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April 10th, 2011

Thrane & Thrane... Explorer Goes Further (SATCOM)

Thrane & Thrane, at NAB 2011 in Las Vegas, is announcing a significant upgrade to its flagship vehicular Inmarsat BGAN terminal, the EXPLORER 727, which effectively makes it a two-in-one terminal. The software only upgrade, which is available on all new terminals and for free user download to existing terminals from September 1st 2011 effectively transforms the Thrane & Thrane EXPLORER 727 from an Inmarsat Class 10 terminal into a Class 1 terminal, able to make full use of Inmarsat's premium IP streaming service, BGAN X-Stream, when stationary. BGAN X-Stream offers broadcasters access to the world's fastest on-demand video streaming via satellite and is only available on Inmarsat Class 1 terminals such as the EXPLORER 700. When at a standstill, Thrane & Thrane is able to transform the EXPLORER 727 into a Class 1 terminal because of the sophisticated, proprietary High Power Amplifier (HPA) integral to the system. With the upgrade in place, the EXPLORER 727 is capable of operating like an EXPLORER 700 terminal when the vehicle is not moving, enabling broadcasters to stream live coverage at data rates from a minimum of 384kbps from anywhere in the world. When on-the-move the EXPLORER 727 acts as an Inmarsat Class 10 terminal, providing a reliable, high quality data and voice connection regardless of the vehicle's speed or the terrain it is on. More info at the Company's website, http://www.thrane.com.