iDirect In-Focus: Bring HTS to Market

As we kick-off 2016, we take a look at some of the biggest trends in satellite and how major announcements and campaigns led by iDirect throughout the past year twelve months are helping satellite operators and satellite service providers best position themselves for success.

iDirect In-Focus: Bring HTS to Market

Today we put High Throughput Satellite (HTS) in focus. In fact, 2015 was a year in which iDirect helped #BringHTStoMarket as the industry continued to move towards the realization of the HTS architecture implications and its performance benefits that have been talked about for years.

For example:

  • Inmarsat made significant strides toward a full commercial launch of Inmarsat GX, its seamless global platform for high-speed Ka-band satellite services, covering virtually everywhere on Earth and targeted at both the mobility and fixed markets
  • Intelsat announced its IntelsatOne Flex service, a high-performance wholesale Mbps managed service on Intelsat EPIC as well as wide-beam Ku-Band capacities. Service providers will be able to control their networks across multiple spot beams through customization of their own service plans and QoS prioritizations
  • Telenor continues to build momentum towards the launch of the THOR 7 satellite constellation, which will deliver a Ka-band HTS payload of up to nine Gbps of throughput across 25 spot beams over the North, Mediterranean and Baltic Seas

iDirect is playing a major role in each of these programs with our new iDirect Velocity platform. iDirect Velocity went live this year on the Inmarsat Global Xpress HTS program, and the IntelsatOne Flex from Intelsat and Thor 7 from Telenor programs are coming to market over the platform in the next coming months.

iDirect Velocity is designed to enable the global delivery of high-performance capacity over spot-beam satellites. We’ve addressed new HTS challenges such as spot-beam architecture, high-speed mobility, global coverage, higher throughput performance and carrier-class redundancy.

An Industry Prepared Satellite Operators have to hit the ground running in order to determine how to best build and operate their HTS satellites and launch services that lets their customers scale to new heights. Denis Sutherland, iDirect’s Director of Business Development, examined four areas in which the increase in scale impacts VSAT ground infrastructure requirements.

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This places a demand for innovation back to the ground infrastructure. In particular, how will ground infrastructure technology providers advance their platforms to enable satellite operators and service providers to best capture the HTS opportunity?

Greg Quiggle, VP of Product Management, gave us a high-level perspective of the advancements on the hub, remote and network management systems.

More specifically, we designed advancements into the iDirect Velocity platform to have built-in high availability on all aspects of the hub infrastructure ranging from superior line card availability and hub component redundancy, to rain diversity and all the way to complete gateway redundancy.

Nikola Kromer, Senior Director, Product Marketing gave us a look at these redundancy advancements one by one.

Going back to space, having the right amount of satellite capacity available in the right place is critical to the success of Service Providers and Satellite Operators leveraging High Throughput Satellites (HTS).

In particular, this impacts the ability to manage capacities across multiple spot beams while maintaining Service Level Agreements (SLAs) across the entire customer network. It requires managing the combined bandwidth from the multiple spot beams dedicated to that service as one single bandwidth pool, a bandwidth management function such as Global Bandwidth Management that is unique to these requirements.

Through it all, one aspect is clear: The need for efficient Network Operations and Integration. Larger HTS networks drive higher complexity in operations and the need for back-office systems to be more seamlessly integrated. This helps to manage the larger customer base most effectively.

That’s where our next-gen network management system (NMS), iDirect Pulse® comes in. It is engineered from the ground-up to configure, monitor and manage massively complex and large-scale networks. iDirect Pulse has been designed to enable the operator to perform at an accelerated pace, while heightening visibility, control and responsiveness.

At iDirect we believe that ground infrastructure capabilities have a direct impact on an operator’s ability to capture market opportunity, fulfill customer expectations and manage complex network operations. It’s precisely why 2015 was a year in which we laid the ground infrastructure foundation to #BringHTStoMarket in the most effective way.

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