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KVH launches Connectivity as a Service (CaaS)

The TracPhone v11-IP with ICM, one of the hardware options available under the new plans The TracPhone v11-IP with ICM, one of the hardware options available under the new plans

KVH has announced the introduction of its new AgilePlans, a monthly subscription-based VSAT contract that requires no initial CapEx by the user and no long-term commitment, meaning it can be cancelled at any time – a product the company is defining as ‘Connectivity as a Service’ (CaaS).

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The subscription fee covers hardware, connectivity, installation at select ports, entertainment and training content, and global support. This includes a TracPhone IP series antenna, a belowdecks Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM), and a usage-based airtime data plan with speeds up to 4 Mbps.

News and entertainment via KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service can also be included, along with computer based training, weather and electronic chart data.

Subscribers can end a subscription at any time without penalty by notifying KVH and returning the onboard hardware. KVH says that the offering has been designed to enable customers to adjust quickly to changing market conditions and support fleet expansion or contraction as needed.

“We are thrilled to bring the benefits of the all-inclusive AgilePlans subscription service to the maritime industry,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO of KVH.

“Ship operators know they can drive efficiency when they bring fast and reliable broadband onboard, and with the AgilePlans service they will be able to get the benefits from day one.”

“As we approach the 10th anniversary of our mini-VSAT Broadband service, this is one more way we are innovating for our customers, particularly in the crucial areas of connectivity and business flexibility.”

KVH notes that Reederei Köpping Gmbh & Co. KG, technical manager on behalf of a ship portfolio managed by the Ernst Russ Group, has already placed an order for one of the new service plans.

“The programme’s low investment cost was a deciding factor (for us), given that KVH provides not only the equipment itself, but the installation and maintenance,” said Oliver Clauser, nautic/IT, Reederei Köpping.

The AgilePlans service will be added as an additional option to existing purchase and lease packages offered by KVH.{/mprestriction}

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