Telesat starts commercial service with new satellite

Telesat said it has begun commercial service on its new Anik G1 satellite, which carries 16 extended Ku-band transponders fully contracted to Shaw Direct for 15 years.

Anik G1 also has three X-band transponders that are fully contracted to Astrium Services for 15 years to support government applications across the Americas and much of the Pacific Ocean, including Hawaii.

Anik G1 is also bringing new capacity over South America to meet the growing demand for satellite communications services in that region. It will be co-located with Telesat´s Anik F1 satellite at 107.3 degrees West where it will effectively double both the C-band and Ku-band transponders serving South America from this orbital location.

Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company´s state-of-the-art fleet now consists of 14 satellites plus the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1. Telesat also manages the operations of additional satellites for third parties. Privately held, Telesat´s principal shareholders are Canada´s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).