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VSAT ANTENNA CLAIMED TO OFFER FASTEST-EVER DATA DELIVERY

Thursday, March 28, 2019 

KVH Industries has introduced the TracPhone V11-HTS, said to be the world’s fastest 1m Ku/C-band maritime VSAT antenna, designed to deliver data speeds up to 20 Mbps down/3 Mbps up to vessels worldwide.

The company says that its fast data speeds support the critical needs of commercial ships today for operations, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and crew connectivity.

“With the TracPhone V11-HTS, we continue to bring innovative solutions to the maritime market, enabling commercial vessel operators to take advantage of the many benefits of VSAT, such as IoT applications and business efficiency, while yacht captains can offer guests onboard KVH’s fastest connectivity at sea,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO of KVH. “From our advanced mini-VSAT Broadband HTS network to our 24/7 tech support, our superior connectivity solution makes broadband at sea seamless.”

The TracPhone V11-HTS features a dual Ku/C-band design with automatic switching to deliver expanded global coverage, including Northern and Southern latitudes, and reliable connectivity, even in extreme weather. In addition, the antenna system features the Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM), a streamlined belowdecks unit including high-throughput modem, Voice over IP (VoIP) adapter, CommBox network management software, and built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet. The ICM receives onboard news, entertainment, and operations content sent via KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service.

Another feature of the TracPhone V11-HTS is its two-channel configuration, enabling users to experience both a high-speed data channel and an unlimited-use data channel from a single maritime VSAT antenna. The high-speed channel is suitable for videoconferencing, video chat, telemedicine, web browsing, and allocated crew usage, while the 8/2 Mbps down/up unlimited-use channel is suitable for IoT data transfer, email, software updates, automated file transmission, weather updates, and unallocated crew usage. To help vessels manage their data usage, KVH provides the mini-VSAT Manager suite of tools.

For commercial fleets, the TracPhone V11-HTS is available as part of KVH’s AgilePlans, a subscription-based Connectivity as a Service program that includes, for one monthly fee: global connectivity; VSAT antenna with free installation in select ports; training and daily news content delivered via satellite; and delivery of chart and weather content.

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