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SAILOR 800 & 900 VSAT ready for new Ku- and Ka-band services

Satellite 2014, Washington – Cobham SATCOM’s SAILOR VSAT antennas have been approved for operation on the existing Ku-band as well as the forthcoming THOR 7 Ka-band satellite from Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc). THOR 7, TSBc’s latest satellite is expected to be launched in Q4, 2014 and is equipped with a Ka band HTS payload. The SAILOR 800 VSAT and SAILOR 900 VSAT have been approved to support Ku band services on the existing THOR fleet. Additionally, SAILOR 900 VSAT will be compatible with THOR 7.  

Covering the 1˚West region, THOR 7’s Ka-band capacity is strategically positioned over the main shipping routes in Europe and major oil and gas exploration and production areas, including the North Sea. The THOR 7 Ka-band HTS payload offers 6-9 Gbps throughput with up to 25 simultaneously active spot beams. Services will offer reliable speeds in the tens of Mbps downlink, even from small antennas. Uplink speeds are anywhere from 2Mbps to 6Mbps depending on antenna size. Service reliability is key, with TSBc implementing a package of solutions to mitigate Rain fade on Ka-band, including a new uplink site in Norway to provide antenna site diversity.

“THOR 7’s Ka-band HTS payload has been specifically designed for the mobility VSAT market, offering highly concentrated and high powered coverage over our main market area, including the North Sea, Mediterranean and the Baltic Sea,” comments Julian Crudge, Divisional Director, Datacomms, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting. “The Ka-band HTS payload adds vital growth capacity for our long standing maritime and energy customers and SAILOR antennas will be ready for the start of THOR 7 Ka-band service delivery.”
Cobham SATCOM’s SAILOR 800 VSAT and SAILOR 900 VSAT antennas introduce a new approach to maritime VSAT with uniquely simple procurement and installation in addition to top of the line RF performance. After ordering a complete system with a single part number, SAILOR VSAT antennas leave the factory fully tested and configured, with all RF equipment installed, which simplifies logistics for the service provider and reduces the time needed on board for installation.

 “Approval for Cobham SATCOMs Maritime VSAT antennas on Thor 7 strengthens the longstanding co-operation we have with Telenor and is testament to the standardisation approach we have for SAILOR antennas,” adds Casper Jensen, VP Maritime Business, Cobham SATCOM. “Our maritime users will be among the first to benefit from the power of HTS with innovative, reliable Ka-, Ku- and Ka/Ku-band antennas from both SAILOR and Sea Tel already prepared for the next generation of maritime VSAT services.” 

About Cobham
Cobham protects lives and livelihoods with its differentiated technology and know-how, operating with a deep insight to customer needs and agility. The Group offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems across commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean. It has market leading positions in air-to-air refuelling; aviation services; audio, video and data communications, including satellite communications; defence electronics; life support and mission equipment. The most important thing Cobham builds is trust.

About Cobham SATCOM
Cobham SATCOM develops, manufactures, sells and supports satellite and radio communication terminals and earth stations for land, marine and airborne applications. With the ever increasing demand for communication, our products and services are used to satisfy the needs of a wide variety of commercial, governmental and recreational applications. Cobham SATCOM uses state-of-the-art technologies to design affordable, highly reliable high performance systems that have decreased over time in terms of size, weight and power consumption. Our products enable people to stay in touch under the most challenging and demanding conditions. When traditional communication technologies fail, Cobham SATCOM’s products will keep providing our customers with high quality voice, data, and multimedia communications.

 Our product designs have evolved tremendously during their decades in service in use around the world in a variety of domains and environments. We market under the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR® and Sea Tel brands. Please refer to our websites for our list of global distributors and partners. Cobham SATCOM has design, development and manufacturing facilities in Denmark, South Africa and the USA.

 Visit www.cobham.com for more information.

In the fourth quarter of 2013, Telenor Group reported revenues of NOK 28 billion, representing an organic revenue growth of 1%. EBITDA before other items was NOK 8.99 billion, the EBITDA margin was 32.6%, and operating cash flow was NOK 4.42 billion.

