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Telesat wins major Ontario order

Ottawa-based satellite operator Telesat has received a C$109 million (€74m) agreement to provide “futureproof” connectivity using Telesat’s Lightspeed Low Earth Orbit satellites, now under construction. The order comes from the Government of Ontario which says that it has partnered with Telesat to bridge the digital divide in Ontario by using Telesat Lightspeed. “This C$109 million […]

August 9, 2021By Chris Forrester

Hughes seeking more LatAm capacity

Hughes Network Systems, a subsidiary business of EchoStar, is looking for extra satellite capacity to keep up with demand from its growing Latin American services. Hughes’ latest numbers show that it is supplying satellite broadband to 1.54 million homes. However, US subscribers declined some 20,000 as at June 30th, while Latino subs grew 9,000 to […]

August 5, 2021By Chris Forrester

Telesat commits to satellite antenna supplier

Ottawa-based satellite operator Telesat has teamed with ThinKom Solutions to collaborate on the development of antennas for Telesat’s upcoming Lightspeed fleet of Low Earth Orbiting broadband satellites. Telesat is talking up downlink speeds of 830 Mb/s. The two companies will work together to facilitate operations of the ThinKom Ka2517 antennas on the fully integrated 298 […]

August 5, 2021By Chris Forrester

Telesat testimony could be vital to SES

SES, in its assorted legal filings with Intelsat’s bankruptcy court, insists that it has sufficient proofs of Intelsat’s deliberate duplicity in how the end-game in the C-band allocation of the FCC’s $9.7 billion payments was managed. SES is asking the court for a Summary Judgement of its claim and the court has scheduled August 19th […]

June 21, 2021

Report: Telesat’s Lightspeed faces challenges

Specialist satellite research from Quilty Analytics, in its latest report, has looked in detail at Ottawa-based Telesat and its Low Earth orbiting (LEO) plans for its Lightspeed project. Lightspeed is a 298-craft crosslinked next-generation constellation with an advanced ground infrastructure to create a highly secure, global mesh network that will mainly serve enterprise/ B2B markets, […]

June 2, 2021By Chris Forrester

Canada could retain C-band without compensation

Canada’s Innovation, Science & Economic Development (ISED) ministry has set out its proposals on how it will auction off satellite C-band frequencies in an 87-page document. Telesat, the current user of most of the C-band spectrum, had hoped to auction the spectrum itself in order to part-fund its expensive ‘Lightspeed’ Low Earth orbiting fleet of […]

May 28, 2021

Canada to auction off C-band spectrum

Canada’s government intends to hold an auction for certain C-band frequencies. First up will be the sale of frequencies in the 3500 MHz band which will start next month on June 15th. The spectrum will be repurposed to suit 5G services. The decision scuppers Telesat’s hope to handle the auction themselves. A second stage auction […]

May 26, 2021By Chris Forrester

Telesat wants speedy C-band decision

Ottawa-based Telesat is sitting on some valuable C-band spectrum, and completely favours selling off some of that spectrum itself. The sale of 200 MHz of capacity would generate cash to help pay for its fleet of Low Earth orbiting (LEO) satellites, called Lightspeed. Telesat’s CEO Dan Goldberg told analysts that it would like to handle […]

May 17, 2021

Analyst: LEOs to boost satellite broadband

The demand for broadband connectivity over both fixed and mobile broadband networks is increasing dramatically. However, despite network expansions and upgrades, only half of households worldwide currently have access to fixed broadband services. With the rollout of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations, satellite broadband services will improve broadband penetration significantly. Global tech market advisory firm […]

April 16, 2021

Telesat sells bonds to fund Lightspeed

Canada-based satellite operator Telesat will raise some C$500 million (€333.5m) in fresh borrowings in order to fund its new fleet of Lightspeed low Earth orbiting satellites. The cash-raising exercise will happen before the end of April, according to CEO Dan Goldberg. The total cost of the Lightspeed 298 satellite project are reportedly about $5 billion. […]

April 16, 2021By Chris Forrester