Satcom provider KVH has announced that it is adding Elon Musk’s Starlink connectivity service to its maritime product portfolio.
The company says that it plans to sell Starlink as an individual offering and also as a global network companion service for KVH ONE, its hybrid connectivity package. The move comes as the company confirmed that it had agreed a deal to become an authorised Starlink reseller and integrator for commercial and leisure vessels.
“Starlink is a valuable addition to our hybrid connectivity portfolio,” said Brent Bruun, KVH’s Chief Executive Officer.
“Our intelligent hybrid design enables us to switch seamlessly among Starlink and both the KVH TracNet and TracPhone terminals for outstanding and affordable communications. As a result, fleets and yachts worldwide will enjoy optimal, reliable connectivity together with KVH’s premier 24/7 support, business-critical applications, and service level commitments.”
The electronically steered flat panel antennas used for Starlink will be supplied alongside KVH’s TracNet terminals for users of the combined package, with the KVH unit already featuring satellite, cellular, and Wi-Fi interconnectivity under one dome.
The system offers intelligent automatic switching among the different options available to maximise performance, with that switching capability to now include Starlink for package customers.