TSB Signs Five-Year VNO Service Deal with NewWave Broadband

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Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSB) signed a five-year agreement with NewWave Broadband to provide iDirect’s Virtual Network Operator services for its maritime customer ShipEquip, TSB announced March 15.

TSB will use capacity on both the Thor 5 and Intelsat 10-02 satellites for coverage throughout Europe to support the contract. TSB also will provide uplink services within its European footprint. NewWave Broadband will manage and deliver VSAT satellite services to ShipEquip, serving ships and vessels in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Baltic Sea.

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Globecomm Launches Tri-Band Auto-Acquisition Terminal


Mar 17, 2011 – Globecomm Systems Inc., a provider of communications solutions and services, announced the launch of its next generation Auto-Explorer 1.2 Meter Multi-Band terminal.

According to a release, the VSAT antenna uses band-specific feed cartridges with integrated RF electronics to enable frequency conversion in the field from X to Ka to Ku satellite bands, and supports several OEM L-band modem products from CEFD, iDirect, HNS and Viasat. Available in single, dual or tri-band configurations, it supports voice, fax, data, video, Internet and LAN-to-LAN connections.

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Vizada Introduces Seamless IP Mobility with AviLink

Vizada, and ARINC collaborated last week to validate AviLink performance in an airborne environment. AviLink is a custom-designed capability that provides fully managed, automated handovers between Ku and L-band coverage areas for high-demand, mission-critical applications in flight, on land or at sea.

The capability was first developed to meet the needs of a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) contract in 2010 and is now being offered to additional military, government and commercial customers. 

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Satellite 2011’s Maritime Focused Session

Satellite 2011 hosted a maritime-focused track on Monday afternoon, March 14. iDirect was heavily featured during these sessions, which included Christian Bergan, our maritime expert, participating in one of the panel discussions on maritime satcom strategies.

The first session’s focus was on the different hardware suppliers and satellite operators supporting the maritime industry. Moderated by Simon Bull from Comsys and the Chairman of the GVF Satcom Forum, Bull asked a number of different questions to his panelists that included participants from iDirect, Intellian, Intelsat, Hughes, SatProf, Inmarsat and Eutelsat. A number of discussions centered on topics including current and future market trends, commoditization, implementing satcoms during the new build process, and finally around educating the shipping market about what to ask when evaluating a satcom service.

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Satellite 2011’s Quality of Service (QoS) Program

The Satellite 2011 pre-conference program featured a session on “Quality of Service.” Panel members included three iDirect customers ( CapRock, Globecomm and RigNet ), an independent consultant, and VP of networking from Hughes. Three key points came out of the panel discussion:

First was a reminder that not all elements of a network apply QoS in the same way and operators need to be knowledgeable of all elements in their network. Often they will need to work closely with equipment vendors, particularly their satellite equipment vendors, to ensure proper end-to-end operation of QoS in their network.

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Bentley Walker Deploys iDirect’s SatManage Network Management Software To Strengthen Customer Management

Customer Management and NOC Toolset help company provide higher service standards for international defense and enterprise customers

Herndon, Va., March 16, 2011 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Bentley Walker Ltd., one of the largest VSAT network operators in Europe, has purchased iDirect’s SatManage network management system. SatManage is a highly sophisticated suite of Web-based software modules that help operators automate, monitor and integrate large, hybrid networks with Network Operations Center (NOC)-based applications. In addition to the SatManage core module, Bentley Walker has also purchased the Customer Management and NOC Toolset modules. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

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Satellite 2011 Day 1 Pictures Now Available

iDirect's Greg Quiggle presenting iDX 3.0 at Satellite 2011Satellite 2011 is under way and we’re capturing every moment.  We’ve added a number of photos from pre-show and Tuesday to our Flickr and Facebook pages. 

Check them out!

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/idirect

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/idirect

Check the links often as new photos are being added every day.

LIVE From Satellite 2011 – iDX 3.0 & SatManage!

We are live at Satellite 2011! Earlier today, Greg Quiggle gave a presentation on iDX 3.0, iDirect’s soon-to-be-released software that brings TDMA and SCPC together for the first time on one platform. Mike Patullo also presented SatManage, our award-winning operations support system (OSS). Both sessions were very well attended. To catch these demos tomorrow, come by the iDirect booth #709 at 11:30am and 2:30pm for iDX 3.0 and 12:30pm and 3:30pm for SatManage. 

Come join us today from 4-6pm for our iDX 3.0 Preview Party in meeting room 209C to learn more about iDX 3.0 and meet the team behind this landmark release. Get your admission ticket from any iDirect representative at the show. 

Visit us at booth #709 all week to learn more about our exciting announcements!

David Bettinger, iDirect CTO, comments on the CTO roundtable breakfast panel, Satellite 2011

CTOs for the satellite industry’s leading companies met this morning at 7:30 for a breakfast discussion on trends driving the development and adoption of new technologies in the satellite Industry. 

“For 7:30 on a Monday morning in downtown DC I was extremely impressed with the turn out,” said iDirect’s CTO, David Bettinger.  “We must have had 100 people in the audience.”

Greg Berlocher, president of TGN, as panel moderator, asked the panelist to introduce themselves and their companies then led into the discussions around several technology and market trends.  The two major topics that garnered most of the discussion were:

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Satellite 2011 Is On Its Way!

Satellite 2011 is on its way! Set up was messy as usual and it’s amazing that everything gets done on time and looking great. Satellite 2011 hosted its 30th anniversary party Monday night and some exhibitors were able to take a break to greet old friends. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the start!