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Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) has signed a contract with Arianespace for launch services of its THOR 7 satellite. The satellite will be launched into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) in Q4, 2013 on an Ariane 5 launcher from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana.
Built by Space Systems/ Loral, THOR 7 will be based upon SS/L’s 1300 series platform and be fitted with two payloads. The THOR 7 satellite will be equipped with 11 Ku-band transponders providing dedicated capacity for broadcast services in Central and Eastern Europe. The Ka band payload will be used to meet the growing demand for broadband communications within the maritime industry and will include spot beams over the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Red Sea, Baltic Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean.
THOR 7 is scheduled to commence commercial service in Q1, 2014.