By Eric Watko, Vice President, Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, iDirect
Satellite’s role in creating a truly converged end-to-end network is an ongoing industry discussion, and one that continues to generate more conversation with the introduction of new technology innovations and the growing demands that drive them.
Throughout the past few weeks iDirect has engaged in a discussion with Verizon, NSR, BT and Intelsat on the role of satellite in the end-to-end network. Our conversation wraps up this week with Eric Watko addressing the question posed by Intelsat: What are the next steps to innovating around modern networking technology in order for satellite to continue operating right at the heart of IP networks?
Looking back on the past few weeks, we have been engaged in a very enlightening discussion around how we work to make satellite communication technology look and act more like all other access technologies.
- We were given a glimpse into the telco environment from Verizon and the steps it must take in order to align satellite with its core MPLS network.
- From there, NSR offered a call-to-action regarding the need to see more advances in the areas of software-defined satellite networks, transitioning out of fixed server hardware and into a virtualized environment.
- BT Global Services described their efforts to launch satellite networks built on a Layer 2 foundation to support telco trends toward carrier Ethernet.
- Finally, Intelsat talked about enabling service agility so telecom providers can quickly reach underserved areas.
For iDirect, the answer is clear: We must be able to support the service needs of the industry as a whole. We cannot simply focus on the space segment, but instead examine every aspect—from the edge of the core network, to the terminals, to the endpoint of the customer. Read More
DVB-S2X-ready universal line cards and remotes exceeding 140 Mbps aggregate throughput set new standard for bandwidth aboard luxury ships
Herndon, VA, March 9, 2016 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that OmniAccess, a leading provider of VSAT services to the luxury yacht market, is launching its Broadbeam nextGen VSAT service using iDirect’s latest Evolution technology. OmniAccess will be the first to leverage iDirect’s new DVB-S2X-ready universal line cards and new 9350 satellite remote, which exceeds 140 Mbps aggregate throughput. This next generation VSAT service will meet the ever-increasing demand for connectivity aboard super yachts worldwide. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
A new expectation for connectivity exists amongst luxury super yacht and cruise ship passengers today. Service providers must be able to accommodate multiple devices streaming high-definition video and running voice and data applications, all at a low-cost, high quality level of delivery.
With the debut of its next-generation extreme-throughput VSAT service, OmniAccess will leverage iDirect’s technology developments to introduce Broadbeam nextGen, a new and unique triple-play service offering in the yacht market that will enable HD and UHD/4K PlexusTV streaming, as well as unparalleled bandwidths and premium VoIP services.
Building this next-generation service requires a new level of technology that is equipped to handle an unwavering acceleration of throughput requirements. iDirect’s new Universal line cards is the most powerful to date, with return line cards that will feature aggregate symbol rates up to 30Msps, with individual carriers up to 15Msps and 16QAM MODCODs for improved efficiency. The new transmit line card is software upgradable to DVB-S2X and will feature a powerful combination of 32APSK MODCODs and embedded pre-distortion, which helps OmniAccess realize new efficiency and performance gains when operating on fully saturated transponders. Read More
Demand for 4G/LTE services is escalating around the globe. As mobile operators look to build out these networks, the need for a consistent user experience is oftentimes the most difficult factor to achieve—particularly when it comes to rural or remote locations.
Traditional terrestrial backhaul technologies may not be able to reach these remote areas or extend network coverage in a cost effective way. This is where satellite brings unique value, helping extend the network to places beyond the reach of terrestrial technologies. Advances in both space and satellite ground infrastructure continue to improve the user experience and efficiency of using the technology. The iDirect SatHaul™ solution is designed to provide the hardware and software to help mobile operators expand coverage in a smart and profitable way.
When it comes to 4G/LTE connectivity, the iDirect SatHaul Optimization Suite addresses unique network challenges to enable satellite to be a viable backhaul technology. Let’s take a look:
Challenge: A 4G subscriber expects a high quality connection with multi-megabit throughput capabilities to deliver things like streaming audio and video. When it comes to using satellite to backhaul TCP/IP traffic, one of the challenges that can impact throughput performance is the approximately 600ms delay that is introduced through the round trip time sending a signal to and from the satellite. Read More
It’s a region that is projected by NSR to be one of the two largest for broadband VSAT networking services in the coming years, and one in which COMSYS data shows as currently having the second most TDMA enterprise sites in service across the globe. Driven by demand from a mix of both traditional and emerging market segments, the VSAT spotlight looks to be on the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region for a bright future.
At the very least, this region takes center stage of the VSAT community this week with the kickoff of CommunicAsia 2014 in Singapore. iDirect’s presence comes both at the show with executive speaking engagements and product showcases, as well as prior to the show with its annual Asia Partner Summit.
Setting the stage, let’s take a closer look at the market factors driving opportunity in APAC and the ways in which iDirect is helping better position both operators and service providers to succeed in this region.
Tom Cheong, vice president and general manager, iDirect Asia, characterizes the market opportunity as a blend of both legacy and emerging. He points to the fact that unlike more VSAT- developed markets around the world, APAC is continuing to see growth from more traditional segments like Oil & Gas, Mining, Maritime and Defense. He believes untapped potential for upgrading legacy communications systems exist in these segments, which for many customers are built on less efficient RF or microwave technologies. Read More
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Harris CapRock Communications
Harris CapRock builds robust, managed-network solutions for customers that span the energy, government and maritime markets and operate in some of the world’s most remote and harsh environments.
As the world’s single largest commercial buyer of space segment, we provide solutions and technologies to compliment satellite communications, but these are not the limit to our products and services. We provide fully managed communications by leveraging expertise across multiple technologies – satellite, wireless and terrestrial. Each customer we serve has their own set of distinct requirements but shares the common need for reliable communications in remote and harsh environments.
We also serve as a trusted technology advisor to our clients and assist them by helping to develop fully managed or turnkey solutions that enable clients to maximize the value of their networks. Harris CapRock is unique in that we remain technology agnostic and employ the best solution for our clients. Read More