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The Move to Full SCPC-TDMA Convergence

ImageOct 26th, 2012 by Carlos Placido   More from this Analyst | Profile

Shaped by the vision of an all-IP future, satellite markets served by TDMA and SCPC solutions have blurred over the past several years. Products and feature enhancements introduced by manufacturers at either camp have consistently reinforced this notion that, despite conceptually different ways of accessing satellite spectrum, there is increasing overlap among the market segments that TDMA and SCPC equipment vendors target.

One clear example of SCPC-TDMA convergence can be perceived in iDirect´s recent release of performance measurements on the Evolution X7 Remote. On October, 17th iDirect announced reaching 100 Mbps of aggregate IP throughput using the new X7 Evolution modem, operating with either TDMA or SCPC return access. Triple digits in Mbps of aggregate throughput flowing through a single site has, until recently, been only possible using SCPC modems.

For years, SCPC technology has been associated with dedicated point-to-point links and TDMA with shared multipoint applications. Peak data rates as well as network topologies and end-to-end latency requirements were also considered aspects defining which technology to use. However, these associations are gradually disappearing. The iDirect announcement follows a number of product launches and moves by other key players, reinforcing this notion of convergence. Sample developments include:

  • Gilat´s launch of the SkyEdge II Accent Dual Waveform VSAT, featuring a dual SCPC/TDMA return
  • Comtech´s development of the Advanced VSAT system, combining outbound DVB-S2 ACM with SCPC returns to better serve multipoint networks
  • Newtec´s diversification from broadcast and multipoint products towards TDMA and SCPC
  • Romantis´ release of a satellite router supporting various modes of operation and topologies including SCPC, TDM/SCPC, TDMA/TDMA and partial / full mesh

Beside the benefits of operating in both TDMA and SCPC modes at high speeds, one key aspect that NSR envisions will become the norm (when technology vendors introduce high-performing edge systems) is the ability to gradually incorporate software-definable enhancements that augment a platform´s future value. It is expected that iDirect will utilize the X7 Remote as a springboard to port process-intensive edge enhancements in future releases of its iDX management software.

Such an ability to simultaneously provide flexibility and performance is key in high data rate applications. Towards high-speed links, the CAPEX/OPEX value proposition shifts the attention to OPEX-saving considerations.  With most systems closely approaching the limits of efficiencies at the transport layer, future efficiencies will need to come from the use of sophisticated application-aware compression and bandwidth optimization.

The introduction of a high-speed modem by iDirect could also position the company as a flexible alternative to SCPC modems for high-speed links over specific high-throughput satellite (HTS) networks, such as O3b. Given the low-OPEX, high(er)-CAPEX characteristics of O3b (relative to traditional FSS) their value proposition will tend to make economic sense towards high data rates. For a long time, there have been questions of whether O3b would embrace SCPC solutions, TDMA or both. The iDirect X7 lowers the perceived risk by offering both TDMA and SCPC returns with high aggregate IP throughputs.

Bottom Line

Just like other aspects of the industry, satellite ground networks are being reshaped by the globalization of high-throughput satellites and technology evolution, enabling higher processing power at the network edge. Looking forward, NSR envisions interesting innovations like the X7 that will equip service providers and operators with new levels of flexibility, speed and operational enhancements.

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Major Businesses AT&T, Verizon see double-digit IPTV growth in Q3 2012

Michelle Clancy | 28-10-2012

IPTV continues to be a growth area for video in the United States, with the two biggest purveyors of the service, AT&T and Verizon Communications, both keeping up their records of subscriber additions in the third quarter of 2012.

AT&T saw a net addition of 198,000 U-verse TV subscribers and 613,000 high-speed Internet subscribers for the quarter—strengths that drove a 2% increase in wireline consumer revenue growth year-over-year—the telco’s best show in more than four years. U-verse TV customers totaled 4.3 million out of 7.4 million U-verse subscribers in the third quarter.

Third-quarter wireline revenue totaled $14.8 billion, a 1.6% decrease from last year’s figures, but its expenses, $12.9 billion, also decreased 2.1% year-over-year.

