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(Oslo, Norway, June 22, 2015) Telenor Satellite today announces that THOR 7, which was successfully launched into geostationary transfer orbit on board an Ariane 5 launcher on April 26, 2015, has now completed its in-orbit testing and reached its final orbital location at 1°West.

The THOR 7 satellite was officially handed over to Telenor Satellite’s satellite control centre at 5pm on June 16, 2015.

With the handover complete, the THOR 7 Ku-band payload, dedicated to DTH services, is now ready for commercial operation. THOR 7’s Ku-band payload of 11 transponders will provide much-needed growth capacity for broadcast and TV services throughout Europe and specifically in Central and Eastern Europe. THOR 7’s location of 1°West is home to the THOR satellite fleet and is one of Europe’s prime satellite locations, reaching close to 18 million households.

“With the Ku-band payload now in commercial service, Telenor Satellite looks forward to growing its European broadcast position,” said Morten Tengs, CEO, Telenor Satellite. “THOR 7 provides the expansion capacity required to satisfy today’s and tomorrow’s growing demands from both our customers and future customers interested in connecting to the 1°West neighbourhood”.

The satellite’s high-throughput (HTS) Ka-band payload will now undergo a further testing phase of its ground infrastructure with test customers. The satellite communications multi-Gigabit HTS payload will address the surge in demand for high-bandwidth requirements from the maritime industry, delivering a bandwidth-efficient service with high bit rates to meet our customers’ growing expectations. The service is expected to be fully operational in Q4, 2015.

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Natasha Keech Marketing and Communications Director Telenor Satellite Tel +44 (0) 7740 450 852

Expansion satellite to serve Europe

 (Oslo, April 27, 2015) Telenor Satellite today announced the successful launch of its new satellite, THOR 7.

THOR 7 was successfully launched into space on Sunday April 26, 2015 at 20:00 UTC, from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana. On board an Ariane 5 launcher (Arianespace flight VA222), the THOR 7 satellite was successfully injected into geostationary transfer orbit approx. 28 minutes after lift-off.

THOR 7, manufactured by Space Systems Loral (SSL), is Telenor Satellite’s first growth satellite and also features its first high-throughput satellite (HTS) Ka-band payload, specifically designed for the mobility VSAT market to provide high-powered coverage over the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the Red Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the Mediterranean.

“I am delighted to see that THOR 7 has safely reached geostationary transfer orbit and thank both Arianespace and our manufacturing partner SSL for this successful launch”, said Morten Tengs, CEO, Telenor Satellite. “From its 1°West location, the THOR 7 satellite will provide growth capacity for DTH services across Central and Eastern Europe and deliver optimal satellite coverage across Europe’s business shipping lanes for the provision of maritime VSAT services.”

THOR 7 will now undergo extensive in-orbit testing and will be ready to deliver DTH services in six weeks. Additional testing will take place on the HTS Ka-band services with a full commercial service to be ready in Q4, 2015.

Additional THOR 7 mission material, including high-resolution images of the launch, will be published at www.telenorsat.com.

 

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 will be 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 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.

Telenor Satellite (Telenor Satellite) is a major European satellite provider of broadcast and broadband services for customers in the media, maritime, and oil and gas sectors. Utilising a hybrid network that comprises our satellite fleet, teleports and a terrestrial fibre network, Telenor Satellite delivers turnkey broadcasting solutions, end-user connectivity, and application services via satellite throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. From the distribution of digital TV and radio content to millions of European homes to the provision of reliable communications in remote locations on land and at sea, we are committed to keeping our customers connected via satellite. Visit the company’s website at www.telenorsat.com.

Contact: Natasha Keech              +44 7740 450 852

THOR 7 now targeted to launch on April 26, 2015

(April 24, 2015) Telenor Satellite announces that Arianespace has now confirmed that the THOR 7 satellite is targeted to launch on April 26, 2015, between the hours of 19:37 and 21:33 UTC (21:37-23:31 CEST).

The reconfiguration work and related checkout on the Ariane 5 ECA launcher are now complete.

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

Click here to read Arianespace’s official release.

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 will be 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 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.

(April 24, 2015) Telenor Satellite announces that the THOR 7 launch has been delayed. An official statement released by Arianespace confirmed that an anomaly occurred on conditioning equipment of the launcher.

As a result, Arianespace decided to take the launcher back to the Final Assembly Building (BAF).

The launch vehicle and its THOR 7 satellite payload have been placed in stand-by mode and maintained in safe conditions.

It is expected that the new launch date will be announced later today, for further updates visit www.arianespace.com

 

(April 16, 2015) Telenor Satellite 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, Telenor Satellite’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’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’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 Telenor Satellite, has been specifically designed for the mobility VSAT market. Additionally, Telenor Satellite 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.


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