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Caribbean Ku-band deal for SES and KVH

SES and KVH have signed an expanded capacity agreement to provide high-speed internet access and voice over IP services to vessels traversing the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and coastal waters off the US Eastern Seaboard.

As part of the multi-year deal, KVH will utilise a 36MHz Ku-band transponder aboard SES’ AMC-21 satellite.

SES is a satellite operator with a fleet of 53 geostationary satellites. The Ku-band satellite AMC-21, at 125 degrees West, provides coverage to all 50 American states, the Gulf of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

“KVH is expanding its mini-VSAT broadband network capacity around the world to provide mariners with the connectivity they need at sea,” said Brent Bruun, executive vice president of KVH’s Mobile Broadband Group.

“This latest agreement with SES is aimed at delivering the reach and reliability a growing number of luxury yachts, commercial vessels and US Coast Guard cutters need to seamlessly operate in deep and coastal waters.”

“Our mini-VSAT broadband service is growing at a rate of 35 per cent a year, reflecting our growing customer base and the increased emphasis being placed on improving ship crew welfare and operational efficiencies ranging from real-time data to better voyage planning and reduced emissions.”

John Matlaga, vice president of Enterprise and Mobility Services for SES’ North American region, also noted that “SES is making unprecedented investments in new satellites, mobility beams and increased capacity across our global fleet to meet the fast-growing demand for connectivity and mobile communications capabilities anywhere, including vital shipping routes around the world.”

“Together, SES and KVH are putting advanced broadband and voice offerings aboard ships and at the fingertips of passengers and crew and playing a major role in keeping them connected and in touch with colleagues and family.”

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