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(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.

(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.

(Oslo, Norway) Telenor Satellite Broadcasting announced today that it is changing its name to Telenor Satellite. The name change reflects our company’s increasingly broad satellite-communications portfolio, as we have significantly expanded our position in the maritime and energy sectors and now provide more data-communications services than ever before.

Telenor Satellite has continued to grow as a key European satellite operator, providing communication services for customers in the broadcast, maritime, and oil and gas markets. Our investment in new satellites – most notably our latest satellite THOR 7, which launched in 2015 – has provided the additional growth capacity needed to expand our overall business and to extend our services capability within the mobility VSAT market.  Our new name reflects the changing balance of our business, allowing us to be more relevant to our customers within all the markets in which we operate.

“Telenor Satellite has undoubtedly established itself as a key provider of satellite services throughout Europe and the Middle East, with an increasing international focus and a broader customer base” said Morten Tengs, CEO of Telenor Satellite. “Following the launch of THOR 7, the new name is well-timed as it allows us to develop our wide-ranging satellite-communication services and look forward to further extending our position in the market and expanding our regional coverage.”

The new name comes into effect immediately and will be implemented across the company’s products and services and communications throughout 2016.

Highlights for the third quarter 2015

Telenor reported third-quarter revenues of NOK 31.8 billion and organic revenue growth of 4%. EBITDA before other items was NOK 11.8 billion and the EBITDA margin remained stable at 37%. Adjusted for VimpelCom impairment, net income was NOK 3.6 billion.

The guidance for the full year is organic revenue growth of around 5% and an EBITDA margin of 34%-35%. The adjusted outlook is primarily a consequence of the inclusion of the Danish operation.

In Norway, strong mobile market performance continued driven by increasing data demand. Mobile subscription and traffic revenues rose 5%. With annual investments of more than NOK 4 billion, we will continue to provide our customers with superior network experience.

Intense competition impacted performance in Thailand, Malaysia and Denmark. We are continuing our turnaround process in Thailand. Profitability in Malaysia was affected by currency headwinds and price pressure. Our planned merger with TeliaSonera in Denmark was withdrawn and we are now reviewing our strategic options in Denmark.

In Myanmar, the solid momentum continued. After a year of building network coverage in cities and larger towns, Telenor is now continuing its expansion into rural townships and villages.

There are promising growth trends visible in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sweden and Hungary. Subscriber growth significantly increased both in Pakistan and Bangladesh, while the operations in Sweden and Hungary reported improved subscription and traffic revenue growth.

On 5 October, we announced our intention to divest all our shares in VimpelCom Ltd. This triggered an impairment with effect of NOK 5.4 billion to the income statement in the third quarter.

On 27 October 2015, the Board of Directors of Telenor ASA resolved a second semi-annual dividend for the financial year 2014 of NOK 3.50 per share. This is in line with the earlier communicated intention of the Board of Directors. Including the NOK 3.80 per share paid out in June 2015, this brings the total dividends for the year to NOK 7.30 per share.

Media Contact:

Meera Bhatia, Tel: (+47) 4684 4959, E-mail: meera.bhatia@telenor.com

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Intellian, the leading provider of stabilized marine satellite antenna systems, has partnered with Telenor Satellite to deliver next generation high-speed maritime connectivity via Intellian’s industry leading 60cm and 1M VSAT platforms.

Intelligently designed, durable and robust, the Intellian v-Series antennas benefit from all the innovative features that have helped Intellian become the market leader within the VSAT sector. The v-Series products have been designed from the ground up, with ease of installation and use as the defining factors providing a streamlined and proven solution to accessing the THOR-7 high throughput Ka-band satellite. Both the v60Ka and v100Ka include Intellian’s Aptus Remote Control Software with built-in spectrum analyzer. Other benefits include secure SSL connection and the ability to network via the LAN function for simple management of multiple devices. Intellian antenna control units also support multiple user interfaces either via a front panel display and keyboard or through Aptus. The v60Ka and v100Ka are both approved by Telenor Satellite for use on the THOR-7 Network, the v60Ka is currently the only approved 60cm system ready for the THOR-7 Network.

The THOR-7 satellite provides regional coverage with a favourable look angle over the main European shipping lanes, utilising relatively small spot beams, which provide unprecedented high-power performance for maritime applications. Supported by the iDirect next generation Velocity© platform, Telenor Satellite is able to offer VNO service solutions on its fixed beams, similar to those provided on the Ku band iDirect platform. The iDirect platform offers automatic and seamless spot beam hand over – a necessity for a market that relies upon continuous connectivity. Morten Tengs, Telenor Satellite CEO, commented “With the successful launch of THOR 7, Telenor Satellite is able to provide HTS Ka-band services, delivering the highest performing satellite payload designed for the maritime market. Partnering with Intellian provides a viable solution for our customers, particularly with the new v60Ka antenna.”

Eric Sung, Intellian CEO, commented “Designed to enable maritime customers to benefit from high-speed broadband connectivity on the THOR-7 Ka-band network, Intellian is pleased to be able to bring the v60Ka and v100Ka products to the market. The addition of these, intelligent antenna solutions, boost the existing VSAT Intellian offering, enabling us to bring the capabilities and service excellence enjoyed by our customers on current Ku-band terminals to those in the Ka-band space.”

For more information, visit the Intellian website www.intelliantech.com

 

 


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