Category Archives: Technology

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

Satellite and the End-to-End Network: Future VSAT Innovation

By Carlos Placido, Senior Analyst, NSR

Future Satellite Innovation - iDirect

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.

Last week Verizon discussed satellite’s critical role in completing its enterprise solution and posed the question: What does future innovation across satellite look like? This week Carlos Placido Senior Analyst with NSR, gives us his response.

Despite this shift, however, the high cost capacity remained a limiting factor for many years in satellite’s path of progression. The introduction of High Throughput Satellites (HTS), and the emergence of new high-efficiency LEO constellations as of late, have since change this limitation. Read More

Satellite and the End-to-End Network: VSAT Making End-to-End a Reality

By Stuart Burson, Associate Director of Satellite Solutions Group, Verizon

Making End-to-End A Reality

Satellite’s role in the end-to-end network is an ongoing industry discussion with multiple points of view. With that, iDirect started a blog-response series last week, posing the question about the role of VSAT in making end-to-end global connectivity a reality. This week Stuart Burson, Associate Director of Satellite Solutions Group, Verizon, gives us his response.

How valuable is the role of VSAT in making end-to-end global connectivity a reality?

This question, recently posed by Eric Watko, Vice President, Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, iDirect, is an important one facing the industry. For Verizon, it is a question that we made sure we addressed very early on in the development of our network.

From the outset, we designed satellite to interface directly with our MPLS-based IP network. This fully owned and operated end-to-end network seamlessly integrates all access technologies to deliver a highly secure, robust private network solution. Read More

Satellite and the End-to-End Network

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

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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.

With that, join iDirect in a new blog-response series with communications leaders like Verizon and BT, as well as leading analyst firm NSR, as we tap into the conversation. Follow us over the coming weeks as we respond to questions about where we are and where we are headed next in satellite and the end-to-end network.

When will satellite become part of the mainstream network offering? This is an important question that continues to garner a lot of discussion in the industry today.

In fact, this was the basis for a webinar (article available) that Via Satellite hosted last October in conjunction with iDirect called “Breaking Down the Satellite Silo.”

In many ways, you could say that the time for finally answering such a question has never been more important as the volume of global IP services is projected to hit an accelerated level of growth over the coming years. Read More

L2oS Video Series #9: The End-to-End Solutions Lab

Since customers need to implement new network architectures to take advantage of all the opportunities Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) can support, iDirect has launched the End-to-End Solutions Lab to provide the necessary support and guidance.

This special Layer 2 networking lab is dedicated to testing various service cases and then producing documentation, called iDirect Verified Designs, so customers can adopt best practices when deploying L2oS networks. In the coming months, expect to see iDirect release more information about these iDirect Verified Designs as the End-to-End Solutions Lab makes progress testing the architectures that will help customers get to market quicker.

iDirect Partner Paradigm Announces Availability of Ka-Band Bundles

Blog-sandbergSatellite communications solution provider and iDirect partner Paradigm recently announced the availability of a High Stability Oscillator (HSO) Ka-Band Evolution® Bundle. These bundles, which include the iDirect X1 remote, offer a fully integrated and competitively priced package to resellers and service providers operating with a Ka-band service. We sat down with Ulf Sandberg, Managing Director, Paradigm, to discuss these bundles, the support to customers of Avanti and Telenor, the relationship with iDirect and the satellite market going forward.

iDirect: Please describe the relationship between Paradigm and iDirect.

Sandberg: At Paradigm, our expertise is in the design and delivery of satellite terminals and Earth stations, providing single units to complete turnkey solutions, including full management and control solutions. For more than 15 years we have partnered with iDirect to incorporate their market-leading technology into our portfolio of solutions. By working with best-in-class technology providers like iDirect, we are able to provide the most complete and cutting-edge solutions that fit the complex needs of satellite customers today.

All of our engineers are trained on the latest iDirect technology, which allows us to supply Ka-band systems with outstanding expertise, thereby targeting our customer’s needs and requirements to specific solutions.

iDirect: What is Paradigm delivering with the KA-Band Evolution Bundle?

Sandberg: The HSO Bundle is a one-piece 98cm Ka-band antenna with a 3W Ka-band transceiver and feed horn combination, coupled with iDirect’s X1 remote. This creates a Ka-band terminal that we believe truly hits the sweet spot of data transfer and service cost for customers today. Read More