“During 2013, Telenor Group increased or maintained its market share in key markets. For the fourth quarter, Telenor Group reports organic revenue growth of 1 percent, in line with the company’s growth rate for the full year. The EBITDA margin for 2013 was 34.5 percent, a two percentage point improvement from the previous year. Revenue growth combined with the margin improvement, resulted in a record-high EBITDA of NOK 36 billion for the year,’’ said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO of Telenor Group.

“During the year, we added 17 million subscribers, of which 5 million alone in the final three months. This growth was mainly driven by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. These countries still represent a significant potential for further growth,’’ said Baksaas.

“In Thailand, I am pleased to see that the migration of customers to our new 3G network is progressing well. In addition, solid underlying service revenue growth from data in our Thai operation is noticeable. In Malaysia, DiGi’s ability to offer relevant data services sets an excellent example for how data can drive growth and profitability. With Grameenphone’s launch of 3G services, we have leaped toward providing affordable data services to our customers in Bangladesh. Political and regulatory challenges continue to impact several of our Asian markets,’’ said Baksaas.

“The telecommunications industry continues to progress rapidly and plays an increasingly important role in people’s everyday lives. As the world goes digital, Telenor Group is strategically managing the transition from voice to data and we will continue to focus on our Internet for All ambition, an initiative to connect the unconnected in all our markets. We are now getting started in our new market Myanmar, a nation of 60 million people and vast untapped growth potential. After signing the licence agreement last month, we will leverage on our regional experience and aim to provide accessible and affordable mobile communications to people across the country,’’ said Baksaas.

“In India, our operating model resulted in solid trends in the second half of the year. Strong subscriber growth and increased revenue per customer resulted in an organic sales growth of 36 percent in the fourth quarter. We are now taking a lead challenger position in the six circles we are present,’’ said Baksaas.

“In Norway, we are gaining subscribers and see increasing demand for larger data packages, resulting in an improved sales mix. At the end of the year, we secured new spectrum, which will enable Telenor to offer superior nation-wide 4G services within the next two years. While macro-economic pressure continued in Eastern Europe during the quarter, we see solid trends in Sweden and in our Broadcast division,’’ said Baksaas.

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Click here to refer to Telenor’s quarterly report

 

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In the third quarter of 2013, Telenor Group reported revenues of NOK 26.0 billion, representing an organic revenue growth of 1%. EBITDA before other items was NOK 9.6 billion, EBITDA margin was 37%, and operating cash flow was NOK 5.9 billion. Reported net income of NOK 3.9 billion includes currency losses of NOK 502 million, mainly non-cash.

“Telenor Group’s performance this quarter is proof of a sound business with solid earnings and margins. A record high EBITDA of NOK 9.6 billion, as well as an operating cash flow margin of 23 per cent, demonstrates our ability to create value. Our effort to capture growth remains a top priority, while we will continue to drive efficiency improvements,’’ said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO of Telenor Group.

Provide Internet access in Asia

“It is paramount for Telenor to provide Internet access with good connectivity and services for all. Only around one out of four of Telenor’s customers in Asia currently have access to the Internet, representing a vast potential for our future growth. During this quarter, subscription and traffic revenues in Asia increased by 9%, continuing its healthy trend. In Thailand and Malaysia, where the Internet is already the main growth driver, we added 240,000 and 279,000 customers, respectively. Earlier this month Grameenphone launched 3G services to customers in central parts of the city of Dhaka, marking the start of a nationwide network roll-out,’’ said Baksaas.

“In Thailand, the new 2.1 GHz network was launched in July. The migration of customers is progressing according to plan and dtac aims to have a minimum of 10 million customers on the licenced network by the end of the year. In the years to come, we expect significant cost savings and margin improvement from the transition to the licence regime,’’ said Baksaas.

Mobile data in Nordics

“During the quarter, we saw continued improvement in Sweden on the back of solid execution and implementation of data centric tariffs. The revenue development in Norway is weaker than expected. In order to secure healthy return on our high network investments, we need to further optimise data centric offers to stimulate demand for mobile data and at the same time deliver the required revenue growth. As a consequence of continued challenging market conditions in Denmark, we are now embarking upon an ambitious transformation programme which will run through 2014,” said Baksaas.

