Powerful Evolution 4.1 Software Introduces DVB-S2X, Mesh and DVB-S2 Enhancements

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iDirect’s latest Evolution 4.1 release unlocks the power of DVB-S2X and HTS, dramatically expanding your network performance and capabilities to capture the exploding market opportunities.

Deploy New DVB-S2X networks

DVB-S2X enables larger carriers with MODCODs up to 256APSK, driving unprecedented efficiency gains and increased performance while protecting your investment. Existing customers can leverage their Series 15100 Universal Hub and Universal Line Cards (ULCs) to cost-effectively build out a new DVB-S2X network. The catalysts of the DVB-S2X portfolio are the next-generation software-defined iQ Desktop remote and Intelligent Gateway supporting virtualized protocol processors (PPs) for greatly improved hub density.

Get more from DVB-S2 networks

For existing DVB-S2 networks, upgrading to Evolution 4.1 allows for greater return throughput up to 29 Msps on the same amount of bandwidth with the 9-series remotes and ULC-R. The ULC-R is also compatible with any X-series remote to benefit from licensable 16 channel demodulators for increased hub scalability.

For site-to-site, latency-sensitive applications, iDirect’s Evolution Multi-Carrier Mesh solution features star and mesh bandwidth sharing, TCP acceleration, aggregate receive capacity of up to 29 Msps and individual carrier rates up to 7.5 Msps for the flexibility to support a broad array of mesh implementations depending on business requirements.

Learn more about Evolution 4.1 to understand how to maximize your network and capitalize on future growth opportunities.

iDirect Partner Perspective: IP Access International

IP Access CEO Bryan HillWe recently sat down with longtime iDirect partner IP Access International to discuss their role in the satellite world. Bryan Hill, CEO of IP Access International, talks about their partnership with iDirect, the customers they serve, and their new revolutionary product called the Harrier.

iDirect: Please describe IP Access as a company and its role in the satellite communications marketplace.

Hill: IP Access provides critical communications to First Responders who protect and save lives.

iDirect: What drives your decision to partner with iDirect?

Hill: Public Safety has made a clear decision to adopt iDirect as the platform of choice and with over 15 years providing solid communication services to these responders, it was clearly a great choice.

iDirect: What are the top challenges IP Access solves for its customers?

Hill: During crises such as hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes, and terrorist attacks, there is a very high likelihood that local communication infrastructure will be disrupted. IP Access solves this with our satellite network and prevents what would be a life-threatening situation for responders. Read More

Inmarsat CEO and the $1 Billion Target

From Via Satellite

Inmarsat is one of the biggest investors in new satellites and new capability. Thanks to a Inmarsat250rising profile in mobility markets, Inmarsat is likely to remain a highly influential player in the market and remain a major investor in new satellites. In an interview with Via Satellite, CEO Rupert Pearce talks about the challenges ahead for the operator.

Key to its future success is likely to be aviation. While Inmarsat’s business used to be substantially maritime, things are changing, with aviation, government and enterprise offering the operator significant growth opportunities. “From this diversified position, we can achieve many more shots on goal than we did a decade ago, and aviation passenger connectivity is a classic example of that. It could be a billion-dollar revenue stream for us in a decade or more, if we are successful, and if the market grows the way commentators think it will do,” says Pearce.

It strikes me as a bullish prediction, so I ask Pearce again whether a $1 billion revenue stream in aviation is realistic. He breaks down why that figure could be realistic. “If you look at the Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) based on services already in the market, we’re seeing revenues of between $150,000 to $200,000 per plane, per year; and these are for regional services that aren’t exactly fabulous in terms of the customer experience. On that basis, we’d reach a billion dollar annual revenue stream with some 5,000 aircraft under contract — and we’re already at 1,200, so it’s not an impossible target as commentators are projecting more than 25,000 connected aircraft globally by the mid-2020s. Passengers want Wi-Fi and it is valuable to them. The latest survey we did in aviation showed that people regard it as a necessity, not a luxury, and this is more the case in Asia than anywhere else,” says Pearce. Continue >

Kymeta Launches KĀLO™ Trek Across America

From Kymeta

KymetaWashington-based company drives connected car coast-to-coast on record-making 7,000-mile journey

Redmond-based Kymeta—the communications company making good on the promise of global mobile connectivity—set out on a two-week trek across America in its connected Toyota RAV4 to provide a rigorous, real-world proving ground for its widely anticipated KĀLO™ internet service. KĀLO services will deliver a new mobile satellite internet service that will make mobile high-throughput internet access available and easy to buy. The KĀLO Trek Across America will begin in Washington, D.C. and wind through the country, covering over 7,000 miles, and culminating in a homecoming event at the Kymeta campus in Washington state on November 27.

