KVH's new mini-VSAT Pacific coverage area to support broadband Internet and VoIP telephone service for maritime and aeronautical applications
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Oct. 7 -- Taking a major step
toward expanding availability of the mini-VSAT Broadband service, KVH
Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) today announced that it has signed a 5-year
agreement with GE International Holdings, Inc., (also known as SAT-GE) to
lease satellite capacity on its GE-23 satellite to provide coverage in the
Pacific Ocean via the satellite's North Pacific Ku-band Beam. Expected to go
live in December 2008, the new coverage area will include Alaska, the west
coasts of Canada and the United States, Hawaii and extend into Asia. It
represents a significant expansion in the availability of the increasingly
popular mini-VSAT Broadband Internet and voice service as well as the latest
milestone in the KVH and ViaSat joint effort to provide affordable mobile
broadband connections around the globe.
"The extension of mini-VSAT Broadband coverage into the Pacific will allow
us to support a significant portion of the world's shipping lanes, including
blue water coverage between Asia and ports in the U.S. and Canada," said
Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH's chief executive officer. "Broadband
connections at sea are essential for shipboard business activities, more
efficient operations, and compliance with increased regulatory requirements.
In addition, affordable broadband Internet, e-mail, and telephone services are
vital as a means of improving the quality of life and the morale of the crew.
We look forward to additional service expansion into new regions around the
globe throughout 2009."
The mini-VSAT Broadband service, along with the KVH TracPhone® V7
antenna, comprise the first end-to-end 24-inch VSAT hardware, service, and
support package available for maritime communications. Together, KVH and
ViaSat are already offering Voice over IP phone service and Internet access as
fast as 512 Kbps (upload) and 2 Mbps (download) at fixed monthly rates to
mariners throughout North America, the Caribbean, the North Atlantic, and
"Broadband access throughout the North Pacific coverage region is not
limited solely to vessels," explained Don Buchman, ViaSat's director of mobile
broadband. "The large number of business jets already flying the ViaSat
ArcLight® system, as well as airliners and government aircraft, will be able
to immediately tap into the network in that region."
Andrew Jordan, president and chief executive officer of SAT-GE, welcomed
KVH as a new customer, commenting, "We're very pleased to see this exciting
introduction of mobile services by KVH and ViaSat leveraging the unique
connectivity provided by GE-23."
Maps illustrating the current and planned coverage for mini-VSAT Broadband
service are available at http://kvh.com/footprints. Visit
http://www.minivsat.com for additional details regarding the TracPhone V7 and
mini-VSAT Broadband service.
About KVH Industries, Inc.
Middletown, RI-based KVH Industries, Inc., and its wholly owned
subsidiary, KVH Europe A/S, are leading providers 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. 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.
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 products 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, uncertainty about the scope of customer demand; the
potential inability to secure adequate Ku-band satellite capacity or the
licenses necessary for the network; risks associated with the delivery or
performance of critical hardware; future decisions about the expected
profitability of additional satellite regions; 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 does not assume any
obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect new information
KVH and TracPhone are registered trademarks of KVH Industries. "mini-VSAT
Broadband" is a service mark of KVH Industries. All other trademarks are the
property of their respective companies.