The Path to Higher Performance: 5 Considerations for Implementing HTS and DVB-S2X to Your Advantage

Here’s a preview of the topics that will be covered in this new blog series. Be sure to tune in over the next few weeks to learn about the five critical requirements for harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest.
The satellite communications industry is entering a new phase of growth. Today, wave after wave of High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capacity is transforming satellite economics and creating vast market opportunities. And we are now seeing the emergence of Ultra High Throughput Satellites (UHTS) and the DVB-S2X standard to drive unprecedented gains in performance and efficiency.

How satellite operators and service providers leverage HTS and DVB-S2X technology will largely determine how they capitalize on growth opportunities. And as they plan their migration forward, they must consider what ground infrastructure capabilities will equip them with the greatest competitive advantage.

At iDirect, we believe there are five critical requirements for harnessing HTS and DVB-S2X to its fullest.

  1. Enabling higher capacity efficiencies
  2. Implementing intelligent terminals
  3. Scaling cost-effectively
  4. Enabling mainstream network integration
  5. Making HTS and DVB-S2X networks mobile

In a five-part blog series, we’ll explore these requirements and you can deploy today to gain an advantage in the market. So, here is the first consideration. Read More

Speedcast to Acquire UltiSat and Create New Government Division

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Speedcast International Limited, the world’s most trusted provider of highly reliable, fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire UltiSat for a purchase consideration of up to USD$100m, payable over 2 years and subject to the ongoing financial performance of the company. UltiSat is a leading provider of remote communications and professional services to governments, in particular the US Government, and to International Government Organisations (IGOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The acquisition strengthens Speedcast’s position in the Government and NGO sectors, complementing Speedcast’s government activities in Australia, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

“The acquisition of UltiSat extends Speedcast’s position serving Government and NGO customers. UltiSat has built a really strong reputation providing remote communications and professional services to key customers, such as the U.S. Government and IGOs,” said Speedcast CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier. “I am excited to have the UltiSat team joining Speedcast. Speedcast’s scale, global network and unique support services capabilities will enable the combined Group to provide expanded services and coverage for UltiSat’s customers around the world. Speedcast will also be able to leverage UltiSat’s solutions and expertise to serve other governments globally with which Speedcast has existing relationships.”

UltiSat CEO Mohammed G. Abutaleb will lead the newly-formed Government division at Speedcast that will be focused on providing communication solutions and professional services to Speedcast’s and UltiSat’s existing and new Government and IGO customers, as well as driving new growth in the nearly $5B market for government and military satellite communications. Continue >

Intelsat Appoints New Leaders to Advance Broadband, Mobility and Media Businesses

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Intelsat, operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced three new leadership appointments expected to drive product development, innovation and growth for the organization and its customers. Under the new structure, Jean-Philippe Gillet will lead the Broadband business, Mark Rasmussen will head the Mobility business and Robert Cerbone joins the company as the head of the Media Services business.

“This change to our leadership structure is a reflection of the dynamic evolution currently taking place in the telecommunications landscape,” said Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat’s Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “Our customers require transformative technology to solve their challenges and ubiquitous, reliable connectivity that is accessible anytime and anywhere. Our new organizational structure, aligned more closely to the major customer sets served by our business, meets those needs while bringing new agility to our market presence, greater innovations and value to our customers, and accelerated growth for our business initiatives.”

Intelsat’s Mobility business provides satellite services across the maritime, oil and gas, and aeronautics sectors. In his new role, Mark Rasmussen will lead a team responsible for strategy and new product and service development for the global mobility sector, including expansion of the new IntelsatOne Flex Maritime and Aeronautic managed services. Mr. Rasmussen’s team will also develop innovative solutions to support emerging technology markets such as the connected car and Internet of Things. Mr. Rasmussen has more than 18 years of experience in enterprise network solutions, including mobility, serving in a variety of sales and marketing leadership positions. His most recent role was Vice President, Americas, where he led all sales activity related to Intelsat’s Media and Network Services organizations throughout the Americas. Continue >

GateHouse Telecom’s Additional Endorsement for Global Express Emulator Tool

From Satnews

This latest endorsement follows that of Inmarsat earlier this year recommending the emulator to their partners for testing all Global Xpress (GX) applications and solutions off-air without a terminal. According to the company, GateHouse Telecom is already the leading independent provider of complete embedded software within Inmarsat’s BGAN system, with approximately 50 percent of the active 120,000 BGAN terminals in use today operating GateHouse software.

