Low-Cost Upgrade to Maritime VSAT Helps Avoid Impact of Inmarsat Price Increases

TracPhone V3 satellite communications
"Better Broadband Bundle" lets you bring TracPhone V3 and mini-VSAT Broadband service onboard for less.

If you are like many maritime professionals, you know you need to upgrade your offshore connectivity, but you’re concerned about cost. Who can blame you? Inmarsat rates keep increasing. (Update: Inmarsat increased prices again on January 1, 2014, after increases in March 2013, and throughout 2012.) At the new rates, customers transmitting as little as 2MB per day could soon be spending in excess of $1,000 per month for their Inmarsat FleetBroadband service, and considerably more if still using Fleet service.

broadband use at sea
Onboard, the demand for broadband is exploding, as mariners want to enjoy social media, e-mail, and video at sea just like they do on land.

Meanwhile, your colleagues using the service are demanding better access to data, to support new onboard applications they know will reduce costs and enhance efficiency – and the increased demand creates the dilemma of how to increase your capabilities without breaking your budget.

Fortunately, new fast maritime VSAT networks offer you a better option than paying $20 to $30 per MB for legacy L-band services. KVH now has a special offer bringing the fast, high-quality satellite service you need within reach of your budget. With our “Better Broadband Bundle,” you can now get 1GB of  mini-VSAT Broadband service PLUS a brand new TracPhone V3 system, all for $999 per month – around the same price you would pay for 50 MB of Inmarsat FleetBroadband service. You can keep the old Inmarsat equipment onboard and save enough to pay for modern high speed VSAT service, just in what you save by not paying ransom to Inmarsat.

TracPhone V3 satellite communications
“Better Broadband Bundle” lets you bring TracPhone V3 and mini-VSAT Broadband service onboard for less.

With our TracPhone V3, you’ll enjoy data speeds of up to 2 Mbps onto the vessel and 128 Kbps from ship to shore. The 3-year package price of both hardware and service for only $999 per month provides data at 1/20th the cost of the new FleetBroadband rates. The TracPhone V3 antenna is about the size of an FB250, and about the same effort to install. You can immediately upgrade your onboard service and significantly increase each vessel’s available bandwidth without adding to your current budget.

In addition to high-quality data connections, the mini-VSAT Broadband service also provides exceptionally clear voice calls using Voice over IP (VoIP) technology. Voice calls are billed at just $0.49 per minute to and from cell phones and land lines worldwide, including all long-distance charges. Best of all, while phone companies often charge high tariffs to call Inmarsat satellite phones (calls from shore to the ship), a cost that can be as high as $10 per minute and is often overlooked on your shore-based phone bill, the TracPhone V3 allows you to have a normal local number which is billed at the local phone rate of the caller – another area of potentially huge savings for your organization.

Let Inmarsat know you’re sick of their ever-increasing prices. It’s cheaper to bring mini-VSAT Broadband onboard and keep your old Inmarsat system as a backup.

See full details of  “Better Broadband Bundle” and other marine promotions.


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Chris is the senior director of marketing for KVH Industries. A lifelong sailor and storyteller, he's a self-professed geek who finds all of this technical stuff fascinating.