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iDirect Innovation — A Core Strength

Kevin SteenBy Kevin Steen, President and Chief Executive Officer, iDirect

The SATCOM industry’s technology innovation cycle is accelerating at a rapid pace toward lower costs and to offer higher levels of customer satisfaction.

This year alone, breakthrough satellite designs are flooding the skies with ultra-fast bandwidth. Flat-panel antennas that are smaller, faster, and less expensive are spurring critical new applications and opening greater market opportunities — virtualized network infrastructure is enabling operators to support high-volume users over large-scale networks.

iDirect understands that ground infrastructure sits at the heart of these innovations and is the foundation of a satellite network. It also determines, to a large degree, the cost of deploying and growing a business and the ability to serve distinct markets and capture revenue.

The company is driving continued platform innovation to unleash the power of the satellite to a world that demands unlimited connectivity. The result was that 2017 was a milestone year in propelling High Throughput Satellite (HTS) and DVB-S2X toward those efforts.

One critical achievement was to enable satellite operators to bring high throughput capacity to market in the most profitable way possible — through offering a range of wholesale and managed services, depending on the region to be served and the needed applications. In 2017, iDirect became the de facto standard platform for the top three, major satellite operators.

The next pillar in the company’s strategy is to provide customers with a path to DVB-S2X. The higher throughputs and cost savings from HTS are critical for the markets that are experiencing insatiable user demand as well as serving price-sensitive markets. In 2017, iDirect customers launched DVB­S2X networks and unveiled ambitious plans to grow their business with iDirect’s next-generation platform technology.

iDirect Innovation—A Core StrengthWith a look to the future — to the day when VSAT will be a true “plug-and-play” extension of the telecom network fabric — strides had to be taken this year to advance toward that goal. iDirect’s plan demonstrates our support for future technology breakthroughs such as roaming, intelligent satellite payloads and satellite-5G network architecture.

Moving into 2018 and beyond, iDirect is leading the satellite industry toward a transformative architecture that will empower satellite service providers to realize fully dynamic, service-oriented satellite networks. Read More

Planning a Satellite 5G Future

By Adam Bennett, Product Marketing Manager, VT iDirect

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The future of telecommunications is bright, with projections for total global IP traffic to rise 24%1 year-after-year and mobile data traffic to accelerate at even faster 47%2 year-after-year. Rapid growth is expected for the foreseeable future because people are insatiable in their desire for connectivity.

Fiber and cellular alone won’t satisfy all the need. Satellites can also play a critical role in enabling a global connectivity. High Throughput GEO and new MEO and LEO constellations are dramatically expanding satellite capacity that can help absorb this growth.

To gain fullest advantage of this opportunity, satellite service providers must undergo a transformation, becoming part of the converged solution in a seamlessly integrated world. Customers expect a blend of connectivity options, seamlessly transitioning between Wi-Fi, cellular, and VSAT coverage as they move from place to place. They want personalized services that are highly adaptable as they change applications. And they don’t want to wait weeks or days to activate services.

This means satellite service providers will need to achieve new levels of agility and partner closely with other access networks. This is no small task, as satellite communication has tended to exist through separate networks relying on manual processes and isolated management structures. At the same time, satellite service providers will need to find ways to incorporate these expanded capabilities while lowering operating costs to make satellite competitive on a broader scale. Read More

VT iDirect Helps Connect Orphans with Resources for the Future of Haiti

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Every morning in Trou du Nord, Haiti, two houses filled with nearly 30 previously orphaned, abandoned or trafficked children and young adults, ages 2 to 20 years old, wake up to a loving and nurturing home. They’ve been taken in by PROJECT 7, a charitable creation of New Reality International (NRI), and are rebuilding their futures in the safety and support of this quickly developing community.

