In an indication of the growing demand for satellite Internet and phone services at sea, KVH recently shipped its 3,000th TracPhone terminal for the mini-VSAT Broadband network, extending the company’s lead as the provider of the world’s most widely used maritime VSAT service. Launched in 2007, KVH’s maritime broadband service was the first to use spread spectrum technology that enabled small, easy-to-install onboard terminals to receive fast, affordable VSAT quality data connections offshore. KVH grew its service to become the world’s largest maritime VSAT network through a geographic coverage rollout that is now complete and covers all the world’s oceans.
During that same time frame, the demand for broadband data has increased sharply, both on land and at sea. Commercial maritime operations, in particular, are seeing a need for broadband to increase their operational efficiencies, meet various maritime regulations, and to enhance crew morale by providing Internet, e-mail, and phone services. The importance of e-training while onboard is increasing as well. All these services rely on fast, affordable, reliable satellite Internet.
“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,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our global network is now complete, and our TracPhone product line offers a complete end-to-end solution to quickly and easily bring the benefits of fast, affordable VSAT service to vessels.”
KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network uses a combination of 14 Ku-band transponders to provide coverage throughout the northern hemisphere and all of the major continents in the southern hemisphere, and 3 global C-band transponders that deliver a fully global overlay to the Ku-band service. The onboard terminals designed and manufactured by KVH exclusively for the mini-VSAT Broadband network are the TracPhone V3 (37 cm, 14.5-inch antenna), TracPhone V7-IP (60 cm, 24-inch antenna), and the dual C/Ku-band TracPhone V11 (1.1 meter, 42.5-inch antenna).
For full details about the 3,000th VSAT milestone, visit KVH’s online Press Room.