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High Throughput Satellites: The Bigger Picture

HTS-beam-vs-traditional-beamThe term High Throughput Satellite (HTS) has become synonymous with the satellite industry’s promising future. And when we think of HTS, we often focus narrowly on throughput. Yet, the future of how satellite connectivity hinges on much more than how fast can we speed up an end-user network.

That’s because HTS is more than a term. It’s an important step forward in a broader technology evolution that encompasses every aspect of satellite networking. It means redefining how we operate our industry and manage our respective businesses.

Here are some critical points to consider for the future of our industry – four areas where we need to take not just one step forward, but a giant leap ahead.

#1 – Create higher capacity efficiencies and enable intelligent payloads.

HTS, along with DVB-S2X, transforms the performance and efficiency of satellite capacity. DVB-S2X delivers higher efficiencies and saturates larger transponders (with time slicing), helping to bring costs per bits down.

When implemented to its fullest, satellite operators can design next-generation architectures with features like beam hopping to adjust their payloads based on real-time demand on the ground. Intelligent payloads require the integration of ground and space infrastructure to measure and respond to demand. So terminals designed for HTS must support the full DVB-S2X standard – that’s the key to much more significant efficiency gains in the years ahead. Read More

iDirect is World’s Largest Enterprise VSAT Systems Manufacturer By Revenue and Hub Sales, According to new COMSYS Report

COMSYS applauds iDirect’s advanced DVB-S2X technology, strategy for integrated platform and prioritization of customer investment protection as industry enters new era

comsysHerndon, Va., March 1, 2017 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that the company remains the largest enterprise VSAT systems vendor by revenue at over 36 per cent, and is the third largest enterprise VSAT systems vendor in the world as measured by shipped units, according to the soon to be released COMSYS VSAT Report, 14th Edition.

The report documents iDirect’s successful efforts to create a common platform with the introduction of Universal Line Cards (ULCs) and interoperable remotes. This development simplifies its customers’ business growth by providing a seamless migration path and maximizing current platform investments.

COMSYS also details how iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology will bring significant gains in performance, network simplicity and product field life to Evolution and Velocity with the ULCs and introduction of the new iQ Series family of remotes.

The iQ series features three remote hardware options – desktop/indoor, rack-mount and board level terminals – with product capabilities and functionality defined by software, which COMSYS notes “brings an operational freedom and flexibility that enables a major competitive advantage to the users of its platforms.” The iQ Series is built on a revolutionary new DVB-S2X ASIC chipset that according to the COMSYS report features “higher level modcods, aggregate throughputs of 500 Mbps (forecast to increase to 1 Gbps in the future) and greater processing capabilities…”

“iDirect has a clear vision of the objectives for its development efforts on both the Evolution and Velocity and aims to provide the highest level of flexibility and investment protection for customers,” says Susan Bull, Senior Consultant, COMSYS. “The company’s management has continued to innovate, develop and deliver its product lines whilst restructuring the company to meet the needs of its vastly larger customer base. iDirect is providing its customers with a smooth and cost-effective transition to take advantage of the latest developments the satellite world has been experiencing.”

A Year of Milestones for iDirect and Our Partners

Mary CottonBy Mary Cotton, iDirect Chief Executive Officer

For the past several years in this annual article, I have focused on the emergence of High Throughput Satellites (HTS). I have written about the opportunity for satellite communications to break out from niche technology status to play a larger role in the end-to-end network as global demand for bandwidth explodes.

Well, that opportunity is decidedly here. HTS capacity is filling the skies and opening markets on the ground. As with any type of opportunity, though, meeting demand means raising your game. So in 2016, iDirect made significant progress powering our customers’ innovations and enabling our ground infrastructure platform to capitalize on our industry’s immense opportunities.

Milestones in Delivering Mobility Service

iDirect’s mobility partners made headline news this year as several highly anticipated HTS services built on iDirect became commercially available. Inmarsat GX went live with tremendous success, and Inmarsat immediately realized customer wins across maritime, government, and aviation markets.

In 2016, the first Intelsat EPICNG satellites went into service, making HTS capacity available for commercial shipping vessels and tankers operating in the North Atlantic, as well as for cruise ships and other leisure vessels in the Caribbean. And 2016 saw the successful launch and adoption of Telenor’s THOR 7 satellite, which provides HTS coverage over European shipping lanes.

iDirect supported several more partners in launching and expanding their mobility networks this year. Marlink signed up for capacity with both Inmarsat and Intelsat, making its move into HTS-based services. iDirect partnered with SES to launch their Maritime+ service, which represents its first Ka-band maritime offering. Speedcast expanded their global maritime network on the iDirect platform. And Globecomm launched a high-capacity satellite service for fixed and mobile assets on a global basis.