GateHouse Telecom aims to replicate their BGAN success in the Global Xpress network with their new GLE emulator.

Dave Davis, Senior Systems Engineer, VT iDirect, noted that when he first came across the concept of the GateHouse GX Emulator, he was impressed, but using the product has proved a revelation. The tool is small enough to slip into a laptop bag unnoticed, is lightweight and easily held in the palm of the hand. Once up and running, any GX package can be replicated, allowing end users, partners and anyone else in the distribution channel to see first-hand what those packages provide. The GX packages can also be manipulated to fit bespoke needs. The data usage and statistics tools allows comparison of packages and decide which is best for a specific use-case. Rain effects, blockage conditions, congestion, and so on, can also be added to test and demonstrate using real life scenarios. In addition, the GLE has a great feature allowing configuration of Quality of Service (QoS) metrics to see in real-time how they affect traffic. Continue >

The Satellite Transformation – Demand for Connectivity

There’s an important transformation occurring in the satellite communications industry today. Demand for connectivity is surging and satellite operators are rapidly responding by launching massive amounts of new bandwidth – a number that is expected to increase tenfold by 2025 – which in turn is revolutionizing the economics of satellite service to be on par with, and even complement, terrestrial and wireless networks.

The satcom industry is already seeing major growth in core mobility markets such as aviation, maritime and defense, as well as new ones like connected vehicles and smart cities. To seize existing and future opportunities, ground infrastructure companies must pursue parallel innovations to serve these high-bandwidth applications and make satellite networks easy to deploy and manage.

VT iDirect is leading the way through a wave of new innovation when it comes to satellite ground infrastructure technology. Watch this video to learn how we are expanding the capabilities of the iDirect platform to turn our vision for satellite to play a larger role in the end-to-end network and drive major expansion in market growth into reality.

For more information, visit www.IntelligentPathForward.com.

Rupert Pearce: The Inmarsat Boss on Having the ‘Coolest Job’

From The Evening Standard

inmarsatAs the lorries, buses and Ubers battle in the traffic snarl of Old Street roundabout, few of their drivers ever look up. If they were to, they’d see the unsightly office block that houses the coolest HQ in town.

Inmarsat. You may never have heard of it, but it operates a dozen satellites far out in space, covering the planet with data. Each costs $500 million (£390 million) to build and launch.

All are controlled by Inmarsat’s mission control in this dingy corner of EC1. The rocket scientists — how often do you meet one of them? — sit behind a curved bank of computers in a dark room the size of a tennis court, real-life James T Kirks, Spocks and Scotties. Tapping away on keyboards, they peer at a wall of screens showing flattened maps of the world. Flashing lights indicate customers using the networks.

Next door, overlooking the humdrum East End — altitude: 82 feet above sea level — sit two pilots, a 20-something lad and a 30-something woman, hunched over their keyboards. Each fingerstroke adjusts the course of a seven-tonne spacecraft travelling at 6899mph, each about 22,000 miles above Earth’s atmosphere.

A few floors down, in an office crammed with model rockets, satellites and a stray bottle of rum sits the Inmarsat captain. Chief executive Rupert Pearce is sitting now, but he’s only using a chair for my benefit — his usual desk is one of those stand-up jobs. Tall and lean in slim jeans and open-necked shirt, he’s clearly one who spends his spare time cycling, skiing or sailing when not travelling the world visiting clients and Inmarsat’s (ahem) satellite offices. Continue >

Geoscience Australia Renews Life-Saving Connectivity Contracts with Speedcast

From Speedcast

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Speedcast International Limited, the world’s most trusted provider of highly reliable, fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, announced Geoscience Australia, Australia’s pre-eminent public sector geoscience organization, has renewed its contract with Speedcast for life-saving connectivity applications. Speedcast provides VSAT connectivity for Geoscience Australia’s seismic reading and GPS land movement applications.

