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TMCNet:  KVH Industries announces availability of integrated service package

[April 17, 2013]

KVH Industries announces availability of integrated service package

Apr 17, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- KVH Industries, Inc., a provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, has announced the availability of an integrated service package that pairs its mini-VSAT Broadband service with the Iridium OpenPort broadband service for connectivity.


According to the company, the new TracPhone V3-IP will provide coverage throughout the Ku-band mini-VSAT Broadband global coverage offering, with Iridium OpenPort service extending that to remote regions including the polar areas.

"This integrated solution offers mariners an unbeatable combination of reliable, affordable broadband, shipboard communications, and seamless global connectivity," explains Brent Bruun, executive vice president of KVH's mobile broadband group. "The lightweight, compact antenna units offer the benefits of low-cost broadband communications for vessels ranging from tugboats to tankers." The network management functionality in KVH's Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM) automatically selects mini-VSAT Broadband or Iridium OpenPort using intelligent least cost routing functionality.

If mini-VSAT Broadband service is ever unavailable, the system immediately switches the onboard LAN and Wi-Fi networks to the complementary Iridium OpenPort broadband service, and back to mini-VSAT Broadband when it becomes available again, all without operator intervention, the company said.

"We are enthusiastic about the expansion of our partnership with KVH," says Bryan Hartin, Iridium's executive vice president, sales and marketing. "We recognize the market's desire for an affordable turnkey complementary component for VSAT service and have collaborated with KVH to deliver a solution that eliminates coverage gaps and offers an alternative to the high prices of competing maritime satellite networks." KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband service is delivered by an interlaced network of 14 Ku-band satellite transponders providing seamless coverage north of the equator and around all major continents, including most major shipping routes south of the equator.

By leveraging abundant new commercial satellite services covering the world's ocean regions, KVH offers very affordable broadband connectivity. As demand for the service grows, KVH can easily add new capacity to its network, exactly where it is needed, to assure outstanding performance for customers concentrated in specific regions, the company added.

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