John 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.
On 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.
During SATELLITE 2011, GVF will be hosting a “Maritime Satcom Strategies” Seminar on Monday, March 14 as part of the Pre-Conference Program GVF Presents: Emerging Markets. Scott Chase interviewed seminar chairman Simon Bull, senior consultant at COMSYS and chairman of the newly-formed GVF Maritime Satcom Forum.
Scott Chase: If you had to name the three biggest trends in the maritime satellite communications market, what would they be?
Simon Bull: Without doubt, I would say that the three biggest trends are maritime satellite service providers’ shift from serving regional markets to addressing deep-ocean vessels; increasing demand for smaller antennas, which are being implemented in an attempt to reduce capital cost; and rapidly increasing bandwidth demands.