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KVH Takes Broadband Access Worldwide with Enhancement to Inmarsat Fleet Service


KVH Velocity Acceleration Technology Enhances Fleet Data Rates, Providing 200-300 Kbps for Worldwide, Broadband Internet Access

MIDDLETOWN, R.I., May 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/-- Mariners around the globe can now access the Internet, e-mail, and company networks at broadband speeds, thanks to KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI) and Inmarsat. KVH today unveiled its 200-400% increase in data speed for Inmarsat Fleet, the world's most advanced marine satellite communications service. The Velocity Acceleration data rate upgrade boosts the Fleet service's mobile Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) and mobile packet data service (MPDS) data rates from high-speed 64 kilobits per second (Kbps) to broadband-level 200-300 Kbps throughout Fleet's global coverage area. Optimized for use over satellite connections and fully compatible with KVH's Tracphone F77 and new Tracphone F55 products, Velocity Acceleration is a free upgrade for any Inmarsat equipment owner who activates their Fleet service through the "Inmarsat Airtime by KVH" program.

"The launch of KVH's Velocity Acceleration program is the latest step in our efforts to provide the most reliable, versatile, and fastest communications options for our customers," explained Ian Palmer, KVH vice president of satellite sales. "Thanks to its global voice capabilities and versatile, high-speed Internet connections, the Inmarsat Fleet service is a powerful addition to any vessel's onboard communication resources. Now, with our free Velocity Acceleration data rate upgrade, this global service is capable of providing even faster, more cost-effective service via broadband connections throughout the entire Fleet F77 and F55 coverage areas."

The increased data rates are made possible using the same Velocity Acceleration data enhancement technology employed by KVH in its TracNet(TM) Mobile High-speed Internet System as well as with Inmarsat mini-M voice, fax, and data service. The Fleet Velocity Acceleration data rate upgrade is compatible with PC-based computers and has been optimized for use with Inmarsat services.

The Fleet Velocity Acceleration data rate upgrade enhances both the MPDS and ISDN channels within the Fleet service, with data rates reaching speeds as fast as 200-300 Kbps. Designed for short-burst data transmissions, Fleet's MPDS is perfect for receiving e-mail, logging onto and working within a company intranet, or browsing the web. And with its "pay per bit" pricing, users are charged only for the amount of the data sent and received, not by connection time. Using MPDS, a vessel can remain connected via e-mail or the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no additional cost, making maritime Internet access a far more relaxing experience. Adding a new level of affordability to the system, the Fleet Velocity Acceleration data rate upgrade can substantially reduce the number of bits transmitted and received while using MPDS. Fleet also offers a high-capacity mobile ISDN channel, which provides a constant data stream, making it ideal for phone and fax service, video conferencing, and transmitting large files and images. ISDN usage is charged on a per-minute basis.

For complete details on KVH's line of Tracphone systems, "Inmarsat Airtime by KVH", and KVH's competitive rates, as well as to request the Fleet Velocity Acceleration data rate upgrade, visit, or contact KVH's Satellite Airtime and Product Activation Department via e-mail at or by phone at +1 401.851.3862.

KVH Industries, Inc., designs and manufactures products that enable mobile communication, navigation, and precision pointing through the use of its proprietary mobile satellite antenna and fiber optic technologies. The company is developing next-generation systems with greater precision, durability, and versatility for communications, navigation, and industrial applications. An ISO 9001-registered company, KVH has headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island, with a fiber optic manufacturing facility in Tinley Park, Illinois, and a European sales, marketing, and support office in Hoersholm, Denmark.

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