Before an earthquake rocked Haiti in 2010, NRI had already been directly serving Haitians in extreme poverty for three years, providing health care, food and shelter through short-term medical trips. However, the growing number of homeless children orphaned by the earthquake brought on the realization that they needed to plant their feet on the ground if they wanted to make a lasting, sustainable change in the children’s lives. Continue >

Transforming Satellite Ground Infrastructure to Capture Greater Market Opportunity

Kevin-Steen-2017-blogBy Kevin Steen, President & CEO, VT iDirect

The fall event frenzy has begun this week. All around the globe, the satellite industry will be discussing the most pressing questions facing the industry. I’ll be attending the World Satellite Business Week Summit for Satellite Financing this week in Paris. And I’ll be speaking on “Next generation satellite infrastructure and services” with CEOs from Speedcast, Telespazio, Hughes Network Systems and Viasat.

Here’s what I plan to share. We all know that the satellite communications industry is undergoing massive innovation. There are dramatic improvements in speed, bandwidth availability, and cost competitiveness coming from so many industry leaders. Together, we’re expanding satellite beyond a niche form of connectivity, opening new markets and opportunities for all.

At iDirect, we know that ground infrastructure plays a critical, central role in bringing innovation to life. That’s why we’re expanding our platform in dramatic ways, including the adoption of existing telcom technologies, with the goal of delivering a significantly higher level of value to our customers.

To start, we have redesigned the foundation of our satellite remote. Our new iQ Series is built around the latest DVB-S2X standard, increasing performance and efficiencies. It leverages a common software-defined architecture that enables us to bring modems to market faster, and they can be continually upgraded over the air to increase network capabilities and throughput levels. This gives service providers a new degree of flexibility to meet requirements, while dramatically extending its deployment life. Read More

Technology Intelligence at Your Fingertips with iDirect’s Content Hub

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We’re making it easier for you to stay up-to-date on iDirect’s latest news and industry trends with the launch of our content hub – from our Top 5 Considerations for Implementing HTS and DVB-S2X whitepaper, to our Satellite Transformation video, to an End-to-End Perspectives article with key leaders discussing the state of the satellite industry – all in one place.

No more searching — everything is within one click!

Our new content hub features:

  • DVB-S2X. Learn how iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology offers greater performance and greater efficiency, and lowers your costs.
  • Explore the major growth opportunities in core satellite markets.
  • Discover how iDirect is leading the satellite transformation.
  • Customer Successes. See how our partners leverage the power of satellite to maximize their business.
  • Related Blogs & Press Releases. Exactly what it says – all of our latest blogs and press releases.

We’ll keep the hub growing with new content and news so you can stay current with the latest innovations.​

The Satellite Transformation – Demand for Connectivity

There’s an important transformation occurring in the satellite communications industry today. Demand for connectivity is surging and satellite operators are rapidly responding by launching massive amounts of new bandwidth – a number that is expected to increase tenfold by 2025 – which in turn is revolutionizing the economics of satellite service to be on par with, and even complement, terrestrial and wireless networks.

The satcom industry is already seeing major growth in core mobility markets such as aviation, maritime and defense, as well as new ones like connected vehicles and smart cities. To seize existing and future opportunities, ground infrastructure companies must pursue parallel innovations to serve these high-bandwidth applications and make satellite networks easy to deploy and manage.

VT iDirect is leading the way through a wave of new innovation when it comes to satellite ground infrastructure technology. Watch this video to learn how we are expanding the capabilities of the iDirect platform to turn our vision for satellite to play a larger role in the end-to-end network and drive major expansion in market growth into reality.

For more information, visit www.IntelligentPathForward.com.

VT iDirect Enlists MASTER to Support Brazil Customers

Sao Paulo-based satellite service center for distribution and localized support.

Herndon, Va., July 5, 2017VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that MASTER, a main provider in Brazil for specialized services and integrated solutions for communications via satellite, has been selected as an authorized distributor of iDirect products and will provide localized support to iDirect partners throughout Brazil. With this partnership, iDirect customers will be able to receive new products and aftermarket services more effectively. Based in Sao Paulo, MASTER will carry a full portfolio of iDirect remotes and ODUs, as well as provide expedited fulfillment, installation and support of satellite services and solutions.

“By adding the resources of MASTER to our local team in Brazil, our customers can receive new products and aftermarket services much more effectively,” said Rob Kilroy, Regional Vice President, Sales, Americas, VT iDirect. “MASTER comes to the partnership with a strong reputation in Brazil and is the main provider of specialized services and integrated solutions for communications via satellite in Brazil.”

