Launched in 2007, KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network uses spread spectrum technology and a combination of 14 Ku-band transponders to provide coverage throughout the northern hemisphere and to major continents in the southern hemisphere.
In 2012, KVH completed its rollout of a major upgrade to the network, adding three global C-band transponders to deliver a global overlay to the Ku-band service.
The company's dual-mode TracPhone V11 antenna tracks both C- and Ku-band satellites, allowing users to switch to C-band when Ku-band is not available.
The company says that its maritime customer base is diverse, including the US Coast Guard, US Navy, ship management companies like Vroon and V.Ships, commercial fishing companies, offshore service vessels and yacht owners.
“We built the mini-VSAT Broadband network because we saw a huge opportunity from a potential market of 250,000 commercial, government, and leisure vessels that needed affordable offshore data connections that would allow crew members to use the internet onboard and benefit from the efficiencies of the digital world,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH CEO.
“Our global network is now complete, and our TracPhone product line offers a complete end-to-end solution to quickly and easily bring the benefits of fast, affordable VSAT service to vessels.”