By Denis Sutherland, Vice President, Business Development, VT iDirect
First, let me congratulate Integrasys for winning the 2017 VSAT Stellar Award for Best Ground Segment Technology.
During the VSAT Global show, I had the pleasure of representing iDirect and joining the World Teleport Association (WTA) and Integrasys on a panel to discuss important considerations on how to cost-effectively deploy and maintain VSAT networks. When thinking about improving the return on investment (ROI) for VSAT networks, the cost of equipment and space segment is just the tip of the iceberg. Operators should consider the more hidden costs of optimizing the installation and commissioning process, which can represent a significant portion of network costs.
These costs can include:
- Hiring a professional VSAT installer
- Traveling to a remote location
- Using a satellite phone for back-channel communications
- Coordinating with hub support staff
- Redeploying personnel for any post-install issues
The iDirect Remote Commissioning Solution is based on Satmotion Pocket by Integrasys and it empowers the field technician to autonomously and accurately install a VSAT terminal, thereby saving time and resources. Accuracy is important to maximize the performance and efficiency of the network by minimizing adjacent satellite interference. To learn more, listen to the webinar recording or you can also purchase and download the full report from the WTA website.
The Four Nines Project is an ongoing effort by World Teleport Association to promote best practices in teleport business, operations, technology and management. It is named for the technical standard in a satellite or terrestrial transmission of 99.99% availability.