KVH started increasing its network capacity in late 2012. The on-going process involves deployment of Variable Coding, Spreading, and Modulation (VCSM) technology provided by its partner ViaSat.
This is part of a strategy that includes upgrading the TracPhone terminals used to deliver the mini-VSAT Broadband service, and delivering news and entertainment content to seafarers through the IP-MobileCast service which is expected to be available later this year.
“Increasing mini-VSAT Broadband network capacity in the Asia-Pacific region is a key step in our strategy to provide mariners with the connectivity they need at sea,” said Brent Bruun, executive vice president of KVH’s Mobile Broadband Group.
“This area is a major hub for commercial shipping and the vessels travelling there need affordable, fast, and convenient connections in order to optimise their operations. The mini-VSAT Broadband network, particularly with the new TracPhone V-IP series terminals and upcoming IP-MobileCast service, provides those connections at an affordable price combined with a number of benefits that other providers do not offer.”
“There is no denying the importance of the Asia-Pacific region to the international shipping industry,” said Mr Bruun.
“KVH’s solutions provide outstanding communications for the mariners who frequent these waters, with downloads as fast as 4 Mbps and uploads as fast as 1 Mbps, as well as crystal clear Voice over IP (VoIP) telephone lines with optimised service and prioritisation of applications. Expanding network capacity and offering new services like IP-MobileCast will help these mariners to improve on-board efficiency as well as crew morale.”
KVH says that its four-part strategy for the mini-VSAT Broadband network involves: deploying VCSM technology to increase network capacity, upgrading TracPhone, creating a content delivery service, and building alliances with application providers to deliver a variety of content via that service.