Rhode Island-based KVH Industries is doubling the capacity for two of the three global C-band beams of its mini-VSAT Broadband network. The increased capacity, which takes effect this month, enhances the network’s multi-megabit service.
KVH first introduced C-band overlay coverage to its existing Ku-band network less than two years ago, and has seen installations of its dual-mode TracPhone V11-IP satellite communications system increase. This onboard terminal uses a single, 1m-diameter stabilized antenna with dual-band transmit and receive capability to switch between the mini-VSAT network’s global C- and Ku-band satellite coverage.
“Vessels using the TracPhone V11-IP typically need C-band coverage only a small percentage of the time they are at sea, because of the extensive Ku-band capacity of the mini-VSAT Broadband network,” said Marc Edwards, KVH’s network operations director. “This network architecture allows us to provide the power and speed of a modern maritime VSAT service with the global coverage typical of global L-band services like Inmarsat FleetBroadband.”
The C/Ku-band mini-VSAT Broadband service provides vessels travelling between 75°N and 70°S latitude with broadband data connections for accessing the Internet or shore-side business networks or for making low-cost, high-quality voice calls. In most areas, the mini-VSAT Broadband service uses Ku-band transponders to provide the TracPhone V11-IP with high-speed downloads at rates up to 4 Mbps.
For coastal and in-port use, the network relies on Ku-band coverage. In areas outside of its Ku-band coverage and for redundant backup service, the TracPhone V11-IP automatically switches to C-band global beams.
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