KVH More Than Doubles mini-VSAT Broadband Network Capacity in Brazil and
Latest Network Expansion Supports Mariners With Fast, Affordable Broadband
Service in Important Shipping and Oil and Gas Regions
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., April 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the latest stage of its
ongoing expansion of the global mini-VSAT Broadband^sm network, KVH
Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq:KVHI) has more than doubled the network's capacity
in the Brazilian and African regions. The ongoing global network upgrade
involves deployment of Variable Coding, Spreading, and Modulation (VCSM)
technology provided by ViaSat, Inc., (Nasdaq:VSAT), KVH's partner in the
mini-VSAT Broadband network. This is the third major capacity increase in less
than five months, following upgrades in the Caribbean and EMEA regions in late
"Brazil and Africa are key regions for our customer base, as they are
important for both the shipping and oil and gas industries," explains Brent
Bruun, executive vice president of KVH's mobile broadband group. "The new VCSM
technology enables us to handle transmissions much more efficiently,
increasing the amount of data that our network can carry, which is important
for both safety and business operations onboard. Thanks to our unique,
end-to-end design, we can upgrade the software for our large base of fielded
TracPhone^® V-series systems over the air. This is a future-proof solution
that we will continue to improve, adding new features and network enhancements
that provide tangible benefits to mini-VSAT Broadband subscribers."
Since launching the mini-VSAT Broadband network in 2007, KVH has become the #1
provider of maritime VSAT service. KVH's service differs from competing
maritime VSAT services in its use of spread spectrum technology, which enables
the use of antennas that are 85% smaller than competing products while still
providing fast, high quality service. KVH is also the only maritime satellite
service company that designs and manufactures the onboard terminals, owns the
Earth station equipment, leases the satellite capacity, manages the network,
and provides round-the-clock global after-sale support for a total end-to-end
solution. Smaller antennas and fully integrated belowdecks equipment are
generally less costly and faster and easier to install, offering significant
savings to companies deploying broadband technology to a fleet of vessels.
KVH's business model is another key part of the company's growth strategy.
Rather than investing in its own satellites, the company leverages the readily
available commercial FSS satellite capacity covering the world's oceans,
provided by industry leaders like Intelsat, Eutelsat, SES, and SkyPerfect
JSAT. Currently, the mini-VSAT Broadband network uses 17 leased transponders
to cover the globe with a unique hybrid network including both C-band and
Ku-band coverage. KVH's unique 1 meter, dual-mode TracPhone V11 antenna, the
world's only global 1 meter maritime VSAT solution, seamlessly switches among
C- and Ku-band frequencies as easily as the 60 cm TracPhone V7-IP antennas and
37 cm TracPhone V3 antennas switch among Ku-band satellites. As KVH's customer
base grows, the company plans to lease additional capacity covering exactly
the areas of the world where it is needed.
"Brazil's importance as an oil and gas producing region is increasing rapidly,
and the global shipping industry is in dire need of reliable communications
throughout the African region to help combat piracy and ensure the safety of
crew members," said Mr. Bruun. "KVH's solution provides outstanding
communications for all of these mariners, with downloads as fast as 4 Mbps and
uploads as fast as 1 Mbps, as well as crystal clear Voice over IP (VoIP)
telephone lines with optimized service and prioritization of applications.
Expanding network capacity in these regions is the most recent illustration of
our commitment to delivering services that mariners need, when and where they
need them, in the most convenient way possible."
With more than 3,000 onboard terminals sold, mini-VSAT Broadband service is
the world's fastest growing, most popular maritime VSAT solution, according to
three independent industry research reports published in 2012 by Euroconsult,
NSR, and Comsys.
Visit www.minivsat.com/one for complete details about the global mini-VSAT
Broadband network and award-winning TracPhone V-series antennas.
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 2012, Euroconsult, NSR, and Comsys all 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, Japan, and Singapore.
This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and
uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, for example, the service
rollout plans, the functionality, characteristics, quality, and performance of
KVH's services and technology; anticipated innovation and product development;
and customer demand, 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; future decisions about
the expected profitability of the service; changes in the costs and
capabilities of competing offerings. These and other risk factors are
discussed in more detail in KVH's most recent Form 10-K filed with the SEC.
KVH does not assume any 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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