Fast Forward: How to Win the Race for Business Opportunity
The satellite industry has begun a transformational phase – with major innovations redefining the value
we can deliver to our clients.
Satellite constellations now measure capacity in multiple Terabits per second, unleashing capacity
at an order of magnitude never before seen in our industry. And the DVB-S2X standard is driving
unprecedented gains in performance and efficiency to meet surging demand for bandwidth across
every nation and business sector.
Yet, here’s the all-important question: How will satellite operators and service providers harness the
power of current and future capacity to most efficiently run their networks and capitalize on growth
opportunities? The answer hinges on three factors.
First, we need to address the constant need for higher throughput. Customers require more bandwidth
and higher speeds — and in an increasingly competitive environment, the pressure to deliver has never
been more intense.
The second success factor is managing scale at the right cost and pace. Broader adoption leads to more
expansive network deployments, and traditionally that equates to expensive infrastructure build-outs.
Today, satellite operators and service providers need to change the cost model for ground infrastructure
deployment, keeping up with demand without dramatically increasing capital and operating expenses.
The third success factor is about readiness for new changes coming from every direction and in rapid
succession — new network applications, new end-user markets and the next wave of satellites.
Fast Forward: How to
Win the Race for
A new model for greater performance, efficiency and growth
The emergence of intelligent satellite payloads promises
to deliver exponentially higher bandwidth efficiency,
with features like beam hopping and time slicing. Ground
infrastructure can’t be the bottleneck in this march forward.
It must stay ahead of satellite innovation, enabling networks
to adapt as these new satellites are launched and added to
“There is massive new opportunity for those who can deliver
the right throughput rate at the right cost, run large networks
cost-effectively, deploy new services rapidly, and continually
stay ahead of the pace of technology,”states Kevin Steen,
President & CEO, iDirect.
The iQ Series remote portfolio is engineered for best-in-class DVB-S2X performance.
“Our goal is to remove
every barrier to growth
— whether it be network
speed, operating cost
or market viability… We
pushed through a set of
that will put us ahead of
what the satellites can do.”
can’t be the bottleneck
in this march forward.
It must stay ahead of
“Our goal is to remove every barrier to growth — whether
it be network speed, operating cost or market viability,”
says Wayne Haubner, Senior Vice President, Engineering &
Emerging Technologies, iDirect.“We pushed through a set
of engineering challenges that will put us ahead of what the
satellites can do. And the result is new technology that gives
our customers the capability to go into markets that have
traditionally been untouchable.”
A key strategic element of our new architecture is a state-of-
the-art programmable ASIC chipset customized to exploit the
full capabilities of the DVB-S2X standard and optimized for
iDirect’s highest performing Adaptive TDMA waveform. The
ASIC chipset delivers a revolution in bandwidth performance,
meeting any end-user need in the foreseeable future.
At iDirect, our approach to innovation
aligns with this reality. Two years ago,
we began a dramatic re-thinking of
our ground infrastructure platform to
tackle tomorrow’s demands. Our
immediate plans are focused on
unleashing the power, performance
and efficiencies of High Throughput
But that’s only half the story. It’s also
about ensuring the ground segment
operates in tandem with emerging
satellite designs to constantly drive
lower economics and open new
A Smarter Remote Portfolio
“The approach that we took with our new generation of
remotes was to really build, from the ground up, a chip that
would allow us to have that flexibility and performance —
all in one package,”states Haubner.
“Demand is more intense than it was a few years ago, and
it’s much more unpredictable,”affirms Mike Liou, Vice
President, Product Management, iDirect.“The need to change
features and functionality with minimal intervention is critical
given the dynamic era we’re in, and the iQ remote was
designed with this need for adaptability and flexibility in
iDirect’s iQ remote series is targeted for broadband,
enterprise and mobility applications and packaged in
desktop, board level and rack-mount form factors that
will be introduced over the next 12 months. The first iQ
remote will be a desktop version that features a multi-core
processor and dual GigE VLAN-aware networking ports in a
very small form factor.
The ASIC chipset is the powerful intelligence
inside iDirect’s next-generation DVB-S2X
remote portfolio called the iQ Series. With
the ASIC chipset, we can design a remote
with best-in-class DVB-S2X performance.
And through software licensing, service
providers can easily increase throughput and
add network capabilities, driving a massive
expansion of applications and setting new
service level standards, all while extending the
deployment life of the remote.
A programmable ASIC chipset is the power inside iDirect’s next-generation iQ Series remote.
The second major aspect of iDirect’s technology strategy is bringing virtualization, and, ultimately,
cloud computing, to the hub side of the network, enabling a more flexible, powerful, resilient,
compact, and energy-efficient gateway able to run virtual network functions. Together, these exciting
technologies represent a game-changing future for ground infrastructure performance, surpassing
today’s limitations on all fronts.
The iQ Desktop is designed for fixed mobility networks.
Service providers can increase throughput and add
network capabilities through software licensing.
Gateway to Growth
Adapting to Future Satellite Architectures
All this innovation on the remote is positive, but it only
works if you keep pace with innovation within the gateway.
If you have 100, 1,000 or 10,000+ remotes all operating at a
higher throughput rate, you only start to immediately push
the bottlenecks to the hub.
To address this, we’ve developed the iDirect Intelligent
Gateway, which leverages blade-based compute and
virtualization techniques to support the very high
throughput and processing required for DVB-S2X
Featuring powerful processing blades in a fully redundant
configuration, the iDirect Intelligent Gateway supports the
same throughput as dozens of protocol processors, while
future proofing the gateway infrastructure for large-scale
network growth. The greatly improved density results in
a massive footprint reduction, decreasing cooling and
IT management expenses, while vastly improving the
performance you can expect over a given satellite link.
With DVB-S2X, satellite operators are designing next-generation architectures with features like beam
hopping and time slicing that enable satellites to adjust their payloads based on real-time demand
on the ground. For these payload features to work, the satellite, ground segment and teleport need to
communicate with each other to have a precise view of how they want to manage resources on the satellite.
“The Intelligent Gateway enables our customers to grow their networks to a level they had not previously
envisioned,”states Steen.“When they come across an opportunity that requires a very large-scale or high
throughput network to be deployed, they can confidently do that. They gain a higher degree of elasticity
to ramp up their capabilities at the teleport and do it cost effectively and quickly.”
“The Intelligent Gateway
enables our customers
to grow their networks
to a level they had not
When they come across an
opportunity that requires
a very large-scale or high
throughput network to
be deployed, they can
confidently do that.”
The iQ Desktop remote enables service providers to address a number of use cases with the same
physical remote, but with different software capabilities enabled. It is designed to meet the needs of both
fixed and mobility clients within a wide range of performance scenarios.
Recent over-the-air testing confirmed the iQ remote can operate in excess of 350Mbps.
These same tests also confirmed efficiencies that netted almost six bits per Hertz through the support of
256ASPK modulation and five percent roll-off – matching the highest rate of any remote to date.
“iDirect has always been known as the standard for mobility, network management and Quality of Service
(QoS),”states Greg Quiggle, Vice President, Emerging Products, iDirect.“With the iQ Series, we have
renewed our focus on speed and packets per second performance. We plan to continue pushing the
performance curve, ensuring the capabilities of future satellites are easily met.”