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Geoscience Australia,” said Andrew Burdall, Executive Vice President Enterprise & Emerging Markets, Speedcast. “The connectivity services we provide not only assure the safety of thousands in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, but they also improve the accuracy of scientific studies that will have a long-term impact on the country. The partnership with Geoscience Australia demonstrates Speedcast’s continued commitment to support the Australian government’s most demanding needs across the country and beyond.”

Seismic Reading Application

Australia has a substantial number of sites around the country that use the seismic reading application, which is part of the regional Asia-Pacific tsunami warning program. Speedcast provides VSAT connectivity to these life-saving operations. Continue >

Operation Convergent Response 2017: Keeping First Responders Safer Through Technology

blog-post-1Earlier this month, Verizon, a long time iDirect customer, along with technology partners, law enforcement, and state and local officials, came together for #OCR2017 to demonstrate how technology can help first responders during simulated crises such as tornadoes, a chemical plant collapse, floods and explosions.

iDirect is proud to support Verizon in this effort to enable first responders and disaster recovery units around the world utilize satellite technology. Whether using unmanned aircraft such as drones, or robots that can make the way through tight spaces where humans can’t, iDirect’s satellite technology platform can be depended upon to be easily deployable, flexible, and always connected.

The outcome of #OCR2017 was a blend of global technologies and people that proved working together before a disaster happens in real life will help save more lives in the event of true disaster.

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VT iDirect Enlists MASTER to Support Brazil Customers

Sao Paulo-based satellite service center for distribution and localized support.

Herndon, Va., July 5, 2017VT 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 MASTER, a main provider in Brazil for specialized services and integrated solutions for communications via satellite, has been selected as an authorized distributor of iDirect products and will provide localized support to iDirect partners throughout Brazil. With this partnership, iDirect customers will be able to receive new products and aftermarket services more effectively. Based in Sao Paulo, MASTER will carry a full portfolio of iDirect remotes and ODUs, as well as provide expedited fulfillment, installation and support of satellite services and solutions.

“By adding the resources of MASTER to our local team in Brazil, our customers can receive new products and aftermarket services much more effectively,” said Rob Kilroy, Regional Vice President, Sales, Americas, VT iDirect. “MASTER comes to the partnership with a strong reputation in Brazil and is the main provider of specialized services and integrated solutions for communications via satellite in Brazil.”

“The need for satellite connectivity is surging in Brazil, and service providers demand rapid order fulfillment and services,” said JC Mendonça, Partner Owner, Technical Director, MASTER. “We are excited to help grow the on-the-ground team in Brazil, getting iDirect products to market and supporting local customers as they expand their operations.”

Avanti Communications Leads SaT5G Consortium to Integrate Satcom in 5G Networks

avanti logoFrom Avanti

The award of a €8.3million Horizon 2020 5G Research & Innovation contract to integrate satcom as an intrinsic part of 5G networks and testbed demonstrations across Europe.

Avanti Communications Group plc, a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), in its position of project coordinator for the consortium, announces the signature of the Satellite and Terrestrial Network for 5G (SaT5G) project. The project will research, develop and validate key technologies required to enable the plug-and-play integration of satellite communications into 5G networks. The project will trial and assess these through live testbed demonstrations across Europe.

The SaT5G consortium consists of 16 partners including Thales Alenia Space France, University of Surrey, SES, Airbus Defence and Space, OneAccess, TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek), British Telecommunications, Zodiac Inflight Innovations, Broadpeak, Gilat Satellite Networks, VT iDirect, imec , i2CAT Foundation, University of Oulu and Quortus. The project will also see participation from Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), SMEs and research centres with expertise in cellular network operation, architecture design, network management, business modelling, security, content multicast and caching. The 30-month project is starting in June 2017 and is funded by the European Commission under the 5G PPP Phase 2 of the Horizon 2020 programme for Research & Innovation.

The goal of the project is to deliver the seamless, and economically viable, integration of satellite into 5G networks to ensure ubiquitous 5G access everywhere. The project has identified a range of primary research areas to address the integration of satellite into 5G networks, which include, extending 5G security to satellite and multicast for content distribution. Each research area will deliver outputs and benefits in relation to 5G ecosystem stakeholders. Live demonstrations and validations will take place at the testbeds for the project which are located in the UK, Germany and Finland. The project will also drive standardisation, mainly in 3GPP and ETSI, contributing to the definition of the 5G system and integration of satellite communications. Continue >