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Utilize Satellite and Grow your Business within the SCADA, M2M and LDR Markets

Christian Bergan, iDirectBy Christian Bergan, Director, Vertical Markets, iDirect

Today’s networks need to stretch beyond monitoring and controlling various data points to supporting new applications. With the iDirect platform, you can easily grow your business and expand your revenue stream. In NSRs latest report on emerging markets, NSR points to increasing demand for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) , Machine to Machine (M2M) and Low Data Rate (LDR) satellite services within key vertical markets such as Oil & Gas, Transportation (cargo tracking), Utilities, Military and Emerging markets (renewable energy and environmental monitoring).

NSR is predicting that service revenues will double from an estimated $1.5B in 2010 to over $3.2B by 2020. The verticals expected to exhibit the largest growth are the utility and emerging markets, both with more than a fivefold increase.

For the utility vertical, the North American market will dominate and account for close to 69%, with Europe a distance second with 18%, and the Middle East/Africa and Latin America each trailing at 3%. For the emerging markets segment, the Middle East/Africa is forecast to be the winner with 51% of revenue, with the United States in second place with 13% and Europe third with 12%.
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VSAT the Right Choice for Distance Learning

John Arnold, iDirect’s regional vice president of sales for Asia Pacific, attended China Satellite, which just concluded on Oct. 28, and had this to say about VSAT and its impact on remote education:

“In remote areas, there is generally not a high-speed, high-quality network connection, and students may not have the speed to receive the video from the teacher. They may not be able to consistently get it all the time. When the teacher speaks, you want it to be received by all the students at the same time and with the same quality. With satellite, you can actually achieve this … on the satellite you only have to send one stream of information, but it’s received by everybody at the same time. It’s also very cost-effective, as compared to doing it via Ethernet ….”

Want to know more about iDirect’s technology and how it can benefit your educational institution? Read this case study about Australian Satellite Communications and how they connected their schools via satellite throughout Australia.

China Satellite Interview with John Arnold: VSAT and its Advantages

iDirect’s Regional VP of Sales, John Arnold, was interviewed last week at China Satellite 2011 by China Radio International. The conference showcased the latest developments in the civilian satellite application market in China.

Listen in as Mr. Arnold discusses using the advantages in using VSAT for remote education.

SCPC Return: Taking SCPC to the Next Level

By Thomas Bopp, iDirect

Single Circuit per Channel (SCPC), the dedicated point-to-point leased line service between two locations, has been the bread-and-butter business of the satellite industry. SCPC customers appreciate access to fixed, always-on capacity.

With the advent of the Internet revolution however, and the ever-growing need for bandwidth, communication and connectivity between many sites, users and applications, the new reality in the enterprise spilled over into the service provider network. Service providers turned to TDMA as their Broadband VSAT network foundation to deliver managed services.  With IP intelligence and flexibility, TDMA delivers on bandwidth, Quality of Service (QoS), cost efficiency and provides a seamless integration into terrestrial infrastructure.

Consequently, service providers had to maintain separate networks and technologies for TDMA and SCPC services. Also SCPC users’ adamant approach to fixed bandwidth links does not take into account recent technology innovation forfeiting performance improvements. Was this situation to last?


SCPC Return comes to the fore.

SCPC Return ushers in the convergence of TDMA and SCPC on the same Intelligent Platform™ thus reducing the service providers’ operational cost and management complexity. SCPC Return also enables new service and migration offerings, and improves on what was the mainstay of legacy SCPC: Fixed CIR.

SCPC Return is the answer. Read More

Extending 3G Coverage to Remote and Rural Areas

Extending 3G Coverage to Remote and Rural Areas White Paper3G Satellite Backhaul White Paper Now Available!

With data now dominating the world of mobile communications 3G networks are being deployed to support users across the world. Satellite backhaul is a proven technology for connecting remote and rural 2G base stations – will the same approach work for 3G? iDirect shows in this white paper that mobile operators can create a robust and profitable 3G strategy for rural connectivity using satellite technology.

After a decade of domination by GSM standard 2nd generation (2G) mobile phone networks, the world has embraced 3rd generation technology (3G). 2G systems laid a broad foundation for extending voice communication to the vast majority of the world’s population. Yet 3G holds even greater promise, enabling mobile operators to deliver both voice and data connectivity to subscribers and greatly expand their revenue potential.

Specifically, 3G technology provides a more profitable path to serving rural subscribers in both developing and developed countries. For many of these customers, 3G service represents the most affordable access to high-speed Internet connectivity, sometimes even the only access. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), only 15.8% of the population in developing countries has Internet access and only 22.5% have a computer. In the future, Internet access will primarily be through mobile devices, and this represents a significant opportunity for mobile operators. In fact, a new report by Cisco projects that mobile data traffic will increase 26-fold worldwide by 2015, with the population of mobile-only Internet users surging from 14 million in 2010 to 788 million in 2015. Download 3G Satellite Backhaul White Paper>

OmniAccess expands BroadBEAM FLEX network to provide worldwide internet coverage

From Media Worksation

As a result, yacht owners will be able to use their BroadBEAM FLEX VSAT service in all major cruising areas, including off the beaten track destinations like the Pacific Ocean, the Maldives and Asia, and benefit from uninterrupted high-speed internet connectivity at sea, irrespective of geographical location.

