Telenor Satellite Services Declares Telenor BGAN Service Technically, Commercially and Distribution Ready for Service Launch

OSLO, Norway, and ROCKVILLE, Maryland - Telenor Satellite Services, a subsidiary of Telenor of Norway (Oslo Stock Exchange: TEL and NASDAQ: TELN), today announced the completion of all Inmarsat requirements - technical, commercial and distribution - necessary for the successful launch of BGAN.

Inmarsat BGAN is the world's first global, mobile service to provide voice and broadband data simultaneously.  BGAN is the latest addition to the Telenor Portfolio of Broadband, On Demand and Value Added Services.   "Telenor is fully prepared for the successful launch and distribution of BGAN," said Arvid Johannesen, director of BGAN Services for Telenor Satellite Services.  "Our technical and commercial systems are ready and our distribution partners are strategically positioned to get BGAN terminals into the market as quickly as manufacturers have them available."  Some of Telenor's BGAN preparations include upgrades to the billing system and business support tools as well as the development of My SourceTM  -- a new web portal designed to be used by the customers of Telenor Service Providers.  Telenor Satellite Services has also implemented a new BGAN point-of-presence (PoP), enabling IP connectivity for all BGAN services, including robust new streaming IP services and support for increased end-to-end security.  "With our BGAN systems in place and our test customers prepared and geographically positioned within the initial BGAN footprint, Telenor is poised and eager for Inmarsat to start BGAN service," said Tore Hilde, Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Satellite Services.  "Successful completion of the Beta Test is Telenor's final stage in the official Inmarsat BGAN launch process planned to begin by the end of the year and, more importantly, to a successful launch of BGAN sales." 

About TelenorHeadquartered in Oslo, Norway, Telenor is an international provider of high quality telecommunications, data and media communication services.  Telenor is one of Norway’s largest companies with 2004 revenues of approx NOK 61.3 billion (approximately US$ 9.1billion) and a workforce of 20,900 located in Norway and abroad.  Telenor is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (TEL) and NASDAQ in New York (TELN). 

Telenor Satellite Services is the world’s preferred provider of global communications via satellite for customers on land, at sea, and in flight.   Telenor’s expanded product portfolio offers broadband satellite solutions, on demand services, and an innovative menu of value-added services capable of meeting communications requirements of users around the globe.  Telenor also offers The Source®, a Web-based account management system available exclusively to Telenor Service Providers.  Telenor Satellite Services owns and operates a global network of teleports 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, Thuraya and Telenor’s own satellites for its services.  Telenor Satellite Services Web site is: www.telenor.com/satellite.

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