Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress Launch Marks New Era of ‘Smart’ Ship Operations

From Inmarsat

Inmarsat Fleet Xpress is the first globally available, high-speed broadband solution for maritime and offshore operators, available from a single communications provider. Fleet Xpress enables ship owners and operators to enhance their business intelligence, improve operational efficiency and vessel performance, and provide a host of high-value, crew welfare benefits.

It will also empower third party application providers to enhance their existing services to maritime customers, and to develop a host of innovative new applications that will further drive operational efficiencies, ranging from real-time monitoring, remote diagnostics and telemedicine, to security and crew service management tools, among others.

Ground-breaking service
“Fleet Xpress is a ground-breaking new service that will shape communications at sea beyond recognition,” said Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime President.

“Through Fleet Xpress, ship owners and operators can experience unparalleled levels of performance and simplicity. Continue>

Integrasys Makes Satellite Easy

From Integrasys

Broadband customers worldwide complain about Satellite connectivity usage compared to terrestrial connectivity therefore our industry need smarter tools which allow Satellite broadband access to be more competitive with other type of services, simplifying the access, maintenance, installation and commission for a greater user experience.

The satellite industry has dramatically advanced over recent years, both in terms of capability and competitiveness. The satellite “facelift” mainly culminates around High Throughput Satellite (HTS). The technology will enable more people to access digital services via satellite than ever before, but, perhaps more importantly, it means that satellite is suddenly a viable alternative to other types of communication technologies, especially in those hard to reach areas. This in turn has led to a veritable explosion in service provision, giving our industry the chance to shine, but not without a few hurdles.

HTS is a great alternative to terrestrial connectivity however many customers are complaining about the complexity compared to fiber, especially in the deployment face. With HTS is based on economy of escale where the operators have to provide larger networks to cope with the extra demand, which often need to be deployed in a short time frame. In addition, the nature of these deployments is generally in remote locations, which are lacking other communication infrastructure. It is usual that an installer of VSAT needs to travel long distances and then spend a considerable amount of time carrying out the installation.  Reducing installation time can therefore save valuable time, even if it cannot of course get rid of the time taken to travel. Continue>

Harris CapRock Goes Deep with Oceaneering’s NEXXUS ROV

From Satnews

Technology from Harris CapRock Communications, global provider of managed communications services for remote and harsh environments, is enabling Oceaneering International, Inc. to remotely pilot and automatically control its NEXXUS remotely operated vehicle ROV.

Harris CapRock is providing satellite bandwidth and service to operate the ROV, which enables the pilot to execute assignments ranging from simple video monitoring to highly complex vessel inspection tasks.  The satellite link enables Oceaneering to pilot the ROV from offshore, from another vessel, or from an onshore command center.

Harris CapRock’s innovative data/video communications technology was originally developed to aid technical support personnel onshore to help diagnose faults offshore.

”Oceaneering is a technological leader that continues to find new ways to leverage the bandwidth provided by Harris CapRock,” said Tracey Haslam, president, Harris CapRock.  “The Gulf of Mexico’s remote and harsh environment is an ideal fit for our services.” Continue>

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

Satellite End-to-End Network - Evolving Telco Capabilities

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

Boost In Capacity, Avionic Innovations Will Skyrocket IFC Revenues

From Via Satellite

Euroconsult has released a report forecasting that total revenues from passenger In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) services will skyrocket from an estimated $700 million in 2015 to nearly $5.4 billion by 2025, a 23 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) over the 10-year period. A number of factors are contributing to the colossal growth, including the advent of High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems, the increased use of aircraft connectivity for operational purposes, new entrants in the IFC provider market and a fragmentation of the antenna industry.

The “Prospects for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity” report finds that the number of connected commercial aircraft is expected to grow from 5,300 in 2015 to 23,100 by 2025, accounting for 62 percent of the global fleet. While the aeronautical market is highly sensitive to price, particularly in terms of equipment acquisition, installation and bandwidth pricing, which could inject some slow to the projected growth according to Geoffroy Stern, senior consultant at Euroconsult, and editor of the report, the amount of capacity set to enter the IFC market in the near future could work to drive down costs significantly. The launch of both Ka- and Ku-band HTS, which allow data speeds up to 10 times faster than those of regular satellite systems and at significantly lower cost, will trigger this huge jump in capacity.

“HTS systems will not only tremendously increase data speeds to planes  — relative to the speeds offered by regular satellite systems — but do so at a significant lower cost, thereby further driving the adoption of IFC services,” Stern told Via Satellite. “With most existing Ku-band hardware installed on aircraft compatible with future Ku-band HTS systems, thus avoiding additional costs, the adoption of HTS is set to gain significant traction.” Continue >

Satellite 2016 – Thank You

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us at Satellite. We enjoyed showing you our latest and greatest technology and explaining the ways we will all grow together this year. Whether it was our innovative Universal Line Cards that have higher MODCODs with 4x return capacity and are DVB-S2X ready; our newest EC and 9-Series Remotes that include the fastest TDMA remote in iDirect history; or a demo of our new highly scalable network management system, iDirect Pulse®, this year is an exciting time to be partnered in the industry.

