Speedcast, Comsat to Deliver VSAT Services to Government and Maritime

From Via Satellite

Speedcast International announced it has signed an agreement with Comsat to establish a common global service offering of Ku-band Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services for the government and maritime markets. The combined network will leverage Speedcast’s greater than 8 GHz of global satellite capacity and Comsat’s security-cleared teleports in the United States to deliver a network for customers needing resilient connectivity for critical operations.

Comsat will provide teleport and hosting services at their owned teleports in various U.S. sites, as well as hands-on technical and engineering assistance to help interconnect and migrate network segments.

Through this partnership, government customers will have access to the largest private iDirect bandwidth network accessed from teleports and terrestrial nodes in NATO/Five Eyes nations, Speedcast stated. Continue>

Marlink Providing Record Breaking 300 Mbps Broadband For MSC Cruises

From Marlink

Marlink-MSCMSC Meraviglia, MSC Cruises’ first next generation ship, will meet promotional needs for this week’s maiden voyage with bandwidth boost for VIP passengers

Oslo/Paris, 6 June 2017: Marlink’s Sealink VSAT is providing an unprecedented over 300 Mbps bandwidth for super-fast maritime broadband during the maiden voyage of MSC Cruises’ first next-generation new mega-ship, MSC Meraviglia. The record breaking bandwidth will meet a predicted spike in demand for this week’s milestone voyage, as guests on the most sophisticated ‘floating town’ in the world share their first-hand experiences and memories on Social Media.

The temporary 300 Mbps is being provided to MSC Cruises in another industry first in conjunction with the coming into service of the Company’s newest flagship MSC Meraviglia. It is a further reflection of MSC Cruises’ focus on cutting-edge innovation across the board.

Marlink provides connectivity for MSC Cruises’ entire fleet in an optimised, dedicated ‘cloud of bandwidth’, which facilitates high flexibility for i.e., seasonal usage patterns. Sealink VSAT ensures bandwidth is always available for guests to experience fast, always available access to the Internet and Social Media.

While the record-breaking 300 Mbps is required to ensure that the extra data load of a star-studded, media-packed maiden voyage along the Atlantic coast and into the Mediterranean is more than catered for, the on-going Sealink VSAT service for MSC Meraviglia will continuously deliver an unmatched connectivity experience for over 4500 guests.

Marlink has worked closely with all partners to ensure MSC Meraviglia’s guests enjoy the best maritime broadband possible. Connectivity will be delivered on the Intelsat EpicNG High Throughput Satellite (HTS) network and enabled on board by cutting edge iDirect 9350 modems. Continue>

The Next Journey for In-Flight Connectivity: Three Key Steps Forward

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The Global Connected Aircraft Summit takes flight this week in Arlington, VA, and our very own David Harrower, VP of International Sales and Business Development, will speak on “Operations Technology – Future Connected Benefits.” David will join executives from Rockwell Collins and Honeywell on Thursday at 11:15 am to examine 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).

Today, passengers consider IFC a must-have, and it increasingly guides their decision on which airline to fly. Yet passenger connectivity alone cannot justify the business case for bringing VSAT onboard. Moving beyond an exclusive focus on passenger connectivity means 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.

However, this broader scope equates to managing a global wireless network in the sky that serves a much broader suite of sophisticated applications vying for bandwidth, with more aircraft coming online. In this context, it is increasingly difficult to ensure a reliable, consistent service, and manage costs. In his presentation, David will focus on three key requirements to address these challenges as we embark on the next leg of IFC. Read More

Jam Tomorrow And Jam Yesterday – But Never Jam Today?

Dave DavisBy Dave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, VT iDirect

There is definitely a feel of summer in the air of London. And this week, where better to enjoy the London sun, than the North bank of the river Thames? Savoy Place has been the home of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and its forebears since 1909. The building is steeped in history, with famous names of engineering legends all around you everywhere you turn. If you look closely you’ll notice a discreet plaque on the wall outside; this was also once home of the British Broadcasting Company, before it got too big to be a tenant and had to find its own space to fill. Just looking at the past Presidents in the foyer, some names leap out; Siemens, Swan, Kelvin, Ferranti and Fleming. From the guardian outside, the statue of Michael Faraday, to the modern roof terrace with views to die for, the recent £30M makeover has made IET Savoy Place a flagship building to be proud of.

