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TMCNet:  KVH completes upgrade of mini-VSAT Broadband network

[December 13, 2012]

KVH completes upgrade of mini-VSAT Broadband network

Dec 13, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- KVH Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of solutions that provide internet, television, and voice services via satellite, has completed an upgrade to the mini-VSAT Broadband network that will provide customers in Europe, the Middle East, and northern Africa, or EMEA, with a 60% increase in satellite capacity.

The added capacity was provided by consolidating bandwidth covering two separate regions into one unified beam, and by implementing Variable Coding, Spreading, and Modulation (VCSM) technology provided by ViaSat, Inc., KVH's partner in the mini-VSAT Broadband network.

VCSM will be introduced throughout the remainder of the mini-VSAT Broadband network in coming months. For the new regions upgraded with VCSM, the mini-VSAT Broadband network capacity is anticipated to provide a 60% increase over what is currently delivered with the existing transmission technology.

The KVH mini-VSAT Broadband network uses both C-band and Ku-band satellite capacity provided by leading commercial satellite operators including Intelsat, Eutelsat, SES, and SKY Perfect JSAT. Several of these companies have initiatives underway to provide additional satellite capacity over the world's oceans. Currently, 14 satellite transponders deliver KVH's Ku-band capacity, which provides the broad coverage areas of any Ku-band network.

KVH manufactures three onboard antennas for the mini-VSAT Broadband network - the new enterprise-grade TracPhone V7-IP, the compact TracPhone V3, which is the smallest maritime VSAT antenna measuring 37 cm diameter, and the new dual-mode TracPhone V11, which provides coverage of 95% of the Earth. The mini-VSAT Broadband service equips vessels with the highest data rates, with downloads as fast as 4 Mbps and uploads as fast as 1 Mbps, as well as Voice over IP (VoIP) telephone lines with optimized service and prioritization of applications.

"We actively monitor and manage our mini-VSAT Broadband network to ensure we are delivering the speeds and quality of service our customers expect," explained Marc Edwards, KVH's director of network operations. "Rapid growth of our customer base, which now includes well over 2,500 systems in the field, resulted in increased utilization of the network during peak periods in the EMEA region.

"We reconfigured our satellite coverage to more effectively serve this region with a single beam, which allows the ViaSat ArcLight spread spectrum technology used in our network to more efficiently carry the traffic. At the same time we implemented VCSM, and the combination of changes increased our network capacity by 60% overall in the EMEA region." Republication or redistribution, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without prior written consent. Datamonitor shall not be liable for errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon

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