KVH Industries, Inc. has shipped more than 7,000 mini-VSAT
Broadbandsm systems, designed and manufactured by KVH to provide
mobile connectivity at sea. The TracPhone V-series satellite
communications antenna systems are currently in use on everything
from small recreational sailboats cruising the coastline to
1,000-foot commercial freighters transiting the world's oceans.
KVH launched the mini-VSAT Broadband service in July 2007, and
has seen the popularity of the service grow, coinciding with an
overall trend in the maritime industry toward increased reliance
on broadband connectivity.
As recently as September 2016, industry analyst Northern Sky
Research reported that KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband customers
account for 29 percent of the vessels using Ku-band service. This
market share continues to be supported by customer wins from
commercial maritime operators.
"Our mini-VSAT Broadband network is robust and fully global, and
we are thrilled that thousands of our TracPhone V-series antenna
systems are already in service around the world," said Martin
Kits van Heyningen, KVH's CEO. "Our continuing dominance in the
VSAT market is testimony to our heritage of innovation. It's even
more exciting to look ahead to how we can augment our existing
network and enable KVH to support the dramatic surge in demand
for data that the shipping industry is projected to experience
over the next 10 years."
KVH's TracPhone antenna systems include the TracPhone V11-IP, a
1.1 meter diameter, dual-mode C/Ku-band antenna for global VSAT
connectivity; the TracPhone V7-IP, a 60 cm diameter
enterprise-grade antenna for Ku-band service worldwide; and the
TracPhone V3-IP, a 37 cm diameter Ku-band ultra-compact maritime
VSAT antenna. All three TracPhone V-IP systems feature the
Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM), a streamlined belowdecks unit
that replaces the need for a rack full of components and
integrates all antenna control, onboard network management, and
modem functions in one small box. The ICM also receives onboard
news, entertainment and operations content sent via KVH's
IP-MobileCast content delivery service.
KVH launched the mini-VSAT Broadband service with a commitment to
provide fast, affordable satellite Internet and phone services
via compact antennas. In 2012 - five years after the network's
launch - industry reports found that mini-VSAT Broadband was the
market share leader in maritime VSAT, a position KVH has retained
consistently in subsequent industry reports.
The company is currently focused on enhancing its mini-VSAT
Broadband network with new high throughput satellite (HTS)
capacity that will provide higher speed Internet services to