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Singapore-based maritime service provider BW Group has signed a five-year contract with KVH Industries to upgrade its vessels with the KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband HTS network.

In 2013, BW Group contracted KVH to install satellite connectivity for a part of its fleet. Since then, KVH VSAT has been installed on additional vessels.

The vessel migration is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of the year. According to the contract, BW will install KVH’s TracPhone V11-HTS on most of its 102 vessels.

TracPhone V11-HTS system is a 1m C/Ku-band antenna that provides broadband connectivity from KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network at a data speed of up to 10Mbps download and 3Mbps upload.

Leveraging Intelsat’s FlexMaritime service, the TracPhone HTS-series system delivers multilayered coverage that enables vessels to access multiple HTS and wide-beam satellites for broadband service.

KVH Asia-Pacific vice-president Ken Loke said: “It is an honour for KVH to continue working with BW Group, a company whose commitment to quality vessels, operational efficiency, and crew welfare is well known throughout the maritime industry.

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“It is particularly gratifying that based on the performance of our legacy network, BW is now migrating to our newest HTS network. We value the strong working relationship that has developed between our companies during the past years and look forward to the continuation of that relationship for years to come.”

Last year, Seaspan implemented KVH Industries’ mini-VSAT Broadband connectivity for all 107 managed vessels in its global fleet.

In 2018, KVH Industries secured a contract from Brazilian tanker operator serving the oil and gas industry Transpetro tankers to provide its VSAT connectivity solutions to 45 new and existing vessels.