Come see us at Satellite 2011!

Satellite 2011Satellite 2011 starts today and iDirect has a lot of exciting activities planned. Please join us for these events:

Monday, March 14

Room 209B at 7:30 a.m.
Engineering 2011: CTO Roundtable Breakfast: Technology Leaders
Come see iDirect’s Dave Bettinger

Room 143A at 1:30 p.m.
GVF Presents Emerging Markets: Maritime Satcom Strategies
iDirect’s Christian Bergan is a panelist

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iDirect Launches All New Partner Technical Assistance Center Website

PartnerTechnical Assistance CenteriDirect is pleased to announce the launch of our new Partner Technical Assistance Center (TAC) website:  http://tac.idirect.net. This new site combines the marketing partner portal and TAC site into one easy to use knowledge base. One site, one login, everything you need!

With a fresh design and new content, iDirect’s Partner Technical Assistance Center features easier navigation and improved layout for a more engaging user experience. The site provides numerous marketing tools to help you market your services and expand your reach in the marketplace: technical documents, sales tools, presentations and graphics, among other items. Also, you’ll find technical documentation and support:  Software Releases, Network Operator Documentation, Product Update/Change Notifications, Technical Bulletins, Remote VSAT Documentation and FAQs. All in one place! 

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NewCom International’s LiveStream Mobile™ Package Offers

NewCom LiveStreamingMobile Video Stream Service Ideal for Politicians, Performers, Educators and Business Executives  

March 10, 2011 – Miami, FL Politicians, performers, educators, business executives and event planners now have an easy, affordable way to stream live video from virtually any location around the world, thanks to the LiveStream Mobile™ package recently unveiled by Miami, Florida-based NewCom International

NewCom International, a global satellite communications firm committed to fostering education, advancing health care and promoting economic development through 21st century communications, has developed a turnkey, self-contained live video streaming package that offers affordable, high-quality live streaming services for anyone wishing to stream video content to viewers around the globe from any location – however remote – throughout North America, Central America, South America, Africa and Asia.

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Command Center – Interview with iDirect Government Technologies’ President, John Ratigan

John Ratigan - President, iDirect Government TechnologiesJohn Ratigan is the President of iDirect Government Technologies (iGT), a satellite-based IP communications company that transforms the way the Department of Defense (DoD) and civilian government agencies get and stay connected.  He started the Federal group for iDirect Technologies in 2003 which resulted in establishing iGT as a wholly owned subsidiary in 2007. Under his leadership, the group has enjoyed tremendous growth and has deployed thousands of terminals in support of military operations throughout South West Asia, as well as well as many civilian networks.
 
John brings more than 20 years of experience in the satellite communications arena to the Company.  Prior to joining iGT, he ran the east coast operations for Fairchild Data, and EF DATA, and eventually partnered in his own company that helped EF DATA grow from $20 million to $120 million in revenue and 700 employees between 1992 and 2000.   EFDATA became the preeminent leader in SCPC satellite technology in the late 1990s and provided John the baseline knowledge and expertise that would later benefit him in his role with iGT and the migration of technology into TDMA.  In addition to starting his own company, he held the position of Senior Vice president of North and South American sales for the start-up, Broadlogic, just as companies started to run IP directly over satellite.

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Stallion Renews Capacity Deal With SES WORLD SKIES To Deliver Connectivity To Oil Rigs Across The U.S.

AMC-9 satellite enabling voice and data service from Alaska to Gulf of Mexico

Washington, D.C. – March 8, 2011 – With coverage of the remotest places, SES WORLD SKIES, a division of SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), today announced it has signed a three-year capacity agreement with Stallion Oilfield Services to enable mission-critical connectivity for hundreds of oil drilling sites throughout America.

As part of the multi-million-dollar renewal, Stallion secured a full transponder of bandwidth on SES’ AMC-9 satellite to provide major oil and gas companies with voice and data services over its StaRCommTM VSAT network. Real-time oil drilling data and phone traffic, much of it securely linked to customer corporate networks, is routed through Stallion’s iDirect Evolution hub hosted at SES’ gateway in Woodbine, Maryland.

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Defence Technology Day

Defence customer event EatonOn Wednesday, March 2, we held a “Defence Technology Day” at our UK office. We showcased iDirect’s defence product line and our technology advances to over 40 customers. Customers could choose different technology tracks and product demos and had the opportunity to learn more about our partner solutions, such as Network Acceleration from Xiplink and Remote Management from Uplogix. Attendees also had the opportunity to view a display of fly-away antenna systems and get a preview of new ultra-portable antenna terminals that are fully integrated with an iDirect iConnex board. This was showcased by our partners from SIS, Paradigm Services and Sematron.

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NewCom Unveils Internet-Based Rural Education Package via Satellite

NewComm Rural EducationEducation Package Combines Satellite-Based Internet Connectivity, Web Filters, Virtual Teaching Services and World-Class Educational Materials from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

March 4, 2011 – Miami, FL Governments, NGOs, foundations and private sector businesses interested in improving education in rural, developing regions throughout Latin America and Africa now have an affordable, turnkey solution at their fingertips, thanks to the Rural Education Package recently unveiled by Miami, Florida-based NewCom International.

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World Teleport Association Announces Finalists for 2011 Teleport Awards for Excellence

Winners to be named in Washington on March 15th during SATELLITE 2011

New York City, March 3, 2011 — World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced the finalists for its 2011 Teleport Awards for Excellence. From this group of finalists, WTA will name the winners at a luncheon ceremony on March 15 during the Association’s 16th annual Teleport Awards for Excellence Ceremony and Luncheon at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. 

With the exception of its Teleport Executive of the Year Award, which was named on March 2, WTA selects its finalists from nominations submitted to the association by its members. Recipients are selected by committees of previous recipients, WTA Board members and management, and Industry Leader and Patron members.

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UltiSat receives contract to support users at US Army nodes in Afghanistan

UltiSat Inc., a provider of satellite communications infrastructure, services, and teleport facilities, has received a contract to support users at US Army nodes throughout Afghanistan.

Under the terms of the contract, UltiSat provides voice over IP (VoIP), Internet, and secure data transport services to more than 40 forward operating bases (FOBs) throughout Afghanistan.

Using iDirect’s Evolution 5IF hub and single channel per carrier platforms, UltiSat provides broadband satellite and network services via two satellites through its strategically located hub in Denmark.

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Commercial Satellites Plug Bandwidth Gap For Military Satcom

New techniques improve access and security while increasing capacity of existing satellites

By Terry Costlow, Defense Systems

Warfighters at the tactical edge rely on timely, highly valuable information, and the Defense Department is increasingly turning to commercial satellite providers to relay those messages and images. To fulfill that mission, communications providers use a range of technologies to increase bandwidth and cram more signals into available links.

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