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Marlink increases satellite capacity contract

Marlink, the world’s largest maritime VSAT service provider recently acquired by Airbus Defence and Space, renews and increases satellite capacity contract

Marlink, now part of Airbus Defence and Space Telecom Commercial, has signed an agreement with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc), a major satellite provider of broadcast and data services throughout Europe and the Middle East, to renew and increase Marlink’s capacity for the next three years. Utilising TSBc’s Intelsat 10-02 high powered satellite capacity, located at the prime orbital location, 1° West, Marlink is able to meet the future requirements of its many maritime customers in the busy oceanic areas of the Nordic, European and Middle Eastern regions.

TSBc’s capacity on Intelsat 10-02 provides unsurpassed coverage above 60˚ North offering high throughput for offshore, transportation and ferry customers of Marlink, one of few providers offering reliable services in this far Northern region.

The contract confirms Marlink’s commitment to providing its customers with robust Ku-band coverage in these key areas of business. The agreement provides significant Ku-band capacity on Spot 2 of the satellite and almost 200 MHz Ku band on Spot 1.

Tore Morten Olsen, CEO of Marlink commented, “We have enjoyed a long standing relationship with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting which has helped us to develop a reliable and trustworthy VSAT service for our customers in these essential regions. Coverage extends from the busy sea lanes north of Norway to Northern Africa and the Middle East. Our customers can therefore continue to rely on us to provide exceptional service and continuity.”

[Excerpts from Marlink press release]

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