Mini-VSAT broadband service extended to Africa


KVH Industries’ new African mini-VSAT Broadband coverage area has been implemented for maritime and aeronautical applications in Africa, in partnership with ViaSat.

The two companies offer global broadband networks for vessels and aircraft, using the Telesat 11N satellite across Africa. The Internet and voice service will be available for commercial and leisure boats, while in-flight broadband networks will be used for business and commercial aircraft.

“The addition of this new region opens a host of exciting opportunities for our commercial and leisure marine businesses. With mini-VSAT Broadband now available, crews working the offshore oilfields of western Africa and maritime visitors to the 2010 football finals in South Africa will have a powerful new means of staying in touch and up to date”, said Brent C. Bruun, KVH’s vice president of sales and business development.

Together, KVH and ViaSat are currently providing two-way mobile broadcast services from eight secure teleports around the globe, offering network voice service and Internet access as fast as 512 Kbps (upload) and 2 Mbps (download) at fixed monthly rates.

The mini-VSAT Broadband service includes KVH TracPhone® V7 antenna, 24-inch VSAT antenna, service and support package available for maritime communications. More than 500 mini-VSAT Broadband systems have been sold from mid 2009, representing roughly 10% of the installed maritime VSAT systems based on industry estimates.

KVH Industries and its wholly owned subsidiary, KVH Europe A/S, deliver in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured and sold more than 150 000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles and aircraft.