“Brazil and Africa are key regions for our customer base, as they are important for both the shipping and oil and gas industries,” said Brent Bruun, executive vice president of KVH’s mobile broadband group.
The extended network will feature Variable Coding, Spreading, and Modulation (VCSM) technology provided by ViaSat, KVH’s network partner.
“The new VCSM technology enables us to handle transmissions much more efficiently, increasing the amount of data that our network can carry, which is important for both safety and business operations onboard,” said Mr Bruun.
“We can upgrade the software for our large base of fielded TracPhone V-series systems over the air.”
KVH had carried out similar capacity upgrades in the Caribbean and EMEA regions in late 2012.
Rather than investing in its own satellites, KVH leases satellite capacity from companies such as Intelsat, Eutelsat, SES, and SkyPerfect JSAT.
Currently, its mini-VSAT Broadband network uses 17 leased transponders to cover the globe with a hybrid network including both C-band and Ku-band coverage.