KVH Signs Agreement With GE International to Lease Satellite Capacity
US-based KVH Industries has signed a five-year agreement with GE International Holdings to lease satellite capacity on its GE-23 satellite to provide coverage in the Pacific Ocean via the satellite’s North Pacific Ku-band Beam.
Expected to go live in December 2008, the new coverage area will include Alaska, the west coasts of Canada and the US, Hawaii and extend into Asia. The mini-VSAT Broadband service, along with the KVH TracPhone V7 antenna, comprises 24-inch VSAT hardware, service, and support package available for maritime communications.
Together, KVH and ViaSat are already offering VoIP phone service and internet access as fast as 512Kbps (upload) and 2Mbps (download) at fixed monthly rates to mariners throughout North America, the Caribbean, the North Atlantic, and Europe.
Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO of KVH, said: “Broadband connections at sea are essential for shipboard business activities, more efficient operations, and compliance with increased regulatory requirements. In addition, affordable broadband internet, e-mail, and telephone services are vital as a means of improving the quality of life and the morale of the crew. We look forward to additional service expansion into new regions around the globe throughout 2009.”