Just Published -- Northern Sky Research (NSR) Study Confirms
Earlier Euroconsult Report That KVH is the Most Widely Used
Maritime VSAT Service
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., May 16, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For the second time
in as many months, the mini-VSAT Broadband(SM) service from KVH
Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq:KVHI) has been recognized as the most widely
used maritime VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) service in the world.
This conclusion was made in the 8th edition of the "Mobile Satellite
Services" report just published by leading international research and
analysis firm, Northern Sky Research (NSR).
"With an estimated count of nearly 30% of the units in the market, KVH
has taken the low-ARPU/high-volume market by storm," reported NSR
analyst Claude Rousseau, referring to the Ku-band maritime VSAT market.
"It has gained sizable orders from shipping companies, U.S. Government
agencies, and fleet owners with a near-global coverage that was
extended to South America and to oil and gas offshore platform markets
off the coast of Brazil. With an order in March 2012 for mini-VSAT
Broadband systems for V.Ships, a ship manager with over 1,000 vessels,
KVH is set to become a standard in the maritime communications market."
According to the new NSR report, KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband service
accounted for nearly 30% of all Ku-band maritime VSAT units and more
than 20% of all activated maritime VSAT units of all frequencies. In
late March, the internationally recognized research firm Euroconsult
also concluded that KVH had more users than any other maritime VSAT
provider. In a crowded market with more than 70 competitors, KVH's
meteoric rise to the top of the market only four years after launching
its new mini-VSAT Broadband service is a textbook case of leveraging
new technology to compete with entrenched competitors.
Maritime VSAT services are a relatively new form of satellite
communications that use powerful FSS (Fixed Satellite Service) C-, Ku-,
and Ka-band satellites to provide two-way voice and data connectivity
to ships at sea. Prior to the introduction of VSAT into the maritime
markets, vessels were limited to MSS (Mobile Satellite Service) L-band
satellites, which used lower frequencies that could be received by
relatively small and low-priced onboard terminals, but had
prohibitively expensive airtime service that could cost customers $20
per megabyte or more to transmit. Early maritime VSATs offered faster,
higher quality service that was a small fraction of the cost of MSS
services, but required large and complex antennas to precisely aim at
closely spaced satellites originally designed to provide service to
stationary locations on land.
In 2007, KVH leveraged its maritime satellite antenna expertise and a
new form of spread spectrum modem designed specifically for mobile use
by its technology partner, ViaSat (Nasdaq:VSAT), to develop the
mini-VSAT Broadband service and the ultra-compact TracPhone(R) V7
onboard terminal. The advantage of ViaSat's ArcLight(R) spread spectrum
technology is that it enables economical multimegabit FSS transmissions
to be received and transmitted by revolutionarily small and affordable
antennas. Thus, KVH and ViaSat created a new category of satellite
communications service that offers maritime customers the speed and
economy of FSS maritime VSAT service with equipment that is compact and
cost-effective, like MSS services.
Over the past 4 years, KVH has taken advantage of new commercial
satellite coverage over the oceans to create a seamless web of
multimegabit service. Fourteen Ku-band satellite transponders are
already online, creating one of the widest Ku-band networks in the
industry. The company's TracPhone V3, with a 37 cm antenna, and its
enterprise-grade TracPhone V7, which uses a 60 cm antenna, provide
service throughout the Ku-band portion of the network. Earlier this
year, KVH announced that three global C-band transponders will be added
this summer, providing an overlay on the Ku-band service. With the
C-band overlay, the mini-VSAT Broadband network will cover 95% of the
earth, including all of the world's major shipping lanes, popular
fishing regions, and offshore oil fields. The company's new TracPhone
V11 dual-mode system will be able to seamlessly switch between C- and
Ku-band service. To date, KVH has shipped more than 2,000 TracPhone
terminals for the mini-VSAT Broadband network.
"Our strategy from the launch of the mini-VSAT Broadband service
four-and-a-half years ago has been to create a single, global satellite
communications network that delivers very fast, very high quality,
reasonably priced broadband service to all types of vessels, using
onboard terminals that are small and easy to install," commented Martin
Kits van Heyningen, KVH's CEO. "Our initial market research clearly
showed that customers using traditional maritime L-band services felt
the costs were prohibitively expensive or data speeds too slow for
their networking requirements. We've leveraged a new generation of
spread spectrum technology to bring our customers the best of all
worlds -- fast, high quality, global multimegabit service delivered to
small, affordable onboard terminals. It's exciting both to have
accelerating sales and to be acknowledged as being in the leadership
position in the growing maritime VSAT market."
KVH is the only maritime VSAT provider to manufacture its own fully
integrated onboard terminal, own and operate a global VSAT network, and
provide worldwide 24/7/365 after-sale support. In 2010, the company
acquired the Norwegian maritime network management company Virtek, and
has incorporated its CommBox(TM) ship/shore network manager into the
end-to-end TracPhone solution for the mini-VSAT Broadband service.
KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband service delivered more than 100 terabytes of
data in 2011 and more than two million voice calls, and had a network
uptime of 99.5%, which is among the best in the industry.
Please visit www.minivsat.com/one for full details about the KVH
mini-VSAT Broadband service and the TracPhone V-series product line.
Complete details on the Northern Sky Research report, "Mobile Satellite
Services, 8th Edition" are available at www.nsr.com.
Note to Editors: High-resolution, press-ready images of the mini-VSAT
Broadband coverage map and the TracPhone V-series product line are
available at http://press.kvh.com for download and editorial use.
About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries, Inc., is the leading provider of in-motion satellite
television and communications systems, having designed, manufactured,
and sold more than 150,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications
on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. 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 Singapore.
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, TracPhone, and CommBox are trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc.
"mini-VSAT Broadband" is a service mark of KVH Industries, Inc. All
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CONTACT: Nicole Mongillo
KVH Industries, Inc.