Telenor Satellite Services and Sky Catcher Communications Enter Broadband Service Agreement

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Companies to Provide DVB-RCS Service Offering a Full Menu of VoIP, Video and VPN Capabilities over Satellite for Businesses, Service Providers and Small Office-Home Office Customers

Telenor Satellite Services and Sky Catcher Communications, Inc. have entered a business partnership to offer Digital Video Broadcast – Return Channel Satellite (DVB-RCS) services.

Under the agreement, Sky Catcher will use the DVB-RCS hub recently installed at Telenor’s Southbury, Connecticut teleport to provide service for North America.

Telenor DVB-RCS service, powered by TerralinkTM, Telenor’s exclusive network of IP infrastructure and applications, provides broadband communications via satellite to and from fixed and semi-fixed land-based locations where cable connections are unavailable or where satellite service is the preferred communications technology. The service is asymmetrical, meaning uplink and downlink transmission speeds differ. Asymmetrical service is a highly efficient and economical use of satellite capacity, since customers often need dramatically faster transmission speeds to receive a high volume of data, such as downloading a Web site.

Sky Catcher’s DVB-RCS solution will offer a high performance, two-way, satellite- based service enabling interactive Broadband IP and multicasting applications including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), video, and virtual private networks (VPN).

Sky Catcher will arrange leasing programs for modems and equipment required by corporate and business customers through its nationwide network of more than 40 distributors. Sky Catcher’s network of Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association of America (SBCA)-certified distributors are responsible for selling, installing and servicing all DVB-RCS platforms provided through Telenor.

“Telenor is delighted to work with Sky Catcher Communications to expand our global portfolio of Broadband IP services via satellite,” said Tore Hilde, chief executive officer of Telenor Satellite Services. “Sky Catcher is a market leader in providing high quality, broadband satellite services to rural enterprise customers and government agencies.”

“The DVB-RCS platform has become the accepted standard for enterprise and government agencies in Europe during the past three years and it only stands to reason that this proven and reliable standard should be offered in the U.S.,” said Don Thompson, chief executive officer of Sky Catcher Communications. “We believe the relationship between Telenor Satellite Services and Sky Catcher forms a foundation that will allow us to expand broadband satellite communications to benefit customers in other regions of the globe.”

Telenor Satellite Services, Inc. is the Rockville, Maryland-based mobile satellite services subsidiary of Telenor ASA of Norway, listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (TEL) and NASDAQ (TELN).

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For more information or photos contact:

For Telenor Satellite Services:

Mr. Tom Surface

Director, Media & Public Relations    

Phone: +1 301 838 7805    


For Sky Catcher Communications

Dawn Jones

Communication Services

Phone: +1 828 288 8899 Ext. 10


Sky Catcher Communications was formed in June of 2002 to provide a national communications solution to empower rural areas to become both economically and technically competitive in today's enterprise market place. This meant not only providing a very competitive price with robust bandwidth to the end user, but also providing peripheral equipment and services for VoIP, wireless networking, and the ability to provide quality streaming video. For more information visit

Telenor Satellite Services is the world’s preferred provider of global communications via satellite for customers on land, at sea, and in flight. Telenor delivers high-speed data, voice and video communications and offers an innovative portfolio of value-added services including prepaid calling solutions, easy Internet access with e-mail and direct calling to Inmarsat terminals. Telenor also offers The SourceTM, a Web-based account management system available exclusively to Telenor Service Providers. Telenor Satellite Services owns and operates a global network of land earth stations located at Eik (Norway) and Southbury (Connecticut) and Santa Paula (California) in the United States, and operates VSAT hubs at facilities in Nittedal (Norway) and Prague (Czech Rep). The company uses the satellite systems of Inmarsat, Intelsat, Iridium, New Skies, Satmex, Spacecom, and Telenor’s own satellites for its services. Telenor Satellite Services Web site is:

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