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E.R. Schiffahrt to install mini-VSAT on up to 60 vessels

TracPhone V7-HTS equipment will be installed on the E.R. Schiffahrt vessels TracPhone V7-HTS equipment will be installed on the E.R. Schiffahrt vessels

Shipmanager E.R. Schiffahrt has agreed a deal to implement KVH VSAT systems on its fleet of container and dry bulk vessels, including TracPhone V7-HTS antenna equipment, under KVH’s AgilePlans subscription-based Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) programme.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Installations for the first 11 vessels have begun, KVH says, with the company planning for a total of up to 60 vessels to be equipped by the end of 2018.

“We chose KVH for the fast data speed, the reliable data management, the global coverage, and our experience with KVH as a trusted and proven professional service provider,” said Christoph Werner, director of marine & quality for E.R. Schiffahrt.

“We see the very nature and flexibility of KVH’s AgilePlans programme as a great benefit to our business.”

The AgilePlans contract provides the required equipment and airtime under one monthly fee, with no commitment required. Installation at select ports and maintenance costs are also included in the package.

The TracPhone V7-HTS equipment to be provided includes the latest antenna developed by KVH for its mini-VSAT Broadband network, to take advantage of recently added high throughout satellite (HTS) capacity. This combination enables download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of 3 Mbps, KVH says.{/mprestriction}

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