Port service vessels, tugs, fishing vessels and yachts can connect to high-throughput satellite communications with a newly launched VSAT antenna.
KVH Industries has unveiled a new TracPhone VSAT antenna that is less than 40cm in diameter and can deliver faster internet connectivity to smaller vessels.
The antennas link with high-throughput satellite (HTS) networks, such as Intelsat’s EpicNG constellation, without the need for heavy-duty and larger 60-cm or 1-m diameter antennas.
TracPhone V3-HTS antenna was designed to deliver bandwidth of 5 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload to vessels over satellites with spot beams of high intensity of Ku-band.
TracPhone V3-HTS weighs 11 kg and has 37-cm diameter reflectors. KVH chief operating officer Brent Bruun said these antennas deliver internet connectivity and high definition video streaming aboard powerboats, sailboats and commercial vessels that do not have room for a larger satellite communications antenna.
“We have streamlined the entire process of getting broadband on the boat by offering monthly airtime and value-added services to create an end-to-end solution,” he said.
TracPhone V3-HTS was engineered specifically for KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband HTS network. This includes Intelsat’s EpicNG satellites with additional satellite capacity from Sky Perfect JSAT. These are fully integrated under the IntelsatOne Flex platform.
This is the second HTS antenna design from KVH, which introduced the 60-cm diameter Ku-band TracPhone V7-HTS in 2017. In developing these antennas, KVH worked closely with Intelsat, which upgraded its IntelsatOne Flex platform this year to support smaller antennas.
TracPhone V3-HTS links to KVH’s integrated CommBox modem, an all-in-one below-deck unit with a high-throughput modem, voice over IP adaptor, versatile network management software, Ethernet and wifi switches.
Vessel operators can use myKVH mini-VSAT manager to control data usage, allocate data packages and customise email alerts.
Name: TracPhone V3-HTS
Service: mini-VSAT Broadband
Satellites: geostationary HTS
Weight: 11 kg
Diameter: 37 cm
Upload speeds: 2 Mbps
Download speeds: 5 Mbps
Vessel market: workboat, yachts, fishing vessels