KVH Adds NEWSlink Editions in Japanese and Korean, Expanding the News Service’s Reach


Leading provider of international news for seafarers extends its Far East coverage, now addresses the crew welfare needs of the majority of the world’s seafarers

Middletown, RI, and Liverpool, UK – October 31, 2016 – KVH Media Group, part of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has expanded its market-leading NEWSlink portfolio with the launch of two new daily local language editions in Japanese and Korean. These new versions raise the count to nearly 110 NEWSlink editions in 23 languages and, together, they reflect KVH’s ability to address the crew welfare needs of seafarers around the world. NEWSlink now produces editions in the native languages of the majority of the world’s seafarers.

The Japanese and Korean editions are standard four-page newspapers delivered seven days a week, following the style of most NEWSlink titles. Each title covers the key daily political, general, financial, sporting, and entertainment news stories from those countries in the local language, and joins NEWSlink’s offering of high-quality daily and weekly newspaper digests, which are currently enjoyed by seafarers and cruise guests on more than 9,000 vessels around the world.

“Having a Japanese language daily edition of NEWSlink is a significant step forward,” says Hiroki Matsubara, CEO of Nautical Training Systems, Inc., KVH Media Group’s agent in Japan. “Selling the full range of content, connectivity, and training services that KVH has to offer is made a lot easier when you can show a prospective client a newspaper in their local language.”

“We are committed to expanding our portfolio of news from home available to seafarers in their own language, which goes a long way to make them feel more connected to family, friends, and events,” says Mark Woodhead, managing director of KVH Media Group. “This can also have a positive effect on recruitment and sea staff retention strategies, ultimately helping to improve manpower cost efficiencies.”

All the titles are produced in NEWSlink newsrooms located in Liverpool, Delhi, and Manila, where a round-the-clock news monitoring service ensures the most current information is included in every edition. “Our editorial offices follow the sun with an experienced team editing up-to-the-minute news stories for more than 100 papers. We are delighted to be adding more Asian language titles to this portfolio,” says Mr. Woodhead.

NEWSlink titles come in a range of formats and through a range of technologies, and are available in compact formats for maritime and other industries where bandwidth is limited or delivery costs are high. These newspapers are also available via KVH’s innovative IP-MobileCast content delivery service, which utilizes satellite-based multicasting technology to deliver content via a vessel’s broadband connection without affecting the vessel’s data speed or airtime plan.

In addition to the NEWSlink service, KVH offers a wide range of solutions for maritime operations and crew welfare. These services include mini-VSAT Broadband connectivity, TracPhone VIP-series satellite communications hardware, IP-MobileCast content delivery service, and Videotel maritime training programs – a complete solution that KVH refers to as the Power of One.

Note to Editors: For more information about NEWSlink, please visit the KVH Media Group website. High-resolution images of KVH products are available at the KVH Press Room Image Library.

About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries, Inc., is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 200,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. KVH is also a leading news, music, and entertainment content provider to many industries including maritime, retail, and leisure. Videotel, a KVH company, is the market-leading provider of training films, computer-based training and eLearning. KVH is based in Middletown, RI, with research, development, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, RI, and Tinley Park, IL. The company’s global presence includes offices in Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Jenan breaks the big news stories first with the help of her Thuraya satphone

As a roving reporter covering the Syrian conflict and other major stories for Al Aan TV, Jenan Moussa has to be ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Her work bag, which she keeps packed at all times, contains two essential items of kit: her camera and her Thuraya satellite phone.

“You could have the greatest story in the world but it is useless if you can’t get it out there,” said Jenan. “I carry a Thuraya SatSleeve+ because I need to be able to report from any location at any time.” For Jenan “any location” means exactly that: a rebel camp; a roadside in no-man’s land; a basement in the middle of a barrel-bomb attack.

The last of these was in 2012 in the town of Jarjanaz, about 40 miles south-west of Aleppo. A rebel group told Jenan it was safe to go into the town to conduct interviews, but soon after she arrived a heavy bombardment began.

“Everybody ran for cover and the people I was with took shelter in a bombed-out basement. It was terrifying because the whole building was shaking and there were people screaming and shouting, including a lot of children. Despite all this chaos, I was able to use my Thuraya satphone to Tweet throughout the attack and tell the outside world what was going on.”

