KVH introduces compact VSAT System for smaller craft

KVH Industries has unveiled the TracPhone V30, an ultra-compact Ku-band VSAT antenna designed to deliver data speeds as fast as 6 Mbps down/2 Mbps up for commercial boats and leisure craft wanting to experience the benefits of Internet at sea. Measuring just 37 m  diameter and weighing 10.6 kg, the TracPhone V30 is designed to provide ease of installation and retrofit with a single power-data coax cable, versus multiple cables, and to utilise DC power, a plus for small craft with a limited power supply.

KVH engineered the antenna with a modem in the dome to deliver outstanding reception with improved signal efficiency, as well as high-performance tracking and stabilisation for fast boats and rough seas. A streamlined belowdecks unit, called the VSAT-Hub, provides state-of-the-art HTS modem connections, built-in Wi-Fi, data routing, firewall security, and a VoIP adapter for phone calls.

This combination of TracPhone V30’s small antenna size, easy installation, and fast data speed makes Internet connectivity, content streaming, makes it well-suited to commercial vessels such as fishing boats, tugboats, and offshore service vessels. The TracPhone V30 offers the advantages of advanced satcom technology as a replacement for legacy L-band systems that typically provide data speeds of only 432 Kbps.

“Our new TracPhone V30 delivers fast data speeds in a compact unit and we anticipate it will disrupt the leisure and commercial markets by making VSAT at sea affordable like never before,” said Mark Woodhead, KVH executive vice president of mobile connectivity. “Whether they are streaming content, checking email, using social media, or managing their business, both recreational boaters and small commercial vessel operators can count on reliable VSAT connectivity wherever they go.”

Although ultra-compact, the TracPhone V30 antenna has global reach via KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network, which provides global coverage from multi-layered high-throughput satellites in the Intelsat FlexMaritime network with additional coverage from SKY Perfect JSAT.

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