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KVH launches new Inmarsat-based service

KVH has introduced its new TracPhone Fleet One marine satellite communications antenna system, based on Inmarsat’s Fleet One service.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The 28 cm (11 in) diameter antenna unit is designed for vessels needing basic global satellite phone and internet access, the company says, and will add to KVH’s other Inmarsat-based offerings in the FleetBroadband family as well as its mini-VSAT Broadband flagship product.

TracPhone Fleet One offers data speeds up to 100 kbps, using an antenna costing approximately $5,000. The basic airtime plan provides 50 minutes of voice and 5 MB of data for about $50 per month.

The unit also supports Inmarsat’s free ‘505’ safety service, directing any emergency calls to a rescue centre.

“The demand for satellite phone service and broadband connectivity at sea continues to grow, and KVH offers the most complete line of solutions,” said Brent Bruun, KVH executive vice president for mobile broadband.

“From the weekend sailor or small fleet owner using Fleet One to the most sophisticated global commercial maritime operators taking advantage of our global mini-VSAT Broadband service, we offer a capability set and price point matched to customers’ needs.”{/mprestriction}

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