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Telenor triples vessel VSAT throughput

The expansion in bandwidth capability is expected to suit high-end vessel customers including cruise and ferry operators in the North and Baltic seas The expansion in bandwidth capability is expected to suit high-end vessel customers including cruise and ferry operators in the North and Baltic seas

Telenor Satellite has signed an agreement with Newtec to provide higher throughput maritime services on its THOR 7 Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) using the Newtec Dialog single and multi-service VSAT platform.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Ferry, cruise and offshore support vessels (OSVs) will be the main users of the platform as they will fully exploit the potential of THOR 7 and deliver a service that exceeds what is possible to deliver today using existing hub-based technology. Newtec Dialog also opens up the possibility to use THOR 7 in new verticals not presently using hub-based technology for service delivery.

Launched in 2015, THOR 7 targets the North Sea, North Atlantic/Norwegian Sea, Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Red Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea. Its HTS payload uses high power spot beams making it ideally suited for the mobility VSAT market. Telenor Satellite’s new Anker suite of services was also recently developed to meet growing demand for unique VSAT profiles capable of meeting any requirement.

“Today’s maritime users(?) wish to remain constantly connected via their mobile devices and ferry and cruise operators are utilising maritime connectivity more and more to enhance operations efficiency,” said Jan Hetland, director, Data Services, Telenor Satellite. “Consequently, demand for throughput on vessels is increasing exponentially. As a leading Ku- and Ka-Band satellite operator and managed services provider, we are committed to meeting that demand and ensuring our service delivers the highest possible throughput. This Newtec Dialog platform will enable us to achieve that goal.”

“In today’s era of anywhere, anytime connectivity, satellite operators are being required to provide increasingly better coverage, as well as higher bandwidth, faster services. Our work with Telenor Satellite is another important milestone for Newtec and we are confident the installation of our Newtec Dialog multiservice platform will ensure it continues to deliver on its customers’ expectations,” said Andrew Faiola, head of mobility at Newtec.{/mprestriction}

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