Engaging with Others to Make Satellite 5G a Reality

Denis SutherlandBy Denis Sutherland, Vice President of Business Development, VT iDirect

Today, I’m chairing the Satellite Terminal Working Group’s (STWG) special meeting Satellite Communications and their Role in 5G and presenting on the topic of “Bringing 5G to VSAT Terminals.”

The STWG is part of the Innovative UK Knowledge Transfer Network, which seeks to link together business and universities to share ideas and the latest discoveries. We’re holding the meeting at the University of Surrey, located just a bit southwest of London, in their 5G Innovation Centre, a top-rate research centre dedicated to the development of the next generation of mobile and wireless communications.

5G is a perfect topic for the STWG to explore, as it has major implications for satellite communications and cross-industry collaboration will be essential if VSAT is to take advantage of future opportunities in cellular backhaul, connected vehicles, and the Internet of Things. Satellite terminals have to adapt to service new applications, so this will likely require unique form factors, much smaller sizes, and dual cellular/VSAT capabilities.

We want VSAT to be accessible as an extension of 5G networks, to achieve “plug-and-play” functionality and bring coverage to places where traditional terrestrial struggles. This will require adding greater programmability to VSAT networks, incorporating industry standard 5G interfaces to both terminals and hub-side components, and harmonizing the management plane to seamlessly transfer services between VSAT and 5G access points. Read More

Datagroup Selects iDirect Platform and New iQ Series Remotes to Launch HTS Service in Ukraine

Network to bring high-speed capacity to market, enable cost-effective rollout of large-scale networks

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 Datagroup, the leading Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) provider in Ukraine, has selected the iDirect platform and its new series of DVB-S2X remotes, the iQ Series, to offer new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services to their substantial customer base. The company will leverage the iDirect network to offer high-speed connectivity to a wide range of enterprise markets, enabling cost-effective deployment of large-scale networks.

Datagroup Selects iDirect Platform and New iQ Series Remotes to Launch HTS Service in UkraineDatagroup contracts INTELSAT operator for capacity on one of its effective satellites. Long-term plans call for Datagroup to license an additional transponder of HTS capacity to support networks that can sсale up to 50,000 sites.

iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology delivers revolutionary gains in performance and efficiencies and will enable Datagroup to scale their network based on a significantly lower cost model. The iQ Series of remotes are designed to meet the needs of both fixed and mobility networks within a wide range of performance scenarios and software licensing features, based on a future-proof software-upgradeable design.

“Datagroup is the leading VSAT provider within Ukraine with over 83% market share. Our partnership with iDirect and the selection of their leading-edge DVB-S2X platform, along with the new iQ Series remote is a critical step in growing our leadership and delivering the high-quality services our customers rely on,” said Mikhail Shelemba, CEO, Datagroup. Read More

Talia Offers New C-Band Services in the Americas

From Via Satellite

Talia International has announced new C-band services covering Latin America, thetalia logo Caribbean and the United States. This additional service uses capacity on the SES 4 satellite at 22 degrees west and connects to the Talia Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network via the recently acquired iDirect hub located at Comsat’s teleport in Southbury, Connecticut. In addition, the new partnership with Comsat will provide teleport facilities to Talia’s existing Ku-band services running on the Eutelsat 113 West A satellite.

Talia also recently announced a new partnership with Arabsat for a new 10-channel video uplink to Arabsat’s Badr 7 satellite at 26 degrees east. The service will offer both Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) channel uplinks and will form the basis of a new high-power Ku-band neighborhood over Iraq. Content will be uplinked from the Talia teleport in Raisting, Germany and monitored for quality in the Talia Network Operations Center (NOC) in Erbil, Iraq. Continue >

Understanding and Improving the ROI of VSAT Networks

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Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) networks have been providing reliable connectivity around the world and in the most remote locations since the 1980s. The World Teleport Association (WTA) and Integrasys have produced a report, Understanding and Improving the ROI of VSAT Networks, outlining the costly resources involved in deploying and maintaining VSAT networks along with products such as Satmotion Pocket, iDirect’s remote commissioning solution, that help address some of those challenges.

The ultimate goal of the network operator is to provide the highest quality and most efficient service while minimizing costs. According to the survey in the report, for a 50-site VSAT high-performance network, capital expenditure represents 45 percent of the total investment, while operating expenses comprise approximately 55 percent of the cost.

While costs vary depending on the type of network, size, application, and vertical market being served, they can be significantly reduced by simplifying and speeding up the installation process through automation and guidance. Getting a network up and running quickly also results in revenue generation sooner. The more accurate the initial installation is also eliminates the added cost of redeploying trained installers to a remote site as well as any fines for adjacent satellite interference (ASI). Read More

Bandwidth Requirements to Keep Driving Future Satellite Developments

From Spacenews

The requirement for higher and higher bandwidth will remain the major driver shaping future satellite infrastructure and services in the next five years, according to Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of Viasat.

Speaking Sept. 12 at the World Satellite Business Week here, Dankberg said that terabit-capable satellites like the Viasat3 satellite it is building with Boeing, are more responsive to customer expectations than forthcoming low-Earth-orbit mega-constellations emphasizing lower latency than geostationary satellites.

“Our customer want more bandwidth, they want to be able to stream video,” Dankberg said.  “We have done studies when we asked customers what would affect their willingness to pay for a service and we found that latency has the least impact.”

