Additional transponder space brings faster satellite communications to growing customer base in popular shipping region
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., April 21, 2010 -- In response to the growing popularity of its TracPhone® V7 and mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network among commercial operators, KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) announced today that it has doubled the network's bandwidth in the North Pacific Ocean Region. This expansion ensures that the growing number of users enjoy outstanding performance, reliable connections, and affordable airtime service via the powerful Ku-band network.
"As customer demand grows for the TracPhone V7 and mini-VSAT Broadband, we feel it is imperative to invest in the network to support our growing customer base," explains Brent C. Bruun, KVH's vice president for sales and business development. "We are bringing more and more customers onboard in the North Pacific, and most of them are maritime professionals who need to rely on satellite communications to keep their business operations running smoothly. With this additional transponder capacity, the ViaSat ArcLight® spread spectrum technology deployed in our network will provide an unsurpassed level of service throughout the region, ensuring that our customers experience the level of service that they expect and deserve."
The mini-VSAT Broadband service, along with the KVH TracPhone V7 antenna, comprise the first FCC-approved 24-inch VSAT antenna, service, and support package available for maritime communications. The network's ArcLight technology is delivered via ten satellite transponders providing service on a global basis. Each satellite is connected to one of KVH's eight secure earth stations around the globe. ViaSat's ArcLight spread spectrum technology was originally developed for military applications in which fast, reliable data connections in all weather conditions are critical. This common architecture makes global integration with a shipping company's IT infrastructure simple while also assuring automatic switching between satellites as a vessel transits between regions. The resulting seamless network offers voice service and Internet access as fast as 512 Kbps (upload) and 2 Mbps (download) with significant cost savings compared to competing services.
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 subsidiaries, KVH Europe A/S and KVH Singapore, 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 may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, for example, the functionality, characteristics, quality and performance of KVH's products and technology; anticipated innovation and product development; and customer preferences, requirements and expectations. The actual results could differ materially. Factors that may cause such differences include, among others, those 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.
KVH and TracPhone are registered trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc. mini-VSAT Broadband is a service mark of KVH Industries, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.