We are excited to see continued innovation in the mobility market, especially in the antenna industry, where flat panel solutions are opening new opportunities. This year iDirect supported VSAT antenna manufacturer Kymeta in launching a ground-breaking “no dome” antenna for the superyacht market. Kymeta mTenna represents an entirely new class of VSAT technology that can be hand-carried onboard and self-installed on commercial shipping vessels, fishing fleets, and even leisure vessels, creating additional market opportunities. Read More

All Apps on Board: Now Serving More Data

You could say that the superyacht passenger epitomizes the market standard for connectivity these days.

Once these passengers step aboard, their expectation for unparalleled bandwidth, premium VoIP services and 4K video – present in their everyday lives – is just as fervent out at sea.

Now Serving More DataFor the superyacht owner, that means that along with the high-end concierge service, they must be serving more data than ever.

Both passengers and crew want high-speed internet connectivity and access to content like streaming TV. And VSAT networks must support applications such as bridge communications, weather tracking and ship maintenance.

The superyacht segment within maritime has relied on VSAT for many years, and now that reliance levels up a notch. And as traffic demands surge and the number of devices per passenger per ship increases, superyacht owners are upgrading their VSAT networks to support higher-speed and higher-quality service.

A look at the market shows growth ahead. According to Northern Sky Research’s (NSR) Maritime SATCOM Markets, 4th Edition, there will be 8,200 VSAT-equipped passenger vessels by 2025, up from 4,400 reported at the end of 2015. The general leisure maritime market, of which superyacht is part of, remains strong, with new ship orders demanding higher bandwidth options.

Learn what NSR and maritime VSAT leaders are forecasting for the years ahead.

Passenger markets are poised to move over to HTS-based offerings in GEO and Non-GEO, with almost 24 Gbps of demand by 2025, in addition to 79 TPEs of FSS capacity. HTS services are predicated to drive significant adoption with better coverage, more affordable bandwidth and lower-cost equipment. Read More

Live from Monaco Yacht Show: Kymeta, VT iDirect, Panasonic and Intelsat demo high-speed VSAT system, delivering Internet and TV service over first-of-its-kind flat panel antenna

KymetaiDirect has partnered with flat-panel antenna manufacturer Kymeta and Panasonic Avionics to host a live network demonstration at the Monaco Yacht Show. The demo will stream Panasonic’s eXTV service, as well as Skype sessions and Internet access, running over iDirect’s new high-performance 9350 remote router, which will be connected to Kymeta’s new ultra-sleek flat-panel antenna subsystem module (ASM).

The demo is located in front of Restaurant Le Virage. Streaming TV and free Wi-Fi can be experienced in the VIP lounge during the following times:

  • Wednesday, Sept 28 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, Sept 29 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday, Sept 30 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

The demo is enabled by the iDirect 9350 satellite remote. With the 9350, iDirect introduces a new class of remote ideal for the high-throughput expectations. Targeted at the high-end commercial mobility markets, the 9350 initially features up to 150Mbps of aggregate throughput Adaptive TDMA performance with a software upgrade path to well over 200Mbps via support for Adaptive SCPC.

Kymeta’s ground-breaking mTenna technology is a lightweight, metamaterials-based flat-panel ASM that can be recessed into the structure of super yachts making the ASM invisible. By using metamaterials as the basis of the design instead of a phased array approach the Kymeta ASM consumes an extraordinarily low amount of power – in fact, less than 15 Watts (that’s right, not kilowatts).

The Kymeta solution can scale with the use of the Kymeta antenna combiner to enable significantly higher Internet connection speeds than legacy maritime communications systems and is designed for next-generation GEO, MEO and LEO satellites. Read More

All Apps on Board: Meet Demand on Any Level

Meet Demand on Any Level

Picture this: A family of four set to go on a cruise. Dad must remain in contact with the office, taking calls and even a bit of video conferencing. Mom is streaming episodes of her favorite television show on her tablet, while the kids are keeping up their social and gaming profiles using multiple devices.

And now, multiply this by the thousands and what you have is the new reality of serving passengers aboard luxury cruise ships. In fact, more passengers are stepping aboard these luxury cruise liners than ever. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, 24 million passengers will travel via global ocean cruise by the end of 2016, up from the 20.9 million in 2012.

Consider it part of the unrelenting level of demand that comes as a result of being connected across every aspect of our lives these days. In fact, Northern Sky Research (NSR) says value-added connectivity services are becoming a bigger selling point for the cruise market than ever before.

Read our latest maritime feature to learn more about what analysts are forecasting for the future of maritime VSAT.

