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March 21st, 2019

Now Covering the Pacific Ocean is KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband(sm) Network

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has expanded their mini-VSAT Broadband(sm) HTS network to the Pacific Ocean via the Horizons 3e satellite, which is jointly owned by Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT.

Artistic rendition of the Intelsat / Sky Perfect JSAT owned
Horizons-3e satellite.

The high-performance Horizons 3e satellite immediately adds to the global coverage and capacity of KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband HTS network, which provides connectivity to vessels worldwide. Global containerships, commercial fishing fleets, and superyachts cruising to remote destinations are among the many types of vessels that transit key areas in the Pacific Ocean, Asia Pacific, and the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

KVH launched its mini-VSAT Broadband HTS network in late 2017 and continually enhances the network with technological advancements. The network uses the Intelsat Flex Maritime service to deliver multi-layered Ku-band coverage, enabling vessels to see multiple HTS and wide beam satellites for maximum availability of broadband service. KVH’s HTS network builds on the success of the original maritime satellite network that KVH introduced in 2007.

KVH recently announced that it had shipped its 9000th antenna system for the mini-VSAT Broadband network, a milestone that highlights KVH’s position as maritime VSAT market share leader by units as of the end of 2017.*

Executive Comment

Brent Bruun, COO, KVH, said that with the expansion of coverage to the Pacific Ocean region, the company's advanced HTS network footprint is complete, providing the commercial and leisure mariners who rely on the KVH solution with great coverage, fast data speeds, and enhanced performance for Internet access, VoIP, and all our connectivity services at sea. The company is  committed to continuing a high level of service in providing the maritime industry with a complete end-to-end solution for global connectivity.

*Euroconsult, “Prospects for Maritime Satellite Communications, 6th Edition” (2018)