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KVH adds LTE antenna for maritime connectivity

KVH has introduced a new TracPhone LTE-1 marine communications antenna system and accompanying connectivity service designed to provide internet access via cellular networks in US waters out to a range of approximately 30km, with data download speeds up to 100 Mbps.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The system uses LTE Advanced (LTE-A) cellular network technology to connect to services from two US LTE carriers, and is aimed at small and mid-size recreational boats. KVH says that, while the service is confined to the US for the time being, it is currently exploring the potential expansion of the product into other regions in the future.

“We believe the TracPhone LTE-1 will be a game changer for boaters who want to stay connected with HD streaming, video chatting, and more,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer.

“We’ve taken the same end-to-end approach we use with our satellite-based products to offer the best experience for our customers by providing everything they need—from hardware to airtime—to enjoy fast internet access on the boat.”

The system includes a dual antenna array, modem, GPS, and Wi-Fi router inside a 34 cm diameter dome. A single cable connects the antenna to a belowdecks Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) injector to provide power to the system, with the PoE also used to create a local area network (LAN) on the boat if required (though a Wi-Fi router is built into the dome).{/mprestriction}

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