Largest High-Seas Communications Company in the U.S. Offers Revolutionary New
Satellite Communications System from KVH
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Sept. 6 -- KVH Industries, Inc.,
(Nasdaq: KVHI) announced today that Mackay Communications, Inc., will begin
offering the new KVH TracPhone® V7 with mini-VSAT Broadbandsm service as
its exclusive maritime VSAT (very small aperture terminal) solution. The new
mini-VSAT Broadband service uses sophisticated spread spectrum technology to
provide vessels with data reception rates as fast as 2 Mbps and data
transmission rates as fast as 512 Kbps via the 24" KVH TracPhone V7. The mini-
VSAT Broadband service is fast, "always on", and available in a variety of
pricing packages that offer significant cost savings for heavy data users when
compared with other traditional data solutions available for commercial and
leisure vessels. Mackay is the largest high-seas service company in the U.S.,
providing marine services and solutions to mariners for more than 120 years.
"The addition of the KVH TracPhone V7 system to Mackay's product line
further increases the value of Mackay as an equipment and service provider to
marine customers," said Mackay Co-President Ben Pratt. "The TracPhone V7 is
absolutely the most exciting marine satellite product to be announced in many
years. It is truly unique in the marketplace."
Mariners on professional, commercial, government and private vessels will
enjoy the benefits of the relationship between these two established leaders
in the mobile communications industry, which will provide state-of-the-art
service and equipment specifically for the marine market. The first fully
integrated maritime VSAT system, the TracPhone V7 works seamlessly by
combining innovative and revolutionary technology, including rugged, fully
stabilized antenna technology from KVH Industries, SES AMERICOM's powerful
satellite network, and groundbreaking spread spectrum technology from ViaSat.
The TracPhone V7 -- 85% smaller and 75% lighter than 1-meter maritime VSAT
antennas -- will be of particular value to smaller commercial ships, on which
size is an issue and reliable communications are a must.
"We are thrilled to be working with a distributor like Mackay to get the
TracPhone V7 out there to the mariners who need it the most," said Ian Palmer,
KVH's executive vice president for satellite sales. "By pairing two companies
with a serious dedication to quality and to delivering what we promise, KVH
and Mackay are taking the convenience and reliability of high-seas satellite
communications to a level that didn't exist previously."
In addition to offering the TracPhone V7 and mini-VSAT Broadband service,
Mackay will also carry KVH's award-winning line of TracVision(R) marine
satellite TV systems.
Additional information about the TracPhone V7 is available at
www.minivsat.com while KVH's satellite TV products are featured at
About Mackay Marine
Mackay Marine is a division of Mackay Communications, Inc.
(www.MackayComm.com, www.MackaySatellite.com), headquartered in Raleigh, NC.
It is the largest high-seas service company in the United States with 14
offices covering all major port locations on all three coastlines of the
United States. Mackay's exceptional sales and service network allows Mackay
the ability to bring customers the most advanced applications in the market
today, delivering timely, cost-effective, quality solutions with high quality
About KVH Industries, Inc.
Middletown, RI-based KVH Industries, Inc., is a leading
provider of in-motion satellite TV and communication systems, having designed,
manufactured, and sold more than 125,000 mobile satellite antennas for
applications on boats, RVs, trucks, buses, and automobiles. Winner of the
prestigious General Motors Innovative Design Award, 2 CES Innovation Awards,
22 National Marine Electronics Association "Best Product" awards, the DAME
Award in the Marine Electronics category, and a finalist for the Automotive
News PACE Award, KVH's mission is to connect mobile customers with the same
digital television entertainment, communications, and Internet services that
they enjoy in their home and offices.
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; anticipated innovation and product development; and customer
preferences, requirements and expectations. The actual results could differ
materially. Factors that may cause such differences include, among others,
competition presented by alternative maritime satellite communication products
and services along with those discussed in KVH's most recent Form 10-Q 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 TracVision are registered trademarks of KVH
Industries, Inc. "mini-VSAT Broadband" is a service mark of KVH Industries.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.