Jenan has been a Thuraya user since covering the anti-Gaddafi uprising in Libya in 2011. It was then she realized she needed a satphone to report the news as it happened, to keep in contact with her studio in Dubai and to phone home to reassure family and friends. Working in countries where the infrastructure may be devastated by conflict, she cannot rely on terrestrial phone networks. A mobile satellite link is the only guaranteed way to stay in touch.

Her Thuraya satphone gives her a real edge in the race to report the news first. Soon after she got it, other journalists began asking how she managed such a high output of work, Tweeting and blogging continuously on top of her regular news reports. It was the satphone that made the difference. When there is no time to record a piece to camera, Jenan will often use the satphone to call her studio and deliver an audio-only report, relying on the Thuraya voice channel for broadcast-quality sound.

This often happened in Libya when she was travelling with anti-Gaddafi rebels as they pushed back the government forces, using her Thuraya satphone to file reports as they moved from town to town. One particular occasion sticks in her mind. The rebels had just driven Gaddafi troops out of the coastal town of Ras Lanuf when she arrived. “The Gaddafi troops had literally just left when we entered the building they had been using as their base. Their slogans were all over the walls and their coffee cups were still on the table. It was a scary experience and still potentially very dangerous. I just got out the Thuraya satphone and used it to phone in my report, which was probably the first saying the town had been taken.”

Now she has a SatSleeve+ she loves the flexibility it provides, enabling her to make satellite calls and send messages from her iPhone, with access to all her usual contacts and speed dials.  It is compact and lightweight, and so fits easily into a backpack. This is an important factor because she often has to travel extremely light, as when covering the refugee sea crossings from Turkey to mainland Europe.

It was while covering the refugees’ story that Jenan realized how many people in the region rely on Thuraya for essential communications. “Virtually every refugee I spoke to was aware of Thuraya. Before they got into a boat for a crossing they would ask the pilot ‘do you have a Thuraya satphone?’ because they knew it was the only reliable way of contacting the Greek or Italian coastguards if an emergency happened during the crossing. Their lives could depend on it.”

Jenan’s own  life is in danger every time she enters Syria, so she takes meticulous precautions over her personal security and the safety of the people around her. “Thuraya have told me there is no way that people who want to harm me can trace my position by locking in to the satphone signal, which is reassuring.” In the race to report first on some of the world’s biggest stories, Thuraya satphones are nothing but an asset.

Thuraya SatSleeve+: www.thuraya.com/satsleeve-plus

Al Aan TV: www.alaan.tv

Earnings and Conference Call Notice


KVH Industries to Host Third Quarter Conference Call on November 2, 2016

Middletown, RI – October 26, 2016 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) will announce its financial results for the third quarter that ended September 30, 2016, on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.  In conjunction with the release, the company will conduct its investor conference call at 10:30 a.m. ET, hosted by Mr. Martin Kits van Heyningen, chief executive officer, and Mr. John McCarthy, chief financial officer.

A live broadcast of the call will be available online at investors.kvh.com. In addition, an audio replay of the conference call will be available on the website for two weeks. To listen to the replay, visit investors.kvh.com starting two hours following the conclusion of the call. Investors who wish to submit questions during or following the call may do so to IR@kvh.com.

About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries, Inc., 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, on land, and in the air, and is a leading news, music, and entertainment content provider to many industries including maritime, retail, and leisure. KVH Industries is also a premier manufacturer of high-performance sensors and integrated inertial systems for defense and commercial guidance and stabilization applications. KVH is based in Middletown, RI, with research, development, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, RI, and Tinley Park, IL. The company’s global presence includes offices in Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

الثريا تدخل للسوق البلغارية من خلال اتفاقية مع مزود خدمات للقطاع البحري في الدولة البلقانية

دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة، 25 أكتوبر 2016: أعلنت شركة الثريا للاتصالات المتنقلة عبر الأقمار الصناعية اليوم عن توقيعها لاتفاقية شراكة مع أن بي أس الملاحية NBS Maritime في جمهورية بلغاريا.

Thuraya Gains Access to Key Bulgarian Market in Service Partner Agreement with NBS Maritime

DUBAI, UAE, 25 October, 2016 – Leading mobile satellite services operator Thuraya Telecommunications Company today announced its service partner agreement in Bulgaria with NBS Maritime.

The agreement marks an important strategic milestone in Thuraya’s expansion plans, advancing its regional maritime strategy with the introduction of compelling cost optimization options in another important shipping region. The proven popularity of Thuraya’s technology in other waters, such as the Caspian Sea, can now be replicated in the Black Sea.  

