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KVH Signs Distribution Partnership With Eutelsat OneWeb for LEO Connectivity

By Rachel Jewett | January 9, 2024
      OneWeb constellation visualization. Photo: OneWeb

      OneWeb constellation visualization. Photo: OneWeb

      Maritime connectivity provider KVH Industries signed a distribution partnership with Eutelsat OneWeb for Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) connectivity, the company announced Tuesday. KVH plans to offer LEO connectivity for commercial and leisure vessels. 

      KVH said the LEO service will be sold as a standalone offering and as an integrated companion to its TracNet and TracPhone terminals, which are installed on vessels worldwide. The company offers KVH One, a hybrid network with intelligent switching among satellite, cellular, and Wi-Fi networks. 

      “Adding Eutelsat OneWeb to our hybrid portfolio helps deliver on our commitment to providing outstanding connectivity, content, and services via our KVH One integrated multi-orbit, multi-channel solution,” said Brent Bruun, KVH president and CEO. “Eutelsat OneWeb’s LEO technology will complement, enhance, and extend our KVH One network’s existing hybrid services and enable outstanding low-latency connectivity for mariners worldwide.”

      This is not KVH’s first deal in the LEO arena, the company also integrates SpaceX’s Starlink connectivity into KVH One.