Live mini-VSAT Broadband service in the Pacific is a major milestone in joint effort by KVH and ViaSat to support broadband Internet & VoIP telephone service for maritime & aeronautical applications globally
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Jan. 21 -- Broadband Internet and crystal-clear telephone service is now available to vessels and jets crossing the Pacific Ocean thanks to the successful rollout of the new Pacific Ocean Region for the mini-VSAT Broadband(sm) satellite communications service from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI). The new coverage area, which includes Alaska, the west coasts of Canada and the United States, Hawaii, and extends into Asia, is the latest milestone in the KVH and ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT) joint effort to provide affordable mobile Ku-band broadband connections around the globe. As a result, vessels and planes now have access to uninterrupted Ku-band Internet and voice services from the Asian coast eastward throughout North America and the Caribbean, across the North Atlantic, and all the way through Mediterranean waters.
"We have now successfully rolled out a single, unified broadband service across roughly two-thirds of the world's major shipping and aeronautical lanes, enabling us to offer commercial, leisure, and government customers a unique mobile communications hardware and service solution," said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH's chief executive officer. "Our goal, as we enter 2009, is to complete our global mini-VSAT Broadband network and support the growing demand for faster, more affordable data and voice connections for people on the move."
The mini-VSAT Broadband service, along with the KVH TracPhone(R) V7 antenna, comprise the first end-to-end 24-inch VSAT hardware, service, and support package available for maritime communications and offers Voice over IP phone service and Internet access as fast as 512 Kbps (upload) and 2 Mbps (download) at fixed monthly rates. The compact TracPhone V7 - 75% lighter and 85% smaller by volume than traditional 1-meter VSAT antennas - brings a blend of the economy and speed of VSAT communications with lower costs and easier installation to smaller vessels, making the system exceptionally well suited for commercial fishing boats, leisure yachts, government vessels, and commercial operations.
Commenting on the business opportunities that mini-VSAT Broadband offers, Brent Bruun, KVH's vice president of business development, remarked, "We are positioning the mini-VSAT Broadband service to offer the high-speed connections at sea critical for shipboard business, efficient operations, and the increased security and regulatory expectations required of shipping operators transporting cargo. It will also become increasingly valuable in the competitive commercial market as a means of improving the quality of life and the morale of the crew."
"The success and growth of this Ku-band satellite broadband service, built on the foundation of our ArcLight® technology, has created pent up demand for services over the Pacific and into Asia," added Don Buchman, ViaSat's director for mobile broadband. "In addition to opening up service to current customers, we expect the expansion of the mobile network to attract new customers as well."
Maps illustrating the current and planned coverage for mini-VSAT Broadband service are available at http://www.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.
ViaSat (www.viasat.com) produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies to the U.S. government; and is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services.
This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, for example, the anticipated 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 or developments.
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