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THOR 7 Ka band mobility service ready for commercial operation

(Oslo, May 12, 2016) Telenor Satellite today announces the commercial readiness of its THOR 7 Ka-band mobility service. The Ka-band payload offers regional coverage with a favourable look angle over the main European shipping lanes and utilises high-powered spot beams, providing unprecedented performance for maritime applications.

Since the commercial handover of the THOR 7 satellite in June 2015, Telenor Satellite has been carrying out a Ka-band testing programme prior to its commercial launch. The final testing phase involved more than 15 customers running sea trials on approx. 30 vessels, with up to 50 remote terminals testing the service across THOR 7’s footprint. Thanks to the valuable contributions of our pilot customers involved in the final testing phase, we can now launch our mobility Ka-band service with confidence.

Telenor Satellite’s THOR 7 HTS Ka-band service offer 6-9 Gbps throughput with up to 25 simultaneously active spot beams. Supported by the iDirect next-generation iDirect VelocityTM platform, Telenor Satellite is able to offer automatic and seamless spot-beam handover, assuring continuous connectivity across the entire satellite footprint.

“Today is a day that we have been very much looking forward to”, said Morten Tengs, CEO of Telenor Satellite. “Telenor Satellite’s THOR 7 Ka-band mobility service has been designed specifically for the maritime market, providing the reliability and availability our customers expect at sea.”

Telenor Satellite’s investment in THOR 7 has provided the additional European growth capacity needed to expand its overall business and to extend its services capability within the mobility VSAT market. Through our commercial expansion we look forward to keeping more and more 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.

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