Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) announced that Thor 7, which was successfully launched into geostationary transfer orbit on board an Ariane 5 launcher on 26 April completed its in-orbit testing and reached its final orbital location at 1 degree West. The Thor 7 satellite was officially handed over to TSBc’s satellite control centre at 17:00hrs on 16 June. With the handover complete, the Thor 7 Ku-band payload, dedicated to DTH services, is now ready for commercial operation.

Thor 7’s Ku-band payload of 11 transponders will provide much-needed growth capacity for broadcast and TV services throughout Europe and specifically in Central and Eastern Europe. Thor 7’s location of 1 degree West is home to the Thor satellite fleet and is one of Europe’s prime satellite locations, reaching close to 18 million households. The satellite’s high-throughput (HTS) Ka-band payload will now undergo further testing of its ground infrastructure with customers. The satellite communications multi-Gigabit HTS payload will address the surge in demand for high-bandwidth requirements from the maritime industry. The service is expected to be fully operational in Q4.