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(April 16, 2015) Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) announces that Arianespace has confirmed that the THOR 7 satellite is now scheduled to launch on April 24, 2015, between the hours of 19:38 and 21:32 UTC (21:38-23:32 CEST).

THOR 7, TSBc’s first growth satellite – which will deliver satellite services throughout Europe – is now ready for its launch on board the Ariane 5 launcher, designated flight VA222, which will also carry SICRAL 2 for Telespazia, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Defence.

A live webcast will be available via a link on Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s website, www.telenorsat.com/thor7, and the video transmission of the THOR 7 launch will start about 15 minutes before lift-off.

 

 

About THOR 7

THOR 7 is Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’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 will be used for TV services in Central and Eastern Europe and the HTS Ka-band payload, a first for TSBc, has been specifically designed for the mobility VSAT market. Additionally, TSBc has pre-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.

Isle of Man, 6 February 2015 – Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc), has become the latest member to join the Space Data Association (SDA). SDA is an international non-profit association of satellite operators that supports the controlled, reliable and efficient sharing of space environment and RF spectrum data. Its membership comprises many of the world’s major satellite communications companies.

“The SDA plays an important role, ensuring effective sharing of data and providing technical support to its members,” commented Peter Olsen, Director Space Division, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting. “We look forward to participating in our role in the SDA’s vital work.”

“We are pleased to welcome Telenor Satellite Broadcasting as the latest member of the SDA,” commented Mark Rawlins, Chairman, Space Data Association. “We established the SDA in 2009 as we saw a need to coordinate activity and safeguard space-based infrastructure. The more we can engage with those operating in the space environment, the more effective we can be.”

About the SDA The Space Data Association Limited (SDA) is a non-profit international association of satellite operators that supports the controlled, reliable and efficient sharing of data critical to the safety and integrity of the space environment and the RF spectrum. It maintains the Space Data Center, a database of high-accuracy orbital information, which is operated by Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) of Exton, PA. Established in the Isle of Man the SDA is open to all satellite operators and other participants. Membership information can be found at www.space-data.org.

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(Oslo, Norway, November 10, 2014) Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) announced today that Intellian’s v-series antennas have been approved for use on its forthcoming satellite, THOR 7. The satellite, expected to start commercial service in 2015, is equipped with an HTS/Ka-band payload, which has been specifically designed for the mobility VSAT market, offering high-powered regional coverage with a favourable look angle over the main European shipping lanes.

The Intellian v-series antennas already support Ku-band services on the existing THOR satellite fleet, providing TSBc customers with exceptional performance and redundancy.  Moreover, with its simple conversion from Ku-band to Ka-band services, the v100 antenna systems provide an easy upgrade path for THOR 7, which will offer 6-9 Gbps throughput with up to 25 simultaneously active spot beams and also deliver reliable download speeds in the tens of Mbps on its HTS (High Throughput Satellite) Ka-band payload. In addition to the v100, TSBc  plans to work with Intellian to approve more antenna systems.

“Over the years, we have developed a good working partnership with Intellian”, said Julian Crudge, TSBc’s Divisional Director , Network and Data services. “The v-series antenna system was chosen as it provides a viable solution for our customers, with easy upgrade capability, ensuring that we are well prepared once THOR 7 commences service.”

“Intellian has played a pivotal role in changing the industry’s perception of VSAT as a viable and convenient communications solution, said Jon Harrison, Intellian’s VP of Global Sales. “From intuitive user interfaces to ease of operation, our v-series antenna system delivers superior performance and reliability for maritime satellite-communications systems, both in Ku-band today and upgraded for next-generation Ka-band capability. Intellian is delighted to be chosen by Telenor Satellite Broadcasting as one of their approved antenna suppliers for its THOR 7 HTS Ka-band services.”

TSBc’s THOR 7 HTS satellite adds vital growth capacity for our long-standing maritime and offshore customers, offering highly concentrated and high-powered coverage over the North Sea, Red Sea, Baltic Sea, North Atlantic, Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean.

 

About Intellian Technologies Inc.Intellian is the global leader in maritime satellite communication antenna technology. This well established company has an international reputation for bringing patented innovation to the VSAT and TVRO market. One of the fastest expanding companies in the industry, Intellian exports its products to six continents and over 45 countries with more than 460 contracted dealers and a worldwide support network. It is currently undergoing a substantial expansion of its manufacturing and R&D facilities in Korea. The company’s extensive technical capabilities cover TVRO, VSAT with the latest Global XpressTM capabilities and in-house development and manufacture of Fleet Broadband systems. The company provides a 3-year warranty on all VSAT antennas which is unique in the maritime industry. With expertise in recreational boats and ocean vessels in the commercial, oil & gas markets, and the military, Intellian antenna technology reaches a wide market sector. Headquartered in Seoul, Intellian also has a Maritime Technical Centre in Busan, South Korea, as well as offices, warehouse and engineering centers located at major shipping destinations around the world, all with the staff and resources to support the company’s global customer customer base. www.intelliantech.com

In the third quarter of 2014, Telenor Group reported revenues of NOK 27.7 billion, representing an organic revenue growth of 3.5%. EBITDA before other items was NOK 10.3 billion, the EBITDA margin was 37% and operating cash flow was NOK 6.3 billion.

“During the third quarter, we continued to drive profitability and revenue growth and reported the best quarter ever in terms of EBITDA and operating cash flow. We added 3.4 million new mobile subscribers during the period, fuelled by customer uptake in India, Bangladesh, Malaysia and our newest market Myanmar,’’ said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO of Telenor Group.

“Our extensive 4G network expansion in Norway combined with an increased number of 4G enabled devices fuelled consumers’ appetite for data and resulted in robust revenue growth in the quarter. Ever-evolving customer expectations require further investments and strong focus on efficient operations in Norway,’’ said Baksaas.

“In Thailand, revenue and subscription growth were impacted in the quarter as a direct result of intensified competition and a slow economic recovery.  To meet strong demand for internet services, mobile data and match fast-changing consumer lifestyles, dtac is stepping up its investment in 3G and 4G networks. The migration to the new 3G licence continues to drive regulatory cost savings. Ongoing disputes remain part of the business environment in Thailand, which we will continually work to address,’’ said Baksaas.

“At the end of September, we launched our services in Myanmar, bringing our first customers online. Telenor started in the nation’s second-largest city of Mandalay and thereafter moved towards the metropolitan hubs of Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon. We will proceed to connect the unconnected in more towns, villages as well as rural areas and look forward to providing essential infrastructure to the people of Myanmar. On 25 October we passed the 1 million subscriber mark and we are confident this promising trend will continue,” said Baksaas.

“We will carry on with our relentless efforts to drive profitable growth from increased internet consumption. Out of our total customer base of close to 180 million subscribers, some 29 percent are currently active internet users. To capture this growth potential, we will continue to offer affordable and relevant services, thereby stimulating demand and consequently monetizing internet usage,’’ said Baksaas.“Based on the performance so far this year and our expectations for the remainder of 2014, we maintain our full-year guidance. As previously communicated, we expect an EBITDA margin above last year and low single digit organic revenue growth,” said Baksaas.

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