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Norway looking at new Arctic satellite service

telecom | 07/12/2013 8:53 pm EDT

The Norwegian Space Center and Norwegian telecom company Telenor Group are considering a new satellite system for the far North, the Associated Press reported Friday. Bo Andersen, the director of the Space Center, told AP in an interview that the satellite system is contingent on public and private funding and could be ready soon after 2020. He said its estimated cost is $330 million to $650 million US. Andersen told AP the satellite would fill gaps in satellite services above 75 degrees latitude, where services are weak. “We see very clearly that there is an increasing need for broadband in the high Arctic,” Andersen told AP. “Broadband coverage is part of this picture, and for operations in some regions further north than where current operations are taking place,...