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THOR7 Ka-band satellite arrives at Guiana Spaceport

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) has announced that its THOR 7 Ka-band satellite has arrived safely at the Guiana Spaceport in Kourou ahead of its scheduled launch in mid-April.

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Thor 7 will provide expansion and restoration capacity for the distribution of broadcast and data-communication services throughout Europe. It will be launched from the Guiana Spaceport on board an Ariane 5 ECA launcher.

The satellite is equipped with both a Ku-band and a ‘HTS’ (High Throughput Satellite) Ka-band payload. Telenor says the Ku-band payload will be used for TV services in Central and Eastern Europe, while the Ka-band payload has been specifically designed for the VSAT market.

“With the launch of THOR 7, TSBc looks forward to further extending our position in the market and expanding our regional coverage,” said Morten Tengs, CEO, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting.

“The HTS Ka-band payload on THOR 7, designed specifically for the mobility VSAT market, is a first for TSBc and will allow us to further increase our market share in the maritime and offshore sector, delivering cost-effective solutions and high-powered coverage over the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the Red Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean.”

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