See iDirect at AfricaCom 2017 Next Week

Partners will enjoy a VIP Luncheon with a special guest speaker

As the second largest continent based on population, as well as area, Africa is poised for massive adoption of VSAT to accelerate social and economic development, from providing access to education to businesses extending their reach, to providing rural connectivity to those without access to knowledge and resources. As such, the AfricaCom 2017 conference is set to be a buzz of activity and opportunity!

iDirect AfricaCom 2017

With a growing presence and constant commitment to the region we are looking forward to welcoming our business partners at iDirect Stand E45, as well as our iDirect VIP Luncheon on Wednesday, 8 November at 1200. The luncheon will be an extremely special event as we are honored to have South Africa’s Telecommunications and Postal Services Deputy Minister, Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, serving as a guest speaker.

The Deputy Minister will be giving the Keynote speech at 1030 on Wednesday, focusing on the value of ICT and digital connectivity under the theme, “Visions for Africa: Ensuring a Connected Africa through Satellite Communications.” This includes an analysis of the satellite communication policy interventions, regulatory framework, legislation, and collective efforts that are required to build an information society and knowledge economy in Africa.  We are thrilled she will be able to join us for lunch and share her views on potential for satellite connectivity to aid in the vision for a connected Africa.

Register for the iDirect VIP Luncheon

If you haven’t yet registered for our event at the Westin Cape Town on 8 November from 1200-0200, please reserve your seat today.

We look forward to seeing you during the iDirect VIP Luncheon and AfricaCom 2017, where we will be showcasing our new products and technology at Stand E45.

New, Flexible Satellite Solutions Improve Maritime Efficiency

Exciting times! iDirect is proud to be Intelsat’s technology partner in providing the underlying technology platform on which the IntelsatOne Flex service is built.

From Intelsat, By Mark Rasmussen

intelsat-logo-250With more than a decade of experience providing critical satellite capacity to the global maritime industry, Intelsat is keenly aware of the challenges faced by service providers who deliver satellite connectivity across all the maritime sectors we serve. Those sectors include commercial shipping, cruise, oil and gas, superyacht, fishing and leisure – each of which has its own unique requirements and customer demands. Intelsat’s customers, the satellite service and solution providers, are demanding specialized tools as they work to integrate higher-capacity satellite solutions into their operations. These include tools for seasonal fluctuations in capacity needs, reactive purchasing, the ability to forecast future bandwidth demand for each region, and applications to ensure the highest possible return on any investment in new technology.

The award winning IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime platform provides those tools. It lets service providers integrate capacity from across the Intelsat fleet – including our next-generation EpicNG high-throughput satellites (HTS), the IntelsatOne global ground infrastructure, and the HTS-optimized iDirect Velocity® platform – into a simplified, unified ecosystem.

When designing the IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime platform, our main goal was to enable simple access to Intelsat’s mobility network while allowing our customers to maintain full control over their service differentiation – something that is not possible with other HTS service platforms. Continue>

Intelsat Helps Restore Comms to Disaster-Stricken Islands in the Caribbean

Intelsat CaribbeanFrom Via Satellite

Intelsat announced it is supporting multiple organizations providing relief services in the Caribbean as well as helping local and U.S. businesses recover from the three hurricanes that devastated the regions. According to the company, it is leveraging its globalized network and IntelsatOne Flex managed service, an offering that aggregates the Intelsat Epic High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and the IntelsatOne terrestrial network into a unified ecosystem to deliver bandwidth.

Intelsat stated its support efforts began even before the first storm approached land, initiating disaster recovery and restoration plans for customers across the media, broadband and mobility sectors with operations established in the projected paths of the storms. In some cases, customers transitioned hub operations and relocated staff to Intelsat teleport locations, maintaining unimpaired operations throughout the storms.

Intelsat’s satellites and teleports also provided restoration services and helped deliver news coverage in the wake of the storms. With broadcasters being significantly impacted by the flooding in Houston, Intelsat used its Galaxy 16 satellite to provide connectivity to re-establish services. In Puerto Rico, capacity was allocated to provide connectivity from New York to the devastated island. Continue >

Bentley Walker Becomes First Service Provider to Go Live with DVB-S2X Network Using iDirect’s iQ Desktop Remote

New iDirect DVB-S2X technology is game changer to meet escalating customer needs across high-growth markets in Middle East

London, UK, October 5, 2017Bentley Walker, the largest supplier and operator of VSAT Networks outside of North America, has launched a live DVB-S2X satellite service leveraging iDirect’s iQ Desktop and iDX 4.0 software. Bentley Walker will deploy the new service in the Middle East with capacity from Avanti’s HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite. The DVB-S2X-based service will target a range of end users including consumer markets, small-to-medium enterprises, large corporate companies, Wi-Fi hotspots and military organizations.