The news could be even better for the fourth quarter, as carrier is looking to convert at least three million of its 18 million DSL customers to its U-verse TV offerings. DSL broadband connections decreased by 42,000 in the third quarter, but the broadband average revenue per user (ARPU) increased almost 10% year-over-year as online video use has pushed users to convert to higher tiers of service.

“[Our] strong performance allows us to increase our free cash flow guidance to $18 billion or higher this year, exceeding our previous outlook by $2 billion,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, offering full-year guidance heading into Q4.

Verizon meanwhile saw a 4.6% year-over-year increase in consumer wireline revenues, the highest in a decade; and consumer ARPU was up 10.3% year over year, to $103.86.

The company added 119,000 new subscribers for FiOS TV, ending the quarter with 4.6 million video connections. That was less than the 150,000 that the telco was expecting, but still a year-over-year increase of 15.4%. The FiOS network now claims 17.4 million households. Verizon said that it expects to add 150,000 new TV additions in the fourth quarter as well.

Together, AT&T and Verizon claim 8.9 IPTV customers, accounting for the lion’s share of the U.S. customer base. Overall in the U.S., IPTV subscribers will more than double to 18.6 million in 2017, according to Parks Associates. Parks also said that satellite’s share of the pay-TV market will drop to 30% by 2017, while cable’s share will fall to 52%, even as IPTV’s will rise to 18%.The resulting competitive shift will drive cable in particular to roll out innovative service bundles in order to retain customers.

The firm said that IPTV will thus lead the next stage in pay-TV service growth as telcos leverage their fibre-based broadband offerings to attract new customers with advanced IP-based features and higher speeds to accommodate connected set-tops and TVs. A new, big player on the scene will impact the market as well: Google is rolling out fiber-based, 1Gbps Google Fiber+TV in Kansas City.

“Cable TV providers are losing subscribers to IPTV services from AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink,” said Jim O’Neill, Research Analyst, Parks Associates.. Satellite providers also will experience subscriber loss as telcos continue to expand fiber footprints, leverage pricing on triple- and quad-play bundles, and offer advanced TV Everywhere products. Going forward, subscriber retention will become the focus for cable and satellite providers.”

Read more: AT&T, Verizon see double-digit IPTV growth in Q3 2012 | Rapid TV News http://www.rapidtvnews.com/index.php/at-t-verizon-see-double-digit-iptv-growth-in-q3-2012.html?utm_source=newsletter_843&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rapid-tv-news-current-edition-2810#ixzz2Ad4SzIOv

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Steve Hawley interviews Thomas Wrede, IBC 2012

Steve Hawley interviews Thomas Wrede, Commercial, Reception Systems, SES, during press conference and reception for IBC, at Blakes Hotel Amsterdam September 6, 2012.

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Steve Hawley interviews Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou,IBC 2012.

Steve Hawley interviews Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, Commercial, Africa, SES, during press conference and reception for IBC, at Blakes Hotel Amsterdam September 6, 2012.

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Steve Hawley interviews Ferdinand Kayser IBC 2012

Steve Hawley interviews Ferdinand Kayser CCO SES ASTRA Satellites during press conference and reception for IBC, at Blakes Hotel Amsterdam September 6, 2012.

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PvdA Beteugel financiële problemen scholen [NL 2012 CampaingWatch

door Jeroen Dijsselbloem op 3 september 2012

Financiële problemen van scholen vormen een gevaar voor de toekomst van het onderwijs. Daarom presenteert de Partij van de Arbeid een actieplan (pdf) om de deze problemen aan te pakken. Ook de Algemene Onderwijsbond (AOb) luidt de noodkloken doet een beroep op de politiek om in te grijpen. Financiële problemen leiden tot slechter onderwijs. Het is dus zaak om scholen financieel gezond te houden.

De PvdA wil openbaar maken welke scholen onder verscherpt toezicht staan en ervoor zorgen dat ouders op de hoogte zijn van de financiële situatie waarin de school van hun kinderen verkeert. In ons plan maken wij daarnaast extra geld vrij voor actiever financieel toezicht door de Onderwijsinspectie. Scholen in de problemen moeten hulp inroepen om erger te voorkomen.

