Marlink Comes Through With Comms For Grieg Star

From Satnews

Grieg Star has selected Marlink’s Sealink VSAT Premium for the company’s entire Generalmarlink logo Cargo Open Hatch fleet of 33 vessels.

Operating on multiple routes world wide, Grieg Star’s ships will benefit from seamless, high bandwidth global VSAT services with unlimited L-band back up included in the fixed monthly fee, ensuring continuous availability of vessel and fleet efficiency enhancing applications. Grieg Star’s decision to enable their digital operations with Sealink VSAT Premium, also with focus on improving crew voice and data communication facilities, was made following extensive three month sea trials involving multiple service providers. Marlink was selected as the preferred provider based on Grieg Star’s experience of the high throughput, reliability and market leading global coverage provided by the Sealink multi-band network during the trials. Continue >

Globecomm Service Sails with MV Baltic

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Globecomm has installed a complete communications solution on MV Baltic, the latest globecommnewbuild to join the Global Seatrade fleet.

To meet demanding connectivity needs, Globecomm delivered their global Ku-band VSAT solution with VoIP services, an Iridium Pilot L-Band system and KNS S8, to enable flat fee internet access and live TV services onboard the new heavy cargo roll-on/roll-off vessel ship.

MV Baltic is a specialist heavy cargo/ro-ro carrier of 3,500 dwt designed by Hartman Marine to carry heavy and project cargoes including windfarm and other offshore components, locomotives and yachts. Owner Global Seatrade is a heavy lift shipping provider whose management team includes former vessel masters with vast experience in both cargo and port operations. Globecomm has provided data connectivity for the company’s previous vessel newbuilds over the past decade.

Globecomm VSAT is a state-of-the-art global network based on the iDirect Evolution IP-based platform technology. Providing a broad range of narrowband and high-throughput applications over a robust and scalable network, it supports automatic beam switching, as well as access to new HTS services, providing Ku, Ka, and C-Band services on a single platform. Continue >

The Path to Higher Performance: Making HTS and DVB-S2X Networks Mobile

Making HTS and DVB-S2X Networks Mobile

This is the final part of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Click here to read the whole series.

To be prepared for the new changes happening in our industry, for new applications, new end-user markets, making networks mobile will be vital point of emphasis for staying agile for upcoming growth opportunities.

Combining HTS with mobility applications presents a major challenge when it comes to managing complex SLAs across a large coverage area that spans multiple spot beams. Consider a scenario where hundreds of airplanes or maritime vessels demand different bandwidth levels as they travel frequently across spot beams and distribute bandwidth to diverse users onboard running dynamic applications without major service interruptions.

5-considerations-HTS-S2X-blog5-make-it-mobileMeeting the needs of mobility networks requires several specialized technologies. Look for a platform with a robust feature that can enable seamless connectivity in a high-speed mobility environment. This includes the ability for fast beam switching with no manual intervention across multiple satellite footprints in a high-speed environment. Internet sessions should not be interrupted as the plane moves through several beams on a flight. Features such as Doppler compensation, fast reacquisition after blockage and make-before-break are all working in sync to increase the seamless user experience. Read More

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce on the Connected Car

From Via Satellite

Inmarsat250Inmarsat aims to be a major player in terms of connected transportation. The company is already performing impressively in the aviation market as it looks to tap into huge demand for In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) from airlines all over the world. It has signed high profile deals in recent times with the likes of Avianca and Qatar Airways.

Inmarsat has been traditionally strong in the maritime business as well. But now, the company is looking beyond into other areas of connected and intelligent transportation. A hot topic of conversation for the operator, as well as others in the satellite sector, is the “connected car.”

Here at Inmarsat’s head office in London, Inmarsat’s CEO Rupert Pearce talks in-depth about the connected car, and why he thinks this market will be a tougher nut for the satellite industry to crack. Continue >

The Path to Higher Performance: Enabling Mainstream Network Integration for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

Enabling Mainstream Network Integration HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

This is part four of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Read Part I – Enabling Higher Capacity Efficiencies, Part II – Implementing Intelligent Terminals and Part III – Scaling Cost-Effectively.

Harnessing the full potential of HTS and DVB-S2X means reimagining what a traditional network looks like. Today, satellite connectivity is undergoing a technology and business transformation, overcoming barriers of interoperability to become part of mainstream converged services and dramatically expand its role in the global communications landscape. And because HTS is transforming the economics of satellite service, operators can strongly position satellite as a viable part of the end-to-end network.

Enabling Mainstream Network Integration HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

The key to full mainstream adoption is for satellite networks to be defined by modern telco standards such as 4G/5G and Evolved Packet Core (EPC). A satellite platform should also support Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) capabilities. This offers the option to run a network in a Layer 2 bridging mode with high efficiency as an alternative to the traditional Layer 3 mode architecture. This allows a variety of modern, converged network architectures to be implemented, with easy integration with terrestrial networks and the ability to pass any Layer 3 protocol desired. Read More

Bandwidth Management: New Paths in the LEO and MEO Era

From Via Satellite

The stars fell and competition rose. Leading satellite companies who enjoyed plump margins and steady revenue streams from broadcast and government verticals came crashing back to Earth with their share prices burning up in the atmosphere on the way down. Lower-cost, high-capacity systems had managed to topple the satellite giants and break their market stronghold. Greater competition means better pricing for customers and means there is also more bandwidth — all a good thing. But is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Considering the bandwidth coming online as well as the HTS being flown, is it becoming a manna-falling-from-heaven situation, with an oversupply in the cards? And what does this abundance mean for the bandwidth management market?

