Chicago Start-Up Aims to Help Networks Keep Up with OTT

From Via Satellite

As consumers look to cut the cord on their cable providers and make the switch to contract-free Over-The-Top (OTT) video platforms such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, traditional unicast delivery methods are proving inefficient as OTT video consumption skyrockets, slowing delivery and hoisting prices. The Chicago-based company V-Satcast, launched in July 2015, is in the process of addressing this congestion and price hike by developing hybrid broadcast/broadband OTT multicast streaming platform with the aim to quell the OTT digital video bottleneck and streamline delivery, enabling the further proliferation of OTT.

Lead by Executive Chairman Vern Fotheringham, former CEO of Leosat and Kymeta, V-Satcast’s system allows users to stream edge-cached digital video content, such as Netflix, directly from their home or local storage.
“Video is truly the pig going through the python. It is giant files, and when you try to access them through remotely hosted data centers where you have millions of replicated copies of exactly the same file being downloaded in millions of one-to-one unicast legacy session oriented [Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol] TCP-IP internet, it is proving to be massively expensive as a distribution medium,” Fotheringham told Via Satellite.

And OTT video consumption is only expected to grow, with Cisco Systems anticipating that video will exceed 80 percent of all internet traffic by 2018. Moreover, the migration to HD, 4K, 8K, 3-D and extremely high resolution video applications such as Virtual Reality (VR) stands to exceed the capacity of existing Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Continue>

In-Service M2M/IoT Satellite Terminals to Top $2.5 Billion by 2025 – NSR

From Via Satellite

The global satellite Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) market will reach 5.96 million in-service satellite M2M/IoT terminals by 2025, according to Northern Sky Research’s (NSR) “M2M and IoT via Satellite, 7th Edition M2M7” report. These terminals correspond to nearly $2.5 billion in annual retail revenues, a doubling over 2015. The report finds the most lucrative application is land transport; however, other key verticals record strong growth.

“NSR’s latest report points to an optimistic picture for the industry; however, operators cannot stand still as increasing competition aims to take advantage of the growing demand for M2M/IoT,” notes Alan Crisp, NSR analyst and report lead author. “Growing cellular footprints, greater terrestrial reliability, and the rollout of 5G and [Low-Power Wide Area] LPWA networks are increasing competition within the M2M/IoT market globally. Longer term, IoT-dedicated smallsats will also enter the market, providing unique and potentially compelling value propositions to disrupt the current market paradigm.”
While competition within the M2M market will increase, opportunities also exist, such as dual-mode solutions, enabling operators to tap into new markets. Beyond this, with the growth of dedicated terrestrial IoT LPWA networks, such as Sigfox and LoRa, new, albeit relatively niche, markets for satellite participation will open up. The compelling value proposition to provide satellite IoT backhaul for such networks will enable new revenue sources in the longer term, once these networks are rolled out globally. Continue>

iDirect Unveils Powerful DVB-S2X Technology

Revolutionary new ASIC chipset redefines performance and efficiency levels for satellite networks  

Herndon, VA, November 30, 2016 – 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 transformational DVB-S2X technology based on a powerful, customized ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) chipset that will deliver revolutionary gains in data throughput and will power a new line of DVB-S2/DVB-S2X remotes called the iQ Series. iDirect is also introducing exponentially higher hub processing capabilities and virtualization of core gateway components to offer further gains in performance and efficiency and lower business costs.

iDirect iQ SeriesiDirect’s DVB-S2X solution is the result of a significant investment to co-develop a state-of-the-art ASIC chipset that is customized to exploit the full capabilities of the DVB-S2X standard and optimized for the enhanced iDirect waveform. This next generation of technology will allow iDirect to leverage the benefits of today’s High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and the capabilities of next-generation HTS to unlock additional features of the DVB-S2X standard.

The iQ Series establishes a new model for satellite remote performance providing a future-proof strategy to deliver successive gains in performance and efficiency as network operators strive to keep pace with the launch of increasingly higher throughput  satellites. Remotes can be continually reprogrammed over the air to increase network capabilities and throughput levels, driving a massive expansion of applications and setting new service level standards.

“We are incredibly excited to deliver DVB-S2X capabilities to our partners,” stated Wayne Haubner, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Emerging Technologies. “DVB-S2X represents a major opportunity for network operators to gain greater performance and efficiency to meet escalating user demands and realize lower business costs. We are currently performing over-the-air testing of our new DVB-S2X chipset, and results are demonstrating 500 Mbps of aggregate throughput. This technology will allow us to exceed 1 Gbps of throughput as we keep pace with future satellite developments.” Read More

Satellite Industry Association and Global VSAT Forum Collaborate On Joint Cyber Security Initiative

Core Principles Are Confirmed for Industry and Government Efforts to Promote Cyber Security 

GVF and SIAWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) and Global VSAT Forum (GVF) – leading trade associations representing the satellite communications industry – have released a joint statement on the satellite industry’s commitment to cybersecurity, articulating core principles for cybersecurity and encouraging all segments of the satellite industry to continue efforts to address the dynamic challenge of cybersecurity.

The statement emphasizes the criticality of cybersecurity to the satellite industry’s core goal of providing mission critical, highly reliable, and secure connectivity.  “The satellite industry has a long history of providing secure solutions to diverse global customers,” the associations said, “including military and government users, corporations of every size and type, the non-profit and scientific communities, and individual consumers.”

Drawing upon the industry’s experience, SIA and GVF have identified three principles that—although not intended to be a comprehensive roadmap or exhaustive list—should be at the center of private and government efforts to promote national and global cybersecurity:

  • Voluntary, industry-led efforts and public-private partnerships are the optimal way to address cybersecurity at the national or international levels.
  • Robust cybersecurity is aided by voluntary information sharing, free from fear of adverse consequences.
  • Satellite industry organizations should actively address cybersecurity using industry best practices for risk management.

The associations expand upon these principles in the statement, offering further details of how they might be implemented by companies throughout the satellite industry and through government efforts.  In addition to articulating these core principles, the joint statement also details numerous initiatives within national governments, intergovernmental organizations, and international standards bodies evidencing the satellite industry’s foundational and long-standing commitment to cybersecurity. Read More

AfricaCom 2016: Visit iDirect and Discover Two Steps Forward to Higher Performance

Fire up high-speed DVB-S2X networks while dialing up the speed of your S2 networks

In a price-sensitive market like Africa, every saving counts. Every opportunity a service provider has to lower bandwidth costs for customers should be seized. Every chance to reduce internal operating costs should be pursued. And in a traditionally capex-heavy industry, any transformation in how networks infrastructure is purchased and deployed is graciously welcome.

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Fortunately, the prospect for better business economics is improving as satellite capacity comes online in greater abundance, at lower price points and at higher frequencies. The availability of stronger multi-spot beams and higher-powered transponders gives service providers the opportunity to substantially improve efficiencies and deliver more throughput over their given bandwidth.

In order to maximize efficiency and performance on the satellite, many service providers are looking to the new DVB-S2X standard. Compared to DVB-S2, the DVB-S2X standard features higher MODCODs (64APSK to 256APSK), finer granularity and better SNR values for better transponder saturation and to maximize the efficient use of the massive new amounts of HTS bandwidth.

To truly gain the benefits of DVB-S2X, service providers need a system-wide approach. At iDirect, we’ve done just that with a groundbreaking DVB-S2X product suite that enables fast and comprehensive adoption of the new standard. Read More

Aero Service Levels are Measured in More than Megabytes

Denis SutherlandIn-flight connectivity is becoming a standard expectation of modern air travel. From passengers watching live television and pilots checking weather patterns to crewmembers swiping credit cards and monitoring fuel levels, VSAT networks are driving loyalty, revenue and productivity.

Recently I presented at the GVF AERO Connect 2016 conference it was not a surprise that everyone wants more. And that more is going to come from HTS capacity translated into networks that can run at hundreds of Mbps. NSR reports that 18,000 aircraft will be powered by capacity from High Throughput Satellites by 2025, accounting for $2.8 billion in revenue.

But here’s the catch. High-quality airline connectivity cannot be boiled down simply to the speed of a satellite router. At iDirect, we believe that the ultimate guarantee of service performance depends a complete solution that will meet the demanding expectations of in-flight connectivity.

We heard from leading satellite operator that the key challenge is managing complex SLAs across a large coverage area that spans multiple spot beams. Think of hundreds of airlines all needing different bandwidth levels as they soar across spot beams and dish out bandwidth to diverse users onboard running dynamic applications. That’s incredibly difficult. And if not done well, it doesn’t matter how many megabytes a router can handle. Read More

High Throughput Solutions for High-Priority Defense Applications

As satellites with higher throughput capabilities come online, they bring tremendous promise to military networks – faster speeds for bandwidth-hungry applications like aerial surveillance, and greater bandwidth efficiency for increasingly cost-sensitive communications budgets.

iDirect's High Performance 9-Series Satellite Remotes

Bringing that capacity to market is the focus of iDirect’s latest product lineup, which it’s showcasing at the Global MilSatCom conference in London this week.

Stop by our booth at stand #17 to check out our latest products and hear first-hand how iDirect is advancing satellite connectivity for defense organizations worldwide.

iDirect 980The all-new lineup includes high-performance defense remotes. The 9-series remotes features the 9350 Satellite Router, the fastest iDirect TDMA remote to date, the 950mp Integrated Satellite Router Board for portable communications-on-the-move (COTM) solutions, the 980 Airborne Integrated Satellite Router Board, and the 9800AE and 9800AR Airborne Satellite Routers.

You can read more about the 9-series here.

The new defense remotes bring even greater performance and efficiency when they’re coupled with our next-generation Defense Line Cards, which are critical for operation in an environment of higher throughput satellite capacity coming online. The line cards feature FIPS 140-2 Level 3 security, an onboard TRANSEC module, and conformal coating. In addition, they deliver higher MODCODs and additional FEC rates to improve spectral efficiency in DVB-S2. Read More

High-Performance Defence Remotes Ready for Action

The world’s defence organizations are expanding their reliance on satellite communications. And satellite technology in turn is being significantly enhanced to serve the mission.

Next week at Global MilSatCom 2016 in London, iDirect will showcase its latest lineup of defence remotes – the 9-series. From new man-pack terminals to next-gen aero remotes, the 9-series delivers new levels of performance, efficiency and security. Here’s a quick preview.

  • The 9-series lineup includes the iDirect 900/9350 Series Satellite Routers that provide unprecedented performance, dual demodulators and greater bandwidth efficiency. The rack-mounted 9350 is the fastest iDirect TDMA remote to date, with over 150 Mbps of aggregate throughput with DVB-S2 and Adaptive TDMA and a path to well over 200 Mbps via support of 29 Msps with Adaptive SCPC. The 9350 also features a multi-core processor, embedded 8-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, dual demodulators, and an LCD display. The 900 is a board-level remote and features the same capabilities as the 9350, with the added ability for custom terminal integration.
  • The iDirect 950mp Integrated Satellite Router Board is designed for portable communications-on-the-move (COTM) solutions. The 950mp features an overall 30% reduction in size, weight and power (SWaP) and iDirect Transmit Key Line to further reduce power consumption. It also features embedded FIPS 140-2 Level 3 encryption and is designed to operate within all Ku-, C-, Ka- and X-bands including Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) frequency ranges, providing flexibility in secure network deployments.
  • The 980 Airborne Integrated Satellite Router Board is a board-level router, designed for ultra-high speed airborne applications (up to 1,000 mph). Its improved performance, dual demodulators for seamless beam-switching, spread spectrum returns and skew angle compensation support aeronautical operations, enabling the use of ultra-small and phased-array antennas on military aircraft.
  • The iDirect 9800 AE and 9800 AR Airborne Satellite Routers incorporate the powerful 980 board-level router. Available in two form factors, ARINC 600 Enclosure (AE) and 1RU Rack Mount (AR), they are designed to meet the stringent certifications required for installation on aircraft. With its upgraded performance, security and efficiency features, this series is primed to protect military-grade communications.

The 9-series is designed to coexist with the e8000 series remotes, enabling a smooth transition path to upgrade fielded remotes. Read More

An Internet of Things World: Where does Satellite fit in?

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We live in the era where organizations and people want 24/7 always-on connectivity. The Internet of Things (IoT) will aim to make this a reality, and readily transform companies along with the way they do business. It is the next generation of internet connectivity, and it could have far reaching consequences for just about everything.

ne of the big buzz terms at recent satellite events has been the Internet of Things (IoT), where we live in an uber-connected world full of connected devices which can pretty much track everything man and machine do as billions of devices talk to each other. While IoT is great news for the wireless industry, it could also offer some interesting new growth opportunities for satellite companies as they look to secure a role in this hyper-connected state of affairs.

Organizations such as the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) have already started work on IoT strategies in Europe and Singapore, respectively. Beh Kian Teik, executive director of the Office for Space Technology and Industry (OSTIn) at the Singapore Economic Development Board (SEDB), says OSTIn is focused on building up satellite technology capabilities in both its public research institutions and for industry players, particularly through encouraging public-private collaborations. OSTIn also supports companies interested in leveraging Singapore to develop new satellite-based applications and services for the region and beyond. The EDB recently signed a deal with SES as it looks to get its IoT strategy in gear. Continue>

New L2oS Solution Lands iDirect a Finalist Spot for MEF 2016 Excellence Award

Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) recently announced the finalists for the MEF 2016 Excellence Awards, and among the 36 companies named, was iDirect.

The MEF is a global industry association composed of the world’s leading telecommunications service providers, focused on the implementation of Carrier Ethernet services. In support of promoting interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide, iDirect recently launched a major innovation, one that is also a significant step toward MEF’s vision: Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS).

MEF’s expert panel of judges honored our L2oS technology as a finalist for the category of Third Network Technology Solutions Awards. As the only satellite communications-related vendor in the list, iDirect appreciates the recognition for how L2oS will enable service providers to use Ethernet Virtual Connections to create more agile satellite networks.

Traditionally, satellite does not transport full Ethernet frames over the air because of the additional burden on scare bandwidth, thus isolating satellite networks from the rest of the terrestrial infrastructure. Instead, propriety techniques economize packets by stripping the Ethernet headers and retaining the payload for transmission. This loss of information breaks the Layer 2 adjacency, isolating satellite networks from the rest of the terrestrial infrastructure. Read More