Powered by the IntelsatOne® Flex network, Kymeta KĀLO services will provide high-bandwidth mobile satellite internet access to industries that require connectivity on the move like military, news reporting, first responders, construction, trains, buses, and more. KĀLO services, when paired with Kymeta™ KyWay™ terminals and mTennau7 ASMs, will connect places and fixed and mobile platforms that have traditionally had limited or no connectivity at all.

“Kymeta is taking its connected car across the country to put the network through the paces,” said Dushyant Sukhija, SVP and General Manager, KĀLO Business Unit, Kymeta. “When launched, KĀLO mobile internet services will mark a revolutionary change in the way satellite services are purchased and supplied, making it as simple as purchasing a cell phone plan. The launch of Kymeta KĀLO services will usher in changes in the way businesses get work done: on the move, from everyday vehicles, in even the most difficult to reach industries and areas of the world.” Continue>

We Need to Keep Moving

Kevin SteenBy Kevin Steen, President and CEO, VT iDirect

This is an excerpt from a recent speech given by Kevin Steen at the 2017 VSAT Congress, an event organized by the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) to bring together industry leaders to discuss upcoming challenges and the innovations that will drive the wider adoption of VSAT.

When you have a single beam, maintaining connectivity for the mobility of ships or planes within that beam is simple. However, modern VSAT networks long ago expanded beyond a single beam. Each step of the way, iDirect has created solutions to keep mobility as seamless as possible.

Demands for Mobility Innovation

First came the need to stitch together multiple beams on the same satellite, so iDirect introduced Fast Beam Switching and switching logic to handle expansion across multiple beams. Then came the need to stitch together multiple satellites, so iDirect introduced Global Bandwidth Management for traffic load balancing.

Now, customers are wanting to combine multiple constellations, such as broad beams from an older satellite with spot beams from a newer satellite, even operating on different frequency bands. And the emergence of MEO and LEO satellites is creating a need to combine and manage connectivity across multiple orbital planes.

Finally, people are seeking to reach past VSAT and integrate with terrestrial 5G for a multi-access network. As you can see, supporting ships, planes or trains has moved far beyond our traditional thoughts about mobility. A new approach is required for bringing together all these differing forms of connectivity on completely separated networks. Read More

Inmarsat; Rocking My World

Dave-Davis-250Dave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, VT iDirect

Recently I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural Inmarsat World; a combination of two large scale events into one mega-event. The annual Inmarsat Global Partner Conference was combined with the Inmarsat Developer Conference to bring together a wide range of Inmarsat people, manufacturing partners, channel partners, developers, new start-ups and end users. To be in a room with 1,000+ people of that quality was an absolute privilege.

In summary, it was an absolute revelation.

There was the usual content you’d expect from any large-scale show like this. The CEO perspective, the future plans, the market overview, the new technology, the success stories, etc.

There were also some incredible presentations from outside the satellite communications industry, which included some very valuable lessons to learn; one from Jonas Kjellberg, serial entrepreneur and one of the creators of Skype, and another from Jean-Francois Clervoy, Astronaut with 3 space shuttle missions under his belt.

Inmarsat World 2017Both presentations left the audience inspired and with some big questions to ask themselves. As an aside, it was amusing to hear that when Clervoy was on the space shuttle his U.S. counterparts couldn’t get their tongues around his name. Did they learn his name, practicing the phonetics and French intonation? No; they renamed him “Billy-Bob!”

But looking beyond the usual content you’d expect, there were two things that struck me.

Firstly it was the amount of faces I didn’t recognize. I am used to attending industry conferences where you recognize the majority of faces and can probably walk into any bar in town and see someone you know. Here in Portugal’s stunning conference centre, there was a sea of unknowns. By the end of Inmarsat World I’d managed to get around and meet a lot of these people, but even then, I was only scratching the surface. The majority of the unknown faces were from technology partners that are doing some amazing things, using Inmarsat as a medium, but also using the Inmarsat ecosystem as a way of reaching a wider audience. Read More

Register Now: “Unlocking New Satcom Markets and Capabilities with Next-Gen Ground Segment” Webinar

NSR iDirect Webinar November 29th

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 | 10-11 a.m. EST | Cost: Free

To say that the satellite industry is going through a profound transformation is in many instances an understatement. Demand for connectivity is surging, and satellite operators are responding by launching massive amounts of new bandwidth into orbit. By 2025, we’re expected to have 10x the capacity we have today.

