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Marlink deal extends VSAT capacity

Marlink has announced an agreement with satellite provider Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) to renew and increase Marlink’s Ku-band satellite capacity for the next three years, as well agreeing an option for Ka-band capacity on an upcoming satellite.

Utilising TSBc’s IS 10-02 satellite, located at 1° West, Marlink will use the capacity to service maritime customers in the Nordic, European and Middle Eastern regions.

The contract will allow Marlink to continue to provide Ku-band coverage in these areas, with what it calls "significant" Ku-band capacity on Spot 2 of the satellite and almost 200 MHz Ku-band capacity on Spot 1.

The agreement with TSBc also includes an option for Marlink to use the Ka-band payload of the new THOR 7 satellite, which is planned be operational in early 2014.

The company says that this will provide additional capacity to support the increased demand anticipated from maritime customers in the coming years.

Inmarsat's new I5 satellites for its Global Xpress service will also operate in the Ka-band, though Inmarsat has planned worldwide coverage for its system rather than the regional coverage that will be available from THOR 7.

"We have enjoyed a long standing relationship with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting which has helped us to develop a reliable and trustworthy VSAT service for our customers in these essential regions," said Tore Morten Olsen, CEO of Marlink.

"Coverage extends from the busy sea lanes north of Norway to Northern Africa and the Middle East. Our customers can therefore continue to rely on us to provide exceptional service and continuity. When the new THOR satellite comes online, Marlink will now be one of the first to utilise this new frequency band."

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