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TSBc approves Intellian antenna for THOR 7

THOR 7 will offer regional HTS coverage THOR 7 will offer regional HTS coverage Telenor Satellite Broadcasting

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) has announced that it has approved Intellian’s v-series antennas for use on its forthcoming Ka-band high throughput satellite (HTS), THOR 7.

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The satellite, expected to start commercial service in 2015, has been specifically designed for the mobility VSAT market and will offer regional coverage over the main European shipping lanes, including the North Sea, Red Sea, Baltic Sea, North Atlantic, Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean.

TSBc says that the service will offer 6-9 Gbps throughput with up to 25 simultaneously active spot beams, and download speeds “in the tens of Mbps.”

Intellian v-series antennas already support Ku-band services on the existing THOR satellite fleet, and the company's v100 antenna systems can be simply converted from Ku-band to Ka-band services for THOR 7.

TSBc says it plans to work further with Intellian with the aim of approving more antenna systems in addition to the v100.

"Over the years, we have developed a good working partnership with Intellian," said Julian Crudge, TSBc’s divisional director, Network and Data services.

"The v-series antenna system was chosen as it provides a viable solution for our customers, with easy upgrade capability, ensuring that we are well prepared once THOR 7 commences service."

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