KVH ups data speeds

Nov 03 2017

KVH Industries has launched its maritime broadband network, joined by service partner, Intelsat.

Slated for commercial availability next month, KVH claimed that its 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 maritime broadband network will incorporate Intelsat Epic satellite services and the award-winning IntelsatOne Flex platform, a global managed service designed to optimise 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 its commecial launch, KVH said that it will have the largest maritime Ku-band network offering speeds as fast as 10 Mbps to each terminal. Each Intelsat Epic satellite has 25-60 Gbps of capacity.

“Intelsat has been instrumental in helping us develop the advances to our mini-VSAT Broadband service, continuing the positive working relationship we’ve had for many years,” said Brent Bruun, KVH COO.“We expect to provide our maritime customers with increased data speeds at the same price points as our current service, while offering unparalleled coverage on a global basis. We just celebrated the 10th anniversary of our market-leading VSAT solution, and, with this new evolution of our mini-VSAT Broadband network, we believe KVH is continuing to set the pace for maritime satellite communications.”

“Broadband connectivity is transforming how the maritime sector operates. We built upon our leading maritime broadband infrastructure by designing the Intelsat Epic platform and IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime services to support our maritime customers’ growth objectives, said Mark Rasmussen, Intelsat’s vice president and general manager, mobility.“We have simplified the integration of high-performance broadband services into a network and made bandwidth management easier. KVH, as the inaugural partner for IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime, plans to use our global maritime fabric to unlock new and larger applications for their end users while also providing the same high-quality broadband service wherever operations take them.”

KVH’s TracPhone V7-IP mini-VSAT Broadband systems are 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.

In addition, KVH TracPhone V7-HTS system delivers maritime broadband at triple previous speeds, the company said.

The new 60 cm, Ku-band satellite antenna system enables seafarers to stream HD content and conduct video calls at sea while simultaneously supporting a free, unlimited use data channel. 

For the commercial maritime market, the TracPhone V7-HTS is designed to enable fleets to take advantage of cloud-based software programs, remote system monitoring, and data analytics in the pursuit of digitalisation. With applications such as remote system monitoring requiring frequent data uploads, the TracPhone V7-HTS provides upload speeds of up to 3 Mbps, six times faster than KVH’s current 60 cm system.


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