MIDDLETOWN, R.I., July 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Continuing the network expansion strategy outlined with the announcement of its new TracPhone ® V-IP series satellite communications systems and IP-MobileCast™ service (expected to be available later this year), KVH Industries, Inc. , (Nasdaq:KVHI) has more than doubled the capacity of its mini-VSAT Broadband sm network in the Asia-Pacific region. The ongoing global network upgrade involves deployment of Variable Coding, Spreading, and Modulation (VCSM) technology provided by ViaSat, Inc. , (Nasdaq:VSAT), KVH's partner in the mini-VSAT Broadband network. This is the fourth major capacity increase in less than eight months, following upgrades in the Caribbean , EMEA , and African and Brazilian regions that began in late 2012.
"Increasing mini-VSAT Broadband network capacity in the Asia-Pacific region is a key step in our strategy to provide mariners with the connectivity they need at sea," explains Brent Bruun, Executive Vice President of KVH's Mobile Broadband Group. "This area is a major hub for commercial shipping and the vessels travelling there need affordable, fast, and convenient connections in order to optimize their operations. The mini-VSAT Broadband network, particularly with the new TracPhone V-IP series terminals and upcoming IP-MobileCast service, provides those connections at an affordable price combined with a number of benefits that other providers do not offer."
KVH recently announced a four-part strategy for the mini-VSAT Broadband network, which is designed to bring a variety of economical and convenient content services to mariners for the first time. It involves deployment of VCSM technology to significantly increase effective network capacity, upgrading the TracPhone ® terminals used to deliver the mini-VSAT Broadband service, creating a first-of-its-kind content delivery service, and building alliances with application providers to deliver a variety of high-quality content via that service."There is no denying the importance of the Asia-Pacific region to the international shipping industry," said Mr. Bruun. "KVH's solutions provide outstanding communications for the mariners who frequent these waters, with downloads as fast as 4 Mbps and uploads as fast as 1 Mbps, as well as crystal clear Voice over IP (VoIP) telephone lines with optimized service and prioritization of applications. Expanding network capacity and offering new services like IP-MobileCast will help these mariners to improve onboard efficiency as well as crew morale."