Een kort parlementair onderzoek moet de feiten rond de financiële positie van scholen snel boven tafel krijgen. Dit onderzoek moet aantonen of de financiering van scholen door de overheid op dit moment voldoende is en of scholen in de toekomst met deze middelen de steeds hoger wordende rekeningen kunnen betalen.

Scholen laten ons weten dat ze geen geld hebben voor de gewoonste zaken zoals schoonmaak, de energierekening en onderhoud van het gebouw, omdat de prijzen flink zijn gestegen. Er wordt steeds vaker in rode cijfers geschreven.

Aan de andere kant zijn er ook scholen die onnodig oppotten. Daar zou een maximum aan gesteld moeten worden. Gaan scholen daar overheen, zonder goede verklaring, dan moet er een korting op de bekostiging volgen. Onderwijsgeld moet immers ten goede komen aan goed onderwijs.

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VVD MINDER IMMIGRATIE CampaingWatch 2012

De VVD wil een eerlijk en restrictief vreemdelingenbeleid. De VVD ziet kansen voor hoogopgeleide kennismigranten om ons land en onze economie te versterken. Maar de ongecontroleerde toestroom van kansarme en laagopgeleide migranten van de laatste decennia, leidde tot grote problemen in de wijken, op scholen, op de arbeidsmarkt en op het vlak van criminaliteit.

De aanhoudende toestroom van kansarme migranten werkt het oplossen van integratieproblemen tegen en moet daarom worden gestopt. Dankzij de VVD zijn vanaf 2002 belangrijke stappen genomen om het asiel- en immigratiebeleid streng, rechtvaardig en consequent toe te passen. Dit beleid wil de VVD voortzetten. Goede bewaking en controle van de Europese buitengrenzen zijn daarbij van belang.

Huwelijksmigratie

Als je als Nederlander de liefde van je leven in het buitenland ontmoet, moet het natuurlijk mogelijk zijn samen in Nederland te gaan wonen. Maar wel onder de voorwaarde dat de buitenlandse partner zicht heeft op een volwaardige plaats in de samenleving.

Huwelijksimmigranten worden daarom alleen toegelaten wanneer zij naar Nederlandse maatstaven voldoende zijn opgeleid en de Nederlandse taal in woord en geschrift beheersen. Zij moeten ook kunnen aantonen voldoende kennis te hebben van de Nederlandse samenleving en hier positief tegenover te staan. Er wordt geen verblijfsvergunning toegekend als de partner jonger is dan 24 jaar, of als deze een neef of nicht is van de aanvrager, of als de aanvrager over een inkomen beschikt van minder dan 120 procent van het minimumloon. Misbruik van huwelijksmigratie – zoals schijnhuwelijken – moet hard worden bestreden. Ook om dit te voorkomen wil de VVD de termijn voor het verkrijgen van een permanente verblijfsvergunning oprekken naar tien jaar. Inkoop van AOW geschiedt op basis van een reële kostprijs.

We maken een eind aan de export van kinderbijslag buiten de EU. Jongeren onder de 27 jaar kunnen als het aan de VVD ligt voortaan geen aanspraak meer maken op bijstand. Deze maatregelen voorkomen dat mensen onterecht aanspraak maken op onze sociale voorzieningen en stimuleren dat mensen integreren door middel van arbeidsparticipatie. De VVD wil de Europese richtlijn voor gezinshereniging wijzigen. De leeftijds- en inkomenseis moeten omhoog. Als dit niet lukt moet Nederland een opt-out bepleiten zodat Nederland deels zijn eigen regels kan bepalen.

Immigratie uit overzeese gebiedsdelen

Ook vanuit de voormalige Nederlandse Antillen komt een stroom kansarme migranten richting Nederland. De VVD wil de vestiging van kansarme migranten uit Curaçao, Aruba en Sint Maarten tegengaan door criteria te verbinden aan een permanent verblijf in Nederland. Dit is in lijn met de voorwaarden die de Antillen zelf stellen aan Nederlanders die zich daar willen vestigen (een bepaald inkomen, geen strafblad). Deze voorwaarden gelden voortaan ook andersom.

