Making Waves at SMM in Hamburg

Denis SutherlandIf you’re going to be at SMM, the International Maritime Trade Fair in Hamburg, Germany, this week, be sure to stop by and hear Denis Sutherland, Director, Business Development, iDirect, speak about “Advances in Modem Technology.” He’ll be joined on a panel hosted by Speedcast Ltd and Gottlieb International Group, Maritime VSAT: Buy Now or Wait for Tomorrow? along with SES, Iridium Communications, Speedcast and others on Wednesday, 7 September at 2 p.m.

The maritime opportunity has exploded over the past few years. Today, more maritime vessels are online than ever before. According to Northern Sky Research’s (NSR) Maritime SATCOM Markets, 4th Edition, the global addressable market for Satcoms, which today stands at 347,800 vessels, will reach 434,800 vessels by 2025.

With eight of the top-10 maritime satellite service providers, according to NSR, relying on iDirect technology, iDirect continues to play a critical role in the maritime industry developing the perfect components that provide the highest range of throughput to meet all customer requirements, while continuously innovating on more efficient waveforms such as DVB-S2X on its existing Evolution platform.  This started with the release of the next-generation Universal Line Cards (ULCs) and 9-Series portfolio of remotes. The technology is designed to take advantage of elevated capacity and throughput levels in order to help achieve optimal performance, and capture the exciting new market opportunities that come with HTS.

Mr. Sutherland will discuss the power of high throughput satellites and its advances in the industry, managing global bandwidth, group service plans, our mobility remote portfolio showing you iDirect’s path to the connected ship.

Don’t miss:

SMM Denis Sutherland Buy Now or Wait for Tomorrow? 7 September, 2 p.m.

SpeedCast Adds Global Xpress to Government Business

From Via Satellite

SpeedCast International is expanding its relationship with Inmarsat beyond maritime to

also serve government customers with Global Xpress (GX). As a Value Added Reseller (VAR), SpeedCast will sell the high throughput Ka-band offering to its portfolio of services for government customers.

GX entered worldwide commercial service in December 2015. Its government-focused services fuse two global networks, enabling classified networks to be accessed globally through the same terminals on a single subscription.

“As we extend into new government markets and undertake a comprehensive programmer of education to demonstrate the new capabilities of GX, we will benefit greatly from the experience and global footprint that SpeedCast brings in the satellite communications market,” said Andy Start, president of Inmarsat Global Government. Continue >

The 9-Series: High-Performance Remotes Built for the Mission

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Whether by land, air, or sea, the mission at-hand is always critical for government and defense agencies. Therefore, the technology used in every instance must have the ability to deliver fast and flexible communications whenever and wherever needed.

With the release of the next-generation 9-series of satellite routers and defense line cards, iDirect continues to raise the bar across three fronts of innovation: performance, efficiency, and security. This week we focus on performance.

The 9-series are designed to co-exist with the e8000 series remotes thus enabling for a smooth transition path to upgrade fielded remotes. Our new portfolio of remotes are able to handle highly sophisticated applications that operate at the heart of military operations worldwide:

  • The real-time exchange of voice, data, and high-definition ISR video between airborne assets and operators on the ground
  • Enable command access for soldiers deployed with portable, light-weight, power-efficient manpack terminals
  • A full range of broadband capabilities aboard military maritime vessels
  • The establishment of land-based mobile command units

These applications are enabled with the 9-series through a range of different form factors and capabilities. This includes rack-mount, board level products optimized around size, weight and power (SWaP) and special form factors and capabilities for aero applications. Read More

RigNet CEO Assesses Markets Outside of Oil and Gas

From Via Satellite

RigNet, one of the leading suppliers of connectivity to the energy sector, is diversifying its rignetbusiness to address new verticals. The energy sector has been hit hard by oil prices, which have stayed low due to oversupply, among other factors. Reduced spending by oil and gas operators has cut into RigNet’s profits, causing the company to shed personnel and ultimately to restructure. While energy remains RigNet’s core market, the company is branching out to serve other areas in order to find new sources of revenue.

Steven Pickett, CEO of RigNet, told Via Satellite the company is now looking broadly at a number of different verticals that rely on remote communications services. In particular, RigNet is evaluating markets where it can leverage existing capabilities, or where the technologies needed are not radically different from the energy sector.

“We are assessing these verticals and entering a small number of them in a more focused way. The markets we are focused on include maritime, which is one of the largest initiatives we have focused on the last couple of years, and the mining industry. In addition, we are continuing to explore other verticals. We plan to make some decisions, in the coming quarter, about other verticals we will turn our attention to,” he said. Continue >

Turkey Steps Up To Step Into Satellite Production

From Satnews

Not to be left in the dust, stepping up to the competition, Turkey has announced their plans to have 10 satellites ready for launch in 2023.

Turkey will complete the bidding process for Türksat 5A and 5B satellites within a few months. Turkey is taking steps to become one of the world’s top-10 countries in satellite operations, with 10 satellites slated for completion by 2023.

Transportation, Maritime and Communication Minister Ahmet Arslan said Türksat is one of the world’s top 20 satellite operators and their goal is to become one of the world’s top-10 countries with 10 satellites by 2023. Turkey’s first indigenous satellite Türksat 6A, manufactured in the Turkish Space Systems Integration and Test Center (USET), is slated for completion by 2019 and will be launched into space sooner after, according to Arslan.

