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.
Militaries rely on satellite communications to achieve a common operating picture across all forces. This allows them to stay informed and make quick, educated decisions to accomplish their mission.
As forces continue to expand, teams are relying more on communications on the move (COTM) capabilities to become more mobile across air, land and sea. Northern Sky Research projects $9.7 billon will be spent on communication services across all terrains by 2021 with $3.7 billon spent on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and COTM services alone.
To address these challenges, military organizations can leverage a VSAT network to enable COTM features across the military landscape. Read More
by Dave Bettinger, Chief Technology Officer, iDirect
The satellite market is clearly in a growth phase. As we all know, there’s surging demand for bandwidth, and high throughput satellites will certainly accelerate this trend.
Many service providers are making plans to capitalize on growth opportunities – adding new hubs, upgrading to faster remotes and deploying larger networks.
Yet, there’s another type of planning that service providers need to focus on as well. As the satellite market expands, the threat of commoditization looms. And it will become increasingly difficult to differentiate based on speed or price.
Instead, service providers will need to differentiate by delivering unique, meaningful, even unexpected value to their customers.
So, if you’re a service provider, what does it take to create customer value? There are three requisites.
- Highly efficient business operations. You need to move quickly and respond strategically to opportunities and challenges and operate from a position of profitability.
- Fully optimized network. Satellite capacity is a critical asset. You need to understand exactly how it’s being utilized by each individual remote across your entire deployment. Any inefficiency represents bandwidth that can be reclaimed and marketed.
- Comprehensive understanding of your customers. Nobody knows your customers better than you. With that level of intelligence, you can create a superior, very personalized customer experience.