KVH Industries said it is doubling the capacity of two of the three global C-band beams of its mini-VSAT Broadband network.
The increased C-band capacity, which will take effect in February, enhances the mini-VSAT Broadband network’s multi-megabit service covering all major shipping routes, offshore oil fields and commercial fishing grounds and serving marine operations and vessels around the globe.
KVH plans to continue to grow the C-band capacity, as needed, to meet demand from its growing customer base and maritime operations applications that are increasingly reliant on broadband connectivity.
KVH first introduced C-band overlay coverage to its existing Ku-band network less than two years ago and it has seen installations of its dual-mode TracPhone V11-IP satellite communications system steadily increase.
This onboard terminal uses a single, 1-meter diameter stabilized antenna with dual-band transmit and receive capability to switch between the mini-VSAT Broadband network’s global C- and Ku-band satellite coverage, providing onboard network management and continuity for onboard systems that rely on satellite Internet service.
“Vessels using the TracPhone V11-IP typically need C-band coverage only a small percentage of the time they are at sea because of the extensive Ku-band capacity of the mini-VSAT Broadband network, which itself has more than doubled worldwide in the past year,” KVH network operations director Marc Edwards said in a statement.
“This unique network architecture allows us to provide the power and speed of a modern maritime VSAT service with the global coverage typical of global L-band services like Inmarsat FleetBroadband.”