Telenor Satellite aims to satisfy rising demand from its customers for higher throughput maritime services on its THOR 7 Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) with a new collaboration with Newtec on its Newtec Dialog platform. Newtec is a specialist in the design, development and manufacture of equipment for satellite communications.
Telenor Satellite will use the platform for high end users such as Ferry, Cruise and OSVs where it will be able to fully exploit the potential of THOR 7 and deliver a service that far exceeds what it is possible to deliver today using existing hub-based technology. Newtec Dialog also opens up the possibility of using 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.
“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 operational efficiency,” said Jan Hetland, Director, Data Services, at 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.”
Andrew Faiola, Head of Mobility at Newtec, added: “In today’s era of anywhere, anytime connectivity, satellite operators are being required to provide increasingly better coverage, as well as higher bandwidth and 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.”