Rhode Island: It's All in Our Backyard

Providing global access from Our Backyard

June 11, 2015 by chris

kvh screensA new international study says Our Backyard’s KVH Industries is the world leader in bringing Very-Small-Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite communications to the high seas.

“The COMSYS Maritime VSAT Report” estimates that KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband customers account for 17.9 percent of the vessels using maritime VSAT service, as of the end of 2014. That is nearly twice the market share of its nearest competitor.

“It is great to see one of the most highly regarded research reports in the satellite communications industry quantify our success in winning the maritime VSAT market leadership position,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO of the Middletown-based company. “We’ve listened carefully to our customers and tried to continually improve our service to provide them with the connectivity and content services they need to add value for their customers, enhance their efficiency, and keep their crews happy.”

They must be happy. KVH delivered more than 500 terabytes of data like Internet access and email and 25 million minutes of voice calls to its seafaring customers around the world last year.

KVH uses a special, advanced-spread spectrum technology to make its VSAT satellite antenna systems 85 percent smaller than competing products. That reduces the installation time and cost for its customers. KVH offers global coverage from 24 satellite transponders. That makes Internet downloads as fast as 4 Mbps.

COMSYS notes strong overall growth in the maritime VSAT market, estimating close to 21,000 vessels were equipped with maritime VSAT as of the end of 2014. It attributes this growth to changing attitudes within shipping companies about the return on investment of satellite connectivity, and to the realization that improved communications and Internet access for crews can save them money.

As maritime operators begin to embrace the value of big data, KVH is continuing to develop products using the innovative approach for which the company is known. KVH recently introduced the IP-MobileCast content delivery service, which utilizes multicasting technology to send news, entertainment, and operations content to ships at sea via their broadband connection.