KVH launches high-speed maritime network on Intelsat Epic satellites

(MIDDLETOWN, R.I. and LUXEMBOURG) — KVH Industries Inc. on Tuesday announced the launch of its next-generation advanced maritime broadband network, joined by service partner Intelsat S.A. Slated for commercial availability next month, KVH’s high-speed overlay to its current mini-VSAT Broadband service is expected to triple, and in some cases increase by a multiple of six, the data speeds for its maritime customers.

At the core of its capabilities, KVH’s advanced maritime broadband network will incorporate Intelsat Epic satellite services and the IntelsatOne Flex platform, a global managed service designed to optimize bandwidth allocations and provide flexible coverage where it is needed. KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network is also expected to benefit from increased Asian satellite capacity from SKY Perfect JSAT.
At launch, KVH will have the largest maritime Ku-band network offering speeds as fast as 10 Mbps to each terminal. Each Intelsat Epic satellite has 25 to 60 Gbps of capacity, which is expected to deliver a major performance enhancement for KVH subscribers. KVH’s enhanced service is designed to enable significant improvements in business productivity in the commercial maritime world, and enrich the onboard experience for superyachts and recreational boats.

The new advanced mini-VSAT Broadband network will include southern Atlantic and southern Indian Ocean capacity, which is the primary driver for an expansion of KVH’s Ku-band coverage by 25 million square miles.

KVH’s previously fielded base of TracPhone V7-IP mini-VSAT Broadband systems is easily upgradeable to take advantage of the higher network speeds and improved global coverage of the advanced network. However, existing customers do not need to upgrade if they don’t need the higher speeds and improved coverage.

KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband service provides a complete end-to-end solution for the maritime market, including global connectivity; TracPhone V7-HTS and the TracPhone V-IP series satellite antenna systems; the KVH OneCare service and support program; the IP-MobileCast content delivery service; Videotel maritime training programs, which are in use on more than 12,000 commercial vessels globally; and, crew welfare content, including the NEWSlink daily news service in use on more than 9,000 vessels worldwide.

For more information, visit www.kvh.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff