KVH set to complete global maritime VSAT network

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – KVH Industries Inc. recently announced that coverage for the last remaining region in the company’s original VSAT network plan – South America – is now under contract and scheduled to go live in July 2011 using the IS-14 satellite.

The joint effort by KVH and its partner, ViaSat Inc., will provide mini-VSAT Broadband service to leisure mariners, commercial shipping and fishing vessels, and the South American oil and gas industry, as well as network coverage for ViaSat’s Yonder in-flight broadband network for commercial and business aircraft.

“The addition of South American coverage completes our global Ku-band mini-VSAT Broadband network, the groundbreaking satellite communication solution that brings reliable, affordable satellite communications to our customers via our TracPhone V-series antennas,” Brent Bruun, KVH’s senior vice president for sales and business development, said in a statement. “Commercial and leisure marine users worldwide recognize the unique benefits offered by our combination of high-speed data and voice service, ultra-small antennas, and global coverage. Already, mini-VSAT Broadband is the fastest growing maritime VSAT solution as well as an increasingly popular replacement for older, slower, and more costly L-band services. We look forward to bringing this same award-winning service to subscribers working, cruising, and traveling through South American waters.”

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