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KVH hits 5,000 on mini-VSAT

KVH reports that it has recently shipped its 5,000th TracPhone satellite communications antenna system for the mini-VSAT Broadband network, having added more than 1,000 units in the past year.

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“Our solution has been widely adopted because it brings simplicity and value to ship owners, IT fleet managers, and vessel captains operating global vessels in a highly competitive environment,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH's chief executive officer.

“When we entered the market, accessing the Internet at sea was ridiculously expensive, either due to extremely high airtime rates or the need for complex, expensive onboard equipment that was difficult to install and maintain.”

“Our goal was to win a leadership position through market disruption, changing the way mariners thought about satellite communications by offering small, simple, easy-to-install equipment, fast data speeds, and low airtime costs.”

KVH's TracPhone antenna systems include the TracPhone V11-IP, a 1.1 metre, dual-mode C/Ku-band antenna; the TracPhone V7-IP, a 60 cm Ku-band antenna; and the TracPhone V3-IP, a 37 cm Ku-band antenna.

All three TracPhone V-IP systems feature an Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM) belowdecks unit that integrates all antenna control, onboard network management and modem functions.

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