OmniAccess goes live with idx 3.2 and x7

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. has announced that OmniAccess S.L., a leading communications provider to super and megayacht owners, has successfully launched a live satellite communications network built on iDirect’s latest iDX 3.2 software and incorporating the high-performance X7 remote.

The network, which was tested at Intelsat’s Fuchstadt teleport over the IS-902 satellite, reached a data throughput rate of 50 Mbps. OmniAccess now plans a critical upgrade to its BroadBEAM ULTRA satellite service that will deliver higher throughput rates of 50 to 100 Mbps.

iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology. OmniAccess is the first iDirect customer to launch a commercial service based on iDX 3.2 and X7. The satellite service provider is now set to roll out a significantly enhanced high-bandwidth service offering for the luxury superyacht market.  The upgrade will meet a surging demand for bandwidth-intensive applications such as HD IPTV streaming and videoconferencing, as well as corporate VPN access and high-quality voice calls.

The X7 remote is the first of iDirect’s next-generation family of remotes. Built on an entirely new multi-core hardware platform, the X7 is optimized to deliver best-in-class DVB-S2/ACM and A-TDMA throughput performance.  With an embedded 8-port VLAN-aware switch and integrated GQoS, the X7 makes it simple to prioritise and segment traffic.

In addition to enabling key maritime applications with OpenAMIP, mobility support and a rack-mount form factor, the X7 features SCPC return, variant power supply configurations and a second DVB-S2 demodulator ideal for overlay MC traffic. 

iDirect’s iDX 3.2 software features Adaptive TDMA, which enhances return channel performance and increases network availability under rain fade and satellite link degradation. Adaptive TDMA enables an inroute group to support carriers with different symbol rates and MODCODs. The network dynamically adjusts to changing uplink conditions based on each remote’s demand and the system’s Quality of Service configuration. iDX 3.2 also improves acquisition, roll-off factor and waveform enhancements to drive greater efficiency and availability. 

Bertrand Hartman, CEO of OmniAccess said,“We're very excited to be the first company deploying iDirect's latest iDX 3.2 software and the new X7 remote. The extreme power of this combination will form the mainstay for our new Broadbeam Ultra service with ground-breaking speeds of up to 100 Mbps. We're delighted to partner with iDirect on launching this important new product line, which will play a key role in our future HTS plans.

 Stephen Tunnicliffe, regional vice president, Europe of iDirect commented, “End users are demanding increasingly higher throughput rates across nearly every satellite market.  With iDX 3.2 and X7, service providers can significantly strengthen their service offerings and capture broad new opportunities. We are very encouraged to see partners like OmniAccess turn our innovation into commercial success.” 

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