“The need for satellite connectivity is surging in Brazil, and service providers demand rapid order fulfillment and services,” said JC Mendonça, Partner Owner, Technical Director, MASTER. “We are excited to help grow the on-the-ground team in Brazil, getting iDirect products to market and supporting local customers as they expand their operations.”

A SQEP in the Right Direction…

Dave DavisBy Dave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, VT iDirect

Last week saw IET MilSatcom 2017 come to London. It was a fantastic event with big hitters from industry, Ministry of Defence (MoD) and academia joining together to share a vision of the future of MilSatcom in the near and medium term.

It was also the first time the event incorporated a second day with a series of workshops on day 1. The workshops provided an opportunity to discuss threats, countermeasures, management and spectrum issues. The workshops produced some interesting takeaways:

  • There is the potential for over-reliance on MilSatcom
  • There is a lack in training to be able to operate in a denied or degraded environment
  • There is a lack of suitably qualified and experienced personnel (SQEP) in the military
  • Effective management is key

Reliance is a big factor in MilSatcom. Yes, there is a built-in resilience and technology is far more reliable than it once was, but could a modern battlefield commander operate without MilSatcom providing the large data rates required? Training in a degraded environment is key to understanding how the systems operate under stress and what contingencies are there. There is still a requirement for non-Satcom, i.e., HF capability and an ability to fall back where required. Luckily there is a plethora of Satcom available, so if MilSatcom is denied or degraded, having another satellite system available is likely, but data rates will probably be reduced. Read More

iQ Desktop Remote and Intelligent Gateway Offer Significant Boost in Performance and Efficiency

iDirect iQ Series Desktop Satellite RemoteDVB-S2X product suite achieved 5.7bps/Hz in record-setting over-the-air (OTA) testing, now being deployed in large-scale fixed networks

Herndon, VA, May 22, 2017 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the start of live testing of its new iQ Desktop remote, Intelligent Gateway and DVB-S2X software (iDX 4.0) in large-scale fixed networks. This launch phase follows the recently conducted Over-the-Air (OTA) tests of the iQ Desktop with Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES, consistently achieving efficiency gains of 5.7 bps/Hz. iDirect will showcase its DVB-S2X product suite at CommunicAsia in Singapore from May 23 – 25. Please visit us at stand IP3-01.

The iQ Desktop supports a full range of DVB-S2X MODCODS up to 256APSK 3/4 and aggregate throughput up to 200 Mb/s. The initial release of the iQ Desktop is targeted for large-scale fixed networks for broadband, education and enterprise applications. Through a software upgradeable design, the iQ Desktop enables service providers to license additional throughput and mobility capabilities to meet growing end-user needs, while extending the deployment life of the remote.

With the Intelligent Gateway, iDirect introduces a more cost-effective way to scale teleport and hub-side infrastructure through virtualization. Now supporting DVB-S2X outbound carrier throughput greater than 500 Mb/s, the Intelligent Gateway provides a 10x improvement in Protocol Processor (PP) density and performance while future proofing the gateway infrastructure for large-scale network growth. Read More

The Promises of VSAT Network Programmability

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Satellite service providers are being challenged by the demand for value-added services, the increasing complexity of networks, and increasing operational costs. These three forces are creating an environment where service providers have unlimited potential for growth, but the cost structure to sustain that growth means the opportunity is becoming less profitable.

The VSAT industry needs a new approach to resolve this situation, one offered through Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). Since adopting network programmability means embracing automation and virtualization, it Download The Birth of Dynamic VSAT Services White Paperpromises to satisfy the forces by:

  1. Improving agility for supplying value-added services,
  2. Making network complexity manageable, and
  3. Achieving this while reducing operational cost.

Each of these outcomes are critical to future success and they are logically linked to each other. If the complexity is better managed, then companies become more agile. Better agility also boosts productivity, which leads to a reduction in expenses.

Network programmability encourages business to focus on investing in infrastructure solutions that lead to dynamic service capabilities and a reduction in operating expenses (OpEx). Read More