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KVH unveils a breakthrough Ku-band Marine VSAT Antenna

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This revolutionary, smaller in sized antenna would enable connectivity at sea, with faster data speeds than larger marine satellite antennas.

KVH Industries, Inc., a communications equipment company, unveils the TracPhone V3-HTS, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. To speak of the peculiarity, it is the world’s fastest, lightest, ultra-compact Ku-band marine VSAT antenna.

Measuring just 14.5 inches diameter and weighing 25 lbs., the TracPhone V3-HTS is smaller in physical size than any other Ku-band marine satellite communications antenna available in the market. It is designed to provide fast data speeds of about 5 Mbps download/2 Mbps upload, which is faster than that of the larger marine satellite antennas.

The TracPhone V3-HTS’s fast data speeds, combined with its diminutive size, make Internet connectivity and HD-quality streaming available aboard smaller powerboats and sailboats along with commercial vessels, such as workboats and offshore fishing boats, that do not have room for a larger satellite communications antenna.

‘TracPhone V3-HTS’ an unmatched connectivity solution

Brent Bruun, CEO, KVH, stated, “Ensuring that boaters and 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.” He added, “KVH streamlines the entire process of getting broadband on the boat by offering monthly airtime and value-added services to create an end-to-end solution unmatched by other marine VSAT providers.”

Designed and engineered by KVH, the TracPhone V3-HTS is specifically for KVH’s mini-VSAT BroadbandSM HTS network. This network offers unmatched speed and 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 the Maritime platform.

The new solution to improve the customers’ entertainment experience

Todd Tally, General Manager of Atlantic Marine Electronics, a leading marine systems installer based in Fort Lauderdale, said, “KVH’s HTS network changes the game for communications on boats,” he added, “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 60 cm 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, in anticipation of the release of KVH’s 37 cm terminal. 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.