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iDirect for THOR 7


Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) reports that it has chosen to implement iDirect’s Velocity product line as the ground infrastructure platform for its new THOR 7 high throughput satellite (HTS).

The satellite operator will deliver a Ka-band HTS payload of up to 9 Gbps of throughput across 25 spot beams, providing capacity over the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Mediterranean, Baltic Sea as well as the Middle East. This will cover Europe’s main shipping routes and oil and gas exploration areas.

Both companies say that the iDirect platform will enable automatic, seamless spot-beam handover across all beams on the THOR 7 satellite.

The platform will also establish an integrated capacity pool that can be distributed, enabling the development of service plans for individual terminals as well as for groups across the entire coverage area. A global bandwidth management system will also be established to enforce Service Level Agreements (SLA) at the group level across all beams.

Furthermore, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting aims to leverage the iDirect platform to facilitate inter-network roaming with other Ku- and Ka-band satellite operators, enabling end users to travel outside of their service providers’ networks, while maintaining coverage through a single service provider.

Telenor expects to launch the THOR 7 satellite in the second half of 2014, with the aim of increasing capacity for current maritime and energy customers and to enable Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to expand its business in other markets.

“(The) 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,” said Julian Crudge, divisional director Network and Data Services, TSBc.

“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.”

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