A growing need for connectivity is driving demand for bandwidth across the satellite industry, creating major opportunity for VSAT in the enterprise space. And more opportunity is coming with the arrival of high throughput satellites (HTS).
However, while there is considerable hype surrounding HTS, there is still much to understand about how HTS will fully impact the industry from both a technical and business perspective. To examine this critical development, iDirect’s Chief Technology Officer Dave Bettinger presented a Webinar on HTS, on Thursday December 5th, 2013, hosted by Via Satellite.
During the presentation, Bettinger discussed:
- How HTS will impact ground infrastructure requirements. Bettinger walked through what to look for in choosing the right infrastructure to ensure the network is able to support multiple frequencies, handle redundancy, support smaller terminals and manage bandwidth across multiple spot beams.
- Assessing new HTS business models. Bettinger discussed how go-to market strategies will involve managing a blended mixture of business models to support different capital and operational costs. This will enable both service providers and operators to profit from a range of network architectures and business strategies.
- Creating new value for service providers. With HTS, service providers will focuss les on managing networks and more on service customers. Bettinger reviewed new tools service providers can leverage to create value for their customers.
By Dave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, iDirect Europe
Contingency. You cannot go far in the defence and security (D&S) community without hearing that word these days.
Contingency – an event that may occur but that is not likely or intended; a possibility.
So what does contingency mean for beyond line of sight (BLOS) communications? In a nutshell, expect the unexpected and I’m not talking about the Spanish Inquisition.
Post-Afghanistan, the countries involved have to re-organize and go back to being prepared for anything and everything thrown at them; often from multiple directions simultaneously. There is a need for less dedicated capacity and a far greater demand for flexible requirements, with speed of reaction essential.
Contingency means being prepared to operate as an individual sovereign state, part of a coalition, or part of one of the larger Inter-governmental organizations, such as NATO, AU, UN, etc. Read More
The formal GX agreement is between Aircell and Honeywell, the designated business aviation reseller for Inmarsat’s Ka-band connectivity services.
GX Aviation is rapidly gathering momentum and everything is coming into place. The first satellite is scheduled to be available to support a launch as early as December this year. The development of the ground infrastructure is progressing as planned and Honeywell is moving ahead with the airborne terminals,” said Miranda Mills, Inmarsat President, Aviation. “With the addition of Aircell to our list of distribution partners, we have signed up all the major inflight connectivity service providers and we are already having very positive discussions with aircraft owners and operators.”
Using Ka-band technology, GX Aviation will be the first globally available high-speed broadband network. It will offer the unique combination of global coverage from a single operator, consistent higher performance with true broadband speeds, and the network reliability for which Inmarsat is renowned. John Wade, Aircell’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, said, “Aircell already offers one of the most comprehensive in-flight connectivity portfolios in the industry, and offering GX Aviation service is a very logical addition.”
The first of the Inmarsat-5 satellites, which will comprise the GX constellation, is currently in final preparation for shipment at Boeing’s El Segundo satellite manufacturing facility. The satellite will be traveling to Kazakhstan in the next few weeks. GX Aviation is scheduled to enter service in early 2015.
The in-flight connectivity market remains one of the major talking points in the satellite issues as FSS and MSS players jockey for position in this market.
This week, Honeywell, one of the major players in the aviation market, released its 22nd annual Business Aviation Outlook report covering the changing nature of the business aviation market, which is also a target for in-flight connectivity services involving satellite technology. The market is vibrant and Honeywell expects that there will be up 9,250 deliveries of new business jets valued at more than $250 billion by 2023. Carl Esposito, vice president of marketing and product management, Honeywell Aerospace, told Via Satellite that the demand for connectivity among business aviation customers is good news for the satellite industry. Read More
The upgraded Broadbeam Ultra variant is based on iDirect’s next-generation X7 modem platform and XipLink’s WAN optimisation appliance and is the latest addition to its high throughput Broadbeam VSAT service plans. By leveraging the maximum efficiency of the X7 and Xiplink combo, OmniAccess is able to offer an unparalleled 100Mbps single-link VSAT service to customers across the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
The service has been designed and engineered to meet the high throughput requirements of demanding users who are increasingly using bandwidth-hungry applications and IPTV streaming solutions, such as the upcoming High Definition Plexus TV services.
Earlier this year, OmniAccess was appointed as a launching customer for iDirect’s next-generation platform and is now deploying the X7 satellite modems on-board its vessels and upgrading its ground infrastructure to the new Evolution iDX 3.2 software. With the X7’s built-in support for high-speed and high-efficiency applications, customers can upgrade to OmniAccess’ latest service offering without the need to change the existing iDirect VSAT platform.
Unlike other TDMA service standards that peak at 15 Mbps, the BroadBEAM Ultra 100 is capable of exceeding these limitations while still using the prevailing TDMA iDirect architecture. This platform consistency allows OmniAccess to provide flexibility, scalability and competitive fees across its entire fleet.