June 18, 2019

New iDirect Remote Expands Applications for Satellite-Cellular Networks

New iDirect Remote Expands Applications for Satellite-Cellular Networks

Single-box solution combines high-speed satellite and LTE modem technology to enable more flexible and resilient enterprise networks 

Herndon, Va., June 18, 2019 – VT iDirect, a company of VT Systems, today announced that it is launching the iQ LTE, a unique hybrid satellite and wireless remote that will enable more flexible and resilient communications to support critical functions. The iQ LTE combines iDirect’s next-generation DVB-S2/DVB-S2X satellite technology, based on the iQ 200, with a high-performance Long-Term Evolution (LTE) modem developed by Cradlepoint. Packaged in a single box solution for ease of deployment, provisioning and operation, the solution opens new opportunities for service providers to support a wider range of enterprise applications that require software-defined routing for least-cost or hybrid connectivity.

“As the world becomes fully connected, every access technology must work together to enable a growing diversity of network applications, while providing overall redundancy,” said Toni Kousiafes, Vice President, Product Management, VT iDirect. “A key measure of a service provider’s value is how well they can deliver a seamless offering – from hybrid networks to single source provisioning and billing. The iQ LTE makes this possible within key enterprise, government and mobility markets that will see major growth as global demand for connectivity continues to skyrocket.”

As enterprise applications become more complex, Software-Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WANs) are emerging to offer high-efficiency connectivity, automatically routing traffic over the best performing and lowest cost networks. The iQ LTE remote brings together WAN affinity for satellite, LTE and WiFi, which are all essential elements in SD-WAN networking. It supports internet protocol (IP) traffic across both satellite and LTE networks, choosing the appropriate path based on criteria such as application, cost and congestion.

Hybrid cellular-satellite networks are increasingly relied on by commercial and government organizations such as first responders who demand continual connectivity even when core networks go down, and financial institutions who need to provide constant bandwidth automated teller machines (ATMs) even when local LTE service is compromised. In these cases, the iQ LTE can automatically switch from primary cellular coverage to satellite coverage, allowing businesses to continue operations even if LTE service is interrupted.

The satellite forward link on the iQ LTE can also be used for multicast traffic, transporting very large data or video files to thousands of locations simultaneously and achieving significant time and costs saving in contrast to a traditional unicast network configuration. For example, banks can send out massive security and system updates to thousands of ATMs simultaneously or support applications like video surveillance and sensors for tamper management.

The iQ LTE also provides coverage flexibility to organizations that depend on very small aperture terminal (VSAT) for their primary connectivity. For example, maritime cargo and yachts that rely on VSAT can switch to more cost-effective LTE coverage near shore. Offshore oil rigs and service vessels can seamlessly toggle between VSAT and LTE as network conditions and locations change to maintain continual connectivity for critical operations.