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KVH ships 9,000th mini-VSAT Broadband system

KVH Industries has shipped its 9,000th mini-VSAT Broadband system, marking the ever-growing demand for connectivity on-board ships and at sea.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer, stated: “Ever since we launched our mini-VSAT Broadband network more than 10 years ago, our antenna systems have been in demand by the maritime industry. Our solution is known for fast data speeds, affordable airtime, and an advanced, secure, and reliable network, which continues to be a winning combination as the maritime industry relies more and more on connectivity.”

KVH’s portfolio of products include its TracPhone V-series antenna systems, designed to provide satellite broadband connectivity to commercial vessels and leisure yachts around the world, using advanced satellite technology, including the latest high-throughout satellites (HTS).

The TracPhone antenna systems include the TracPhone V3-HTS, a 37 cm diameter Ku-band ultra-compact maritime VSAT antenna, and the TracPhone V7-HTS, a 60 cm diameter Ku-band antenna. These HTS antenna systems are designed for KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband HTS network, which utilises Intelsat Flex Maritime service, providing multi-layered global coverage through Intelsat EpicNG HTS and select wide beams.

KVH also manufactures the TracPhone V11-IP, a 1.1 metre diameter, dual-mode C/Ku-band antenna for global VSAT connectivity. KVH’s VSAT systems feature the Integrated CommBoxTM Modem (ICM), a streamlined belowdecks unit that replaces the need for a rack full of components and integrates all antenna control, on-board network management, and modem functions in one small box. The ICM also receives onboard news, entertainment, and operations content sent via KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service.

TracPhone V-series systems have received eight product excellence awards from the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) in the past nine years. KVH has also received recognition from industry analysts of the Prospects for Maritime Satellite Communications, 6th Edition (2018) at Euroconsult, reporting that KVH is the market share leader in maritime VSAT by units.

KVH has also provided since 2017 a subscription-based Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) model for the commercial maritime sector. AgilePlans is an all-inclusive, no-commitment offering for a one monthly fee: connectivity via the mini-VSAT Broadband satellite network; a TracPhone V-series satellite communications antenna with free installation in select ports; news and training content delivered via satellite; and delivery of chart and weather content. The AgilePlans program has proven very successful. In the fourth quarter of 2018, it accounted for more than 62 per cent of KVH’s total commercial maritime VSAT shipments.{/mprestriction}

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