KVH's new mini-VSAT coverage area to support broadband Internet and VoIP telephone service for maritime and aeronautical applications
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., July 27 -- Continuing its march toward a seamless global broadband network for vessels and aircraft, KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) today announced that it expects mini-VSAT Broadbandsm coverage for the Australia and New Zealand region to go live in August 2009 following the successful completion of service testing on the Intelsat IS-2 satellite. The new coverage area will provide the first significant support for mini-VSAT Broadband service in the southern hemisphere.
This is the latest milestone in the KVH and ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) joint effort to provide affordable mobile broadband connections around the globe. In addition to providing service for the KVH TracPhone V7, the KVH and ViaSat joint effort also expands network coverage to the ViaSat Yondersm mobile network for in-flight broadband to business and commercial aircraft.
"Together with our recently announced coverage for Asian waters and the Indian Ocean, the anticipated addition of service for Australia and New Zealand represents a significant expansion of our increasingly popular mini-VSAT Broadband Internet and voice service to a major commercial and recreational maritime region," explained Brent C. Bruun, KVH's vice president of sales and business development. "We believe that our seamless mini-VSAT Broadband network, together with our compact 24-inch (60 cm) commercial-grade antenna and fixed-rate monthly airtime pricing, offers unique benefits to commercial and leisure mariners with regard to hardware and service costs as well as the value that comes with an affordable broadband data connection for crew morale, shipboard operation, regulatory compliance, and more."
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, Europe, the Northern Pacific, and the Persian Gulf.
Live demonstrations of the TracPhone V7 and the mini-VSAT Broadband service in the region may be arranged by visiting the Coursemaster exhibit in Hall 4, Stand #401 during the 42nd Sydney International Boat Show, July 30 through August 3, 2009, in Sydney, Australia.
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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