Broader coverage extends beyond the original North Atlantic service area to provide service into Greenland and northern Europe and as far south as the horn of Brazil
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Sept. 16 -- In a move designed to expand access to broadband services for commercial and leisure mariners alike, KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) today announced a significant expansion of mini-VSAT Broadbandsm coverage in the Atlantic Ocean. Where service was previously available only in the North Atlantic shipping lanes between Europe and North America, the new coverage area brings broadband Internet and voice service as far north as Greenland and Northern Europe and extends south to support vessels traveling to the Mediterranean, northwestern Africa, and approaching the northern coast of Brazil. This new service area is fully operational now and available to all existing and new mini-VSAT Broadband service users.
"With a dramatically larger Atlantic service region, the benefits of the mini-VSAT Broadband network and our TracPhone® V7 satellite communication system are now available to and practical for an even larger number of commercial maritime operators as well as leisure boaters who need to stay in touch with office and family," remarked Brent C. Bruun, KVH's vice president of sales and business development. "At the same time, the addition of expanded Atlantic coverage moves us another step closer to our goal of making a seamless global broadband communications service available to mariners who seek the affordability of a compact VSAT solution."
The mini-VSAT Broadband service, along with the KVH TracPhone V7 antenna, comprise the first end-to-end 24-inch VSAT system, service, and support package available for maritime communications. Seven secure earth stations around the globe, together with seven of the world's most powerful communications satellites, bring affordable, high-speed Internet connections and crystal clear voice service to maritime customers through the KVH mini-VSAT Broadband network. For aeronautical customers, ViaSat, KVH's collaborator in this network development effort, markets the service under the Yondersm brand to business and commercial aircraft.
Visit http://www.minivsat.com for additional details regarding the TracPhone V7 and mini-VSAT Broadband service along with maps illustrating the current and planned coverage for 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, the successful launch and deployment of new satellites; uncertainty about the scope of customer demand; the potential inability to secure 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 or developments.
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