SES and KVH Industries sign expanded capacity agreement
Sep 23, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
SES, a satellite services provider, and KVH Industries, a manufacturer of maritime communications solutions, have signed an expanded capacity agreement to connect luxury, government and commercial ships across Caribbean and beyond.
As part of the multi-year deal, KVH will reportedly utilize a 36MHz Ku-band transponder aboard SES's AMC-21 satellite to provide high-speed internet access and voice over IP services over its mini-VSAT broadband network to vessels traversing the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and coastal waters off the US Eastern Seaboard.
The SES-KVH agreement will benefit the US Coast Guard and its mission-critical use of reliable mobile broadband throughout North America. KVH's pact with the government homeland defence agency represents the largest maritime VSAT agreement to date, said SES.
"SES is making unprecedented investments in new satellites, mobility beams and increased capacity across our global fleet to meet the fast-growing demand for connectivity and mobile communications capabilities anywhere, including vital shipping routes around the world," said John Matlaga, vice president of Enterprise and Mobility Services for SES' North American region. "Together, SES and KVH are putting advanced broadband and voice offerings aboard ships and at the fingertips of passengers and crew and playing a major role in keeping them connected and in touch with colleagues and family."
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