MIDDLETOWN, RI â€“ KVH Industries, Inc., today announced that it has completed the $6.5 million all-cash acquisition of Virtek Communication AS. Norway-based Virtek specializes in the development and deployment of software known as â€œmiddlewareâ€ that helps commercial fleets and vessel owners manage the data transmitted to and from their vessels over different satellite communications services, such as KVHâ€™s own mini-VSAT Broadbandsm or Inmarsat FleetBroadband.
â€œIn order to provide the highest quality maritime VSAT service available, we recognized that our end-to-end solution would be improved if we were able to optimize the data transmitted over the network while providing an array of versatile onboard applications specially designed to work well in the maritime environment,â€ says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVHâ€™s chief executive officer. â€œWe spent more than a year evaluating all of the middleware solutions on the market and found Virtek offered exactly the types of advanced features that we wanted to provide our mini-VSAT Broadband customers. We are very pleased to have completed this acquisition so quickly and smoothly and now turn our efforts to seamlessly integrating Virtekâ€™s powerful CommBox£ technology and industry expertise with our mini-VSAT Broadband solution, which has already become the fastest growing maritime VSAT service.â€For more information http://www.kvh.com/minivsat
About KVH Industries, Inc. Middletown, RI-based KVH Industries, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiaries, are leading providers of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 150,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. KVHâ€™s mission is to connect mobile customers around the globe with the same digital television entertainment, communications, and Internet services that they enjoy in their homes and offices.