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KVH ships 4,000th TracPhone

KVH Industries reports that it recently shipped its 4,000th TracPhone terminal for the mini-VSAT Broadband network, noting that it has added more than 1,000 units in the past year.

The US-based satcom provider says that in 2013, its Ku-band network delivered 370 terabytes of data and 23 million voice minutes to vessels around the world.

KVH explains that it more than doubled the capacity of its VSAT network last year by deploying Variable Coding, Spreading, and Modulation (VCSM) technology provided by ViaSat.

The company's mini-VSAT Broadband service uses a combination of 19 Ku-band transponders and 3 C-band beams to provide global coverage.

 “KVH has a unique approach in the satellite communications industry because we offer a true end-to-end solution,” said CEO Martin Kits van Heyningen.

“We not only design and manufacture our own antenna hardware, we also operate the satellite network, manage the airtime service, and provide around-the-clock global support."

"Whether it is an IT manager in charge of a major international fleet or a captain in charge of a charter yacht, the single-source approach we offer is invaluable when combined with the performance of our antenna systems and the reliability of our network.”

KVH says that its new IP-MobileCast content delivery service is also expected to be available later this year. It is designed to deliver news, entertainment, sports, and training content directly to subscribing vessels over the top of the mini-VSAT Broadband connection using a separate data stream and idle network bandwidth such that the content delivery will not affect the customer’s data plan or onboard data speed.

It will also deliver operational data such as electronic chart updates and weather information.

The IP-MobileCast content will be provided by KVH Media Group, which was formed after KVH’s May 2013 acquisition of Headland Media.

KVH Media Group’s brands include: NEWSlink, which provides digital newspapers for merchant vessels and cruise ships; MOVIElink and TVlink, which provide new-release films and television programmes; SPORTSlink, which provides sports highlights and video clips from around the world; MUSIClink, which provides music channels onboard; and TRAININGlink, which provides maritime safety films.

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