique service provider in the VSAT market focused on enterprise, maritime, and oil and gas industries. They face the same challenge as any service provider in an age of rapid industry growth: to deliver higher network performance and compelling new services, while lowering operating costs.

As one of iDirect’s partners, they recently upgraded their entire network infrastructure. Why? The satellite communications industry is growing fast, and iDirect provides future-proof infrastructure to run both Evolution® and iDirect Velocity® networks with advanced capabilities to leverage HTS and DVB-S2X, for the lowest total cost of ownership and highest level of customer service, something very important to IsoTropic Networks.

“We chose iDirect because we want to continue our role as a trusted presence in the satellite industry. This upgrade will provide the infrastructure foundation to launch Isotropic’s next generation of services and prepare us for future customer requirements,” said Hank Zbierski, chief catalyst, IsoTropic Networks.

Watch the video to discover more of IsoTropic’s satellite story.

HISPASAT Teams with Industry Leaders Group to Restore Connectivity in Caribbean Over High-Speed Satellite Network After the Hurricanes

“When we learned about Hurricanes Irma and Maria that were barreling over the islands, we knew we had to react quickly. VT iDirect joined forces with Hispasat, Digicel, Cisco, and Red52, to ensure satellite connectivity could be quickly deployed for those affected by these catastrophic events. During a natural disaster, it’s imperative to act quickly to restore communications on the ground; the satellite system is an aid to connect families, first responders, medical personnel and others via internet, phone and video to ensure everyone’s safety and provide relief,” said Dave Harrower, Sr. VP Global Sales.

From HISPASAT

  • Satellite connectivity will aid local relief efforts in Saint Martin, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Hurricanes Irma and Maria knocked out communications infrastructure and power lines across the Caribbean region.
  • Hispasat has donated Amazonas 3 capacity to this collaborative effort.

HISPASAT teams with industry leaders group to restore connectivity in Caribbean over high-speed satellite network after the hurricanesMADRID, 05 October 2017.- Spanish satellite operator HISPASAT has teamed with industry leaders to provide critical communications in the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, that have knocked out communications infrastructure and power lines; damaged homes, schools and hospitals; and left an overwhelming majority of residents without shelter and running water.

To respond to the situation, HISPASAT has joined the humanitarian efforts of leaders across the telecom industry to deploy a high-speed satellite network to aid local relief efforts in Saint Martin, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos Islands.

The satellite network is based on ground infrastructure from iDirect, space segment from Hispasat Amazonas 3, Cisco VoIP networking, and Red52’s satellite teleport services to collaborate in solidarity to restore connectivity. Read More

Talia Offers New C-Band Services in the Americas

From Via Satellite

Talia International has announced new C-band services covering Latin America, thetalia logo Caribbean and the United States. This additional service uses capacity on the SES 4 satellite at 22 degrees west and connects to the Talia Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network via the recently acquired iDirect hub located at Comsat’s teleport in Southbury, Connecticut. In addition, the new partnership with Comsat will provide teleport facilities to Talia’s existing Ku-band services running on the Eutelsat 113 West A satellite.

Talia also recently announced a new partnership with Arabsat for a new 10-channel video uplink to Arabsat’s Badr 7 satellite at 26 degrees east. The service will offer both Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) channel uplinks and will form the basis of a new high-power Ku-band neighborhood over Iraq. Content will be uplinked from the Talia teleport in Raisting, Germany and monitored for quality in the Talia Network Operations Center (NOC) in Erbil, Iraq. Continue >

Bandwidth Requirements to Keep Driving Future Satellite Developments

From Spacenews

The requirement for higher and higher bandwidth will remain the major driver shaping future satellite infrastructure and services in the next five years, according to Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of Viasat.

Speaking Sept. 12 at the World Satellite Business Week here, Dankberg said that terabit-capable satellites like the Viasat3 satellite it is building with Boeing, are more responsive to customer expectations than forthcoming low-Earth-orbit mega-constellations emphasizing lower latency than geostationary satellites.

“Our customer want more bandwidth, they want to be able to stream video,” Dankberg said.  “We have done studies when we asked customers what would affect their willingness to pay for a service and we found that latency has the least impact.”

Lower latencies are a major strength of mega-constellations such as the 648-spacecraft fleet of broadband satellites being developed by OneWeb, whose aggressive timetable and a $1.2 billion investment led by Japan’s SoftBank is sending anticipatory shock waves through the industry.

Dankberg was one of five industry leaders on a panel discussing next-generation satellite infrastructure and services. Continue >

Kymeta and Intelsat to Bring Groundbreaking Satellite Service to Market

Kymeta IntelsatiDirect is excited to partner with Kymeta and Intelsat as the modem inside the new Kyway terminal and the Velocity platform that powers IntelsatOne Flex!

From SatNews

Kymeta and Intelsat S.A. have joined forces to offer a new, groundbreaking, satellite service offering that is both easy to use and easy to buy.

The KÄ€LO high-throughput access service is used with fully-integrated KyWay™ terminals and mTennau7 antenna subsystem modules (ASMs) to provide reliable wireless mobile connectivity. The service leverages the IntelsatOne Flex managed services platform, and will soon commercially offer a radical by-the-gigabyte pricing plan under the management of the KÄ€LO BU.

