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February 08, 2013

KVH Ships 3,000th TracPhone Satellite Connectivity System

By Miguel Leiva-Gomez, TMCnet Contributor

KVH (News - Alert) Industries, Inc. recently revealed that it has shipped its 3,000th TracPhone terminal using its proprietary mini-VSAT satellite maritime communications and connectivity technology. In 2007, KVH originally launched its maritime broadband service, becoming the first ever provider of maritime communications that used spread spectrum technology.

 This technology, in essence, allows for terminals like KVH's TracPhone to become small and simple devices that can clock in at a high bandwidth rate and receive affordable coverage while offshore. This revolution made KVH one of the world's most relied upon VSAT network providers that covers the entire planet's waterways and oceans.

Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH's CEO, said in a statement, "We built the mini-VSAT Broadband network because we saw a huge opportunity from a potential market of 250,000 commercial, government, and leisure vessels that needed affordable offshore data connections that would allow crew members to use the internet onboard and benefit from the efficiencies of the digital world. Our global network is now complete, and our TracPhone product line offers a complete end-to-end solutions to quickly and easily bring the benefits of fast, affordable VSAT service to vessels."

Mini-VSAT's broadband network is particularly attractive because it is the only complete package that gives offshore entities access to Internet connectivity. KVH is also the end-all and be-all in this connectivity circle due to the fact that it manufactures the TracPhone terminals, completely owns its planetary equipment, leases the satellite connectivity itself, manages the flux of data, and provides support on its own. Because of this, customers can be reassured that they're getting service only from the company and not from third parties. Because of its adaptation of ViaSat (News - Alert), KVH can also make terminals with antennas that are significantly smaller than other VSAT equipment.

People using KVH's TracPhone and mini-VSAT service can benefit from up to four Mbps downstream and one Mbps upstream broadband with less than $1 per MB.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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