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KVH gets Epic

The new TracPhone V7-HTS antenna system has been designed to work with the Epic-backed network The new TracPhone V7-HTS antenna system has been designed to work with the Epic-backed network

KVH is set to launch an upgraded version of its mini-VSAT service, utilising Intelsat Epic high throughput satellite (HTS) capacity to boost its network capabilities and deliver up to 10 Mbps connectivity to maritime customers under a range of new plans.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The new services will leverage the IntelsatOne Flex platform, a global managed service designed to optimise bandwidth allocations and provide flexible coverage where needed, as well as adding increased Asian satellite capacity from SKY Perfect JSAT.

“Intelsat has been instrumental in helping us develop the advances to our mini-VSAT Broadband service, continuing the positive working relationship we’ve had for many years,” said Brent Bruun, KVH chief operating officer.

“We expect to provide our maritime customers with increased data speeds at the same price points as our current service, while offering unparalleled coverage on a global basis. We just celebrated the tenth anniversary of our market-leading VSAT solution, and, with this new evolution of our mini-VSAT Broadband network, we believe KVH is continuing to set the pace for maritime satellite communications.”

The new network will include southern Atlantic and southern Indian Ocean capacity, expanding KVH’s Ku-band coverage by 25 million square miles.

“We have simplified the integration of high-performance broadband services into a network and made bandwidth management easier,” said Mark Rasmussen, Intelsat’s vice president and general manager, mobility.

“KVH, as the inaugural partner for IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime, plans to use our global maritime fabric to unlock new and larger applications for their end users while also providing the same high-quality broadband service wherever operations take them.”

KVH’s previously fielded base of TracPhone V7-IP mini-VSAT Broadband antennas will be upgradeable to access the network improvements, and the company has also launched a new 60cm TracPhone V7-HTS antenna system specifically designed to operate on the new services.{/mprestriction}

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