And along with passenger connectivity comes the need to run safer, more intelligent and productive operations. Crew must stay connected in order to access a vessel’s entire IT network, fix issues remotely, run real-time weather and navigation applications, and provide telehealth. These applications require data communication back to shore and increasingly involve live video. Read More

Meet the 9-Series Satellite Routers with Steve Moses

Q&A with Steve Moses, Chief Product Owner for the Evolution Product Line

iDirect 9-Series Satellite RemotesQ: Introduce us to the 9350, and tell us what makes this remote stand out from others on the market today?

Moses: Today we face a new reality in the market; one where end-users have an unrelenting demand for more bandwidth at all times. Whether that is aboard a maritime vessel, or out in the middle of the ocean on an oil rig, the expectation to do more is very real. We are talking more people, more devices, more bandwidth-hungry applications. And it is an expectation that satellite service providers must rapidly be in position to address.

The 9-series remotes are designed with this very challenge in mind; able to handle this level of unrelenting demand across high-end mobility and enterprise markets, as well as specific applications for government and defense.

The 9350 is highly focused on delivering unprecedented levels of performance and efficiency. The rack-mounted 9350 is the fastest iDirect TDMA remote to date with over 150 Mbps of aggregate throughput with DVB-S2/ACM and Adaptive TDMA, and a path to well over 200 Mbps via support with Adaptive SCPC.

Q: The 9350 belongs to the new 9 series that iDirect introduced to the market. Walk us through the different models and what makes each a distinct fit for that particular use case.

Moses: The 9-series comes in different form factors and capabilities. We have three products depending on the use case and the integration level needed. Along with the aforementioned 9350, these models include: Read More

The Rising Tide of Maritime VSAT Growth

The Rising Tide of Maritime VSAT

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Today, an increasing number of maritime vessels are relying on VSAT to run safer, more intelligent and productive operations.

Currently, the number of VSAT-equipped maritime vessels stands at roughly 13,200, according to the NSR Maritime SATCOM Markets, 4th Edition. It is a number that could eclipse 32,700, representing an 8.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) by 2025.

The driving factors for the adoption of VSAT vary based on the segment of the market. For instance, merchant shipping relies on the technology for crew welfare and remote IT services, among others. Fishing—a segment that historically has relied primarily on cellular connectivity—is looking to VSAT to enable more on board, such as online sales of catches. While cruise looks more to support higher-speed Internet, onboard wireless service, entertainment and streaming video, and oil and gas looks to lean heavily on live video, among other uses.

Regardless of what the service is being used for, the one common denominator across the entire market is this: VSAT has fundamentally shifted from a cost center to a cost saver in maritime. And that means the technology—from the space segment to the ground segment—must be ready to accommodate the growing demand to do more out at sea. Read More

See iDirect at CommunicAsia 2016

iDirect at CommunicAsia 2016Join iDirect at Stand 1P3-01 at CommunicAsia 2016 to learn how we can help you gain the highest performance, achieve the greatest efficiencies, and capture maximum opportunities with your iDirect service.

We are innovating on all fronts, so stop by to see:

  • New Universal Line Cards (ULCs) with higher MODCODS and 4x return capacity – DVB-S2X ready
  • Range of high powered flexible remotes for all markets, including a new preview of our next generation DVB-S2X remote
  • Our highly scalable network management system, iDirect Pulse®, that enables enterprise scalability to support large networks, and enhances mobility management to simplify complex networks
  • Solutions that enable seamless end-to-end services, optimizations and improved user experience

Visit us at Stand 1P3-01 to see how we are enabling solutions that will allow you to offer advanced VSAT services across all markets with your iDirect platform. Read More

A Secure 4G/LTE Backhaul Experience Shouldn’t Compromise Throughput

Richard DeasingtonBy Richard Deasington, Director of Market Development at iDirect

Global demand for 4G/LTE services has hit a new threshold. No matter the location—urban, rural or remote—user expectations remain the same: high speed and high quality, no compromise. This means that mobile operators are tasked with building-out networks that meet end-user expectations, yet still ensure privacy of the data being transmitted across the network.

However, this presents a difficult challenge for those that must leverage satellite for remote and rural locations or for emergency response networks. For satellite, achieving this level of security often comes at the cost of speed and efficiency.

Here’s the difficulty: Previous generations of networking technology encryption were provided from the handset to the RNC – within the core network. LTE has changed this configuration, moving the RNC functionality out to the edge of the network. This has been done in order to improve efficiency and reduce the latency. The resulting effect is that now the LTE base station processes the clear text of all traffic.

When it comes to backhauling this traffic to the network, the recommendation by the 3GPP is to carry all traffic from the base station inside an IPsec tunnel back to the security gateway in the core network. This, according to 3GPP specifications, ensures security.

Breaking the Norm

A standard LTE implementation uses IPsec to secure all communications by authenticating and encrypting the data from the LTE eNodeB through the network to the Security Gateway in the EPC. In the past, optimizing this encrypted traffic over a satellite link was not possible as the encryption process scrambled all the information being carried. Read More