Stressing that the Türksat 6A satellite, which will serve as a model for large-scale technology projects, is crucial because of its indigenous manufacturers and resources. Arslan said that manufacturing operations for the 5A and 5B satellites will be conducted in the best way possible and the training of technical personnel is already going well.

“We aim to sign agreements regarding the Türksat 5A and 5B satellites in the last quarter of this year and begin operating after project logistics are completed by the end of the year,” the minister said. Noting that the bidding processes of the satellites are going smoothly, Arslan added that they have received offers from the world’s best companies operating in the sector and that the results of these bids will be announced in a few months. Continue >

 

SpeedCast, DHI to Provide Broadband Connectivity to 50-vessel Fleet Globally

From Via Satellite

maritime-vesselSpeedCast International has partnered with DH-Intercom (DHI), a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications based in Germany to provide communications and IT services to the maritime industry. The partnership will allow DHI to offer global Ku-band satellite broadband services to a fleet of 50 vessels sailing worldwide.

DHI will leverage SpeedCast’s global satellite infrastructure to provide high speed, high-throughput connectivity to its customer, who wish to offer crew access to internet services, as well as gain greater efficiency on the vessels via remote monitoring and operation applications.

SSC and Millennium Space Systems Partner on First Altair Launch

From Via Satellite

altair-spacecraftThe Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and Millennium Space Systems are teaming together on the first-ever Altair launch to provide customization and rapid constellation production for Millennium’s customers. The Altair spacecraft, a high performance space system for Low-Earth Orbit (LEO), Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO), and deep space missions, will launch on a SpaceX Dragon as part of an International Space Station (ISS) Commercial Resupply mission in the next 90 days. Once onboard the ISS, the 6U-Altair spacecraft will be launched via the NanoRacks deployment system.

SSC is providing its Infinity ground operations services and operational expertise to maintain the program’s budget and schedule prior to deployment. Altair will use SSC Infinity ground network services for launch and early orbit procedures, as well as routine support from ground stations in Hawaii, Australia and Chile throughout its mission life.

“Recent growth in new smallsat and constellation-based space applications throughout the world has driven the need for a new approach to ground segment operations,” said Leif Osterbo, president of SSC’s satellite management services division. “SSC Infinity is that new approach. Millennium Space Systems will be able to reduce costs and risks associated with satellite launch, orbital insertion, system and constellation checkout.” Continue>

Gogo Hangs Hopes on More STCs to Increase 2Ku Installs

From Via Satellite

ThinKom-Antenna-InstallationGogo is hoping to pick up installs for its satellite-based 2Ku In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) solution 10-fold by the end of the year. While 2Ku is now flying on three airlines: launch customer Aeromexico, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic, as of now, the technology is only in service on 10 aircraft. But the company hopes to eventually install 2Ku on 750 aircraft annually as they look to grow the number of airframes the technology has received Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for across the commercial aviation market.

Gogo CEO Michael Small told investors and reports during the company’s second quarter conference call on Aug. 4, that the IFC provider has “continued to build significant momentum” behind its 2Ku technology.

“We received six supplemental type certificates to install 2Ku on various aircraft types [during the second quarter] including the narrow-body Airbus A319, the Boeing 737-800, and the wide-body A330 and A340. In July, the first factory retrofit of the 2Ku system was installed on the A350 aircraft,” Small said during the call. The number is less than half of the 15 STCs Gogo is pursuing, but he was careful to note that the first STCs tend to be the most difficult to ascertain, and was happy to have the aircraft with the largest fleets already under their belt: the 737-800 and the A319. The company is hoping to pick up more STCs before the end of the year, building further energy behind 2Ku installs. Continue>

Marlink Looks to New Services to Cater to Maritime Demand

From Via Satellite

MarlinkMaritime connectivity provider Marlink is seeing an uptick in demand across both merchant and cruise markets, compensating for dips in the oil and offshore segments, which Tore Morten Olsen, president of maritime at Marlink, expects to continue into 2017.

“The oil price will probably continue slowly upwards but it takes time before the maritime markets related to the oil industry will come back to normal levels. We follow the trends closely at the same time as we also see new business coming in from the markets that are more challenged these days. This is in part due to the fact that optimal communication services can achieve efficiencies, helping operators to save money by working smarter and making more use of connected software and data,” Olsen told Via Satellite.

Driving the merchant shipping market is the ability to use software and sensors to monitor key parameters onboard vessels, such as fuel consumption, with the aim of operating more efficiently and reducing costs, according to Olsen. There is also a need for connectivity for crew, electronic document handling, Machine-to-Machine (M2M), telemedicine, entertainment and education. Continue>

Inside iDirect’s End-to-End Solutions Lab

There is a lot that goes into testing and validating the performance, scalability and configuration of iDirect technology. Chris Boyd, iDirect’s Network Solutions Architect, will show you how we test our reference architectures to ensure ease of deployment for you across the network.

With iDirect Verified Designs, we actively identify, test and document every step of the network configuration, and match the correct router and switching equipment with satellite equipment. This helps to ensure that the services and functionality set up on the satellite side can carry through on the terrestrial side.

Overall, the role of the End-to-End Solutions Lab is to work with various different technologies to determine how best they will scale in any environment, and the ways in which they are being used in our customers’ networks. The ultimate result is improving iDirect’s ability to provide support and best practices guidance to customers. Read More