“Globul in Bulgaria was included in the Telenor Group as of August. In Myanmar, we are expecting to finalise the licence later this year with the aim of launching services in mid-2014,” said Baksaas.

Outlook

“Based on the performance in the first three quarters and the outlook for the rest of the year, we revise the outlook for organic revenue growth to 1-2% and capex to sales to 13-14%. We maintain our guidance of around 34% EBITDA margin,” said Baksaas.

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Click here to refer to Telenor’s quarterly report

THOR 7 to provide HTS capacity over Europe’s main shipping routes and oil and gas exploration areas

Herndon, Va., October 7, 2013― Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc), a major European satellite operator,  and iDirect , a Global Leader in IP based satellite  communications , today jointly announced that TSBc has chosen iDirect’s new  Velocity® product line as the ground infrastructure solution for its new THOR 7 high throughput satellite (HTS).

Using iDirect technology, TSBc will deliver a Ka-band HTS payload of up to nine Gbps of throughput across 25 spot beams, providing capacity over the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Mediterranean, Baltic Sea as well as the Middle East.

TSBc chose the iDirect platform for several reasons. The platform will enable automatic, seamless spot-beam handover across all beams on the THOR 7 satellite, ensuring continuous mobile connectivity. The platform will also establish an integrated capacity pool that can be efficiently distributed and enables the development of service plans for individual terminals as well as for groups across the entire coverage area. This establishes a global bandwidth management system that enforces Service Level Agreements (SLA) at the group level across all beams. Further, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting aims to leverage the iDirect platform to facilitate inter-network roaming with other Ku and Ka satellite operators, enabling end users to travel outside of their service providers’ networks, while maintaining seamless coverage through a single service provider. Telenor Satellite Broadcasting expects to launch the THOR 7 satellite in the second half of 2014. THOR 7 will increase capacity for current maritime and energy customers and enable Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to expand its business in the satellite news gathering, aeronautical and governmental markets.

 “THOR 7, Ka-band HTS payload is strategically positioned over the main shipping routes and major oil and gas exploration areas in Europe, enabling our maritime and energy customers to grow their businesses and bring much needed capacity into the region. There’s no better platform than iDirect to bring our new capacity to market, giving us the flexibility we need to capture a broad range of high-value markets, whilst offering the possibility for roaming between Ku and Ka band satellites in the future.” ~ Julian Crudge-Divisional Director Network and Data Services, TELENOR SATELLITE BROADCASTING

 “iDirect is thrilled to be selected as the ground infrastructure provider for THOR 7. Our new Velocity product line delivers the throughput, scale and advanced mobility features required by Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to maximize the value of their satellite. With Velocity, they can also build on their existing investment in iDirect, managing their entire iDirect deployment on a single platform.”~ Stephen TUNICLIFFE-Regional Vice President, Europe, iDIRECT

 

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iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is a global leader in IP-based satellite communications providing technology that enables our 350+partners to optimize their networks, differentiate and expand their businesses. The iDirect Intelligent Platform™ allows our partners to run their entire business operations more efficiently via single, unified IP-based satellite architecture, whether it’s providing core IP applications to the enterprise or specialized services to any number of diverse vertical markets. iDirect is the #1 name in global satellite communications in key industries including maritime, military/government, and oil and gas, with a 62% hub market share and more than a quarter million remotes installed worldwide. In 2007, iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) was formed to drive adoption of its IP-based solutions in the U.S. government market. In 2008, iDirect Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore to enhance its value-add and responsiveness to customers in the Asia Pacific region. For more information please visit www.idirect.net.
 VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems perates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.
 Media Contacts:
Julie Bettinger-Vice President, Corporate Marketing- iDirect
Phone: (1) 703 648 8155
Email: jbettinger@idirect.net
Edward Szeto, Manager, Corporate Communications -VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Email: eszeto@vt‐systems.com
 Natasha Keech, Marketing and Communications Director- TSBc
Phone: 0044 7740 450 852
Email: Natasha.keech@telenor.com

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