New Relationship Supports KVH's Efforts to Bring Mini-VSAT
Broadband to Fishing and Oil and Gas Vessels Throughout the
South American Region
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., June 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KVH Industries,
Inc., (Nasdaq:KVHI) the world's leading maritime VSAT provider, today
named Andesat S.A., a leading provider of satellite communications in
the Andean region of South America, a reseller for its mini-VSAT
Broadband(SM) service and TracPhone(R) V-series satellite
communications systems. In addition to managing a mini-VSAT Broadband
hub at their teleport in Santiago, Chile, Andesat will now provide
TracPhone V-series systems and mini-VSAT Broadband service to its
distribution partners in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia,
Peru, and Ecuador.
"KVH is committed to bringing reliable, affordable satellite
communications to commercial mariners in South America, and expanding
our relationship with Andesat will help us to achieve that goal,"
explains Brent C. Bruun, KVH's senior vice president of global sales
and business development. "Andesat is a diverse and well-established
company that will help us reach this customer base effectively. They
will be a tremendous asset in growing our business in South America,
particularly as we combine their presence in the Southern Cone and
Andean region with our existing distribution strategy in Brazil."
"We are excited to build upon our existing relationship with KVH by
becoming a reseller, offering the outstanding mini-VSAT Broadband
service and TracPhone V-series hardware to South American mariners
through our distribution partners," says Pablo Rasore, general manager
at Andesat. "KVH has an outstanding reputation for providing the
service that mariners need with hardware and rates that are realistic
for their budgets, even on smaller vessels. We're looking forward to
leveraging this relationship to help these mariners enhance the way
they do business."
The mini-VSAT Broadband service is unique in that it uses ArcLight(R)
spread spectrum technology developed by KVH's satellite technology
partner, ViaSat (Nasdaq:VSAT). The spread spectrum technology enables
use of antennas as small as 37 cm for the Ku-band service and as small
as 1 meter for the combined C/Ku-band coverage. Although significantly
smaller, these antennas match the coverage and speed of much larger
maritime VSAT antennas using older services based on time division
multiple access (TDMA) technology. With onboard equipment as small and
affordable as L-band systems, the power of fast, affordable VSAT
service is rapidly becoming the preferred option for large segments of
the maritime market that were formerly limited to expensive legacy
satellite communications services.
Since launching the mini-VSAT Broadband service in late 2007, KVH has
fielded one of the world's broadest Ku-band VSAT networks, using 14
Ku-band satellite transponders to provide a seamless web of
multimegabit coverage. The service will soon cover 95% of the Earth,
including all of the oceans bordering southern South America, with the
addition of coverage from three overlayed, global C-band transponders
and a unique dual-mode TracPhone system that seamlessly switches
between C- and Ku-band frequencies. In most regions, vessels enjoy
redundant coverage to assure robust connectivity.
KVH is the only maritime VSAT provider to manufacture its own fully
integrated onboard terminal and network manager, operate a global
C/Ku-band VSAT network, and provide worldwide 24/7/365 after-sale
support. The ability to control every aspect of its equipment and
network has enabled KVH to field the world's premier global maritime
VSAT network. In March 2012, the marketing research firm Euroconsult
reported KVH leads the maritime VSAT market for number of customers
using its service.
Please visit www.minivsat.com for complete details about KVH's
TracPhone V-series and the mini-VSAT Broadband network.
Note to Editors: High-resolution, press-ready images of KVH's TracPhone
V-series and mini-VSAT Broadband coverage are available at
http://press.kvh.com for download and editorial use.
Andesat S.A. meets the rapidly expanding communications needs of the
Andean region. Developed by a group of executives with extensive
experience in the satellite communications industry, Andesat uses
cutting-edge technology to create the most proficient satellite
networks. Andesat provides coverage throughout Chile, Argentina,
Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela.
About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries, Inc., is the leading provider of in-motion satellite TV
and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold
more than 150,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on
vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. In March 2012, Euroconsult reported
that KVH was the market share leader in global maritime VSAT. KVH's
mission is to connect mobile customers around the globe with the same
digital television entertainment, communications, and Internet services
that they enjoy in their homes and offices. The company is based in
Middletown, RI, with facilities in Illinois, Denmark, Norway, and
This release may contain certain forward-looking statements that
involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include,
for example, the functionality, characteristics, quality, and
performance of KVH's products and technology; anticipated innovation
and product development; and customer preferences, requirements, and
expectations. The actual results could differ materially. Factors that
may cause such differences include, among others, those discussed in
KVH's most recent Form 10-K filed with the SEC. KVH does not assume any
obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect new
information or developments.
KVH and TracPhone are registered trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc.
"mini-VSAT Broadband" is a service mark of KVH Industries, Inc. All
other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.
CONTACT: Nicole Mongillo
KVH Industries, Inc.