Leading Service Provider Will Bring World's Leading Maritime
VSAT Service to Mariners Throughout South America
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., June 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KVH Industries, Inc.
(Nasdaq:KVHI), the world's leading maritime VSAT provider, will offer
its mini-VSAT Broadband(SM) service and TracPhone(R) satellite
communications terminals to maritime customers throughout South America
through Tesacom, South America's leading mobile satellite service
provider. The new relationship will be managed by Andesat S.A., a
leading communications provider in the Andean region. Tesacom will
offer KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband solution from its offices in Argentina,
Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Panamá and Peru to offshore commercial
fishermen and oil and gas operators, as well as inland waterway vessels
working on the Paraná River. "KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband service
will allow us to offer an attractive and affordable broadband service
to meet the growing connectivity needs of our diverse maritime customer
base," explains Jose Antonio Sanchez Elia, CEO at Tesacom. "With the
mini-VSAT Broadband service, we will be able to provide a proven
solution with small antennas, fast data rates, and global coverage that
will work well for both large and small vessels, completing our broad
offering of solutions."
Tesacom will offer KVH's TracPhone V-series onboard terminals and
mini-VSAT Broadband service to their customers. Tesacom is South
America's leading provider of remote telecommunications solutions,
offering the MSS services of Inmarsat, Globalstar, and Iridium for more
than 10 years with an extensive network of offices that reaches
mariners throughout South America.
"KVH is very well positioned to support the key maritime industries in
South America, and we're happy to collaborate with a leading service
provider like Tesacom to bring mini-VSAT Broadband to these mariners,"
explains Brent C. Bruun, KVH's senior vice president of global sales
and business development. "Our mini-VSAT Broadband service is well
supported with earth stations in Brazil and Chile, and we offer the
broadest coverage of any maritime VSAT provider for coastal South
American waters and into the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
We're excited to work with Tesacom to bring the mini-VSAT Broadband
service to maritime customers throughout the region."
The mini-VSAT Broadband service is unique in that it uses ArcLight(R)
spread spectrum technology developed by KVH's satellite technology
partner, ViaSat (Nasdaq:VSAT). The spread spectrum technology enables
use of antennas as small as 37 cm for the Ku-band service and as small
as 1 meter for the combined C/Ku-band coverage. Although significantly
smaller, these antennas match the coverage and speed of much larger
maritime VSAT antennas using older services based on time division
multiple access (TDMA) technology. With onboard equipment as small and
affordable as L-band systems, the power of fast, affordable VSAT
service is rapidly becoming the preferred option for large segments of
the maritime market that were formerly limited to expensive legacy
satellite communications services.
Since launching the mini-VSAT Broadband service in late 2007, KVH has
fielded one of the world's broadest Ku-band VSAT networks, using 14
Ku-band satellite transponders to provide a seamless web of
multimegabit coverage. The service will soon cover 95% of the Earth,
including all of the oceans bordering southern South America, with the
addition of coverage from three overlayed, global C-band transponders
and a unique dual-mode TracPhone system that seamlessly switches
between C- and Ku-band frequencies. In most regions, vessels enjoy
redundant coverage to assure robust connectivity.
KVH is the only maritime VSAT provider to manufacture its own fully
integrated onboard terminal and network manager, operate a global
C/Ku-band VSAT network, and provide worldwide 24/7/365 after-sale
support. The ability to control every aspect of its equipment and
network has enabled KVH to field the world's premier global maritime
VSAT network. In March 2012, the marketing research firm Euroconsult
reported KVH leads the maritime VSAT market for number of customers
using its service.
Please visit www.minivsat.com for complete details about KVH's
TracPhone V-series and the mini-VSAT Broadband network.
Note to Editors: High-resolution, press-ready images of KVH's TracPhone
V-series and mini-VSAT Broadband coverage are available at
http://press.kvh.com for download and editorial use.
Tesacom is the leader in integral telecommunications solutions for
remote locations in South America. With offices in Argentina, Brazil,
Chile, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay, it delivers its
solutions at a regional level. Its range of solutions is one of the
largest in the market and includes mobile satellite services, satellite
multimedia services, location and tracking services via the GPS system,
software platforms, highly advanced technical equipment of superior
quality, integration of networks and development of value-added
applications. Details are available at www.tesacom.net.
Andesat S.A. meets the rapidly expanding communications needs of the
Andean region. Developed by a group of executives with extensive
experience in the satellite communications industry, Andesat uses
cutting-edge technology to create the most proficient satellite
networks. Andesat provides coverage throughout Chile, Argentina,
Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela.
Visit www.andesat.com for additional details.
About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries, Inc. is the leading provider of in-motion satellite TV
and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold
more than 150,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on
vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. In March 2012, Euroconsult reported
that KVH was the market share leader in global maritime VSAT. KVH's
mission is to connect mobile customers around the globe with the same
digital television entertainment, communications, and Internet services
that they enjoy in their homes and offices. The company is based in
Middletown, RI, with facilities in Illinois, Denmark, Norway, and
This release may contain certain forward-looking statements that
involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include,
for example, the functionality, characteristics, quality, and
performance of KVH's products and technology; anticipated innovation
and product development; and customer preferences, requirements, and
expectations. The actual results could differ materially. Factors that
may cause such differences include, among others, those discussed in
KVH's most recent Form 10-K filed with the SEC. KVH does not assume any
obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect new
information or developments.
KVH and TracPhone are registered trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc.
"mini-VSAT Broadband" is a service mark of KVH Industries, Inc. All
other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.
CONTACT: Nicole Mongillo
KVH Industries, Inc.
0810-3456- SAT (728)