Preparing for the Network of the Future
Satellite connectivity is undergoing a technology and business transformation, overcoming barriers of
interoperability to become part of mainstream converged services and dramatically expand its role in the global
communications landscape. And because HTS is transforming the economics of satellite service, operators can
strongly position satellite as a viable part of the end-to-end network.
iDirect believes the key to full mainstream adoption is for satellite networks to be defined by modern telecom
standards. iDirect is developing proven network architectures that provide open programmable interfaces for
end-to-end network orchestration and business system integration.
When it comes to scaling a satellite communications network, hub-side infrastructure is one of the largest capital
expenses service providers face. iDirect is continuously innovating to adopt virtualization and cloud computing
practices to reduce the hub footprint, while vastly improving performance and scale.
With 5G on the horizon, iDirect understands that satellite needs to seamlessly integrate with cellular and terrestrial
infrastructure. iDirect’s goal is to provide the intelligence that enables all technologies working in unison across
multi orbital satellite, terrestrial and mobile networks.
Further, iDirect understands that the future requires multi-waveform capabilities that will enable a converged
platform that combines capacity from all orbits, integrates with 5G cellular networks and supports subscriber
roaming across service provider networks.
Unlocking New Satcom Markets and Capabilities with Next-Gen Ground Segment - Baseband Equipment
NSR is a leading international market research and consulting firm with a core focus on the satellite sector and
related industries. Founded in 2000 and with an experienced group of analysts located in all regions, NSR specializes
in analysis of growth opportunities across four core sectors: Satellite Communications, Broadcasting & Digital Media,
Hybrid & Emerging Applications and Commercial Space.
VT iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is a global leader in IP-based satellite communications providing technology
and solutions that enable our partners worldwide to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and
profitably expand their businesses. For more than 20 years, the VT iDirect organization has focused on meeting the
economic and technology challenges across the satellite industry. Today, the product portfolio, branded under the
name iDirect, sets new standards in performance and efficiency, making it possible to deliver voice, video and data
connectivity anywhere in the world. VT iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the
leader in key industries including mobility, military/government and cellular backhaul. In 2007, iDirect Government
was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities.
Senior Analyst, NSR
Lluc Palerm joined NSR as an analyst in 2015. His primary areas of focus are
Satellite Broadband and Ground Segment covering key growth areas such as
new markets unlocked by HTS, opportunities opened by innovations in ground
segment, how SatCom integrates in the telecom ecosystem, Enterprise VSAT,
Consumer Broadband or Cellular Backhaul. He is the lead author for NSR’s VSAT
and Broadband Satellite Markets (VBSM) report, industry’s unique Commercial
Satellite Ground Segment (CSGS) report, and Wireless Backhaul via Satellite (WBS)
report. Mr. Palerm regularly participates in consulting projects related to demand
forecast for new satellite systems, new markets entry strategy or ground segment
equipment and services demand for emerging opportunities among others.
Prior to joining NSR, Mr. Palerm worked at Zero2Infinity in technical and business
roles. While involved in the startup, he worked in the mission analysis for the
company’s microsat launcher project and leaded the development of a rocket
engine prototype successfully tested. He also contributed to the project’s business
plan with market research and financial assessment. Lluc undertook fund raising
efforts and built the relation with customers.
Graduated as an Aerospace Engineer from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
(2011), he collaborated with one of its research centers developing CFD codes
(CTTC). Afterwards, he received a Master in Management from ESADE Business
School (2012) specializing in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Unlocking New Satcom Markets and Capabilities with Next-Gen Ground Segment
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