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Wednesday, June 16, 2021 

KVH Industries has introduced the TracPhone LTE-1 Global marine communications system designed to provide mariners in more than 150 countries with Internet access up to 20 miles offshore.

The system uses LTE Advanced (LTE-A) cellular network technology, which is faster than regular 4G LTE, and builds on KVH’s US-only TracPhone LTE-1, which was introduced in 2018.

With a compact 34cm dome, the TracPhone LTE-1 Global is suitable for small and mid-size vessels that often rely solely on cellphones for Internet access close to shore. The TracPhone LTE-1 Global is designed to enable various applications for mobile connectivity, such as streaming HD videos and music; Wi-Fi-based voice, messaging, collaboration, and video applications; browsing the Internet; and posting on social media—all while offshore.

“With our LTE-1 Global, vessels in more than 150 countries—from a center console in Fort Lauderdale to a fishing fleet in southeast Asia—can experience Internet access farther offshore than would be possible with their cell phones alone,” said Brent Bruun, COO KVH. “The affordable, easy-to-install system means boaters can enjoy their connected lives while on the water and marine operators can optimise their businesses.”

Designed for a fast, affordable, and reliable extended-range mobile Internet experience, the TracPhone LTE-1 Global features a dual high-gain antenna array, modem, GPS, and Wi-Fi inside the dome, with a multi-carrier SIM to allow switching and roaming between LTE-equipped carriers. A single cable connects the antenna to a below-decks Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) injector to provide power to the system. The TracPhone LTE-1 Global supports wireless and wired connectivity with integrated Wi-Fi and belowdecks LAN port so multiple people onboard can use personal devices to access the Internet with the TracPhone LTE-1 Global.

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