XipLink (News - Alert) and 3Di Technologies are jointly working on the USO satellite network for Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) applications which will be used by thousands of U.S. troops operating in Southwest Asia. The network is developed to support personal calls via Voice over IP (VoIP) as well as Internet access to keep deployed personnel in contact with family and friends around the world. 3Di Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of L-3 Communications (News - Alert).
In a press release, Ian Palmer, President of 3Di, said, “Our company has a long and positive association with XipLink so when the USO requirements called for a reliable satellite optimization capability at very high VoIP call rates we tested the new XRT features for UDP (News - Alert) packets with favorable results. Once the contract was secured the products rolled out cleanly without incident and the USO is thrilled with the results. More importantly, the troops obtain a useful tool to stay in contact with their friends and family on a regular basis.”
The key objective in combining the 3Di TDMA VSAT network with XipLink’s XA wireless optimization appliances is to achieve more than 3 times the VoIP call capacity versus the un-optimized TDMA network in order to service the thousands of troops at USO facilities throughout the region. To develop the application, 3DI deployed redundant, high capacity 155 Mbps XA-30K appliances at their new Baltimore managed data center for aggregation into an optical backhaul network while using cost efficient 8 Mbps XA-4000 class optimizers at the remote access sites. Along with TCP acceleration, streaming TCP compression and web optimization, 3Di utilizes the new XipLink Real Time (XRT) UDP optimizations to coalesce and header reduce UDP packets to meet the stringent capacity requirements of the USO network.
Jack Waters, CEO of XipLink, said, “We are always pleased to contribute to the success of our partners and to insure the positive morale of troops in theater. Especially in 3DI’s case, where their focus is to provide the highest level of reliable service to personnel at risk, it is extremely rewarding to be part of a technology and service team that executes properly for the USO.”
XipLink was in news recently when VT iDirect (News - Alert), Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc. and a major provider of satellite-based IP communications technology, was set to offer new Web and UDP optimization solutions through a reseller agreement with XipLink, Inc.
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Edited by Rich Steeves