The iDirect Network Design Class is intended for systems engineers, presales engineers, proposal engineers and network consultants within iDirect Hub Operators.

The Network Design Class covers in-depth the iDirect Intelligent Platform, Evolution DVB-S2 and iNFINITI products and topologies, iVantage NMS and SatManage solutions, and complex network design issues. It will help the participants to make the iDirect Broadband VSAT business case and translate it into a competitive telecommunications service offering.

Specific vertical market opportunities such as Enterprise networks, Comms-On-the-Move (COTM) and maritime, Government and Defense, Energy & Utilities and narrowband networks are analyzed and the specific iDirect value and solution set reviewed.

Participants will examine customer service requirements through multiple real world case studies and convert them into the optimum network designs with lowest total cost of ownership. Each case study is accompanied with hands-on exercises using the iDirect Network Planning Tool (iNPT). Customer traffic characteristics and the satellite link budget are translated into the best suited network topology to determine hardware and space segment requirements.

Participants analyze customer application characteristics, IP traffic and bandwidth assumptions, IP QoS and service level objectives and map them to the appropriate advanced product capabilities. iDirect Broadband VSAT networks are dimensioned and optimized with regards of availability, scalability, flexibility, and performance.

The training lasts three days (9.00am to 5.00pm), and is free of charge to the participants.
Participants shall bring along their laptop PC for hands-on network design exercises and case studies using the iDirect Network Planning Tool (iNPT).


Participants must be familiar with the iDirect Broadband VSAT solution and the basic product capabilities.
The Class is open to network consultants within iDirect Network Operators who need to translate customers’ broadband service requirements into an iDirect-based business case and service offering. This course is not suitable for sales people, operations teams or installers.

Course Outline
The iDirect Network Design Class will cover the following topics, case studies and network designs:


Designing an Enterprise Network
● Intelligent Platform and Hub Overview
● Introduction to iDirect Network Planning Tool (iNPT)
● Case Study: Corporate Network

Designing a DVB-S2/ACM Network
● DVB-S2 and Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM)
● DVB-S2/ACM Service Models
● QoS & DVB-S2/ACM
● iNPT and DVB-S2/ACM / Network Sizing
● Case Study: DVB-S2/ACM Network
● Bandwidth Allocation Fairness
● DVB-S2/ACM Pricing Models

Designing an iNFINITI TDM Network
● Case Study: iNFINITI TDM Outbound sizing

MF-D-TDMA Inbound Frame Format

Designing an SCPC Return Network

● SCPC Return Topology
● Case Study: SCPC Return sizing

Designing Group QoS
● Group Quality of Service (QoS)
● Case Study: Providing differentiated services with GQoS

Designing a Narrowband Network
● iNFINITI Remotes - Product Overview
● Energy & Utilities, SCADA Market
● Case Study: Narrowband Network

Designing a Maritime Network
● Global NMS and SatManage
● Comms-On-The-Move (COTM) and maritime market
● Case Study: Maritime Network

Designing a Large Networks
● Government and Defense market / secure networks
● Hub Modularity and Scalability
● NMS / PP / Line Card / Remote Sizing / Performance Considerations
● Case Study: Large Network

Ready for the iDirect Network Design Class?

Test your skills with the following quiz:

1. iDirect Technologies hub solution uses DVB-RCS technology, true or false?
2. What is the difference between a DRO and a PLL LNB, and what do all three acronyms stand for?
3. Does iDirect Technologies hub solution use TDMA, PAMA or SCPC on the return channel?
4. What is the meaning of the term Fast Frequency Hopping?
5. How many bits is a IP mask?
6. What does the M stand for in the XLC-M Line Card?
7. Does iDirect Technologies hub solution use L-Band, Ku-band or 70/140 on its satellite interfaces?
8. What are the main functions of a Protocol Processor server?
9. What do the acronyms HNO and VNO mean?
10. What does the G stand for in GNMS, and what does a GNMS do?
11. What are the most important differences between an Evolution X3 and an X5 satellite router?
12. Fundamentally, how much more efficient in space segment is 8PSK over QPSK?
13. Why is TCP acceleration required in a satellite system?