Savoy Place is host to IET MilSatcom 2017, which is expanded this year to a two-day event. The first day is a series of workshops, aimed at an open forum to discuss threats and countermeasures, digital security and managing MilSatcom. It is hoped that these workshops will provide an interactive platform for all attendees and presenters to learn from each other. I will be leading the threats and countermeasures workshop alongside Sqn Ldr Van Halteren and am really looking forward to it; we’ll be talking about jamming, locating, interception, etc. as you’d expect, but we’re also trying to pull out some of the other “softer” threats that may not be quite so obvious on first inspection.

The second day is a really good blend of presentations from solo presenters, double acts and panel discussions, involving commercial and military experts in the field. We will also learn about a range of sectors within the industry; the defence view, the commercial/sovereign mix, the need for throughput, the balance between the frequencies, the use of Global Xpress and L-Band, building satellites, welfare provision, border security and the future of MilSatcom. All in all it promises to be an outstanding couple of days. Read More

Exploring the Future at CommunicAsia 2017

This year, CommunicAsia was all about the future of connectivity. The world’s leading telecom and tech brands converged in Singapore to explore everything from exploding demand for bandwidth to expanding markets for satellite.

For VT iDirect, the event got off to a strong start with our 2017 iDirect Asia Pacific Partner Event. More than 70 customers packed the house, and the buzz was unmistakable as Kevin Steen, President and CEO, VT iDirect, announced that our new DVB-S2X iQ Desktop remote and Intelligent Gateway entered live testing. Following a series of over-the-air tests with Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES, where we set new records for bandwidth efficiency, our customers are eager to get their hands on our new DVB-S2X technology and achieve their own performance results.

Throughout the show, our booth continued the buzz as hundreds more customers stopped by to check out the iQ Desktop, hear about our new defense product lineup, see firsthand the new Kymeta flat-panel mTenna, and learn about all the innovation iDirect is bringing to the market today.

Mike Liou, Vice President of Product Management, VT iDirect, presented a keynote address at the ST Electronics Technology Seminar 2017 attended by a high-profile crowd of tech and government leaders. Liou revealed the role satellite communications is playing in global telecom and detailed how iDirect is transforming its technology to make satellite smarter, faster, and more efficient – poised to bring new answers to today’s surging connectivity demands.

The future of iDirect and the satellite industry was vividly on display at CommunicAsia. And judging by all the excitement – from partners to tradeshow attendees to business and government leaders – the region is ready for what the future will bring. Please enjoy our video wrap up and thank you to all our partners!

iQ Desktop Remote and Intelligent Gateway Offer Significant Boost in Performance and Efficiency

iDirect iQ Series Desktop Satellite RemoteDVB-S2X product suite achieved 5.7bps/Hz in record-setting over-the-air (OTA) testing, now being deployed in large-scale fixed networks

Herndon, VA, May 22, 2017 – 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 the start of live testing of its new iQ Desktop remote, Intelligent Gateway and DVB-S2X software (iDX 4.0) in large-scale fixed networks. This launch phase follows the recently conducted Over-the-Air (OTA) tests of the iQ Desktop with Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES, consistently achieving efficiency gains of 5.7 bps/Hz. iDirect will showcase its DVB-S2X product suite at CommunicAsia in Singapore from May 23 – 25. Please visit us at stand IP3-01.

The iQ Desktop supports a full range of DVB-S2X MODCODS up to 256APSK 3/4 and aggregate throughput up to 200 Mb/s. The initial release of the iQ Desktop is targeted for large-scale fixed networks for broadband, education and enterprise applications. Through a software upgradeable design, the iQ Desktop enables service providers to license additional throughput and mobility capabilities to meet growing end-user needs, while extending the deployment life of the remote.

With the Intelligent Gateway, iDirect introduces a more cost-effective way to scale teleport and hub-side infrastructure through virtualization. Now supporting DVB-S2X outbound carrier throughput greater than 500 Mb/s, the Intelligent Gateway provides a 10x improvement in Protocol Processor (PP) density and performance while future proofing the gateway infrastructure for large-scale network growth. Read More

High Throughput Satellites: The Bigger Picture

HTS-beam-vs-traditional-beamThe term High Throughput Satellite (HTS) has become synonymous with the satellite industry’s promising future. And when we think of HTS, we often focus narrowly on throughput. Yet, the future of how satellite connectivity hinges on much more than how fast can we speed up an end-user network.