Bentley Walker and iDirect's iQ Series Remote

iDirect’s DVB-S2X technology allows Bentley Walker to leverage the benefits of Avanti’s HTS Ka-band capacity, supporting MODCODs up to 256APSK, to significantly increase network efficiency and performance. The iQ remote supports a high number of traffic sessions and delivers over 100 Mbps for a high-quality, cost-effective solution. Furthermore, with the software-defined iQ remote, Bentley Walker can adapt its service to future customer requirements by licensing additional throughput and networking capabilities.

Anthony Walker, CEO of Bentley Walker, said: “The iQ Desktop is a game changer for our business. It unlocks a new era of satellite connectivity and opens attractive new opportunities. We believe that iDirect has the best DVB-S2X product in the market and gives us a true leadership edge. As iDirect expands the iQ series product line, we will continue to deepen our investment to bring continuous value to our customers, staying ahead of demand in this dynamic market.” Read More

Gatr to Provide Satcom Solutions for New Zealand Defense Force

From Via Satellite

Cubic Corporation subsidiary Gatr Technologies has won an order worth more than $5 million to provide satellite communication solutions for the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF). Cubic will supply 2.4-meter inflatable satellite antennas with supporting hardware, spares and new equipment training for the NZDF Network Enabled Army (NEA) program. In addition to a multi-year support contract, Cubic will deliver and integrate an iDirect-based, Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) network within the NZDF’s existing and future hub infrastructure.

According to NZDF, the NEA program improves its ability to support deployed land forces by enhancing its battlefield’s Command and Control System, Communications and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) sensor systems. By closely examining how the NZDF communicates across coalition operations, the NEA program works to advance communication capabilities for future deployments in the South Pacific and high-intensity environments.

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iDirect’s Sef Senhaji to Present at China Satellite 2017

Sef SenjiiJoin iDirect 25-27 October in Beijing for China Satellite 2017 where Sef Senhaji, Senior Director, Business Development Aero Market, will participate in a panel on 26 October at 9:50 a.m.: Operations Technology – Future Connected Benefits.

Mr. Senhaji will discuss the latest developments in the “connected aircraft” trend and how satellite solutions providers are helping airlines meet the challenges and maximize the benefits of in-flight connectivity (IFC).

With IFC a must-have these days for passengers, it heavily influences which airline people will choose to fly. Although passenger connectivity alone cannot justify the business case for bringing VSAT onboard, it does mean re-imagining the in-flight experience and operations from top to bottom. “Fully connected” now means cockpits with electronic flight bags to improve aircraft operations; it means increasing communication between the crew, cockpit and ground maintenance teams to allow for better predictive aircraft management and reduce repair delays; and, it also means equipping cabin crews with the latest mobile technology to improve customer care.

Today’s in-flight connectivity challenge is about meeting rising customer expectations while delivering a broad range of specialized applications. Join Mr. Senhaji at China Satellite 2017 as he discusses the latest developments in satellite communications that are helping airlines enable a truly connected aircraft.

To learn more, read our latest whitepaper: “A Higher Plane: Boarding the Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity.”

Located in the Nikko New Century Hotel, China Satellite 2017 events will include pre-conference technology workshop, keynote speeches, equipment exhibition, sub-sessions and round-table discussions regarding the most hot topics in satellite industry in China and worldwide.

MEC Ship of the Year: MSC Meraviglia

From Marine Electronics & Communications

Record-breaker Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) Cruises’ new flagship MSC Meraviglia is named as Marine Electronics & Communications’ Ship of the Year. It was the clear winner because of its achievement of breaking the bandwidth-at-sea record in June this year on its maiden voyage.

MSC Meraviglia Uses iDirect 9350 Satellite Routers

Its superior satellite communications systems delivered unprecendented bandwidth to passengers and crew. The largest cruise ship built for a European operator so far was nominated alongside several other passenger ships, tankers, gas carriers and offshore support vessels. These were whittled down to a top five, of which MSC Meraviglia was chosen as the winner because of its record-breaking VSAT systems.

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iDirect 9350 Satellite Modem

To achieve bandwidth of up to 300 Mbps, MSC involved service provider Marlink together with Intelsat’s latest high-throughput satellite and a new VT iDirect modem.