Too much of a good thing, it seems, is wonderful, according to market players, who noted that if there is going to be an oversupply at all, it would only be a temporary situation. What is certain, they say, is that requirements for bandwidth management solutions will remain, at the very least, hearty.

“If anything, bandwidth management could be an issue of greater importance. Multiple satellite systems, with more bandwidth and more customers that can be using GEO/MEO, GEO/LEO or even MEO/LEO add more dimensions of complexity to networks,” says Fred Morris, vice president of Comtech EF Data’s satellite operator market vertical.

Bandwidth demand rises as prices become more competitive, which, in turn, will see users demanding more throughput, adds Gerard Johnston, vice president of media solutions at Globecomm. This, he explains, will not only see that any oversupply is short-lived but will also allow service providers to improve services to customers, which is good for business. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for new services and new users to leverage the benefits of satellite connectivity. Continue >

The Path to Higher Performance: Scaling Cost Effectively for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

Scaling Cost Effectively for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

This is part three of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Read Part I – Enabling Higher Capacity Efficiencies and Part II – Implementing Intelligent Terminals.

When it comes to scaling a satellite communications network, hub-side infrastructure is one of the largest capital expenses service providers face. In fact, the infrastructure decision can make or break the ability to profitably expand, enter new markets and introduce new services.

With HTS and DVB-S2X, this reality has reached a new level of importance. With greater demand for higher throughputs and more satellite bandwidth comes the need to deploy and manage large-scale networks. Network operators need to change the cost model for ground infrastructure deployment, keeping up with demand without dramatically increasing capital and operating expenses.

Today, there are key advances in gateway technology. Consider hub solutions leveraging virtualization for processing capabilities that significantly increase the teleport’s capabilities to support extensive networks and higher throughputs in the same space. When you can achieve greatly improved density, it results in a massive footprint reduction, decreasing cooling and IT management expenses. Operating large networks spanning multiple spot beams versus one wide beam can make scaling more challenging for service providers, especially when expanding into new service areas.

Scaling Cost Effectively for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

With the right bandwidth management capabilities, satellite operators can manage Mbps across multiple spot beams and create a virtual bandwidth pool for service providers to use. This will allow service providers to not have to operate many spot beams but instead use the advantages of virtual network operations and still be in control of their own SLAs and service offerings to their end customers. Read More

The Path to Higher Performance: Implementing Intelligent Terminals for HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

Implementing Intelligent Terminals HTS/DVB-S2X Platforms

This is part two of a five-part series about harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest potential and being ready for the future of our industry. Read Part I – Enabling Higher Capacity Efficiencies.

When it comes to operating an efficient network and managing scale for an HTS/DVB-S2X platform, the key is to implement intelligent terminals. And the remote design enabled with full DVB-S2X capabilities is a critical aspect of delivering performance and efficiency gains to the overall solution.

Traditionally, satellite remote performance and features were over-engineered to future capabilities to avoid having to swap out the remotes soon after rollout. The features were largely encoded in hardware, and pay-as-you-grow, while well established for various hub-side capabilities, were not available for remotes. As such, the latest remotes carry a high cost to operate and could become a network’s single greatest cost factor when rolling out large networks.

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Today, service providers need a remote solution that’s engineered with a high degree of flexibility to adapt to changing requirements while only paying for the capabilities that you really need at any given time. Through software-defined and reprogrammable remote architectures, the next generation of remotes can be continually upgraded over the air to increase network capabilities and throughput levels, while dramatically extending the deployment life in the field. Read More

iDirect’s Nikita Demidenko to Discuss Satellite Market Trends at August 24th Event

nikita-demidenko-postOn August 24 iDirect’s Nikita Demidenko, Sales Director, Russia and CIS, will participate in “Satellite Internet. Far East,” to be held in Khabarovsk at Khabarovsk City Hotel.

Mr. Demidenko’s presentation will focus on the latest trends impacting satellite communications, and how iDirect technology is meeting complex business needs across diverse markets such as oil and gas, maritime and aviation.

This is an excellent opportunity to hear the latest about how exciting innovations in remotes, satellites and integrated networks are changing the face of satellite communications.

24 August http://iskrakb.ru/dialog/ (in Russian only)
Location Khabarovsk City Hotel, 64 Istomina Str., Khabarovsk
Session Plenary session “Satellite Communication as the Informatization Tool”
Request a meeting with Nikita

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ST Engineering 50th Anniversary Family Day

Catch the highlights of ST Engineering 50th Anniversary Family Day as our colleagues and their families enjoyed themselves as one big family amidst carnival games like mini golf, ring toss; activities like face painting, photo booth; and mouth-watering snacks like cotton candy, kacang puteh and many more!