KVH mini-VSAT Broadband Service expected to commence in April 2010
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., March 25, 2010 -- KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) today announced that its mini-VSAT Broadbandsm satellite communications service has received operating authority that enables coverage of the Indian Ocean region. This is the latest step in the joint effort by KVH and ViaSat to offer seamless global broadband connectivity for vessels and aircraft, and the service in the Indian Ocean region is expected to be available in April 2010 via the JSCAT-85 satellite. The network will bring broadband Internet and voice service to commercial and leisure boaters in and around the Indian Ocean, as well as provide network coverage to the ViaSat Yonder® in-flight broadband network for business and commercial aircraft.
"We are very gratified to have license authority to provide broadband communications and voice service to mobile subscribers in the Indian Ocean region," remarked Brent C. Bruun, KVH's vice president of satellite sales and business development. "The activation of our Ku-band VSAT service in this region in April will be a major milestone for mini-VSAT Broadband. This versatile network will then truly span the globe, enabling mariners to circumnavigate without ever leaving the mini-VSAT Broadband coverage area. No other Ku-band VSAT service provider can match this combination of seamless service, spread spectrum-based efficiency and affordability, and our fully integrated hardware solution."
The mini-VSAT Broadband service, along with the KVH TracPhone® V7 antenna, comprise the first end-to-end 24-inch VSAT antenna, service, and support package available for maritime communications. Together, KVH and ViaSat are providing two-way mobile broadcast services from eight secure teleports around the globe utilizing eight beams on seven of the world's most powerful communications satellites. The resulting seamless network offers voice service and Internet access as fast as 512 Kbps (upload) and 2 Mbps (download) at fixed monthly rates.
Visit http://www.minivsat.com for additional details regarding the TracPhone V7 and mini-VSAT Broadband service and coverage as well as case studies of customers who have successfully solved critical maritime communications challenges thanks to the compact and affordable mini-VSAT Broadband solution.
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-K 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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