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Cobham signs THOR 7 antenna deal with Telenor

Telenor Satellite and Cobham have signed an agreement for the supply of SAILOR Ka-band antenna systems to the satellite operator, to be provided to customers of Telenor’s latest generation Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) service, THOR 7.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Norway-based Cobham partner Pyxisat will provide delivery, installation and maintenance services for the antennas as part of the agreement.

THOR 7 offers maritime broadband services across the North Sea, Red Sea, Baltic Sea, North Atlantic, Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean, and Cobham says that, under this supply agreement, its SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka antenna is expected to count for the majority of future installations.

Telenor does not sell the service direct to end users, instead relying on its network of partner resellers to bring it to market. The antennas will be made available to the vessels through that network.

The SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka equipment features a 60cm reflector dish and weighs 37kg. Cobham’s larger SAILOR 900 VSAT Ka and SAILOR 900 VSAT Ku units are also included as part of the agreement (the latter for customers utilising capacity on Telenor’s Ku-band networks).

Common features among all the antennas include a single cable between antenna and below deck equipment for RF, power and data, Dynamic Motor Brakes, and Automatic Azimuth Calibration and Automatic Cable Calibration for ‘one touch commissioning’.

Recent improvements in the technology include Shock and Vibration Monitoring, which provides data on the stresses the antenna system is under, to assist with planned maintenance.

“This agreement with Cobham is an important development for Telenor and allows us to offer competitively priced Ka band antennas to our customers to further promote the adoption of the new high throughput Ka band HTS technology that is available with THOR 7,” said Julian Crudge, director – datacomms division, Telenor Satellite.

This contract is the first stage of a new antenna financing package for Ka-band maritime antennas that Telenor Satellite is planning to introduce to its customers over the course of this year.{/mprestriction}

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