The demand for connectivity around the global has never been greater and satellite has a clear role to play in meeting that demand. As more capacity comes online and the pace of innovation in our industry continues to accelerate, iDirect is ready with solutions to enable you to deliver services across all industries, whether enterprise, aero, cellular backhaul, or mobility, and to every location around the world.

Please enjoy this video as an extra “Thank You” for your partnership!

We look forward to a successful 2016 together.

iDirect Maritime Leadership Campaign Named Best in the Industry for 2015 by Via Satellite

AwardMulti-media program centered on market education and industry engagement wins 2015 Excellence Award for Integrated Marketing Campaign of the Year

VT iDirect was the recipient of the 2015 Integrated Marketing Campaign of the Year award from Via Satellite, as part of the publication’s 2015 Excellence Awards. iDirect’s multi-faceted campaign involved nine partners to educate and engage the global maritime VSAT market on key business and technology trends. The prestigious industry award recognizes the best integrated marketing campaign to bolster a unified message in both online and offline environments.

The iDirect Maritime Leadership Campaign leveraged print and online media, digital publishing, social media and email to generate an industry dialogue on the growing role of VSAT in the global maritime market. After kicking off the campaign with a digital feature as part of the September 2015 issue of Via Satellite, which reached 25,000, iDirect elevated the reach of the message by tapping into its nearly 13,000 followers across social media platforms and almost 14,000 blog subscribers.

A powerful component to the campaign involved the ongoing participation and engagement of iDirect partners Airbus Defence & Space/Marlink, Globecomm, Harris CapRock, Orange Business Services, RigNet, Speedcast, Inmarsat, Intelsat and Telenor. Executives from these market-leading satellite operators and service providers contributed key opinions and insights on current trends and future opportunities through a dedicated four-part blog series, which garnered more than 10,000 views on the iDirect website. Read More

Intersat signs new contract with Avanti Communications

From Space Newsfeed

Intersat has signed a new contract with Avanti Communications, a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.Avanti’s Hylas 2 Ka-band satellite will provide Intersat with capacity over iDirect platform, to deliver broadband services to its enterprise, government, and defence customers, as well as to GSM operators.

Subrata Roy, Chief Technical Officer of Intersat Ltd., commented: “Avanti’s flexible Ka-band satellite technology enables us to provide our customers with high speed and quality broadband which other bands may not deliver, breaking our customers’ communication boundaries.”

Matthew O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer at Avanti, said: “The flexibility and high quality of Avanti’s satellite services allow Intersat to provide affordable broadband internet to rural and underserved Africa.” Continue>

iDirect Next-Generation Ground Infrastructure Powers New OmniAccess Super Yacht and Boutique Cruise VSAT Service

DVB-S2X-ready universal line cards and remotes exceeding 140 Mbps aggregate throughput set new standard for bandwidth aboard luxury ships

Herndon, VA, March 9, 2016 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that OmniAccess, a leading provider of VSAT services to the luxury yacht market, is launching its Broadbeam nextGen VSAT service using iDirect’s latest Evolution technology. OmniAccess will be the first to leverage iDirect’s new DVB-S2X-ready universal line cards and new 9350 satellite remote, which exceeds 140 Mbps aggregate throughput. This next generation VSAT service will meet the ever-increasing demand for connectivity aboard super yachts worldwide. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

A new expectation for connectivity exists amongst luxury super yacht and cruise ship passengers today. Service providers must be able to accommodate multiple devices streaming high-definition video and running voice and data applications, all at a low-cost, high quality level of delivery.

With the debut of its next-generation extreme-throughput VSAT service, OmniAccess will leverage iDirect’s technology developments to introduce Broadbeam nextGen, a new and unique triple-play service offering in the yacht market that will enable HD and UHD/4K PlexusTV streaming, as well as unparalleled bandwidths and premium VoIP services.

Building this next-generation service requires a new level of technology that is equipped to handle an unwavering acceleration of throughput requirements. iDirect’s new Universal line cards is the most powerful to date, with return line cards that will feature aggregate symbol rates up to 30Msps, with individual carriers up to 15Msps and 16QAM MODCODs for improved efficiency. The new transmit line card is software upgradable to DVB-S2X and will feature a powerful combination of 32APSK MODCODs and embedded pre-distortion, which helps OmniAccess realize new efficiency and performance gains when operating on fully saturated transponders. Read More