BW Maritime Selects KVH’s Dual-Mode TracPhone V11-IP System for Broadband Connectivity

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[Via Satellite 12-11-13] BW Maritime has chosen KVH Industries as the satellite communications solution for its Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) fleet. BW’s vessels will use KVH’s dual-mode TracPhone V11-IP onboard satellite communications system and mini-VSAT Broadband service for the ’always-on‘ broadband connectivity. BW recently completed field trials of the TracPhone V11-IP system, and expects to have 20 vessels equipped by the end of 2013, with rollout continuing through 2014.

“The system provides a reliable network and some hardware redundancy as both C- and Ku-band can operate independently. This is important for business continuity. Beyond technological considerations, it is important to work with a company that designs, manufactures, and operates both the hardware and network as this reduces communications complexities,” said Geraldine Pang, VP, information technology, BW Maritime. “We managed to deploy 15 vessels in just one quarter. This would be impossible with larger C-band-only domes.”

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