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KVH introduces fastest 1m Ku/C-band VSAT antenna

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Rhode Island-based technology company KVH Industries recently introduced the TracPhone V11-HTS, what it calls the fastest 1m Ku/C-band maritime VSAT antenna, designed to deliver data speeds as fast as 20/3 Mbps down/up.

The antenna system features a dual Ku/C-band design with automatic switching to deliver expanded global coverage and reliable connectivity, even in extreme weather.

Another feature is the Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM) – a streamlined below-decks unit including high-throughput modem, Voice over IP (VoIP) adapter, CommBox network management software, and built-in wi-fi and ethernet. The ICM also receives onboard news, entertainment, and operations content sent via KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service.

The TracPhone V11-HTS has two-channel configuration, enabling users to experience both a high-speed data channel and an unlimited-use data channel from a single maritime VSAT antenna. The high-speed channel is suitable for videoconferencing, video chat, telemedicine, web browsing, and allocated crew usage. The unlimited-use channel is suitable for IoT data transfer, email, software updates, automated file transmission, weather updates, and unallocated crew usage. To help vessels manage their data usage, KVH also provides the mini-VSAT Manager suite of tools to set usage alerts, provide data consumption reports, and assign data allowances, all via a secure online portal.

The TracPhone V11-HTS is designed for KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband HTS network, which uses Intelsat’s Flex Maritime service to deliver multi-layered Ku-band coverage, enabling vessels to see multiple HTS and wide beam satellites for maximum availability of broadband service, according to a company press release. The network also uses additional capacity from SKY Perfect JSAT. The TracPhone V11-HTS also uses Intelsat’s global C-band capacity for expanded maritime coverage.

For more information, visit kvh.com/limitless.

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