Kenniswerkers

De VVD wil kenniswerkers en talenten actief uitnodigen om zich in Nederland te vestigen om onze economie te versterken. Daartoe moeten we de procedures voor kennismigranten versoepelen, ook de regels van huwelijksmigratie en inburgering. Bedrijven en kennisinstellingen moeten toptalent met een minimum aan bureaucratie naar Nederland kunnen halen. Vergunningen voor kenniswerkers willen we sneller toekennen.

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Exhibiting at IBC September 6 – 11 2012 Rai Amsterdam

IBC provides an unprecedented chance to communicate your company’s vision and showcase innovations to a global audience. Interact with 50,000+ attendees from 160 countries attracted by the wealth of technological advances and strategic thinking that IBC uniquely offers. Join 1,300+ exhibitors in one of fourteen carefully themed and easy to navigate halls and take advantage of IBC’s host of activities to generate leads, raise your profile, develop distribution channels, move into new markets or network with peers. Achieve your business goals at IBC2012. ibc.org

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Cedia Expo 2012 Indianapolis

 

CEDIA EXPO is the show to attend if you are working with technology in the home. Re-energize your revenue at this year’s CEDIA EXPO 2012 where every overlapping technology within the integrated home connects.

The leading tradeshow in the residential electronic systems industry, CEDIA EXPO is the only show that serves every home technology professional, no matter their service focus.

Attending CEDIA EXPO gives you an advantage over the competition by providing:

  • Exposure to up and coming technologies
  • Exclusive FREE training on the latest product lines
  • The industry’s most comprehensive education with CEDIA University courses

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IFA Newsticker 3 September 2012

IFA International Keynote: Noel Lee on the fusion of entertainment, sport and fashion

LG with OLED and the largest 4K televisions
NewTV app offers sightseeing flights around 6,000 coastal hotels

Cuckoo wristwatch provides wireless contact to smartphone
Sennheiser gets sporty

United Navigation puts emphasis on innovations

Intenso with new tablets and a turbo hard drive

Developed for Nokia and which have active noise suppression and Bluetooth to provide the best possible enjoyment of music from a mobile phone.

Television sets are becoming intelligent, along with refrigerators and washing machines. Yesterday’s branchenforum@IFA at IFA t also the Smart Home , all the components of which are now available
Homes that are networked and can therefore be described as ‘smart’ now start with the television sets, which are acquiring growing internet capabilities and are capable of providing and distributing more programmes than ever before from a variety of sources. technology.

World debut for the Philips Homecooker from Jamie Oliver

Video robots and musical light bulbs from Hong Kong

Last year Germany was the largest European importer of electronic goods from Hong Kong, with a value of 4.44 billion US dollars, and is the sixth largest market in the world for these products. A total of 41 companies are represented this year at IFA 2012, 24 of them under the auspices of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council . A variety of products are on display, including the prototype of a miniature robot from iReach Technology , whose built-in video camera with zoom and night viewing capability can transmit images to the screen of the cordless remote control unit and store them on an SD card. Introduced two years ago, the “Singing Bulb” is now in regular production. It is being exhibited by Sensor Industries and consists of an LED lamp with a conventional E-27 screw fitting and built-in loudspeaker, which is supplied with a signal by a mini-transmitter connected to a smartphone or music player.
LG with OLED and the largest 4K televisions

The display by LG at this year’s IFA offers some fascinating technology. One of the main exhibits is the 55 inch OLED television, which is due to be launched onto the market this year at a cost of less than 10,000 euros. The technology is based on WOLED s, i.e. white OLEDs, generating brightness by using four identical, white, organic light diodes. The colour is produced by a filter known as the Colour Refiner.t passive 3D. It is also possible to screen two programmes simultan-eously.
NewTV app offers sightseeing flights around 6,000 coastal hotels
Sennheiser is exhibiting its new range of sports headphones at IFA 2012. These five models have been developed in collaboration with the sports goods manufacturer adidas and have been tested by professional athletes. The new sports models can be worn in the ear canal, in-ear, with an ear hook, with a neckband or with a headband. All of them have been designed to be highly resistant to water, perspiration and cold. Three of the five new models are also provided with a control unit and microphone built into the cable. After completing one’s training session the headphones can be simply rinsed under a tap.

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