الثريا و Ooredoo توقعان اتفاقية لتزويد مصايد الأسماك في المالديف بالاتصالات المتنقلة عبر الأقمار الصناعية

دبي،  19 أكتوبر 2016: أعلنت كل من شركة الثريا للاتصالات المتنقلة عبر الأقمار الصناعية وشركة Ooredoo للاتصالات اليوم عن توقيعهما اتفاقية تعاون لتزويد المنتجعات والفنادق ومصايد الأسماك في المالديف بالأجهزة والحلول التي تعمل عبر الأقمار الصناعية في جميع أنحاء الأرخبيل في المحيط الهندي. وستشتمل المرحلة الأولى من الاتفاقية على تزويد مصايد الأسماك والصيادون بالأجهزة الصوتية والبيانية التي تعمل عبر شبكة الثريا الفضائية.

Thuraya, Ooredoo Maldives sign deal to provide fisheries with Satellite Connectivity

Dubai, 19 October 2016: Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator and Ooredoo Maldives today announced an agreement to supply resorts and fisheries with mobile satellite products and services across the nation. The initial phase of the agreement will provision fisheries and anglers with voice products and broadband connectivity over Thuraya’s satellite network.

A satphone is the one companion you can’t do without

Dr Leo Montejo and Adrian Hayes are veterans of the Himalayas, and both know the true value of Thuraya from first-hand experience.

If you frequently work or travel in remote, dangerous places, the day may well come when you realise that a satellite phone is your best friend.
This realisation might hit you suddenly when you urgently need to call for help in an emergency, especially if you use the built-in SOS button function. Or it might develop gradually over time simply because your satphone makes your life easier and safer every day, allowing you to make or receive calls without delay at any time and in any place. The long battery life certainly helps, as does the navigation system. 

For Dr Leo Montejo, Chief Executive Officer of tech company WiCis, the moment of truth came in March 2016. He was part of an expedition climbing in the Himalayas when three of the group fell sick. One climber had such bad mountain sickness he had to be rescued by helicopter, and the call for help went out from a Thuraya SatSleeve+.

Dr. Leo Montejo in Mustang, Nepal 

“We were testing the Thuraya system with our WiCis-Sports app, so our focus was on that,” he said. “However, as soon as the medical emergency occurred we immediately turned to the satphone as the quickest way to call the rescue service. It was great to have it there and to know it would not let us down.”

Apart from his love of the Himalayas, record-breaking adventurer and former British Army Gurkha officer Adrian Hayes also shares Leo’s appreciation of Thuraya’s technology. For Adrian, however, there was no specific moment of revelation. A Thuraya user of 15 years’ standing, he has carried a satphone with him on his many climbs in the Himalayas, including reaching the summit of K2 in 2014, and on expeditions such as his 44-day crossing of the Arabian Desert on foot in 2011. But it was in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes of April and May 2015 that he really saw the power of a satellite phone that operates independently of terrestrial communications.

Adrian Hayes

Adrian worked for weeks using his skills as a paramedic and Nepalese speaker to bring medical aid to victims of the disaster –  initially in the remote Makalu region after the first quake, and then in Sindupalchok and Dolakha after the second. “My Thuraya XT-PRO was a lifeline to the world during that period not only for me but also for the villagers I met who desperately needed to contact loved ones elsewhere in Nepal,” he said. “Thuraya’s fantastic call quality and network coverage meant I could always rely on it.” The satphone allowed Adrian to maintain contact with the media in the outside world wherever he went, giving them updates on the dire situation on the ground for survivors.

Ain’t no mountain high enough. Adrian on a Himalayan expedition.

His commitment to the health and well-being of the people of Nepal led Adrian to return with fellow qualified paramedic Royston Polding in September 2015 to give more medical aid, again with the back-up of a Thuraya satphone. This visit reinforced his conviction that a systematic way of delivering basic medical service was needed for people in the Himalayas, and this led to the creation of MIRA Himalaya (Medicine in Remote Areas, Himalaya). The project offers general medicine, first aid and health and hygiene education in the hills and mountains of Nepal.

