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KVH, Iridium sign broadband service deal

Iridium Communications and KVH Industries announced an agreement to offer a fully global, seamless broadband satellite communications service for the maritime market.

Under the agreement, KVH will offer an integrated service package that combines its mini-VSAT Broadband service and the Iridium OpenPort broadband service.

“We are enthusiastic that KVH is our first distribution partner to launch Iridium's new VSAT companion service offering,” Iridium executive vice president of global distribution systems Greg Ewert said in a statement.

“We have optimized the Iridium OpenPort system to seamlessly integrate with a vessel's VSAT platform. The VSAT/Iridium solution eliminates the coverage gaps, data-rate limitations and comparatively high prices of other L-band mobile satellite service providers.”

Ewert noted that the integrated maritime service will be fully supported by Iridium's next-generation satellite constellation, which is scheduled to be deployed in early 2015.

“KVH already has the largest Ku band VSAT global coverage offering, and the addition of Iridium now adds even remote regions, such as the polar areas,” KVH senior vice president of global sales and business development Brent Bruun said in a statement.

“The integrated system offers our customers an unbeatable combination of reliable, affordable broadband shipboard communications and seamless global connectivity. The lightweight, compact antenna units bring the benefits of low-cost broadband communications to both private yachts and fishing vessels as small as 30 feet as well as large oceangoing merchant ships.”

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