Fulfilling its goal of creating a seamless global maritime VSAT network, KVH Industries today announced that coverage for the last remaining region in KVH's original network plan - South America - is now under contract and scheduled to go live in July using the IS-14 satellite.
This joint effort by KVH and its partner, ViaSat, will provide mini-VSAT Broadband service to leisure mariners, commercial shipping and fishing vessels and the expanding South American oil and gas industry, as well as network coverage for ViaSat's Yonder in-flight broadband network for commercial and business aircraft.
“The addition of South American coverage completes our global Ku-band mini-VSAT Broadband network, the groundbreaking satellite communication solution that brings reliable, affordable satellite communications to our customers via our TracPhone V-series antennas,” Brent Bruun, KVH senior vice president for sales and business development, said in a statement.
“Commercial and leisure marine users worldwide recognize the unique benefits offered by our combination of high-speed data and voice service, ultra-small antennas and global coverage,” he added. “Already, mini-VSAT Broadband is the fastest-growing maritime VSAT solution, as well as an increasingly popular replacement for older, slower and more costly L-band services.”