KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has been granted permanent “Earth Station onboard – Vessel” or ESV license authority for KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband(sm) satellite communications service by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This authority officially approves the spread spectrum mini-VSAT Broadband service and 24-inch diameter TracPhone® V7 antenna as meeting the FCC’s new regulations for broadband maritime services.
Prior to receiving this permanent license, the KVH mini-VSAT Broadband service has operated in U.S. waters under an FCC Special Temporary Authority (STA) since September 2007, while also supporting mariners worldwide. This is the latest milestone in the KVH and ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) joint effort to provide affordable mobile broadband connectivity around the globe.
The mini-VSAT Broadband service, along with the KVH TracPhone V7 antenna, comprise the first end-to-end 24-inch VSAT antenna, service, and support package available for maritime communications. Together, KVH and ViaSat are currently using seven secure earth stations around the globe, along with seven of the world's most powerful communications satellites, to offer voice service and Internet access as fast as 512 Kbps (upload) and 2 Mbps (download) at fixed monthly rates to mariners, as well as network coverage for ViaSat’s Yonder(sm) aeronautical mobile broadband service.