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KVH passes 7,000 mini-VSATs shipped

KVH reports that it has now passed the milestone of shipping its 7,000th mini-VSAT Broadband system, a few months short of the tenth anniversary of the launch of the service.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The mini-VSAT service was introduced in July 2007, and the system is now in use on vessels ranging from small recreational sailboats to 1,000-foot commercial freighters.

“Our mini-VSAT Broadband network is robust and fully global, and we are thrilled that thousands of our TracPhone V-series antenna systems are already in service around the world,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH CEO.

“Our continuing dominance in the VSAT market is testimony to our heritage of innovation. It’s even more exciting to look ahead to how we can augment our existing network and enable KVH to support the dramatic surge in demand for data that the shipping industry is projected to experience over the next 10 years.”

KVH’s TracPhone series of antenna systems include the V11-IP, a 1.1m dual-mode C/Ku-band antenna; the V7-IP, a 60cm Ku-band unit; and the V3-IP, a 37cm Ku-band maritime VSAT antenna.

All of the V-IP systems include an Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM), a below decks unit for antenna control, onboard network management, and access to modem functions. The ICM also receives onboard news, entertainment, and operations content sent via KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service.

The CommBox was introduced to the KVH range following the company’s acquisition of Norwegian maritime technology firm Virtek in 2010, which had been selling the CommBox as a standalone network management device.{/mprestriction}

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