Satellite 2014, Washington - Cobham SATCOM's SAILOR
VSAT antennas have been approved for operation on the existing
Ku-band as well as the forthcoming THOR 7 Ka-band satellite from
Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc). THOR 7, TSBc's latest
satellite is expected to be launched in Q4, 2014 and is equipped
with a Ka-band HTS payload. The SAILOR 800 VSAT and SAILOR 900 VSAT
have been approved to support Ku-band services on the existing THOR
fleet. Additionally, SAILOR 900 VSAT will be compatible with THOR
Covering the 1˚West region, THOR 7's Ka-band capacity is
strategically positioned over the main shipping routes in Europe
and major oil and gas exploration and production areas including
the North Sea. The THOR 7 Ka-band HTS payload offers 6-9 Gbps
throughput with up to 25 simultaneously active spot beams. Services
will offer reliable speeds in the tens of Mbps downlink, even from
small antennas. Uplink speeds will be anywhere from 2Mbps to 6Mbps
depending on antenna size. Service reliability is key, with TSBc
implementing a package of solutions to mitigate rain fade on
Ka-band, including a new uplink site in Norway to provide antenna
"THOR 7's Ka-band HTS payload has been specifically designed for
the mobility VSAT market, offering highly concentrated and high
powered coverage over our main market area, including the North
Sea, Mediterranean and the Baltic Sea," comments Julian Crudge,
Divisional Director, Datacomms, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting.
"The Ka-band HTS payload adds vital growth capacity for our long
standing maritime and energy customers and SAILOR antennas will be
ready for the start of THOR 7 Ka-band service delivery."
Cobham SATCOM's SAILOR 800 VSAT and SAILOR 900 VSAT antennas
introduce a new approach to maritime VSAT with uniquely simple
procurement and installation in addition to top of the line RF
performance. After ordering a complete system with a single part
number, SAILOR VSAT antennas leave the factory fully tested and
configured, with all RF equipment installed, which simplifies
logistics for the service provider and reduces the time needed on
board for installation.
"Approval of Cobham SATCOM's Maritime VSAT antennas for THOR 7
strengthens the longstanding co-operation we have with Telenor and
is testament to the standardisation approach we have for SAILOR
antennas," adds Casper Jensen, VP Maritime Business, Cobham SATCOM.
"Our maritime users will be among the first to benefit from the
power of HTS with innovative, reliable Ka-, Ku- and Ka/Ku-band
antennas from both SAILOR and Sea Tel already prepared for the next
generation of maritime VSAT services."
About Cobham SATCOM
Cobham SATCOM develops, manufactures, sells and supports
satellite and radio communication terminals and earth stations for
land, marine and airborne applications. With the ever increasing
demand for communication, our products and services are used to
satisfy the needs of a wide variety of commercial, governmental and
Cobham SATCOM uses state-of-the-art technologies to design
affordable, highly reliable high performance systems that have
decreased over time in terms of size, weight and power consumption.
Our products enable people to stay in touch under the most
challenging and demanding conditions. When traditional
communication technologies fail, Cobham SATCOM's products will keep
providing our customers with high quality voice, data, and
Our product designs have evolved tremendously during their
decades in service in use around the world in a variety of domains
and environments. We market under the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR®
and Sea Tel brands. Please refer to our websites for our list of
global distributors and partners. Cobham SATCOM has design,
development and manufacturing facilities in Denmark, Norway, South
Africa and the USA.
About Telenor Satellite Broadcasting
Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) is a major European
satellite provider of broadcast and broadband services for
customers in the media, maritime, and oil and gas sectors.
Utilising a hybrid network that comprises our satellite fleet,
teleports and a terrestrial fibre network, TSBc delivers turnkey
broadcasting solutions, end-user connectivity and application
services via satellite throughout Europe, the Middle East and
From the distribution of digital TV and radio content to
millions of European homes to the provision of reliable
communications in remote locations on land and at sea, we are
committed to keeping our customers connected via satellite.
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