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KVH’s Mini-VSAT Broadband Gov’t Approval

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted permanent “Earth Station onboard – Vessel” or ESV license authority for KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband satellite communications service. 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.

KVH Pairs mini-VSAT with Iridium Open Port Broadband

KVH TracPhone V3-IP goes fully global for commercial mariners as it pairs up with integrated Iridium OpenPort Broadband Service. Coinciding with the introduction of its new TracPhone® V3-IP satellite communications system, KVH Industries, Inc., announces availability of an integrated service package that pairs its exclusive mini-VSAT Broadbandsm service with the Iridium OpenPort® broadband service for seamless, fully global connectivity.

BBM Holdings to Terminate Operations

BBM Holdings which provides broadband services to ships, announced today that it has ceased operations and reduced employment to a small residual force. The Company will seek to maintain its assets (primarily intellectual property and technology), settle its obligation

Inmarsat $1.2B Investment in KA-Band Satellite

Inmarsat (LSE: ISAT), provider of global mobile satellite communications services, announced that it has agreed a contract with The Boeing Company for the delivery of three state-of-the-art 702HP Ka-band satellites.  The Inmarsat-5 constellation will enable Inmarsat to provide a unique global high speed mobile broadband service offering.  With operations expected to start in 2014, Inmarsat-5 will support a next generation global service, Global Xpress, which will target a $1

Mini-VSAT Broadband Service for Workboat Fleet Management

Boatracs becomes KVH Value Added Service Provider for KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband solution for work boat, fishing boat, fleet management KVH Industries, Inc., has named Boatracs Inc., a leader in integrated maritime satellite communications and software solutions, the first Value Added Service Provider (VASP) for its mini-VSAT Broadband service. This collaboration will deliver an end-to-end fleet management package for the commercial workboat and fishing markets

BW Selects KVH mini-VSAT Broadband for LNG and LPG Fleet

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KVH Industries, Inc. was chosen by BW, a worldwide maritime energy transportation company, as the satellite communications solution for its Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) fleet. BW’s vessels will use KVH’s advanced, dual-mode TracPhone V11-IP onboard satellite communications system and mini-VSAT Broadband service for the “always-on” broadband connectivity that is essential for today’s commercial maritime operations

Thrane & Thrane Uses iDirect Platform

VT iDirect, Inc., a company of VT Systems Inc, announced that Thrane & Thrane A/S has implemented the iDirect satellite communications platform to support its customers' growing need for high-speed connectivity at sea. Thrane & Thrane is a manufacturer of equipment and systems for global mobile communication based on satellite and radio technology. iDirect is a provider of satellite-based IP communications technology.

Coursemaster Autopilots Will Release New Communications Solution

TracPhone V7IP

Coursemaster Autopilots, the Australian distributor of KVH Satellite TV and Communications systems, will release the TracPhone V7IP antenna system with mini-VSAT Broadband Service to the Australian market at SCIBS, which runs from May 23-26. The TracPhone V7IP is a more compact solution for communication needs at 66.3cm in diameter, which is up to 85 per cent smaller in volume than other standard systems. The compact unit has comprehensive capabilities including a built-in network manager

Inmarsat Brings 'Fleet One' Broadband to Small Vessels

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Maritime satellite communications provider Inmarsat says it now connects leisure and fishing vessels with a specially designed broadband service. Accessing weather information and chart updates, keeping in contact with loved ones or simply checking the news are now as simple to do at sea as they are on land with the launch of Fleet One from Inmarsat Maritime. From nnow on, yacht and fishing boat owners can take full advantage of maritime broadband services previously only available to much

KVH Industries Acquires Videotel

Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer

  KVH Industries, Inc., acquired Videotel, a producer of high-quality training films and e-Learning services for the commercial maritime industry. Servicing over 11,000 vessels, Videotel is a market leader in the provision of maritime training services, offering video, animation, e-Learning computer-based training (CBT), and interactive distance learning courses.   “The acquisition of Videotel is an important addition to our portfolio of services targeting the needs of

