Tusass Advances Connectivity in Greenland With GreenSAT Satellite and Seabed Survey

Greenland's leading telecom provider announces two developments: the operational of GreenSAT satellite connectivity and a seabed survey to strengthen critical infrastructure.


  • Tusass's GreenSAT satellite enhances communication capabilities in East Greenland.
  • Ground station upgrades ensure a smooth switch to GreenSAT by August 2023.
  • Tusass secures funding support for a seabed survey to establish a redundant submarine cable connecting key locations.

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Tusass Advances Connectivity in Greenland With GreenSAT Satellite and Seabed Survey

Greenland's telecommunications service provider Tusass is enhancing communication capabilities across the region. In recent announcements, Tusass revealed its progress with the deployment of the GreenSAT satellite and the commencement of a seabed survey along the coastline from Qaqortoq to Ilulissat. The last time you read about Tusass on TelecomTalk was in February.

Also Read: GreenSAT to Improve the Connectivity of Greenland: Tusass

GreenSAT Satellite Advances Connectivity

In February 2023, Tusass was involved in the launch of the GreenSAT satellite, a geostationary satellite aimed at advancing communication infrastructure in East Greenland. Tusass announced that after around half a year of travel, the satellite is now ready for operational use. The company plans to switch satellite connections from the older system to GreenSAT by August 2023.

According to Tusass, the upgrade to GreenSAT requires ground stations in Ittoqqortoormiit and Tasiilaq to be made compatible with the new satellite. The process of upgrading the ground stations will commence in early August and is expected to last approximately 8-10 days.

However, the telco announced that during this period, there may be interruptions and reduced satellite capacity for all connections in East Greenland, with the exception of radio and TV services. To keep customers informed, Tusass will directly contact affected users via SMS one day before the upgrade begins.

Also Read: Tusass to Switch off 3G Connections in 2023

Seabed Survey for Strengthening Critical Infrastructure

In another development, Tusass announced that it secured funding support from the European Union for a crucial seabed survey. The survey aims to establish a redundant submarine cable that will connect Qaqortoq, Nuuk, and Aasiaat, with potential further exploration of a route to Ilulissat.

The seabed survey, conducted by the Geoteam aboard the ship R/V Explora, is set to begin its operations in South Greenland on the 20th of July. The survey is expected to last approximately four months, concluding by the end of November 2023.

The telco said the collected data will undergo thorough analysis, leading to the development of a final construction project. To ensure the success of the seabed survey, Tusass has chartered a local ship to assist the survey vessel in its critical task.

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