- Satellite Communications Products & Services
KVH Industries is a leading manufacturer of solutions that provide global high-speed Internet, television, and voice services via satellite to mobile users at sea and on land. These solutions include the mini-VSAT Broadband network, TracPhone satellite communications systems, and TracVision satellite television systems. KVH is also a premier manufacturer of high performance sensors and integrated inertial systems for defense and commercial guidance and stabilization applications.
In 1982, Arent, Robert, and Martin Kits van Heyningen launched the world’s first digital compass for use in racing sailboats. They called it Sailcomp, and the company Sailcomp Industries was born. As other products and applications were added, the company changed the name to KVH Industries, a name they felt would cover any future development.
In the late 2000s, KVH undertook an ambitious effort: to build a VSAT satellite communications network that would encircle the globe and provide affordable, reliable satellite Internet and phone services to vessels worldwide. Called mini-VSAT Broadband, the network was launched in 2007, along with KVH’s TracPhone V7 satellite communications system. The mini-VSAT Broadband network and TracPhone V-series line of satellite communications systems have grown so rapidly that by 2012 – just five years after the network’s launch – industry reports found that mini-VSAT Broadband was the market share leader in maritime VSAT.
The second generation of the company’s satellite communications service, called mini-VSAT Broadband 2.0 – which has transformed the maritime VSAT market with affordable, usage-based data plans at the network’s highest speeds – debuted in September 2015. In early 2016, KVH announced it had shipped more than 6,000 VSAT systems, further enhancing its dominant position in maritime VSAT.