Telesat Focusing Its International Expansion On High Growth Satellite Markets
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Telesat has been a satellite services leader in North America for decades with its highly utilized Anik and Nimiq fleets that today offer C-band, Ku and Ka-band capacity. In international markets, the company’s consulting practice has been widely respected since the early days of the industry and customers the world over continue to seek the group’s expertise in designing, building and operating satellites.
Telesat significantly boosted its international presence following the merger with Loral Skynet that added Skynet’s Telstar fleet. Today Telesat is operating and constructing new satellites to serve growth markets in Europe, Africa, the Americas and over the Atlantic Ocean – markets where Telesat can leverage its core strengths in innovation and customer service. Telstar 11N, Telesat’s newest international satellite, is a prime example. It utilizes 39 high powered Ku-band transponders to support a wide range of video and data applications in North America, Europe, Africa and across the Atlantic Ocean. Telstar 11N operates from 37.5 degrees West and is the first satellite to provide Ku-band service from the Arctic Circle to the equator to serve mobile broadband applications for maritime and aeronautical customers.
Telesat’s Telstar 14R satellite, planned for launch in 2011, is another project that will enable Telesat to capitalize on growing international satellite markets. Telstar 14R will have five coverage beams: Brazil, the Continental United States (including the Gulf of Mexico and northern Caribbean), the Southern Cone of South America, the Andean region (including Central America and southern Caribbean), and the North and Mid-Atlantic Ocean. Its Atlantic beam will expand on the coverage of the Atlantic Ocean Region of both Telstar 14 and Telstar 11N, and secure Telesat’s position as a leader in mobile broadband for maritime and aeronautical customers operating in the Atlantic.
Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, Telesat is the fourth-largest fixed satellite services operator. The company provides reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Telesat has a global state-of-the-art fleet comprised of 11 in-orbit satellites, has two more satellites presently under construction, and manages the operations of 13 additional satellites for third parties. Telesat is privately held. Its principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc.