As iDirect finished the second quarter of the year, we saw the first deliveries of the X7-EC Satellite Router(s), along with iDirect SatHaul™ to support LTE backhaul over satellite. We are very excited to have this product in the marketplace, which helps improve the efficiency and user experience for connecting 4G base stations over satellite.
Proof-of-Concept Trials Deemed Successful
During the first half of 2016, we conducted various proof-of-concept (POC) trials with different mobile operators to see how our solution would perform in their specific environments. Out of these tests we learned a good amount about some of the different network setups, and had the ability to try the iDirect SatHaul™ optimization with most of the popular infrastructure equipment from Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and Alcatel Lucent.
Even though there were a few adjustments to make in order to work in the different operator environments, the standard interface of LTE seems to make integration much simpler than 2G or 3G networks which were much less standardized. We had success optimizing 4G traffic over all of these different infrastructure set ups and improving the 4G experience over satellite.
With key features like TCP Acceleration, header and payload compression, and optimization of IPSec links, iDirect SatHaul™ is an effective solution in 4G networks to improve the user experience and throughput when using satellite. Read More
Based in Dallas, Texas, Sevis Systems, has released the latest version of their Intelligent Backhaul Optimization (IBO) suite of applications—the suite now includes the much anticipated ‘Backhaul Offload’ application.
Backhaul Offload allows Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s) to leverage HTS spot beams to offload traffic in locations with pre-existing terrestrial backhaul links experiencing high utilization. While the Sevis hardware is agnostic to the IP transport technology, an efficient use scenario is leveraging SATCOM for offloading microwave links that are at, or near, traffic saturation.
MNO’s can keep delay-sensitive voice and signaling traffic over existing microwave backhaul links but offload these links by carrying bandwidth-hungry data traffic over high-throughput satellites (HTS). The Sevis optimizers intelligently manage traffic routing across the terrestrial and satellite links and also perform traffic optimization and acceleration functions to save bandwidth and improve the user experience.
The Backhaul Offload application focuses on simultaneously reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) for mobile carriers while expanding market addressability for satellite-based backhaul services. MNO’s can reduce TCO by flexibly relying on a scalable and low-OpEx satellite service instead of investing money in the expansion of existing microwave links. Backhaul Offload is a win-win for HTS service providers and MNO’s: HTS service providers provide MNO’s with a well-balanced OpEx-for-CapEx value proposition; with great flexibility for quickly deploying and adapting to changing needs. Continue>
At iDirect, we are providing you the building blocks that will enable you to adopt a solutions-oriented approach that transforms your network. Advancements such as transparent IP transport, improved network architectures, optimized service fulfillment, and end-point intelligence are helping you step toward carrier-class quality and service agility. Watch as Eric Watko, iDirect’s VP of Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, discusses with Adam Bennett, Product Marketing Manager, our commitment to improving the entire end-to-end network.
DataPath’s new QCT90 man-packable antenna has achieved full Inmarsat Type Approval which expands their service and greatly helps their ability to support a larger variety of customers. In addition this further expands DataPath’s ability to support customers as a service provider of Inmarsat GX solutions.
DataPath has previously achieved Inmarsat full Type Approval for use on GX’s military Ka-band frequencies for the company’s CCT120 and CCT200 fly-away terminals, DA120 drive-away terminal and STT 208 trailer-based antenna systems.
As an approved Inmarsat Government GX satellite service provider in both commercial and military Ka-band frequencies, DataPath’s QCT90 man-pack terminal was designed for both simplicity and ruggedness to deliver quick connectivity in remote locations.
The 90-cm antenna’s carbon fiber reflector and cast magnesium frame are durable and light weight and the fully integrated design avoids loose cables and includes a GPS-enabled graphical user interface (GUI). The QCT90 fits into a single back-pack style case.
Inmarsat Global Xpress’ plug-and-play, high-throughput satellite connectivity service supports high definition voice, video and data applications through a single operator. Its secure beam-to-beam handover capabilities and worldwide coverage make it ideal for global airborne, naval and land operations. Continue>
Posted onJuly 25, 2016byiDirect.
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New agreement supports Inmarsat ‘building block’ development strategy
Inmarsat and VT iDirect announced an extension of their long-term strategic partnership with the formation of a joint research & development (R&D) team – i2 – to support the development of the next generation satellite communications (satcom) technologies. This venture is a logical next step in the Inmarsat and VT iDirect relationship, having worked successfully together over the past four years to develop the GX program.