While the space segment has attracted most of the innovative focus in recent years, it is vital to recognize that there is no value in the satellite industry without a ground terminal. New opportunities cannot be met without major steps forward in the ground segment.

Join iDirect and NSR for an exclusive analysis of the market opportunities, technology trends and the impact of ground segment on the overall satellite industry.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • What are the trends driving or restraining growth in equipment shipments and revenues for each market vertical and region, and for each type of equipment?
  • What are the technology trends in modems, RF equipment, antennas and baseband systems shaping the industry? How is the emergence of HTS and the growing demand of bandwidth influencing these trends?
  • How is HTS opening new market segments in Broadband and Mobility markets?
  • What is iDirect’s strategy to unlocking these new opportunities?
  • How is iDirect driving innovations on the ground to be in lock-step with these new trends?

Reserve your spot today.

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AfricaCom 2017 Wrap Up

DM Telecommunications at AfricaCom 2017AfricaCom’s big focus this year was on satellite and how satellite technology will enable better access to connectivity for all of Africa. To help raise the visibility for satellite communications to the estimated 13,000+ AfricaCom attendees, iDirect invited Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services for the Republic of South Africa, to share her views on new programs that are supporting the role of satellite in the mission to connect Africa.

Keynote Address from Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Over 500 delegates gathered to hear Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services, deliver her keynote address, Visions for Africa: ensuring a connected Africa through satellite communication.

Today, “the challenges of lack of connectivity and low tele-densities particularly in the rural areas of Africa are acute and exacerbate the digital divide,” the Deputy Minister said. “Therefore, policy interventions, an enabling regulatory framework, legislation and collective efforts are needed to build the information society and a knowledge economy in Africa in order to achieve improved socio-economic development and modernized standards of living.”

Satellite communications is key in enabling Africa to overcome these challenges, offering a scalable, quick-to-deploy communications infrastructure to areas where terrestrial alternatives are unavailable, unreliable or simply too expensive. Furthermore, “with the additional satellite capacity and new high throughput capacity coming into the region, price points for bandwidth are more economical and present a mammoth opportunity for providers to deploy services across the region,” Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams said.

“Thank you to iDirect and its business partners who are already serving businesses, financial institutions, and rural communities throughout Africa, to meet their satellite broadband connectivity needs accelerating communication, knowledge and financial growth,” she continued. Read More

InterSat Sets Up Teleport Services in Nairobi

From IT News Africa

Satellite solution provider, InterSat and global satellite operator ABS have announced theintersat launch of iDirect platforms on ABS-3A C-band and Ku-band beams. InterSat will operate the services from its new and state-of-the-art teleport in Nairobi using ABS-3A’s pan-Africa beams.

The iDirect platforms will provide broadband internet across Sub-Sahara and South Africa and serve French-speaking African countries.

With the growing demand for broadband internet services, users in Africa demand services at low entry cost including hardware and bandwidth. InterSat with ABS, can now offer Software Virtual Network Operator (SVNO) access to resellers in Africa to distribute and manage internet services at affordable pricing on both C and Ku-band. Resellers can control their VSAT network and manage services to their clients without the need for investment in hard­ware. Both Ku- and C-band coverage offer excellent elevation across Africa. Continue >

Liquid Telecom teams with VT iDirect and Telesat to deliver enhanced services to businesses in Africa

New Liquid Telecom VSAT service will combine the power of iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology with Telesat’s Telstar 12 VANTAGE Africa Ku-band capacity

Cape Town, November 7, 2017 – Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, has entered into an arrangement with Telesat, a leading global satellite operator with extensive coverage of the EMEA region, and VT iDirect, a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology, to deliver enhanced services to enterprise customers in central and southern Africa.

iDirect, Liquid Telecom and Telesat at AfricaCom 2017

iDirect’s Dave Harrower, Liquid Telecom’s Scott Mumford, Telesat’s Julian Kell

Liquid Telecom will leverage the iDirect platform to distribute cost-effective satellite services, using Telesat Africa-Africa capacity on the Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite, as part of a multi-year agreement.

Liquid Telecom will deploy iDirect’s Universal Satellite Hub at its teleport in Johannesburg, South Africa, along with the next-generation iQ Desktop remotes to offer Layer 2 VPLS connectivity across both fibre and satellite on a single network for the first time.

The new offering provides a complete, end-to-end solution for VSAT integrators and corporate customers that will deliver more reliable, consistent and cost-effective broadband for users across any network. It also will be available as a managed service offering, enabling enterprise customers access to a range of scalable and secure cloud-based services, such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Office 365, Enterprise Mobility Suite and Windows 10. Read More