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KVH INTRODUCES ULTRA-COMPACT KU-BAND MARINE VSAT ANTENNA

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 

KVH Industries has unveiled the TracPhone V3-HTS, claimed to be the fastest, lightest, ultra-compact Ku-band marine VSAT antenna. Measuring 37cm diameter and weighing 11kg, it is smaller in physical size than any other Ku-band marine satellite communications antenna on the market and is designed to provide faster data speeds than larger marine satellite antennas.

The company says that the TracPhone V3-HTS’s fast data speeds (5 Mbps download/2 Mbps upload), combined with its diminutive size, make Internet connectivity and HD-quality streaming available aboard vessels that do not have room for a larger satellite communications antenna.

KVH designed and engineered the TracPhone V3-HTS specifically for its mini-VSAT Broadband HTS network, which offers high speed and wide coverage using new next-generation high-throughput satellites (HTS) from Intelsat’s global network with additional satellite capacity from SKY Perfect JSAT, all of which is fully integrated under the IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime platform.

“KVH’s HTS network changes the game for communications on boats,” said Todd Tally, general manager of US systems installer Atlantic Marine Electronics. “Incredibly fast, robust, and reliable, this service and the TracPhone HTS antennas allow our customers to enjoy Internet connections, streaming movies and TV, voice calls, video chats, and more.”

The TracPhone V3-HTS is the second HTS antenna design from KVH, which introduced the 60cm diameter Ku-band TracPhone V7-HTS last year. During the development of both antennas, KVH worked closely with satellite operator Intelsat, which recently upgraded its IntelsatOne Flex platform to support smaller antennas. IntelsatOne Flex is a managed service that offers multi-layered global coverage by leveraging Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellites (HTS) and select wide beams. The TracPhone V3-HTS is manufactured by KVH at its headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island.

“Ensuring that mariners around the world can experience the benefits of connectivity at sea has been a driving force for KVH for many years, and the new TracPhone V3-HTS makes that possible for more types of boats than ever before,” said Brent Bruun, COO of KVH.

Additional features of the TracPhone V3-HTS include:

  • The secure myKVH mini-VSAT Manager – a suite of tools that provides transparency into and control over data usage, including data allocation and customised text and email alerts
  • Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM) – streamlined all-in-one belowdecks unit featuring the antenna control unit, high-throughput modem, VoIP adapter, network management software, and integrated Wi-Fi and Ethernet switches
  • KVH OneCare – global support programme including application engineering, solution deployment, and operating support around the clock.

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