KVH has launched a new connectivity solution in what the company is calling a quantum leap in maritime satellite communications. The new TracPhone V7HTS is a mini-VSAT Broadband system which provides fast streaming speeds and unlimited data in one single package.
Features include fast data rates, with downloads as fast as 10 Mbps and uploads as fast as 3 Mbps (triple the download speed and six times the upload speed of KVH’s 60 cm antennas on the original mini-VSAT Broadband service), and an unlimited-use data channel.This is available through the inclusion of KVH’s exclusive dual channel configuration, with hybrid airtime plans that deliver a free unlimited-use data channel running at the same time as the user’s ultra-fast channel.
The company also claims that it has the most advanced network of all maritime connectivity providers.The TracPhone V7-HTS uses new, advanced Intelsat Epic satellites that add HTS capabilities to the mini-VSAT Broadband network, as well as additional capacity in Asia from SKY Perfect JSAT Ku-band satellites.The high-speed worldwide HTS network offers advantages such as 25 million square miles added to KVH’s current Ku-band coverage, greater resilience to weather and rain fade than Ka-band networks, and no fall back onto antiquated L-band satellites due to rain fade or network beam availability issues. Integrated cybersecurity is also offered as well as automatic, fast switching among high-speed network beams, ensuring seamless communications wherever you cruise.
It will certainly be interesting to see how the industry responds to this new product – please post any thoughts in the comments section below!