EUKOR Select Inmarsat, Intellian for high-speed connectivity

Intellian GX100 terminal onboard EUKOR Car Carrier

  Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services and Intellian, a global leader in satellite communication antenna systems, have announced a significant deal with EUKOR Car Carriers. The deal will enable EUKOR

Marlink Inks Broadband Deal with BP Shipping

Marlink will provide BP Shipping with global multi-band high speed VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services to support operational efficiency and crew communication across its tanker fleet.   Under the new contract, Marlink will deliver primary communication capability on its flexible

KVH Debuts mini-VSAT Broadband 2.0

Martin Kits van Heyningen (Photo: KVH)

At London International Shipping Week held in September, KVH Industries, Inc. introduced the second generation of its mini-VSAT Broadband solution for the maritime market, providing a combination of data delivered at high speeds and at low price points

Ericsson, Inmarsat to Streamline Supply Chain

Inmarsat and Ericsson have signed a strategic maritime agreement that is intended to facilitate the sharing of cargo, logistics and vessel operational data to help streamline the maritime supply chain.   The two companies will jointly develop services

LTE Deployment Launched in the Gulf of Mexico

Industrial LTE wireless broadband services provider Infrastructure Networks, Inc. (INET) is deploying a pilot LTE system in the Gulf of Mexico.   INET said its pilot deployment will be used to demonstrate the capabilities of industrial LTE wireless broadband service and coverage when

KVH Increases Mini-VSAT Broadband Network Capacity

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                  KVH Industries, Inc. has completed several capacity increases for its mini-VSAT Broadband network to support heightened demand from customers engaged in a wide range of commercial maritime activities around the world

Broadband Bandwidth Battles

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As Satellite providers battle for market share, the onboard struggle to efficiently maximize bandwidth allocation is also being solved.   The requirement to monitoring critical equipment and at the same time satisfy the increasingly sophisticated demands of today’s seafarers all need

Intelsat’s EpicNG is on the Ways

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While the true uptake of broadband across the maritime sector has been slow to develop, a number of market conditions are conspiring to drive the service mainstream. Intelsat’s Kurt Riegelman discusses the matter with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News.  

Inmarsat Schedules Global Xpress Satellite Launch

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Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has confirmed that the third satellite in the transformational Global Xpress (GX) program – Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) – has been scheduled for launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12

Inmarsat's 3rd GX Satellite Launch Confirmed

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Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today confirmed that the third satellite in the transformational Global Xpress (GX) programme – Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) – has been scheduled for launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12

Intelsat 34 Satellite Launched Successfully

Satellite Launch aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle

  Intelsat S.A. today reported that its Intelsat 34 satellite was launched successfully from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle. Liftoff occurred at 4:34 pm EDT.  The Intelsat 34 satellite separated from the rocket’s upper stage 40 minutes after launch, at 5:14 pm EDT

KVH Debuts Mini-VSAT Broadband 2.0

Press Release - KVH Industries, Inc., (KVHI) will introduce the second generation of its mini-VSAT Broadband solution at London International Shipping Week. The new offering is designed to transform the maritime VSAT market with a combination of data delivered at the network’s highest

RigNet Partners Inmarsat to Offer Fleet Xpress

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  RigNet, Inc., a global provider of remote managed offshore communications solutions, telecoms systems integration services and collaborative applications to the oil and gas industry, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Inmarsat to offer Fleet Xpress

Maersk to Install Inmarsat's Entertainment Service


  The leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today announced that Maersk Tankers, the owner and operator of one of the world’s largest fleets of product tankers, has chosen to install Inmarsat’s Fleet Media maritime entertainment service on 30 of its

Iridium, FURUNO Join forces

The Iridium OpenPort

Iridium Communications Inc. (IRDM) and maritime navigation and communications equipment leader FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD. announced a strategic partnership in which Furuno will be marketing Iridium satellite services and products initially in Japan.

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