The need to advance medical assistance in remote places is a passion shared by Dr Leo Montejo, although his company’s collaboration with Thuraya is focused specifically on the health of climbers and other adventurers. The WiCis-Sports app collects health data from lightweight sensors worn by climbers under their clothing and transmits it over the Thuraya network on to the worldwide web in real time. This data is “hospital-grade”, so doctors like Leo on the other side of the world can use that information to monitor the health of a climber and raise the alarm quickly if a health issue arises.

Garrett Madison on Mt. K2.

In June and July of 2016, Leo worked with mountaineer Garrett Madison of Madison Mountaineering to test the Thuraya/WiCis solution on a climb of K2, the world’s second highest mountain. After a hard day’s climbing at high altitude he saw from Garrett’s data that the oxygen saturation of his blood was down to 75%. “That’s far too low for a normal person, and not great even for an athlete like Garrett,” said Leo, “so I advised him to take oxygen that night while sleeping. He was fine the next morning, but it was good medical practice to take the precaution. If necessary, I could have called him on the Thuraya satphone and talked the issue through.”

Leo and Adrian both know from personal experience that, when it comes to safety in remote places, your satphone really is your best friend – and is often the best friend of the people you set out to help.

Thuraya SatSleeve+: http://www.thuraya.com/satsleeve-plus
Thuraya XT-PRO: http://www.thuraya.com/xt-pro 
Adrian Hayes: http://www.adrianhayes.com
Learn more about the WiCis-Sports app & the Thuraya collaboration: http://www.wicis-sports.com/index.php/partnerships/thuraya

Thuraya provides a ‘lifeline’ as earthquake hits charity trekkers

Beauty and danger walk hand in hand in the mountains of Nepal, where a satellite phone is the only guaranteed way of calling for help or reassuring loved ones that you are safe.

Anne Edmondson of Dubai-based charity Gulf for Good (G4G) knows from first-hand experience just how important it is to carry a satphone. She was leading a party of trekkers in the Himalayas when a huge earthquake struck on 25 April 2015.

The group was on the eighth day of a G4G-organised fundraising expedition to Everest base camp, and as always Anne was carrying a Thuraya satphone. “Thuraya have been extremely generous in providing us with a SatSleeve for our expeditions,” she said. “It is essential kit, and on this occasion it became our lifeline to the outside world.”

After spending an acclimatization day in Pheriche, the small village in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal at 4,220m, the group was climbing north to the next scheduled stop at Labouche at 4,930m. As they passed through a steep-sided valley, Anne remembers feeling a strange swaying sensation. At first she thought she was ill, but then noticed that everyone had felt it and was rooted to the spot.

“It seemed like the earth was slowly moving around us, and then rocks began to fall and there was a loud crunching noise,” Anne said. “I don’t know how long the earthquake lasted, perhaps only a couple of minutes, but it was absolutely terrifying.”

When the shaking had stopped, and having checked no one was hurt, Anne’s first thought was to use her Thuraya satphone to call G4G in Dubai. “It was a Saturday and the office was closed, so I called a staff member at her home, just to say ‘we’re safe’. It was so soon after the quake that she hadn’t heard anything about it, but thanks to Thuraya I was able to reassure everyone we were ok.”

The SatSleeve turns your smartphone into a satphone, so Anne was able to make the call from her usual phone, quickly finding the right number in her contacts database.

At Labouche it was obvious that a major disaster had hit Nepal. A lot of buildings had fallen and people were injured. The G4G trekkers used the satphone to call their families and Anne posted a message on Facebook to say again that all were safe.

After a night’s rest, the only choice was to head back to Lukla Airfield to catch a flight to Kathmandu. The return took four days, and Anne relied on the SatSleeve to report back on every step of the journey. “It was absolutely invaluable, because all other communications were down and it was a relief to be able to let our loved ones know that we were still ok, especially as after-shocks were happening.”

Anne shared the phone with people they met on the way, who were also desperate to get news back to their families. As the full extent of the tragedy unfolded, Thuraya played its part in helping people cope.

G4G remains fully committed to its charity work in Nepal. In fact, Anne will be leading an expedition to Annapurna base camp in April 2017, and the funds raised will be donated to the charity Mission Himalaya Children’s Eco Farm Home in Nepal.

“We will be taking a Thuraya satphone without a doubt,” said Anne. “Now, more than ever, we know how vital it is to be able to make and receive phone calls anywhere and anytime, because you never know what challenges the mountains will throw at you.”

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Gulf For Good: www.gulf4good.org