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KVH scores big with usage-based airtime plans for mini-VSAT

KVH scores big with usage-based airtime plans for mini-VSAT
VSAT provider KVH Industries has been scoring big with usage-based airtime plans with recent wins including BW Group, Seaspan Corp, and Smit Lamnalco.

Since they were introduced a year ago KVH said that usage-based airtime plans, known as KVH Open plans, now represent the majority of users on its mini-VSAT broadband network. KVH said the usage based airtime plans offer the fastest speeds on the network regardless to customers of the amount of data they committed to monthly.

Among those to have chosen usage-based plans in recent months are BW which is switching from and unlimited airtime plan for several LNG and LPG carriers, containership owners Seaspan which has opted for such for 35 vessels, and Smit Lamnalco which is currently conducting trials for approximately 100 vessels.

“With KVH’s Open plans delivering speeds of 3-4 Mbps, we can provide the average VSAT customer with a user experience that makes the service they’ve been getting from other providers seem like something out of the digital stone age,” claimed Martin Kits van Heyningen, ceo of KVH.

Shipowners and managers can monitor usage via a set of network management services that are part of the KVH web portal.