Lower latencies are a major strength of mega-constellations such as the 648-spacecraft fleet of broadband satellites being developed by OneWeb, whose aggressive timetable and a $1.2 billion investment led by Japan’s SoftBank is sending anticipatory shock waves through the industry.

Dankberg was one of five industry leaders on a panel discussing next-generation satellite infrastructure and services. Continue >

iDirect Shares Vision for Next Phase on In-Flight Connectivity Innovation

A Higher Plane - Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity White Paper

A Higher Plane – Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity White Paper

This week is a critical week for in-flight connectivity. At two major events – SmartPlane in Paris and Connected Aircraft E-enablement in London – experts across the industry will discuss what’s next as airlines look to improve network quality, expand services to new applications and lower their costs.

Today, airlines are demanding greater business value from their onboard networks. So, they’re expanding connectivity beyond just passenger Wi-Fi to transform their entire aircraft operations.

However, this new vision of the “connected aircraft” presents a whole new challenge for airlines and their in-flight service providers. It equates to managing a global wireless network in the sky that serves a much broader suite of applications and end users.

When evaluating the right in-flight communications solution, airlines need to consider their long-term plans for a broad range of applications across their fleet and service territory. And it will involve big changes: rewriting the business case, upgrading technology and running a much more complex network.

Yet, the reward is huge. Those airlines that can best leverage in-flight connectivity will gain a clear business advantage in terms of customer loyalty, crew productivity and company profitability.

The Connected Plane

That’s why iDirect has just issued a paper on the subject: A Higher Plane: Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity, which spells out key innovations to address these challenges:

  • Bringing HTS capacity onboard in the immediate future, while developing a long-term plan to integrate capacity across all orbits.
  • Improving how airlines share bandwidth across their entire fleet and myriad applications
  • How regional airlines can adopt inter-provider roaming agreements to economically and quickly expand their service areas.

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VT iDirect Helps Connect Orphans with Resources for the Future of Haiti

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Every morning in Trou du Nord, Haiti, two houses filled with nearly 30 previously orphaned, abandoned or trafficked children and young adults, ages 2 to 20 years old, wake up to a loving and nurturing home. They’ve been taken in by PROJECT 7, a charitable creation of New Reality International (NRI), and are rebuilding their futures in the safety and support of this quickly developing community.

Before an earthquake rocked Haiti in 2010, NRI had already been directly serving Haitians in extreme poverty for three years, providing health care, food and shelter through short-term medical trips. However, the growing number of homeless children orphaned by the earthquake brought on the realization that they needed to plant their feet on the ground if they wanted to make a lasting, sustainable change in the children’s lives. Continue >

Transforming Satellite Ground Infrastructure to Capture Greater Market Opportunity

Kevin-Steen-2017-blogBy Kevin Steen, President & CEO, VT iDirect

The fall event frenzy has begun this week. All around the globe, the satellite industry will be discussing the most pressing questions facing the industry. I’ll be attending the World Satellite Business Week Summit for Satellite Financing this week in Paris. And I’ll be speaking on “Next generation satellite infrastructure and services” with CEOs from Speedcast, Telespazio, Hughes Network Systems and Viasat.

Here’s what I plan to share. We all know that the satellite communications industry is undergoing massive innovation. There are dramatic improvements in speed, bandwidth availability, and cost competitiveness coming from so many industry leaders. Together, we’re expanding satellite beyond a niche form of connectivity, opening new markets and opportunities for all.

At iDirect, we know that ground infrastructure plays a critical, central role in bringing innovation to life. That’s why we’re expanding our platform in dramatic ways, including the adoption of existing telcom technologies, with the goal of delivering a significantly higher level of value to our customers.

To start, we have redesigned the foundation of our satellite remote. Our new iQ Series is built around the latest DVB-S2X standard, increasing performance and efficiencies. It leverages a common software-defined architecture that enables us to bring modems to market faster, and they can be continually upgraded over the air to increase network capabilities and throughput levels. This gives service providers a new degree of flexibility to meet requirements, while dramatically extending its deployment life. Read More

Technology Intelligence at Your Fingertips with iDirect’s Content Hub

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We’re making it easier for you to stay up-to-date on iDirect’s latest news and industry trends with the launch of our content hub – from our Top 5 Considerations for Implementing HTS and DVB-S2X whitepaper, to our Satellite Transformation video, to an End-to-End Perspectives article with key leaders discussing the state of the satellite industry – all in one place.

No more searching — everything is within one click!

Our new content hub features:

  • DVB-S2X. Learn how iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology offers greater performance and greater efficiency, and lowers your costs.
  • Explore the major growth opportunities in core satellite markets.
  • Discover how iDirect is leading the satellite transformation.
  • Customer Successes. See how our partners leverage the power of satellite to maximize their business.
  • Related Blogs & Press Releases. Exactly what it says – all of our latest blogs and press releases.

We’ll keep the hub growing with new content and news so you can stay current with the latest innovations.​

A Higher Plane: Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity

In-Flight Connectivity

Today, airlines want greater business value from their onboard networks. So, they’re expanding connectivity beyond just passenger Wi-Fi to transform their entire aircraft operations. Valour Consultancy estimates that the connected airline could save the aviation industry over $1 billion annually.

However, this new vision of the “connected aircraft” present a whole new challenge for airlines and their in-flight service providers. It equates to managing a global wireless network in the sky that serves a much broader suite of applications and end-users, all of which are vying for contested bandwidth. In this context, it is increasingly difficult to ensure a reliable, consistent service, and manage costs. Read More