Inmarsat and VT iDirect Form Joint R&D Partnership to Develop Next Generation Services

New agreement supports Inmarsat ‘building block’ development strategy

Inmarsat-iDirect-logosInmarsat and VT iDirect announced an extension of their long-term strategic partnership with the formation of a joint research & development (R&D) team – i2 – to support the development of the next generation satellite communications (satcom) technologies. This venture is a logical next step in the Inmarsat and VT iDirect relationship, having worked successfully together over the past four years to develop the GX program.

The R&D project team, which will be based at Inmarsat’s headquarters in London, will focus on the proof-of-concept and prototype phases for new satcom technologies. Inmarsat and VT iDirect will jointly assess the commercial potential of each new technology before the decision is taken to deploy it in the form of a new product or service. Both companies’ partners and end-users will enjoy privileged access to the new technologies.

Among the first projects the team will address are the creation of new solutions to support the growing integration of satcom and terrestrial networks, the requirement for smaller, more powerful satcom terminals, and the boosting of waveform performance.

“This is a highly practical relationship with the objective to deliver a continual flow of market-leading new technologies,” said Michele Franci, Inmarsat’s Chief Technology Officer. “Inmarsat and VT iDirect have been close partners for many years, and we share a common vision of the future development of satellite communications – particularly its growing integration with terrestrial networks. It makes complete sense to combine our resources and capabilities in this way. Read More

Inmarsat CEO: Aviation Could Become our Biggest Market

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Inmarsat has completed the launch of its Global Xpress constellation. Now, it is time to deliver on the promise of these High Throughput Satellites and become an even bigger force in mobility, particularly in the maritime and aviation markets.

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce sees a big future in connected transportation, so much so that he believes aviation could ultimately usurp maritime as the biggest revenue generator for the operator. Right now, commercial aviation accounts for around 10 percent of Inmarsat’s overall Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) revenues, so it still has some way to go, but Pearce sees many reasons why aeronautical connectivity could become number one.

“Over the next decade there is the potential that aviation could become our largest business, because of the scale of the aviation industry, its sectoral growth dynamics, and because it is almost uniquely an area where mobile satcoms can service the needs of consumers — passengers travelling on commercial airlines. As such, there is the potential for aviation to vie with our maritime business as our largest business segment,” says Pearce. Continue>

What are industry leaders saying about satellite’s role in the end-to-end network?

Satellite’s role in creating a truly converged end-to-end network is generating more buzz than ever.

Learn more in our free 16-page report, End-to-End Perspectives, to see how satellite plays a pivotal role in the converged end-to-end network.

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Industry leaders from Verizon, BT Global Services, Intelsat and NSR share their perspectives with iDirect on some of the most complex – and pressing – questions facing our industry today.

This new report sheds light on the “when” and the “how” behind this next step in satellite’s evolution, providing insights from all aspects of the industry:

  • What’s the thinking behind Verizon’s strategy for delivering satellite value and making end-to-end a reality?
  • NSR discusses the impact of software-defined networks, cloud-based technologies, and the virtualized environment in future VSAT innovation.
  • How is the new Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) technology from iDirect enabling BT Global Services to extend their network reach?
  • What three biggest obstacles must be overcome in doing business globally, with agility, and how does Intelsat intend to tackle these hurdles head on?
  • Why is “holistic innovation” the best path forward to closing the gap between satellite and terrestrial networks?

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One Box Solutions: Bringing Sevis 2G/3G Optimization to the iDirect X7-EC

When it comes to Cellular backhaul over satellite, it is important for mobile operators to maximize the effectiveness of the space capacity since it is the most expensive part of connecting remote and rural sites.

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iDirect has worked with Sevis for a number of years to support mobile operators around the globe, helping them backhaul traffic in a cost-effective way. On the new iDirect X7-EC, a variant of the popular iDirect X7 remote that features embedded computing, customers now have the ability to run the Sevis 2G/3G Optimization software as an application inside our satellite modem.

Ian_WalterJoin iDirect in this Q&A with Ian Walter, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Sevis, to learn how you can seamlessly deliver services to the network edge.

Ian, tell us a bit about Sevis, the products you offer and the role you play to help Mobile operators deliver services.

Sevis Systems is a leading provider of mobile backhaul optimization and enhanced SS7 signaling defense solutions to mobile and fixed line network operators around the world. Several of the largest global operators rely on our products to increase operational efficiencies, save cost and enable new innovative services.

Founded in 1999, Sevis is a privately held corporation based in Dallas, Texas. Sevis offers best-in-class, innovative, carrier-grade solutions to satellite and telecom operators worldwide through our global network of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and distribution partners. Read More

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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Kymeta mTenna® Technology To Provide New Options For The Future Of Superyacht Design

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Workshops during London’s Superyacht Design Week will demonstrate how flat panel  satellite antenna solutions can replace unsightly and heavy domes, enabling sleeker superyacht designs

REDMOND, Washington – June 27, 2016 – Kymeta® is showcasing the future of superyacht design with new technology that will deliver on the promise of global, mobile connectivity and entertainment while eliminating the need for bulky and unsightly dome antennas. Kymeta’s metamaterial-based, lightweight, flat and thin antenna design will allow superyacht designers to embed the antenna into the superstructure of a vessel, allowing for beautiful, streamlined aesthetics like never before.

Kymeta and its partners, Panasonic, iDirect and e3 Systems created the “no dome” yacht design for the future, which will be on display during Superyacht Design Week in London, England, June 28-30, 2016. With immersive workshops, onsite 3-D demos and a prototype antenna, designers will begin to imagine the future of superyacht designs using the new satellite antenna technology. The winner of the Young Designer of the Year in 2012, Ben Julian Toth, will be showcasing his design concepts for no-dome designs at the workshop as well.

“Ultimately, superyacht designers and owners desire amazing designs, while at the same time having access to uninhibited global connectivity and entertainment,” said Håkan Olsson, Vice President, Maritime, Kymeta. “Prototypes of Kymeta’s flat panel antenna have already been successfully tested on yachts and in cars, and we are excited to expand our engagement with the superyacht industry for new builds and refits as we move towards commercial availability in 2017.” Continue>

Find Your Best Path Forward to New Market Opportunities

iDirect - Your Intelligent Path ForwardiDirect’s next-generation innovations are forging the most intelligent path forward to new opportunities in a broad range of markets and applications.

But as opportunities are rising, so are market demands. Delivering highly customer-specific applications, keeping pace with the requirements for higher network speeds, and meeting performance expectations and demanding service levels isn’t easy.

Let us shed some light on how the innovations we’re delivering will enable you to better serve your existing markets today, manage operational and capital costs, create unique value for your customers and access more markets tomorrow.

Join us now in viewing 3 new short market features that provide an overview of what iDirect innovations will mean for your key markets today, such as: enterprise, financial services, education, defence and military, and mobility.

IPF-three-animations-playFrom Scalability to RF Efficiency to Remote Performance, come see a concise, high-level picture of the iDirect solution today, and tomorrow: Read More

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

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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 >