Dushyant Sukhija, Kymeta’s newly appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of the KÄ€LO BU, who joined Kymeta’s executive leadership team in July 2017, will lead the KÄ€LO BU and the upcoming launch of the service. Sukhija, author of the bestselling leadership book “The Cisco Way” and an ex-Cisco executive who helped Cisco Services grow to an $11.4 billion annual run rate, brings more than 30 years of experience in business and technology leadership to the KÄ€LO BU.

At present, reports from InternetLiveStats.com and OpenSignal.com respectively indicate that 60 percent of people on Earth do not have access to sufficient internet communication networks and more than 32-percent do not have access to wireless LTE coverage. The upcoming launch of the KÄ€LO access service, later this year, will one day make it possible for people to take the world with them, anywhere they go. Continue>

Marlink Comes Through With Comms For Grieg Star

From Satnews

Grieg Star has selected Marlink’s Sealink VSAT Premium for the company’s entire Generalmarlink logo Cargo Open Hatch fleet of 33 vessels.

Operating on multiple routes world wide, Grieg Star’s ships will benefit from seamless, high bandwidth global VSAT services with unlimited L-band back up included in the fixed monthly fee, ensuring continuous availability of vessel and fleet efficiency enhancing applications. Grieg Star’s decision to enable their digital operations with Sealink VSAT Premium, also with focus on improving crew voice and data communication facilities, was made following extensive three month sea trials involving multiple service providers. Marlink was selected as the preferred provider based on Grieg Star’s experience of the high throughput, reliability and market leading global coverage provided by the Sealink multi-band network during the trials. Continue >

Globecomm Service Sails with MV Baltic

From Satnews

Globecomm has installed a complete communications solution on MV Baltic, the latest globecommnewbuild to join the Global Seatrade fleet.

To meet demanding connectivity needs, Globecomm delivered their global Ku-band VSAT solution with VoIP services, an Iridium Pilot L-Band system and KNS S8, to enable flat fee internet access and live TV services onboard the new heavy cargo roll-on/roll-off vessel ship.

MV Baltic is a specialist heavy cargo/ro-ro carrier of 3,500 dwt designed by Hartman Marine to carry heavy and project cargoes including windfarm and other offshore components, locomotives and yachts. Owner Global Seatrade is a heavy lift shipping provider whose management team includes former vessel masters with vast experience in both cargo and port operations. Globecomm has provided data connectivity for the company’s previous vessel newbuilds over the past decade.

Globecomm VSAT is a state-of-the-art global network based on the iDirect Evolution IP-based platform technology. Providing a broad range of narrowband and high-throughput applications over a robust and scalable network, it supports automatic beam switching, as well as access to new HTS services, providing Ku, Ka, and C-Band services on a single platform. Continue >

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce on the Connected Car

From Via Satellite

Inmarsat250Inmarsat aims to be a major player in terms of connected transportation. The company is already performing impressively in the aviation market as it looks to tap into huge demand for In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) from airlines all over the world. It has signed high profile deals in recent times with the likes of Avianca and Qatar Airways.

Inmarsat has been traditionally strong in the maritime business as well. But now, the company is looking beyond into other areas of connected and intelligent transportation. A hot topic of conversation for the operator, as well as others in the satellite sector, is the “connected car.”

Here at Inmarsat’s head office in London, Inmarsat’s CEO Rupert Pearce talks in-depth about the connected car, and why he thinks this market will be a tougher nut for the satellite industry to crack. Continue >

Bandwidth Management: New Paths in the LEO and MEO Era

From Via Satellite

The stars fell and competition rose. Leading satellite companies who enjoyed plump margins and steady revenue streams from broadcast and government verticals came crashing back to Earth with their share prices burning up in the atmosphere on the way down. Lower-cost, high-capacity systems had managed to topple the satellite giants and break their market stronghold. Greater competition means better pricing for customers and means there is also more bandwidth — all a good thing. But is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Considering the bandwidth coming online as well as the HTS being flown, is it becoming a manna-falling-from-heaven situation, with an oversupply in the cards? And what does this abundance mean for the bandwidth management market?

Too much of a good thing, it seems, is wonderful, according to market players, who noted that if there is going to be an oversupply at all, it would only be a temporary situation. What is certain, they say, is that requirements for bandwidth management solutions will remain, at the very least, hearty.

“If anything, bandwidth management could be an issue of greater importance. Multiple satellite systems, with more bandwidth and more customers that can be using GEO/MEO, GEO/LEO or even MEO/LEO add more dimensions of complexity to networks,” says Fred Morris, vice president of Comtech EF Data’s satellite operator market vertical.

Bandwidth demand rises as prices become more competitive, which, in turn, will see users demanding more throughput, adds Gerard Johnston, vice president of media solutions at Globecomm. This, he explains, will not only see that any oversupply is short-lived but will also allow service providers to improve services to customers, which is good for business. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for new services and new users to leverage the benefits of satellite connectivity. Continue >

ST Engineering 50th Anniversary Family Day

Catch the highlights of ST Engineering 50th Anniversary Family Day as our colleagues and their families enjoyed themselves as one big family amidst carnival games like mini golf, ring toss; activities like face painting, photo booth; and mouth-watering snacks like cotton candy, kacang puteh and many more!