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iDirect Establishes Engineering and Innovation Centre in Ireland

Satellite ground infrastructure provider will tap into technology-rich Killarney region to create more than 30 specialized engineering jobs over the course of five years

VT iDirect Ireland OfficeHerndon, Va. July 5 – 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 it will establish an Engineering and Innovation Centre in Killarney, Ireland. The facility will help to create new engineering jobs in a technology-rich region of the world. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland.

With existing technology development centers located in Ottawa (Canada), Singapore, Cranfield (UK) as well as Herndon (US), iDirect expands its global engineering innovation footprint to a country that is rich in skilled information communications technology (ICT) professionals. According to IDA Ireland, the country’s inward investment promotion agency that promotes foreign direct investment into Ireland through a wide range of services, Ireland today employs more than 37,000 in ICT and is the home to nine of the world’s top-10 companies in this industry.

iDirect established its presence in Ireland following its 2014 acquisition of intellectual property (IP) from locally based Altobridge. The IP acquired from the small-cell company focused on 2G and 3G solutions for cellular backhaul, is today integrated into existing iDirect solutions that enable the cellular backhaul market—a fast-growing market for VSAT service providers, driven by the need for mobile operators to extend their service offering into new geographical areas to capture greater revenue. Read More

Building True Service Agility Across Your Network: What You Need to Know

The ability to offer high-speed data rates and make efficient use of bandwidth is essential to meeting rising customer expectations. But today it takes more than that ─ it means enabling dynamic, flexible services that can be turned on rapidly and adjusted on demand across the entire global network. iDirect provides the technology building blocks to support true service agility at every point in the process from network implementation to unified services to optimized service fulfillment.

Learn more in our latest Digital Preview Feature “Plug In, Play On.”  

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Plug In, Play On: Check out new iDirect innovations that will bring you true service agility.

In our latest Preview Feature you’ll see how iDirect innovations are enabling dynamic service delivery that will lead toward higher revenue, lower operational costs and greater overall opportunity.  

  • See how new Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) is expanding flexibility in how networks are built, enabling greater integration of satellite connectivity into the end-to-end delivery model.
  • Learn more about how iDirect Verified Designs are ensuring that services and functionality on the satellite side successfully carry through on the terrestrial side.
  • Watch how iDirect’s Embedded Computing (EC) remotes series combines iDirect technology with best-in-class third-party applications to create a powerful one-box solution to support greater capabilities from a single remote site.
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New Digital Feature Previews Performance And Efficiency Enhancements

When it comes to planning and ensuring your long-term growth, iDirect’s innovations are forging the most intelligent path forward today.

For starters, a whole new wave of more than a dozen iDirect technologies and products dedicated to maximizing performance and efficiency are coming your way.  See them all now up close in our Digital Preview Feature “Dial it Up”.

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See how you can dial up your performance and efficiency.

This new feature includes video interviews, product overviews and interactive charts that provide real-time insight into the development that’s ensuring iDirect customers are ready to dial up their DVB-S2 performance and prepare for the next level of throughput with DVB-S2X.

Here’s just a sample of what you’ll see and learn in the new Preview Feature:

  • Details on our two-step strategy for finding your path toward migrating to DVB-S2X at the right time for your organization, enabling you to maximize current hub investments and minimize the need for expensive dual-illumination.
  • A first look at our next-generation, high-powered line cards ─ with higher performance, higher MODCODs and DVB-S2X ready.
  • What the new 9-Series high-performance remotes, the fastest TDMA remote in iDirect history, will mean for you and your business.
  • The many benefits of a new family of Embedded Computing (EC) remotes.  See how iDirect technology is joining with best-in-class third-party solutions from partners including Cisco®, XipLink™, Sevis® and others to open doors to delivering new, specialized services and more.
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Marlink Provides Satellite Connectivity For MSC Cruises

From Via Satellite

MSC Cruises has worked together with Marlink to launch a next-generation connectivity marlink blogsolution for its fleet with multi-band VSAT services. Working with Marlink, MSC Cruises will provide dynamic bandwidth to its 12 existing ships as well as the next-generation ships currently under construction, including MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside.

