Putting Secure and Reliable Communications Solutions into Orbit
Satellite communications have been connecting continents since the 1960s and today are at the center of TV distribution, internet access, broadband to ships and planes, and a host of other services. In fact, nearly all TV programming in the US, Canada, and worldwide is carried by just a few hundred satellites orbiting above the earth. This is true even for viewers that rely on cable, free-to-air, or fiber-delivered TV services.
Telesat is one of the most successful and respected providers of satellite communications. The company owns and operates a global fleet of 15 satellites along with a robust teleport and terrestrial infrastructure that is seamlessly integrated with its fleet. Through this combination of space and ground assets, Telesat provides reliable and secure communications solutions—nationally, regionally, and globally—to hundreds of broadcast, telecom, corporate, and government customers in markets around the world.
Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Telesat currently has four satellites under construction—two of which will operate in geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above the equator, and two prototypes that will operate in low earth orbit (LEO) about 650 miles above the equator. The LEO orbit is attractive for meeting the world’s growing requirements for broadband services.
Delivering Winning Results Under Pressure
The satellite services industry—in which Telesat operates—is among the most competitive communications markets in the world. There are over 40 companies today with their own satellites and more seeking to enter. Despite the industry’s competitive intensity, Telesat continues to deliver winning results for its customers and investors. The company’s strong growth in revenue and profitability have been recognized by an independent panel of industry experts that twice this decade awarded Telesat the title “Global Satellite Operator of the Year” based on business performance.
The factors behind Telesat’s growth are many and include the company’s deep technical expertise and customer-oriented culture, backed by an industry-leading consultancy and R&D lab. These have been key to Telesat’s long and established record of technical and commercial innovations—a record that has been at the core of the company’s success since its inception.
Highlighting Two Satellite Innovations
Telesat’s Anik F2 Satellite started a major new market—consumer Ka broadband services. Within two years of its launch last decade, Anik F2 was serving 100,000 subscribers in the US and Canada and bringing broadband to many homes and businesses for the first time. Satellite broadband is now forecasted to grow to almost seven million global subscribers by 2025.
Telesat’s Telstar 11N Satellite was first to provide Ku-band coverage of the Atlantic Ocean—from the Arctic Circle to the equator—making it a winning solution for both maritime and aeronautical broadband. Telstar 11N, along with other Telesat satellites, spurred demand for satellite broadband across the oceans. Mobility applications for maritime and aeronautical broadband are now forecasted to be among the fastest-growing markets for the global satcom industry.
Superior technical expertise and customer response have long been at the center of Telesat’s value proposition, but the differentiation is really driven by how it applies these elements to creating satellite innovations. These innovations give Telestat’s customers a better way to serve their customers.
Telesat is now developing a global constellation of LEO satellites to meet the surging demand for data-centric applications around the world. In 2017, Telesat will launch two prototype LEO satellites for testing and demonstration. The prototype testing will guide Telesat’s planning for a global constellation that could be in service early next decade. For more about Telesat and its capabilities, please click here.