KVH TracPhone V3-IP Goes Fully Global With Integrated Iridium OpenPort
Seamless Integration Makes KVH's Newest Mini-VSAT Broadband Terminal an Ideal
Solution for Commercial Mariners Travelling the Globe
SINGAPORE, April 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coinciding with the introduction
of its new TracPhone^® V3-IP satellite communications system, KVH Industries,
Inc., (Nasdaq:KVHI) announces availability of an integrated service package
that pairs its exclusive mini-VSAT Broadband^sm service with the Iridium
OpenPort^® broadband service for seamless, fully global connectivity.
The new TracPhone V3-IP will provide coverage throughout the extensive 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 integrated shipboard system, which combines an Iridium Pilot unit with a
KVH TracPhone V3-IP terminal, provides reliable, affordable voice and data
connections from pole to pole by switching seamlessly between the mini-VSAT
Broadband and Iridium OpenPort services. 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.
"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 Iridium^® service is delivered by a unique network of 66 cross-linked Low
Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites circling the planet. An ideal complement for VSAT
services, Iridium is the only truly global L-band service with coverage over
100 percent of the Earth's surface, including Polar waters beyond the reach of
For complete details about KVH's new TracPhone V3-IP, please visit
Note to Editors: High-resolution, press-ready images of KVH's TracPhone V3-IP
and the mini-VSAT Broadband coverage map are available at http://press.kvh.com
for download and editorial use.
About Iridium Communications, Inc.
Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network
that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people,
organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its
ever-expanding ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative
and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global
communications. The company has a major development program underway for its
next-generation network — Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc., is
headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the
NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information
about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit
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 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 press 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 and third-party products, services and technology. The actual results
could differ materially.Factors that might 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; KVH's dependence on the
availability of third-party satellites, services and equipment; and 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 annual
report filed with the SEC. KVH does not assume any obligation to update its
forward-looking statements to reflect new information or developments.
KVH, TracPhone, and CommBox are 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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