(MIDDLETOWN, R.I.) — KVH Industries Inc. has announced that it has shipped more than 7,000 mini-VSAT broadband systems, designed and manufactured by KVH to provide mobile connectivity at sea. The TracPhone V-series satellite communications antenna systems are currently in use on everything from small recreational sailboats cruising the coastline to 1,000-foot commercial freighters transiting the world’s oceans.
KVH launched the mini-VSAT broadband service just 10 years ago, in July 2007, and has seen the popularity of the service grow, coinciding with an overall trend in the maritime industry toward increased reliance on broadband connectivity. As recently as September 2016, a leading industry analyst, Northern Sky Research, reported that KVH’s mini-VSAT broadband customers account for 29 percent of the vessels using Ku-band service.
KVH’s TracPhone antenna systems include the TracPhone V11-IP, a 1.1-meter diameter, dual-mode C/Ku-band antenna for global VSAT connectivity; the TracPhone V7-IP, a 60-cm diameter enterprise-grade antenna for Ku-band service worldwide; and the TracPhone V3-IP, a 37-cm diameter Ku-band ultra-compact maritime VSAT antenna. All three TracPhone V-IP systems feature the integrated CommBox modem (ICM), a streamlined below-decks unit that replaces the need for a rack full of components and integrates all antenna control, onboard 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.
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