KVH deal with SES enables more ships
KVH Industries, a global manufacturer of maritime communications, has struck a deal with SES to enable more ships at sea with connectivity. This is a new satellite capacity agreement to connect vessels along the eastern coasts of Canada and the U. S., as well as throughout the Caribbean and GoM. KVH says that it is experiencing increasing bandwidth demands from customers for a variety of applications including M2M, remote operations monitoring, and crew welfare.
“SES and KVH are elevating the world of maritime communications, putting everything – from streamlined operations management tools to all the entertainment conveniences of home – at the fingertips of ship passengers and crew,” said Elias Zaccack, senior vice president of the Americas region and head of the mobility market solutions centre for SES.
Under a multi- year agreement, KVH will use Ku- band capacity aboard the SES- 4 satellite to expand high- speed internet access and Voice over IP services – across its mini- VSAT Broadband network – to luxury, government, and commercial vessels. Mini- VSAT Broadband systems are enabling crew comms at sea with KVH’s new IP- MobileCast content delivery service. This uses a satellite broadband connection and multicasting technology to deliver news, sports, movies, music, and TV shows directly to the ship.