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Video Conferencing Over Satellite
PrePaid 12 Month On-Demand 384Kbps CIR Packages - North America Only
For Fixed and Mobile Satellite Systems using Ground Control's Premium iDirect Satellite Internet Service

Use ANY video conferencing software or hardware solution over our iDirect
satellite network. When a video conferencing session starts, it opens an unshared
bi-directional 384Kbps full speed pipe over the satellite link, ideal for quality voice
and video from any location in North America.

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Video Conferencing with Ground Control On-Demand Service Features:
Not all satellite services are the same. There are 3 great reasons to use Ground Control for Video Conferencing Over Satellite :
  1. Our iDirect Network has a bit error rate better than 10-9, which is defined as a clear channel and perfect for Video Conferencing.
  2. Video Conferencing data is transferred over an UNSHARED channel, making the speeds predictable, and video and voice dropouts almost nonexistent. CIR (Committed Information Rate) is 1:1, or unshared and bi-directional.
  3. Our network latency is one of the lowest in the satellite industry (500-650 milliseconds) minimizing the delay between conversing parties, making it virtually unnoticeable. Trust that we take care of the complexities of Video Conferencing over satellite so you can take care of business.

Starting Video Conferencing Service with Ground Control

Web Camera   Step 1. Have A Standard iDirect Service Plan
Video Conferencing On-Demand service is an additional service used with any of our North American iDirect service plans. These plans work with any mobile or fixed satellite system with a .98 dish or larger. More info on standard service plans.
Web Camera   Step 2. Choose A PrePaid VC Service Plan
There are three service plans available below ranging from 900 to 3000 prepaid minutes for 384Kbps video conferencing on-demand.
Web Camera   Step 3. System Configuration
Ground Control will configure the satellite link to recognize a video conferencing session started on a unique IP address. We will also show you how to best configure your chosen Video Conferencing solution to work with the 384 Kbps stream.
Web Camera   Step 4. Start A Video Conferencing Session
Use any Video Conferencing hardware or software solution and initiate an On-Demand video conference (session activation is automatic and transparent).

Video Conferencing Icon PrePaid Plans (North America)
Service to be used within 12 Month

(Up / Down)
Out-Of-Plan Minutes Cost
(U.S. Dollars)
   900 PrePaid VC Minutes - ($3.33/minute) 384/384 Kbps $4.35 $2,999
   1800 PrePaid VC Minutes - ($2.67/minute) 384/384 Kbps $4.35 $4,799
   3000 PrePaid VC Minutes - ($2.22/minute) 384/384 Kbps $4.35 $6,649

  ► VC (Video Conferencing) plans must be used within 12 months of service activation.
  ► Billing begins when VC session starts, and is charged per minute of use until session ends.
  ► Daily or Monthly usage reports are available by contacting
  ► Service is to be used in conjunction with any 12 month Ground Control North America iDirect plan.
  ► Video Conferencing sessions DO NOT add to the monthly transfer allowances of standard service plans!
  ► The 384 Kbps channel is unshared, bi-directional, and fully dedicated to the VC session while active.
  ► Speeds are guaranteed for the satellite link only.
  ► The terrestrial network and destination of any data session is not under our control, and is not guaranteed
  ► VC Plans require a Public (Static) IP address VC equipment (on satellite side).
  ► Additional PrePaid Plans can be easily added before end of 12 month term.

CIR (Committed Information Rate) Defined
We at Ground Control define CIR as the space segment of your connection that is not shared with others on the network, so it always transfers guaranteed speeds 100% of the time. Service reflects guaranteed speed to the terrestrial network, and speeds may be affected by the path of the public Internet, and the host on the other end communicating with the satellite site. Since a 1:1 CIR channel is not shared, it is typically much more expensive than a shared service. Some companies use the term CIR loosely in describing shared plans, however, if a channel is shared, then obviously full speed can not be guaranteed.

QoS (Quality of Service) Defined
QoS is a term used to show some applications (or users) are more critical than others on the local network. For Video Conferencing, Ground Control prioritizes the VC traffic over the local iDirect gateway, granting it preferential treatment over most all other traffic. Traditionally, the concept of quality in networks meant that all network traffic was treated equally. The result was that all network traffic received the local network’s best effort, with no guarantees for reliability, delay, variation in delay, or other performance characteristics. With best-effort delivery service, however, a single bandwidth-intensive application can result in poor or unacceptable performance for all applications.

Video Conferencing Systems Can Move Anywhere
As long as one of two video conferencing sites is on a static IP address, a video call can be made (to the static IP address) from anywhere on the Internet. (Normally from any wireless or Ethernet port that issues a (DHCP) IP address). Simply start the video conferencing session and connect to the static IP address of the other Video Conferencing device/computer to initiate the video conferencing session. This solution does NOT use the Ground Control on-demand VC service, so no charges will be billed.

Video Conferencing Solutions From Ground Control
Most any Video Conferencing solution will work over our service. Below are two economical
systems that have been tested over our network.

Video Conferencing Software Solution  
The Polycom PVX software will work with most any PC and web camera. Cost is $110 per software seat.
pdf Polycom PVX Link on
Pre-Configured Laptop with Video Conferencing
Ground Control sells pre-configured laptops that stream live video using the Polycom PVX video conferencing solution... even over a wireless 802.11 systems such as the Toughsat XP or SP Mobile satellite dish.

Ground Control Satellite Dish Equipment & Service - United States
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