(Oslo, May 12, 2016) Telenor Satellite today announces that its Ka-band satellite capacity packages for land-based services in the Middle East have surpassed initial expectations, reaching more than 200 terminals within the first six months of commercial operation.
Telenor Satellite commercially launched its iDirect land-based services for the Middle East and North Africa in Q4, 2015, via its new THOR 7 satellite. Since the launch, more and more customers throughout the Middle East region have contracted our land-based services packages, specifically in countries where there is limited fibre connectivity and satellite is the preferred distribution platform for vital and reliable communication links.
The THOR 7 Ka-band payload delivers greater capacity at faster speeds and lower costs, and provides regional coverage with a favourable look angle over the Middle East. Utilising the iDirect Evolution platform, Telenor Satellite’s Ka-band technology services deliver reliable and stable communications to Internet service providers (ISPs) and corporations with shared or dedicated high-speed internet access for always-on operations across remote locations.
“Our THOR 7 Ka-band land-based services have exceeded our initial take-up expectations in the Middle East”, said Julian Crudge, Divisional Director, Network and Data services, Telenor Satellite. “Utilising Ka-band technology to provide lower-cost but reliable connectivity services, we are able to meet the demands of our corporate and small-business customers in a region which relies heavily on satellite connectivity for communication links.”
Through the investment in our latest satellite, THOR 7, Telenor Satellite is able to keep more of our customers connected via satellite anywhere and at any time.
About THOR 7- THOR 7 is Telenor Satellite’s first growth satellite, delivering satellite services for the future expansion requirements of all the markets in which we operate. The satellite is equipped with both a Ku-band and an HTS (High Throughput Satellite) Ka-band payload. The Ku-band payload is being used for TV services in Central and Eastern Europe and the HTS Ka-band payload, a first for Telenor Satellite, has been specifically designed for the mobility VSAT market. Additionally, Telenor Satellite has sold capacity on THOR 7 to Space Norway – this is a lifetime lease and will provide Norway’s Troll research station in Antarctica with increased satellite capacity for the distribution of key meteorological data. The satellite was successfully launched on April 27, 2015.