Ottawa-based Telesat says that its latest giant craft, its Telstar 19 Vantage, is already 50 per cent full. SpaceX launched the satellite on July 22nd.
The news emerged during the satellite operators quarterly results, with CEO Dan Goldberg saying that two major orders from Hughes Network Services and Bell Canada Northwestel division (which is using capacity to serve Canada’s far northern regions) are its anchor tenants.
Goldberg also told analysts that he expected Canada to adopt the US model on C-band to help push 5G across the country.
Telesat said that the new Telstar 19V satellite had brought down the company’s overall ‘fill rate’ from 85 per cent to 82 per cent. The new craft operates from 63 degrees West.
Goldberg reported revenue of C$227 million ($175.7m) for the quarter.