Marlink is installing a multi-band satellite communications solution that combines capacity on new Ku-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) and traditional Ku-band widebeam satellites. The upgrade builds on MSC Cruises existing VSAT network with new high throughput modems and a network configuration designed to handle larger amounts of capacity from different satellite operators.

The new satellite solution will be able to accommodate seasonal fluctuations in order to optimize MSC Cruises’ global dedicated “cloud of bandwidth.” This latest service upgrade also includes Marlink’s satellite back-up services for MSC Cruises offices on shore, and integration of terrestrial services for improved redundancy. Continue >

One Box Solutions: Extending Cisco® Services with the X7-EC

One Box Solutions: Extending Cisco® Services with the X7-EC

Satellite service providers must bring sophisticated networking capabilities to the customer end site to meet rising customer expectations. Enterprise requirements might include running multi-tenant networks, terminating Layer 2 services, routing for disaster recovery, and providing sophisticated data and network management.

iDirect’s X7-EC embedded computing remote allows service providers to achieve all these activities through the ability to deploy Cisco IOS® software at the network edge.

The Cisco 5921 Embedded Services Router (ESR) supports enterprise routing protocols for advanced end point management across an iDirect Evolution® Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) network. It’s equivalent to placing a Cisco routing box at the customer premise to create a natural demarcation for managed services.

The service provider is able to reinforce their VSAT networks with the same global-standards, exceptional reliability and security they find in terrestrial networks. And as satellite plays an increasingly important role in enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) across the globe, the introduction of the Cisco 5921 ESR to the VSAT market brings an effective solution for managing all end points across the VSAT network.

“iDirect is offering the Cisco 5921 ESR as one of the first deliverables of our partnership as a Cisco Solution Technology Integrator (STI). As the satellite industry continues to adopt industry networking standards and support seamless services end-to-end, this combination of our iDirect X7 Remote with a Cisco Router in a single box satisfies demand for more capabilities at customer sites in a cost-effective, highly efficient manner,” says Eric Watko Vice President, Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, iDirect. Read More

Your Intelligent Path Forward Begins Today

iDirect - Your Intelligent Path ForwardBy Kevin Steen, VP of Global Sales and Chief Operating Officer, iDirect

When it comes to planning and ensuring your long-term growth, iDirect’s powerful next-generation technology and innovations are forging the most intelligent path forward today.

I’d like you to join us on the journey at IntelligentPathForward.com. Our goal is to share unprecedented visibility and context with iDirect partners into the full lineup of releases coming this year and next so you can capitalize on your next phase of growth.

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We’ll show you both the broader perspective of where we’re headed as a technology industry leader … as well as the ground-level product detail you need to make the best choices for your business along the way. Most importantly, we’ll connect the dots between the innovations we’re delivering and how they will enable you to access more markets, better manage operational and capital costs, and create unique value for your customers. It all boils down to staying on the right path to growing your business for the long term.

The iDirect Intelligent Path Forward is your iDirect base camp for all the insights, background and intelligence you need in order to effectively execute on your business plans. Over the coming months we’ll be adding new pieces to the story, mile markers along the way, that demonstrate how the iDirect roadmap is aligned with your growth plans. For instance, today we’ll zero in on the re-engineering of our remote portfolio, and what this means for delivering specialized applications. Read More

Satellite and the End-to-End Network: The Next Stage of Innovation

By Eric Watko, Vice President, Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, iDirect

The Next Stage of Innovation

Satellite’s role in creating a truly converged end-to-end network is an ongoing industry discussion, and one that continues to generate more conversation with the introduction of new technology innovations and the growing demands that drive them.

Throughout the past few weeks iDirect has engaged in a discussion with Verizon, NSR, BT and Intelsat on the role of satellite in the end-to-end network. Our conversation wraps up this week with Eric Watko addressing the question posed by Intelsat: What are the next steps to innovating around modern networking technology in order for satellite to continue operating right at the heart of IP networks?

Looking back on the past few weeks, we have been engaged in a very enlightening discussion around how we work to make satellite communication technology look and act more like all other access technologies.

