MIDDLETOWN, RI â€“ As part of an ongoing effort to offer sales, service, and support in key commercial maritime regions, KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI
) today announced the creation of a Brazilian subsidiary, KVH South America Comunicacao Por Satelite Ltda. (aka KVH Brazil). With the fully licensed mini-VSAT BroadbandSM service in Brazil, the new entity allows KVH to provide better local support for its TracPhone® satellite communications systems and mini-VSAT Broadband service as well as the companyâ€™s TracVision® satellite TV systems.
â€œOur growing presence in Latin America, and specifically in Brazil, now allows us to do business locally while simultaneously providing service to mini-VSAT Broadband subscribers in locations around the globe. In addition, our Brazilian subsidiary has dramatically expanded our ability to support the offshore oil and gas industry, including rigs, supply ships, and other vessels that operate in this critical area of the Americas,â€ explains Patricio Baez
, KVHâ€™s vice president for commercial sales, Americas. â€œA significant portion of the worldâ€™s oil is currently produced in Brazilian waters, and exploration is underway for newly discovered pre-salt oil fields. The vessels and crews carrying out this important task must be equipped with reliable, affordable, and flexible satellite connections at all times. KVH Brazil and local distributors such as Nexions Corp., Net System Telecomunicases Ltd., Telnav Telecomunicações Navais, Mar e Terra, and Radiomar, are committed to serving the Brazilian maritime market and its unique needs in both the oil and gas and commercial shipping industries.â€
KVHâ€™s mini-VSAT service has been fully approved by the Brazilian regulatory agency, Anatel, allowing the mini-VSAT Broadband service to be used anywhere in Brazil and its surrounding waters. Following testing in Brazil and approval of the test results by Anatel, KVH also homologated its TracPhone V7
system, which means it can now be sold and installed throughout Brazil, a country with very stringent licensing requirements for satellite communications services.
Establishing a Brazilian subsidiary was a key part of KVHâ€™s global mini-VSAT Broadband licensing initiative, which permits TracPhone V7 owners to use mini-VSAT Broadband service without concern wherever they travel. This access covers coastal waters and hundreds of ports around the globe, including those where unlicensed maritime VSAT services are barred, which is an important consideration for KVHâ€™s commercial customers.
Of particular interest to oil and gas fleets are KVHâ€™s mini-VSAT Broadband service and compatible TracPhone V7 hardware, which were designed from the ground up to be the first next-generation maritime satellite communications solution. The global spread spectrum satellite network
, built with ViaSatâ€™s patented ArcLight® technology, offers more affordable airtime, voice service and Internet access as fast as 512 Kbps (ship to shore) and 2 Mbps (shore to ship). More than 1,000 TracPhone V7 systems have been shipped in the three years since the productâ€™s introduction, making the mini-VSAT Broadband network the worldâ€™s fastest growing maritime VSAT solution. Combined with offices in Denmark, Singapore, and Norway, KVH Brazil is a key part of KVHâ€™s commitment to supporting mini-VSAT Broadband users throughout the networkâ€™s expanding global coverage area.
About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries, Inc., and its subsidiaries are leading providers of in-motion satellite TV and communication 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. The company is based in Middletown, RI, with facilities in Illinois, Denmark, Norway, and Singapore.