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Industry Telecommunications
Predecessors Telesat Canada, Loral Skynet, AT&T Skynet
Founded May 2, 1969
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Daniel S. Goldberg
Products satellite communications and integration services
Owners [1]

Telesat, formerly Telesat Canada, is a Canadian satellite communications company founded on May 2, 1969. The company is headquartered in Ottawa.


Telesat began as Telesat Canada, a Canadian Crown corporation created by an Act of Parliament, in 1969.[2] Telesat launched Anik A1 in 1972 as the world's first domestic communications satellite in geostationary orbit operated by a commercial company;Template:Citation-needed this satellite was retired from use in 1981.Template:Citation-needed Until February 1979 Telesat had a legal monopoly on earth stations in Canada: any entity wishing to send or receive satellite signals had to sign a long-term lease with Telesat for an earth station.Template:Citation-needed Contracts for such leases were still enforced after the monopoly was ended.Template:Citation-needed

Telesat was sold by the federal government to Bell Canada in 1998.[3]

On December 18, 2006, Loral Space & Communications announced that it, along with Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), would acquire Telesat for US$2.8b.[4]

On October 5, 2007, Loral Space & Communications Inc. and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board of Canada received the final regulatory approval necessary to complete the acquisition of Telesat from BCE Inc. for CAD $3.25 billion. The acquisition closed on October 31, 2007, with Loral owning 63 percent of Telesat.[1]

On November 17, 2010: Telesat Holdings Inc. hired JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse Group AG to start a formal sales process and offer so-called staple financing to interest buyers for $6 billion to $7 billion.[5]


The company is now the fourth-largest fixed satellite services provider in the world.Template:Citation-neededTemplate:When It owns a fleet of satellites, with others under construction, and operates additional satellites for other entities.

Telesat carries Canada's two major DBS providers signals: Bell TV and Shaw Direct, as well as more than 200 of Canada's television channels.

Telesat's Anik F2 carries a Ka band spot beam payload for satellite Internet access for Wildblue users in the United States and Xplornet users in Canada.[6][7] The KA band system uses spot beams to manage bandwidth concerns, linking to multiple satellite ground stations connected to the Internet.


City Country Region
Ottawa, Ontario Canada Worldwide[8]
Allan Park, Ontario Canada Canada
Calgary, Alberta Canada Canada
Montreal, Quebec Canada Canada
Toronto, Ontario Canada Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Canada
North Bethesda, Maryland United States United States
(Sale Representative)
Bedminster, New Jersey United States United States
London, England United Kingdom Europe, Middle East and Africa
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Brazil Latin America
Singapore Singapore Asia

Satellites launched for Telesat[edit]

New fleet[edit]

Telesat announced on December 30, 2009, that Nimiq 6 was built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). Bell TV, a Canadian satellite TV provider agreed to fully lease the satellite for its lifetime to serve their subscribers across Canada. Nimiq 6 has a payload of 32 high-powered Ku-band transponders. It uses the SS/L1300 platform and has a 15-year mission life. It was launched in 2012 by International Launch Services.[9]

Telesat launched Telstar 12 VANTAGE in November 2015 on a H2A204 variant of the H-IIA rocket,[10] and it commenced service in December 2015.[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sherman, Alex (November 24, 2014). "Teachers', PSP nearing $7-billion Telesat deal". The Globe and Mail. Bloomberg News. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  2. Babe, Robert E. "CONTROL OF TELEPHONES: THE CANADIAN EXPERIENCE". Canadian Journal of Communication. 13 (2). 
  3. "Canadian Satellite Television". Retrieved 12 July 2015. [permanent dead link]
  4. "Loral and PSP Investments agree to acquire Telesat Canada" (Press release). Loral Space & Communications. 2006-12-18. Retrieved 2006-12-12. 
  5. "Top Stories: Business and Finance". Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  6. "WildBlue: How it works". Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  7. "Pricing Announced for New Xplornet Ka-band Satellite Service" (Press release). Xplornet. 2005-04-19. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  8. Telesat. "Regional Offices". Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
  9. "ILS Wins Nimiq 6 Launch". Satellite Today. 18 March 2010. 
  10. "Telesat orders high throughput satellite to replace Telstar 12 and expand capacity at 15 Degrees west" (Press release). Telesat. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  11. "Telesat's new Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite now operational three weeks after launch" (PDF) (Press release). Telesat. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 

External links[edit]

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