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Government–MoFA Application Brief

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  • 1. Government–MoFA Application BriefMinistries of Foreign Affairs (MoFAs) are responsible for managinga network of embassies around the globe, in both urban Global Broadband Accesscenters and remote regions. Each site requires secure, reliable Governments must be connectedand always-available communications with headquarters and to embassies across the globeother agencies in order to carry out critical diplomatic functions. at all times, no matter whereBandwidth availability and security must be consistent across all they’re located. IP-based satellitesites in order to ensure a uniform experience and the ability to communications offers a highly reliable broadband solution:run core office and diplomatic applications seamlessly.All this can pose a major challenge for MoFAs, especially in  Secure, private network for global information exchange betweendeveloping nations with limited infrastructure. The cost and headquarters and embassiestime requirements for building out traditional fiber or wirelessinfrastructure in these locations are often too high.  Seamless terrestrial integration to extend connectivity to otherToday, satellite communications is overcoming these issues for remote embassiesMoFAs. Advancements in IP satellite technology have eliminated  Uniform experience across allissues related to legacy satellite systems, making it comparable to sites, with ability to prioritizeterrestrial in reliability, availability and security. With an IP satellite critical voice or data trafficbroadband platform, MoFAs can extend terrestrial and wirelessnetworks to the most remote parts of the world, providing  Quick and easy to deploy; able to relocate without onsite support ifembassies with always-on, high-speed broadband access for an embassy is at riskcore applications like voice, data and video communications.
  • 2. Uniform Global BroadbandBridging the Communications GapIn order to successfully carry out diplomatic functions aroundthe globe, a MoFA must establish and maintain embassies inlocations in varying stages of technological development andwith widely different levels of access to communicationsinfrastructure. An IP satellite platform provides a secure andprivate network for exchanging information betweenheadquarters and embassies in remote regions where abuild out of terrestrial infrastructure would be costprohibitive or time consuming.Because VSAT is IP based, the MoFA can combine terrestrialand satellite communications into one seamless IP networkso that embassies can use either depending on their location.iDirects solution is fully interoperable with global terrestrialand wireless systems. This means organization-wide support iDirect Intelligent Platform™for all mission critical applications and the ability to exchange Engineered to deliver the highesttraffic with other IP-enabled devices. Embassies running on quality broadband connectivityterrestrial systems can communicate seamlessly with those wherever and whenever it’s needed:using IP satellite broadband. And all pertinent applications can  Industry-leading efficiency forbe run network-wide across platforms and to all locations. large traffic volumes and high- bandwidth applicationsGuaranteed Availability  Military-grade encryption to protect sensitive trafficThe capacity requirement of each embassy in a MoFA networkis based on variables, including location, number of internal  Toll-quality voice communications and broadband data ratesdepartments, and the types of applications being used--VoIP,high-speed VPN, video-conferencing, or enterprise resource  Adaptive links that preserve connectivity in severe weatherplanning, for example.  Supports multiple bands,In the past, MoFAs would have had to invest in expensive, frequencies and up to five satellitesdedicated satellite links to ensure every site had access for extended network coverage.to sufficient bandwidth at all times. Otherwise, administrative  Intuitive network managementvoice traffic might have interfered with the sending of mission system that enables central monitoring of all sitescritical information. This is no longer the case.
  • 3. Seamless and Consistent ConnectivityToday, capacity can be shared across multiple sites and withinan organization without sacrificing availability. Embassies can The iDirect platform is fullydraw from a bandwidth pool, depending on requirements at interoperable with globalany given moment in time. terrestrial and satelliteWith iDirects platform, data is prioritized so that crucial systems. Embassies usingapplications always take precedence over other network traffic. terrestrial systems canIf an embassy needs to transmit large, constant volumes of communicate seamlesslydata, MoFAs always have the option of switching to a dedicated with those using IP satellite.channel for a given period of time.Reliable, Cost-Effective CommunicationsThe iDirect network is built on the next generation satellitecoding standard, DVB-S2 with Adaptive Coding and Modulation(ACM). This allows the satellite link to adjust signal strength tomaintain connectivity during inclement weather and improvesnetwork throughput performance, helping to ensure both thereliability and availability that embassies around the globe require.iDirects platform can be cost-effectively expanded by addingline cards to a universal hub chassis as the network needs toincrease in size. Each line card supports four to eight software-activated return channels. This reduces hardware costs as thereis no need to purchase a new piece of equipment each timethe system must scale.Security and Ease of UseSince diplomatic traffic is highly sensitive and oftenclassified, MoFAs require that their communications networksoffer the highest levels of encryption to prevent adversariesfrom intercepting and interpreting information.In certain circumstances, MoFAs also must take into accountthe security of their physical network, which could comeunder attack. With a terrestrial infrastructure, the lines
  • 4. Secure and Stable Communicationscan be cut and communications shut down. In extremelyvolatile areas, a situation may deteriorate to the point whereembassy personnel are no longer safe. If they are dependenton terrestrial communications, they might be cut off fromcontact with headquarters or the aid they require. Diplomaticfunctions may cease.To ensure data security, iDirect has implemented AES 256-bit encryption throughout its product portfolio and offerseven more secure solutions that are in compliance withmilitary-grade security standards.Additionally, with iDirects network management system,non-technical personnel can operate the equipment.Monitoring and maintenance is done from a single, centrallocation. IT staff back at headquarters keeps control over theentire network, eliminating the need for individual embassiesto staff technical personnel. iDirect 13865 Sunrise Valley Drive Herndon, VA 20171 +1 703.648.8000 +1 866.345.0983 www.idirect.net Advancing a Connected World