MSC Cruises used a stacked series of iDirect 9350 modems that were linked to Marlink’s Sealink VSAT. Marlink worked with Intelsat to provide data connectivity using Ku-band spot beams from an EpicNG satellite. Marlink provides widebeam C-band and Ku-band, plus spot beams, from Intelsat 29e and Intelsat 33e EpicNG satellites for MSC’s cruise ships.

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Inmarsat Outlines Progress on Both GX and EAN

inmarsatFrom GetConnected

At the recent APEX Expo in Long Beach, California, Frederik van Essen, Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development, Inmarsat Aviation, spent some time with “Get Connected’s” Steve Nichols and other journalists in a round table question and answer session. This is what he had to say:

Question: Why did you commission the “Sky High Economics: Quantifying the commercial opportunities of passenger connectivity for the global airline industry” study?

Answer: Many airlines are currently asking a lot of questions about inflight connectivity and some may be struggling to make a business case for it. This wholly-independent study by London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) can help them make the right decisions.

Question: I understand this is the first of three reports. What’s next?

Answer: Part two will look at the benefits of inflight connectivity to airline operations and will follow in about three months. The third and final part of the study will look at how airlines can use connectivity to increase customer loyalty. That will be released approximately three months after the second report.

Question: How is the rollout of Inmarsat’s GX inflight connectivity progressing?

Answer: There are now more than 1,300 aircraft in the GX backlog. Lufthansa Technik is really stepping up its production lines for the Lufthansa aircraft and should be finished in 2018, as should Austrian Airlines. Lufthansa Systems is currently working on the passenger interface for GX on Eurowings. Meanwhile, Air Astana has its first aircraft online and Qatar Airways is working on its installations. In total, there are currently about 100 commercial aircraft flying with GX. Continue>

A Time for “Extreme Service” in the Satellite Industry

IsoTropic Networks is a boutique service provider in the VSAT market focused on enterprise, maritime, and oil and gas industries. They face the same challenge as any service provider in an age of rapid industry growth: to deliver higher network performance and compelling new services, while lowering operating costs.

As one of iDirect’s partners, they recently upgraded their entire network infrastructure. Why? The satellite communications industry is growing fast, and iDirect provides future-proof infrastructure to run both Evolution® and iDirect Velocity® networks with advanced capabilities to leverage HTS and DVB-S2X, for the lowest total cost of ownership and highest level of customer service, something very important to IsoTropic Networks.

“We chose iDirect because we want to continue our role as a trusted presence in the satellite industry. This upgrade will provide the infrastructure foundation to launch Isotropic’s next generation of services and prepare us for future customer requirements,” said Hank Zbierski, chief catalyst, IsoTropic Networks.

Watch the video to discover more of IsoTropic’s satellite story.

HISPASAT Teams with Industry Leaders Group to Restore Connectivity in Caribbean Over High-Speed Satellite Network After the Hurricanes

“When we learned about Hurricanes Irma and Maria that were barreling over the islands, we knew we had to react quickly. VT iDirect joined forces with Hispasat, Digicel, Cisco, and Red52, to ensure satellite connectivity could be quickly deployed for those affected by these catastrophic events. During a natural disaster, it’s imperative to act quickly to restore communications on the ground; the satellite system is an aid to connect families, first responders, medical personnel and others via internet, phone and video to ensure everyone’s safety and provide relief,” said Dave Harrower, Sr. VP Global Sales.

From HISPASAT

  • Satellite connectivity will aid local relief efforts in Saint Martin, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Hurricanes Irma and Maria knocked out communications infrastructure and power lines across the Caribbean region.
  • Hispasat has donated Amazonas 3 capacity to this collaborative effort.

HISPASAT teams with industry leaders group to restore connectivity in Caribbean over high-speed satellite network after the hurricanesMADRID, 05 October 2017.- Spanish satellite operator HISPASAT has teamed with industry leaders to provide critical communications in the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, that have knocked out communications infrastructure and power lines; damaged homes, schools and hospitals; and left an overwhelming majority of residents without shelter and running water.

To respond to the situation, HISPASAT has joined the humanitarian efforts of leaders across the telecom industry to deploy a high-speed satellite network to aid local relief efforts in Saint Martin, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos Islands.

The satellite network is based on ground infrastructure from iDirect, space segment from Hispasat Amazonas 3, Cisco VoIP networking, and Red52’s satellite teleport services to collaborate in solidarity to restore connectivity. Read More