The R&D project team, which will be based at Inmarsat’s headquarters in London, will focus on the proof-of-concept and prototype phases for new satcom technologies. Inmarsat and VT iDirect will jointly assess the commercial potential of each new technology before the decision is taken to deploy it in the form of a new product or service. Both companies’ partners and end-users will enjoy privileged access to the new technologies.
Among the first projects the team will address are the creation of new solutions to support the growing integration of satcom and terrestrial networks, the requirement for smaller, more powerful satcom terminals, and the boosting of waveform performance.
“This is a highly practical relationship with the objective to deliver a continual flow of market-leading new technologies,” said Michele Franci, Inmarsat’s Chief Technology Officer. “Inmarsat and VT iDirect have been close partners for many years, and we share a common vision of the future development of satellite communications – particularly its growing integration with terrestrial networks. It makes complete sense to combine our resources and capabilities in this way. Read More
Posted onJuly 13, 2016byiDirect.
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Inmarsat has completed the launch of its Global Xpress constellation. Now, it is time to deliver on the promise of these High Throughput Satellites and become an even bigger force in mobility, particularly in the maritime and aviation markets.
Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce sees a big future in connected transportation, so much so that he believes aviation could ultimately usurp maritime as the biggest revenue generator for the operator. Right now, commercial aviation accounts for around 10 percent of Inmarsat’s overall Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) revenues, so it still has some way to go, but Pearce sees many reasons why aeronautical connectivity could become number one.
“Over the next decade there is the potential that aviation could become our largest business, because of the scale of the aviation industry, its sectoral growth dynamics, and because it is almost uniquely an area where mobile satcoms can service the needs of consumers — passengers travelling on commercial airlines. As such, there is the potential for aviation to vie with our maritime business as our largest business segment,” says Pearce. Continue>
Posted onJuly 12, 2016byiDirect.
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When it comes to Cellular backhaul over satellite, it is important for mobile operators to maximize the effectiveness of the space capacity since it is the most expensive part of connecting remote and rural sites.
iDirect has worked with Sevis for a number of years to support mobile operators around the globe, helping them backhaul traffic in a cost-effective way. On the new iDirect X7-EC, a variant of the popular iDirect X7 remote that features embedded computing, customers now have the ability to run the Sevis 2G/3G Optimization software as an application inside our satellite modem.
Join iDirect in this Q&A with Ian Walter, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Sevis, to learn how you can seamlessly deliver services to the network edge.
Ian, tell us a bit about Sevis, the products you offer and the role you play to help Mobile operators deliver services.
Sevis Systems is a leading provider of mobile backhaul optimization and enhanced SS7 signaling defense solutions to mobile and fixed line network operators around the world. Several of the largest global operators rely on our products to increase operational efficiencies, save cost and enable new innovative services.
Founded in 1999, Sevis is a privately held corporation based in Dallas, Texas. Sevis offers best-in-class, innovative, carrier-grade solutions to satellite and telecom operators worldwide through our global network of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and distribution partners. Read More
Posted onJuly 6, 2016byiDirect.
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Satellite ground infrastructure provider will tap into technology-rich Killarney region to create more than 30 specialized engineering jobs over the course of five years
Herndon, Va. July 5 – 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 it will establish an Engineering and Innovation Centre in Killarney, Ireland. The facility will help to create new engineering jobs in a technology-rich region of the world. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland.
With existing technology development centers located in Ottawa (Canada), Singapore, Cranfield (UK) as well as Herndon (US), iDirect expands its global engineering innovation footprint to a country that is rich in skilled information communications technology (ICT) professionals. According to IDA Ireland, the country’s inward investment promotion agency that promotes foreign direct investment into Ireland through a wide range of services, Ireland today employs more than 37,000 in ICT and is the home to nine of the world’s top-10 companies in this industry.
iDirect established its presence in Ireland following its 2014 acquisition of intellectual property (IP) from locally based Altobridge. The IP acquired from the small-cell company focused on 2G and 3G solutions for cellular backhaul, is today integrated into existing iDirect solutions that enable the cellular backhaul market—a fast-growing market for VSAT service providers, driven by the need for mobile operators to extend their service offering into new geographical areas to capture greater revenue. Read More
Posted onJuly 5, 2016byiDirect.
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The ability to offer high-speed data rates and make efficient use of bandwidth is essential to meeting rising customer expectations. But today it takes more than that ─ it means enabling dynamic, flexible services that can be turned on rapidly and adjusted on demand across the entire global network. iDirect provides the technology building blocks to support true service agility at every point in the process from network implementation to unified services to optimized service fulfillment.
In our latest Preview Feature you’ll see how iDirect innovations are enabling dynamic service delivery that will lead toward higher revenue, lower operational costs and greater overall opportunity.
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