KVH Expands mini-VSAT Broadband Network
Maritime VSAT provider adds more capacity on its satellite network to support customer demand in the North Atlantic, Hudson Bay, the North Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea
KVH Industries, Inc. expanded the capacity of its mini-VSAT Broadband network with two upgrades recently, supporting growing customer demand for broadband at sea. One expansion added a new satellite beam that doubled the mini-VSAT Broadband network capacity in the North Atlantic Ocean region, including Canada’s Hudson Bay. The second expansion added a new beam across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to add 30 percent more capacity across areas such as the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
With 25 transponders (22 Ku-band and 3 C-band) on 18 satellites, KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network serves customers worldwide. Commercial and recreational mariners use the mini-VSAT Broadband network for broadband services that include Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP); VPN access; and a suite of news, television, movie, sports and music content that is multicast to vessels via KVH’s IP-MobileCast service. The network also supports the IP-MobileCast delivery of onboard training, weather data and chart update services that reduce operational expenses and improve safety and security.
The North Atlantic expansion is in response to customer demand from coastal recreational users and commercial vessels transiting between the United States, Canada and Europe. The expansion across Europe and the Middle East reflects the increased demand onboard a variety of commercial vessels for fast and reliable broadband services at sea in those areas.
Global connectivity is just one element in KVH’s complete maritime communications solution, known as mini-VSAT Broadband 2.0. In addition to connectivity, KVH provides TracPhone V-IP series satellite communications antenna systems; airtime rate plans offering top network speeds at lower costs; the myKVH portal for transparent bandwidth management; entertainment and operations content delivered by IP-MobileCast; and, global services and support through KVH OneCare.