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.
On Wednesday, Feb. 23, iDirect held a webinar, “Cellular Backhaul in Today’s Environment” with iDirect’s Director, Verticals Marketing, Richard Deasington. In case you missed it, you can watch it here: www.iDirect.net/webinar
From SatNews Daily, February 25, 2011
Vizada has launched Pharostar™, its proprietary VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) fixed satellite communications service and the latest addition to its maritime broadband portfolio. The new Pharostar VSAT service will help meet increasing market demand for high-performance broadband connectivity at sea. Based on iDirect technology, the service provides standard IP data speeds of 1024 kbps for multiple applications such as internet, email and VoIP.
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Together at last! iDirect’s new iDX 3.0 software brings TDMA and SCPC together on one platform for the first time to bring new opportunities for network operators.
By adding the capability of an Evolution remote to operate in either TDMA or SCPC mode, operators gain the flexibility to adapt to heavier periods of traffic with SCPC and then return to TDMA mode for shared efficiency. This results in cost savings from having to operate two separate networks as well as efficient use of bandwidth capacity. The new SCPC Return Channel feature can be added to any iDirect Evolution network through a simple software upgrade and works over iDirect’s multi-channel hub line cards.
CABSAT was held Feb. 8-10, and it was a busy show for iDirect. We spent a lot of time demonstrating our SatManage product and our new booth proved its worth with its classroom-style seating area. Attendees stop at our booth to learn how SatManage, our web-based software solution, can automate, monitor, and integrate hybrid networks and NOC-based applications, serving to enable large-scale, complex networks to run more efficiently.
iDX 2.3 is coming!
This latest software addition to our iDX series, iDX 2.3, offers defence and government customers DVB-S2 TRANSEC over Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) and Transmit Keyline, along with FIPS 140-2 compliancy. Combining TRANSEC with DVB-S2/ACM creates a robust, secure and efficient TRANSEC solution. Transmit Keyline enables an e850mp powered terminal to conserve power by turning off its BUC’s Power Amplifier (PA) on a burst-by-burst basis. Read More