KVH Ships 3,000th TracPhone System for mini-VSAT Broadband Network
Market Leading Maritime VSAT Service Delivered Over 200 Terabytes of Data and
15 Million Minutes of Voice Calls in 2012
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Feb. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KVH Industries, Inc.,
(Nasdaq:KVHI) recently shipped its 3,000^th TracPhone^® terminal for the
mini-VSAT Broadband^sm 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.
"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."
The mini-VSAT Broadband network is unique in that it is the only complete,
end-to-end solution for offshore connectivity. KVH designs and manufactures
the onboard TracPhone terminals and antennas, owns the Earth station
equipment, leases the satellite capacity, manages the network, and provides
24/7/365 after-sale support. By leveraging spread spectrum modem technology
from ViaSat, KVH can offer terminals with antennas that are 85% smaller than
competing VSAT solutions. Because KVH manufactures the onboard hardware, the
company can integrate the full rack of discrete belowdecks equipment typically
used on traditional VSAT systems into a single, streamlined unit that is
significantly easier to deploy and inherently more reliable than competing
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. This creates one of the
industry's widest Ku-band VSAT networks, which is available only to owners of
KVH's TracPhone V-series systems. The compact TracPhone V3, with its 37 cm
(14.5 inch) antenna and affordable rate plans (starting at only $49 per month
for 50 MB of service), is the perfect solution for smaller vessels.
The enterprise-grade TracPhone V7-IP offers a range of airtime service plans,
including low-priced metered plans, traditional speed-based, fixed-rate plans,
and the company's new unrestricted rate plans with Business Class Service.
Unrestricted plans allow customers to stream audio or video content to or from
their vessels or use popular VoIP services like Skype^™, protocols often
blocked on other VSAT plans due to the large amount of bandwidth they consume.
In 2012, KVH completed its rollout of a major upgrade to the mini-VSAT
Broadband network, adding three global C-band transponders to deliver a fully
global overlay to the Ku-band service. The dual-mode TracPhone V11 antenna
seamlessly tracks both C- and Ku-band satellites, making it the only 1-meter
maritime VSAT antenna to deliver seamless, fully global coverage.
The maritime customer base for KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband service is diverse,
including the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, ship management leaders like Vroon
and V.Ships, commercial fishing companies, offshore service vessels, and yacht
owners. To support these mariners, KVH operates a 24/7/365 customer support
center in its Middletown, RI, headquarters as well as sales support offices in
Singapore, Japan, Denmark, and Norway and a technical support network that
services the 125 largest ports worldwide.
Please visit www.minivsat.com for more details about the mini-VSAT Broadband
service, the award-winning TracPhone V-series systems, global coverage, and
affordable airtime plans.
Note to Editors: High-resolution, press-ready images of KVH's TracPhone
V-series systems and mini-VSAT Broadband coverage maps are available at
http://press.kvh.com for download and editorial use.
About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries, Inc., is the leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and
communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than
150,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and
aircraft. In March 2012, Euroconsult reported that KVH was the market share
leader in global maritime VSAT. KVH's mission is to connect mobile customers
around the globe with the same digital television entertainment,
communications, and Internet services that they enjoy in their homes and
offices. The company is based in Middletown, RI, with facilities in Illinois,
Denmark, Norway, Singapore, and Japan.
This release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, for example, the
functionality, characteristics, quality and performance of KVH's products and
technology, as well as customer preferences, requirements and expectations.
The actual results could differ materially. Factors that may cause such
differences include, among others, the successful launch and deployment of new
satellites; access to sufficient and uninterrupted satellite capacity to
provide the service; uncertainty about the scope of customer demand; the
potential inability to maintain licenses necessary for the network; risks
associated with the delivery or performance of critical hardware; changes in
the costs and capabilities of competing offerings; and those other risk
factors discussed in KVH's most recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. KVH
assumesno obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect new
information or developments.
KVH and TracPhone are registered trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc. "mini-VSAT
Broadband" is a service mark of KVH Industries, Inc. All other trademarks are
the property of their respective companies.
CONTACT: Nicole Mongillo
KVH Industries, Inc.
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