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Thursday, February 27, 2020 

KVH Industries' AgilePlans Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) plan is now available as a regional offering using KVH’s compact, 37cm TracPhone V3-HTS antenna, making it suitable for fishing vessels, workboats, and smaller commercial vessels to leverage fast and reliable Internet connectivity.

The service, offering data speeds up to 5 Mbps down/2 Mbps up, running on the TracPhone V3-HTS, includes new rate plans with no overage charges. The AgilePlans Regional service complements the AgilePlans Global service, making AgilePlans available throughout the maritime market for commercial vessels of all sizes.

“There are more than 350,000 fishing vessels that are over 12m in length. The vast majority of these vessels have no ability to connect once out of sight of land. We intend to change that with this new offering,” said Mark Woodhead, KVH EVP for mobile connectivity. “As the pace of maritime digitalisation accelerates, we wanted to ensure that smaller commercial vessels could take advantage of the all-inclusive, no-commitment AgilePlans offering, which has proven so successful for commercial fleets worldwide.”

AgilePlans is a CaaS subscription-based model offering high-speed connectivity with unlimited email and texting via KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband HTS network, TracPhone hardware, free installation in as many as 4,000 ports and locations, cybersecurity protection, KVH OneCare maintenance, and no commitment, for one monthly fee. AgilePlans Regional service with the TracPhone V3-HTS is available with a range of monthly subscriptions. The four regions for coverage are North American/Caribbean, South America, Western Europe/Africa, and Asia Pacific. To help manage data usage, KVH’s mini-VSAT Manager offers data controls, vessel tracking, and usage alerts.

KVH says that fleets are migrating from legacy L-band systems, where slower data speeds are measured in kilobits per second (Kbps) to VSAT services, such as KVH AgilePlans, where faster data speeds measured in megabits per second (Mbps) enable vessels to improve operational efficiency through digitalisation. Vessel operators can use faster connectivity to take advantage of real-time data transfers to improve decision making for fuel optimisation, route planning, and safety and to support cloud-based software programs, remote system monitoring, and data analytics.

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