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Vroon extends 140 vessel mini-VSAT deal

Rob Frenks, Vroon Rob Frenks, Vroon

KVH has announced that Netherlands-based Vroon has extended its mini-VSAT Broadband contract covering more than 140 Vroon vessels, to begin another multi-year agreement.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The first installations of the 60 cm diameter TracPhone V7 systems onboard Vroon vessels took place in early 2011, after Vroon conducted a selection process involving 22 different satellite communications providers.

Vroon was also one of the first subscribers to KVH’s IP-MobileCast entertainment packages, providing crew members onboard tankers and livestock carriers daily updates of news and sports content, as well as a selection of movies and TV episodes.

“In working with KVH during the past five years, we realised that having a reliable communications partner is essential to the smooth operation of our vessels and welfare of our crews,” said Rob Frenks, Vroon group ICT manager.

“We also witnessed first-hand the advantage of the IP-MobileCast entertainment packages in enhancing crew welfare. KVH offers us a total and affordable managed service that brings together proven hardware and a fully integrated global network management system that will support our business for years to come.”

Preventive maintenance checks on all fielded systems as part of the KVH OneCare programme are part of the contract, as well as the KVH CommBox Ship/Shore Network Manager, which provides network management tools including web compression and acceleration, least-cost routing among multiple communications services, prepaid internet access, and remote access for Vroon’s shore-based IT personnel.

“We are extremely pleased that Vroon has chosen to extend its contract with KVH, as it demonstrates the importance they place on affordable and reliable broadband connectivity for their vessels, as well as their high regard for improving crew welfare,” said David Tropp Hag, KVH’s director of sales for the EMEA region.

“The contract extension also includes support for all TracPhone systems through eight years of operation, a testament to KVH’s outstanding design and rugged construction which, in this challenging business environment, is something that Vroon continues to value highly.”{/mprestriction}

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