Telenor Satellite Broadcasting's (TSBc) latest satellite, THOR 7 will provide the Norwegian Troll base located at the South Pole with increased satellite capacity for the distribution of key meteorological data from the research station, Trollsat.
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The additional capacity will also provide faster and more stable broadband connections, essential for employees working at the base, as its current data capacity is limited.
Under this new co-operative agreement with Norsk Romsenter Eiendom, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting will provide a dedicated link from Antarctica for Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) , utilising dedicated satellite capacity on THOR 7 , Telenor’s latest satellite, which is due to launch at the end of 2013. The link will be used to distribute meteorological and environmental data for research environments and will be sent to Nittedal, TSBc’s largest teleport for further distribution to Europe and the US.
“Thanks to this agreement, we can look forward to meeting the increase in requirements for the distribution of meteorological and environmental data collected from numerous earth orbit satellites to user communities in Europe and the US” said CEO Rolf Skatteboe at KSAT “The additional capacity is also essential for the welfare of our employees, who will easily be able to maintain contact with family, colleagues and friends through the internet, email and IP telephony”.
Bo Andersen, the Chairman of Norsk Romsenter Eiendom said, “This agreement provides KSAT with increased transmission capacity to further support and expand its growing requirements for Earth observational data received in Antarctica, which can then be quickly distributed across the world. This is a new and exciting phase in our developing relationship with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting and we look forward to working closely with them on future opportunities”.
For Norsk Romsenter Eiendom, it is important that the space sector positively contributes to the development of other disciplines and through this agreement it can strengthen its Norwegian Polar research from its Polar institution research station, Trollsat.
“For Telenor Satellite Broadcasting this contract signifies our joint ambition in strengthening our partnership with Norsk Romsenter Eiendom”, said Cato Halsaa, Vice President and CEO at TSBc “With THOR 7 launching in 2013, we are able to support fresh initiatives and are happy to utilise our satellite position 1°West to provide data communications in the polar regions.”
The term of the agreement remains in place for the lifetime of the THOR 7 satellite, which is at least 15 years.
About Telenor Satellite Broadcasting AS
Operating from the prime European orbital location, 1°West, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) provides extensive television broadcasting services for distribution and contribution applications to broadcasters, utilising a hybrid network that comprises terrestrial circuits, earth stations and the satellite fleet. TSBc delivers end-user connectivity and broadband application services via satellite in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and has also established inclined-satellite operations at the 4 degree West orbital position. Visit the company’s website at www.telenorsbc.com
Jorgen Thaule +47 915 59 607
Natasha Keech +44 7740 450 852
About Norsk Romsenter Eiendom (Norwegian Space Centre)
The Norwegian Space Centre (NSC) is a government agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. NSC promotes the development, co-ordination and evaluation of national space activities as well as supports Norwegian interests in the European Space Agency (ESA). Visit Norsk Romsenter’s website www.spacecentre.no
Bo Andersen, mob: +47 90092490
About Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (KSAT)
Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (KSAT) is a commercial Norwegian enterprise, uniquely positioned to provide ground station and earth observation services for polar orbiting satellites. With three interconnected polar ground stations; Tromsø at 69°N, Svalbard (SvalSat) at 78°N and Antarctic TrollSat Station at 72°S , and a growing mid latitude network, KSAT operates over 50 antennas optimally positioned for access to polar orbits. KSAT is owned 50% by Kongsberg and 50% by Norwegian Space Centre Properties- a company owned in full by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry, administered by Norsk Romsenter (Norwegian Space Centre). Visit KSAT’s website www.ksat.no
Rolf Skatteboe, mob: +47 91198985