October 7, 2008
KVH extends mini-VSAT coverage
Expanding availability of mini-VSAT Broadband service, KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has signed a 5-year agreement with GE International Holdings, Inc., (SAT-GE) to lease capacity on its GE-23 satellite to provide coverage in the Pacific Ocean via the satellite's North Pacific Ku-band Beam.
"The extension of mini-VSAT Broadband coverage into the Pacific will allow us to support a significant portion of the world's shipping lanes, including blue water coverage between Asia and ports in the U.S. and Canada," said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH's chief executive officer. "Broadband connections at sea are essential for shipboard business activities, more efficient operations, and compliance with increased regulatory requirements. In addition, affordable broadband Internet, e-mail, and telephone services are vital as a means of improving the quality of life and the morale of the crew. We look forward to additional service expansion into new regions around the globe throughout 2009."
Expected to go live in December 2008, the new coverage area will include Alaska, the west coasts of Canada and the United States, Hawaii and extend into Asia.
The mini-VSAT Broadband service, along with the KVH TracPhone V7 antenna, comprise the first end-to-end 24-inch VSAT hardware, service, and support package available for maritime communications. Together, KVH and ViaSat are already offering Voice over IP phone service and Internet access as fast as 512 Kbps (upload) and 2 Mbps (download) at fixed monthly rates to mariners throughout North America, the Caribbean, the North Atlantic, and Europe.