  • We were given a glimpse into the telco environment from Verizon and the steps it must take in order to align satellite with its core MPLS network.
  • From there, NSR offered a call-to-action regarding the need to see more advances in the areas of software-defined satellite networks, transitioning out of fixed server hardware and into a virtualized environment.
  • BT Global Services described their efforts to launch satellite networks built on a Layer 2 foundation to support telco trends toward carrier Ethernet.
  • Finally, Intelsat talked about enabling service agility so telecom providers can quickly reach underserved areas.

For iDirect, the answer is clear: We must be able to support the service needs of the industry as a whole. We cannot simply focus on the space segment, but instead examine every aspect—from the edge of the core network, to the terminals, to the endpoint of the customer. Read More

Satellite and the End-to-End Network: Doing Business Globally, with Agility

By Karen Emery, Director Product Management—Broadband Services, Intelsat

Doing Business Globally with Agility

Satellite offers unique credentials to deliver a truly converged end-to-end network. As demands for Internet and other types of connectivity explode around the world, in particular in areas with minimal infrastructure, integrating different technologies into a seamless fabric brings tremendous value to businesses and consumers alike. New technology innovations raise this value to a whole new level.

The series’ previous blog post by BT Global Services addressed the next generation of innovation in satellite, while posing the question, “What are the next steps in innovation designed to allow service providers to seamlessly augment their network around the globe?

Let’s talk about the notion of doing business globally. At the close of 2015, there were nearly 3.2 billion Internet users around the globe. That number is more than triple where it stood a decade earlier. And a good majority of these Internet users are utilizing that connection to conduct business.

Digital Transformation In Action

It’s no surprise that over 90% of businesses in high-income countries use a broadband connection. But where it starts to get interesting is the fact that 68% of businesses in low-to-mid income countries are doing the same—up from 39% just four years earlier. Read More

Satellite and the End-to-End Network: Evolving Telco Capabilities

By Renato Goodfellow, Head of Global Satellite, BT Global Services

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Satellite’s role in creating a truly converged end-to-end network is an ongoing industry development and continues to generate more conversation with the introduction of new technology innovations and the growing demands that drive them. It is gaining more and more momentum with the growing end-to-end functionality requirements of our customers, such as security.

The series’ previous blog post by NSR addressed the next generation of innovation in satellite, while posing the question around which trends in telco will continue to drive future innovation in satellite. 

BT Global’s communications network provides connectivity to nearly 200 countries, most of which rely on terrestrial fiber. We also serve over 37,000 sites around the globe to which fiber will not reach and this is where satellite enters the discussion.

Over recent years, BT Global Services has invested heavily in growing our VSAT infrastructure to take advantage of VSAT strengths. Satellite is a quick-to-deploy and secure solution that enables global connectivity, and has played a vital role in helping complete our BT Connect Global MPLS network reach. We have installed dedicated VSAT hubs in key regions of the world, which helps us optimize communication performance, with a single BT managed solution for our customers. Read More

Does Satellite Have a Role in IoT?

denis-mediumBy Denis Sutherland, Director of Business Development, iDirect

One of my first experiences with satellite communications was 22 years ago connecting weather sensors to a central sever. Today, such a project would fall under the broad category of Internet of Things. But at the time, it was simply just using the right technology for the project—and that technology was VSAT.

Why did we use VSAT? You see, the weather sensors were located in war-torn Bosnia, where telecoms infrastructure was sparse. The task at hand involved collecting wind speed, rainfall, and other measurement data, which needed to be sent back to the Met Office in the UK for processing with other relevant data. From there, it was delivered back to the Bosnia headquarters in the form of weather forecast products for the RAF mission planners and pilots, allowing flights to be conducted safely.

This was indeed an early example of VSAT being used to collect data from “things” for purposes of making better decisions. And today, while the debate around whether satellite has a role in the Internet of Things continues to heat up, I look back on this as an early proof point that it certainly has a role—and a very valuable one at that.

The Answer to Satellite IoT

Recently I spoke the GVF Connectivity Conference, The question I asked at the recent GVF Connectivity conference was: “Is there a role for VSAT in IoT?”

One of the audience members asked a question about low powered radio networks on land. This limits the amount of opportunity for satellite on land to be aggregation points. However, that is not the whole story. In fact, the opportunity for the telecommunications industry is substantial. Read More