Using the latest iDirect® Evolution DVB-S2 technology, the BroadBEAM FLEX VSAT service has been specifically designed to provide top-quality connectivity for yachts. It now combines the services proven performance with a near-global connectivity with full Automatic Beam Switching and Beam Redundancy features.  Continue>



Harris CapRock Communications, a global provider of fully managed communications for remote and harsh environments, has been selected by Farstad Shipping to deliver turnkey VSAT communications to its fleet of 53 vessels. Farstad Shipping is an international supplier of modern offshore supply vessels that operate in the North Sea, Brazil, Australia and Indian Pacific regions. “We need a reliable Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure onboard our vessels to support our values and meet our crew and clients’ needs,” said Helge Warholm, corporate purchasing manager, Farstad Shipping. “Harris CapRock’s SeaAccess service enables us to extend our corporate applications to the vessels and provide critical maintenance, operations and administrative services. As a result, the vessels operate more efficiently and in turn it reduces our operational costs.” Continue>

5 Ways to Improve Your Network Operations Center (NOC)

How Operators Can Keep Up with Increasingly Large and Complex Customer Networks

Greg Quiggle, Vice President of Product Management, iDirect

With satellite communications being adopted more broadly and for a growing number of applications, service providers have a tremendous opportunity to grow their networks and expand to more sites. But this growth is making it harder for network operators to manage and monitor networks effectively while responding to the needs of new and increasingly demanding customers. Trouble-tickets are on the rise and more time is being spent generating reports. Service agreement disputes are common and tracking when and where an error occurred is difficult and time consuming.

Regardless of the size of your network, you are likely facing a complex balancing act between supporting your customers and keeping operational costs in check. Your NOC requires a comprehensive strategy – to provision, manage and monitor your customers’ networks. The abundance of interoperability between different operating support systems requires organization, reporting and analysis to sort through the data and share it with  customers in meaningful ways. Continue>

Thoughts and Comments From Leaders in the European SatCom Market

From SatMagazine

Why did your Company enter this market? How long has your Company been involved in this segment?

Mary Cotton, iDirect
The initial approach to the European market was very enterprise-oriented, which was consistent with the market trend for SATCOM at that time. That’s where we got our start in Europe with the likes of BT and France Telecom with our equipment being used by major global operators for traditional network-extension business as well as IP access. Since its inception, it has become significantly focused on industry verticals as our market has matured. This is happening primarily around a number of key verticals including maritime, defense and government, oil and gas, and more recently, utilities and SCADA. Around 50 percent of the global maritime market is driven out of Europe. Over time, we’ve developed our position in that market so that we have about 48 percent of that market share.

From a defense vertical perspective, of the 27 countries within the European market, 18 are using iDirect in some formal military capacity. Out of the 28 NATO members, 16 are similarly using iDirect in some capacity, be it for tactical COTM applications or morale and welfare.

We also have key players in the broadcast community and within IP-SNG (IP Satellite News Gathering) that use our technology for IP access and also for video contribution. These include SIS, Arqiva, and Mediaset in Italy.

The most promising segments would certainly include cellular, particularly the Russian and the CIS region. iDirect has a proven technological advantage in providing the most efficient transport architecture for the backhaul of voice and data traffic for cellular networks. In terms of emerging verticals, we’ve had some significant wins in the SCADA and utilities markets. These include the network digital switchover with Arqiva, Wales and West Utility (WWU), and Eon, a large utility in Sweden. Our products are aligning well with market demands and also with future products coming downstream like the Evolution X1. Read More

New Broadband Platform For New Satellite Services


BusinessCom has launched iDirect Evolution enabled satellite Internet access services on the Loral Skynet Telstar-11N and the SES World Skies NSS-12 geostationary satellites

The Evolution services are available on Ku-Band beams. The coverage includes ‘hot’ destinations such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Zambia and many other countries. The new Evolution-based services allow customers to enjoy always-on 24/7 broadband satellite Internet access with only a small 1.2m VSAT antenna and 3W block up-converters.

The iDirect Evolution platform selected by BusinessCom is an ideal choice for multi-service broadband satellite Internet access. The Evolution X3 modem is based on the DVB-S2 standard that delivers very high spectrum efficiency, and is backed up by ACM (Adaptive Coding and Modulation) technology.

The ACM automatically changes the outbound modulation and FEC overhead per each remote VSAT terminal on the fly, depending on the actual rain fade margins observed.  Continue>