That’s because HTS is more than a term. It’s an important step forward in a broader technology evolution that encompasses every aspect of satellite networking. It means redefining how we operate our industry and manage our respective businesses.

Here are some critical points to consider for the future of our industry – four areas where we need to take not just one step forward, but a giant leap ahead.

#1 – Create higher capacity efficiencies and enable intelligent payloads.

HTS, along with DVB-S2X, transforms the performance and efficiency of satellite capacity. DVB-S2X delivers higher efficiencies and saturates larger transponders (with time slicing), helping to bring costs per bits down.

When implemented to its fullest, satellite operators can design next-generation architectures with features like beam hopping to adjust their payloads based on real-time demand on the ground. Intelligent payloads require the integration of ground and space infrastructure to measure and respond to demand. So terminals designed for HTS must support the full DVB-S2X standard – that’s the key to much more significant efficiency gains in the years ahead. Read More

The Promises of VSAT Network Programmability

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Satellite service providers are being challenged by the demand for value-added services, the increasing complexity of networks, and increasing operational costs. These three forces are creating an environment where service providers have unlimited potential for growth, but the cost structure to sustain that growth means the opportunity is becoming less profitable.

The VSAT industry needs a new approach to resolve this situation, one offered through Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). Since adopting network programmability means embracing automation and virtualization, it Download The Birth of Dynamic VSAT Services White Paperpromises to satisfy the forces by:

  1. Improving agility for supplying value-added services,
  2. Making network complexity manageable, and
  3. Achieving this while reducing operational cost.

Each of these outcomes are critical to future success and they are logically linked to each other. If the complexity is better managed, then companies become more agile. Better agility also boosts productivity, which leads to a reduction in expenses.

Network programmability encourages business to focus on investing in infrastructure solutions that lead to dynamic service capabilities and a reduction in operating expenses (OpEx). Read More

Delivering Connectivity to the Unconnected. An Integrasys, Optus and VT iDirect Case in Point

From SatMagazine

By Sivakumar Sandrasegaram, Group Leader, Product Engineering VSAT, Optus Wholesale and Satellite, and Alvaro Sanchez, Sales and Marketing Manager, Integrasys.

Today many countries select satellite for their rural connectivity needs, and for good reason. Satellite brings reliable connectivity with widespread availability, high performance, and lower cost.

For rural communities, connectivity is essential to allow the same opportunities as is available those in urban communities, whether participating in online learning or searching for a new job, to name just a couple of examples.

Connectivity can help lead to a better overall quality of life, as well as allowing families to connect across the miles, to stay current with news and weather alerts and to enjoy more entertainment variety.

As the second largest telecommunications company in Australia, Optus has a mission to connect the unconnected and to enable rural communities access to communications via satellite, with the most reliable availability and fair cost.

Recently, Optus was contracted to supply capacity to one of Integrasys’ wholesale channel partners to enable autonomous migration and rollout of 2,100 sites in rural communities scattered across New Zealand. With the support of iDirect technology, Satmotion Pocket, and Integrasys, all provided the wholesaler the ability to seamlessly and successfully accomplish this task in a short timeframe. In an area as large and diverse as New Zealand, streamlining the deployment of the remotes, from the initial antenna pointing to calibration and commissioning of remotes, is critical. Satmotion made it possible for VSAT installers to autonomously get remotes into the network quickly and cost effectively. Continue>

Intelsat to Complete Their EpicNG Network with Launch of Horizons’ 3e Satellite

From Satnews

The joint venture between Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT, known has Horizons, has signed on with Arianespace to launch the Boeing manufactured Horizons’ 3e satellite.

This launch will occur late in 2018 and will be conducted from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. Horizons 3e will complete Intelsat’s global EpicNG network. The high-throughput satellite’s C- and Ku-band transponders will provide 22 Gbps+ in growth capacity for aeronautical and maritime mobility applications spanning from Asia and the Pacific to North America. Horizons’ 3e is also expected to support further development of specialty networks for governments. The spacecraft will weigh 6,500 kg. at liftoff.

Arianespace CEO Stéphane Israël stated this his firm is delighted to be working with both of those companies, who have always placed their trust in Arianespace. Plus, he added that this is a special honor to be able to announce this contract during Arianespace’s annual Japan Week activities in Tokyo. Continue>