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Friday, May 7, 2021 

KVH Industries says it shipped more than 500 VSAT satellite communications systems during the first three months of 2021, marking the second consecutive record quarter for VSAT shipments.

The company also announced that it had shipped more than 12,500 aggregate VSAT units since first introducing its mini-VSAT Broadband network and TracPhone VSAT communications antenna systems in 2007.

KVH says the recent record VSAT shipments come as the maritime industry is adopting digitalisation as a way to optimise operations, with many fleets and commercial vessels migrating from slower legacy L-band satellite communications systems to faster VSAT systems operating on new high-throughput satellites (HTS). The newly released Prospects for Maritime Satellite Communications, 2021, by Euroconsult, notes that KVH is the market share leader by units in maritime VSAT as of the end of 2020.

KVH CEO Martin Kits van Heyningen said: “The increasing reliance on VSAT connectivity throughout the maritime industry has increased the demand for our TracPhone VSAT systems and connectivity and our commitment to providing affordable airtime, fast data speeds, network security, IoT proactive monitoring, and value-added services.”

KVH manufactures a range of advanced HTS antenna systems: the 37cm diameter TracPhone V3-HTS and TracPhone V30 are fast, ultra-compact Ku-band maritime VSAT antennas designed to deliver data speeds up to 6 Mbps up/2 Mbps down; the TracPhone V7-HTS is a 60cm diameter Ku-band antenna designed to deliver data speeds aup to 10 Mbps down/3 Mbps up; and the TracPhone V11-HTS is a 1m Ku/C-band maritime VSAT antenna, designed to deliver worldwide data speeds up to 20 Mbps down/3 Mbps up.

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