KVH Taps More SES Capacity to Meet Rising Demand for Maritime Communications
LUXEMBOURG -- September 17, 2013
SES (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) and KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI), a leading
manufacturer of maritime communications solutions, today announced they have
signed an expanded capacity agreement to connect luxury, government and
commercial ships across Caribbean and beyond.
As part of the multi-year deal, KVH will utilize a 36MHz Ku-band transponder
aboard SES’ AMC-21 satellite to provide high-speed internet access and voice
over IP services over its mini-VSAT broadband network to vessels traversing
the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and coastal waters off the US Eastern
“KVH is expanding its mini-VSAT broadband network capacity around the world to
provide mariners with the connectivity they need at sea. This latest agreement
with SES is aimed at delivering the reach and reliability a growing number of
luxury yachts, commercial vessels and US Coast Guard cutters need to
seamlessly operate in deep and coastal waters,” said Brent Bruun, Executive
Vice President of KVH’s Mobile Broadband Group. “Our mini-VSAT broadband
service is growing at a rate of 35% a year, reflecting our growing customer
base and the increased emphasis being placed on improving ship crew welfare
and operational efficiencies ranging from real-time data to better voyage
planning and reduced emissions.”
The SES-KVH agreement will benefit the US Coast Guard and its mission-critical
use of reliable mobile broadband throughout North America. KVH’s pact with the
government homeland defence agency represents the largest maritime VSAT
agreement to date.
“SES is making unprecedented investments in new satellites, mobility beams and
increased capacity across our global fleet to meet the fast-growing demand for
connectivity and mobile communications capabilities anywhere, including vital
shipping routes around the world,” said John Matlaga, Vice President of
Enterprise and Mobility Services for SES’ North American region. “Together,
SES and KVH are putting advanced broadband and voice offerings aboard ships
and at the fingertips of passengers and crew and playing a major role in
keeping them connected and in touch with colleagues and family.”
About the satellite
The all Ku-band satellite, AMC-21, at 125 degrees West provides coverage to
all 50 states, the Gulf of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. In
addition to enabling broadcasting services, it also supports maritime
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About KVH Industries
KVH Industries is a leading manufacturer of solutions that provide global
high-speed Internet, television and voice services via satellite to mobile
users at sea, on land, and in the air. KVH’s Headland Media group is the
maritime industry’s leading provider of rights-approved news, sports, music,
and movies, as well as the Walport Training video series. KVH is based in
Middletown, RI, with facilities in Illinois, Denmark, Norway, the UK,
Singapore, the Philippines and Japan.
SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 53 geostationary
satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to
broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network
operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.
SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and
excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse regional teams
of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet
their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.
SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) holds
participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a
strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks.
Further information under: www.ses.com.
Tel. +352 710 725 500
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