Commitment Expands KVH Mobile Broadband Network to Western Africa
OTTAWA, CANADA, December 1, 2009 – Telesat, the world’s fourth largest fixed satellite services operator, announced today that KVH Industries, Inc. (KVH), a global leader in mobile satellite communications antennas and systems, has entered into a multi-year agreement to utilize the African coverage of Telesat’s Telstar 11N satellite.
KVH’s commitment to Telstar 11N is the latest step in its joint effort with ViaSat Inc., a supplier of innovative satellite networks and other wireless communications, to offer a seamless broadband network for vessels, aircraft, and other mobile markets on a global basis. Telstar 11N’s high powered Ku-band capacity over Africa will form a key part of KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband service that supports broadband Internet and voice channels for commercial and leisure boaters. Telstar 11N will also provide African coverage for the ViaSat Yonder (SM) Mobile Broadband network.
“The West African region with its offshore oil and gas fields has long been an important part of KVH’s plans for expanding our mini-VSAT Broadband network,” said Brent C. Bruun, KVH’s vice president of sales and business development. “However, KVH could not launch a service that met our quality standards until Telstar 11N became available. Now with Telstar 11N’s African beam, KVH has live coverage, or is under contract to provide such coverage, to virtually every major maritime region on the globe.”
“Telesat congratulates KVH on achieving another milestone in the completion of its mini-VSAT Broadband network with the African coverage of Telstar 11N,” said Nigel Gibson, Vice President, International Sales for Telesat. “There is growing demand for mobile broadband services from maritime, aero , and other mobile markets and Telesat is excited to be working with industry leaders like KVH and ViaSat to deliver high powered satellite capacity that makes mobile broadband possible.”
About Telstar 11N
Located at 37.5 degrees West, Telesat’s Telstar 11N offers a wide range of coverage options. It is the first satellite to provide Ku-band service in the Atlantic Ocean from the Arctic Circle to the equator. Commercial and government customers in shipping and aviation are using this capability to deploy cost effective, full-time mobile broadband solutions using today’s VSATs (very small aperture terminals). Additional Telstar 11N coverages include: a Trans-Atlantic beam (US-Europe & Europe-US) for offshore communications and mobile broadband; a Europe & North Africa beam – ideal for video distribution and IP networking; a unique Sub-Saharan Africa beam – stimulating broadband and video services across the continent and enabling users to seamlessly connect African operations with Europe and North America; and a North & Central America beam – supporting broadband and video services throughout its footprint with excellent coverage of the Caribbean.
About KVH Industries, Inc.
Middletown, RI-based KVH Industries, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiary, KVH Europe A/S, are leading providers 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. 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.
Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, Telesat is the fourth largest fixed satellite services operator. The company provides reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Telesat now has a global state-of-the-art fleet of 12 satellites, with one under construction and another planned to start construction early 2010, and manages the operations of 13 additional satellites for third parties. Telesat is privately held. Its principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc.
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