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Thursday, March 25, 2021 

KVH Industries has launched the TracPhone V30, an ultra-compact Ku-band VSAT antenna designed to deliver data speeds up to 6Mbps down/2Mbps up for needing access to the Internet while at sea.

Measuring 37 cm diameter and weighing 10.6kg, the TracPhone V30 is designed to provide ease of installation and retrofit with a single power-data coax cable, versus multiple cables, and to utilise DC power, a plus for vessels with a limited power supply.

KVH engineered the antenna with a modem in the dome to deliver good reception with improved signal efficiency, as well as high-performance tracking and stabilisation for fast vessels and rough seas. A below-decks unit, the VSAT-Hub, provides HTS modem connections, built-in Wi-Fi, data routing, firewall security, and a VoIP adapter for phone calls.

KVH points out that the TracPhone V30 is suited to commercial vessels that do not voyage globally, such as fishing boats, tugs, and offshore service vessels.

Mark Woodhead, KVH EVP mobile connectivity, said: “Our new TracPhone V30 delivers fast data speeds in a compact unit and we anticipate it will disrupt the leisure and commercial markets by making VSAT at sea affordable like never before. Whether they are streaming content, checking email, using social media, or managing their business, both recreational boaters and small commercial vessel operators can count on reliable VSAT connectivity wherever they go.”

Although ultra-compact, the TracPhone V30 antenna has global reach via KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network, which provides global coverage from multi-layered high-throughput satellites (HTS) in the Intelsat FlexMaritime network with additional coverage from SKY Perfect JSAT. KVH offers a range of metered and unlimited use airtime plans starting at US$99/month, with month-to-month contract flexibility. The KVH Manager suite of tools provides a portal for managing operational and personal data use.

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