Telesat and the KRG Expand IP Broadband Access to Remote Communities in Canada's North



    
       Long-Term Agreement Signed with the Kativik Regional Government
             For C-band Capacity on Telesat's Anik F3 Satellite
    

    KUUJJUAQ, QC, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Telesat, Canada's satellite service
provider, and the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) signed an agreement today
that enables a growing number of Native communities across northern Ontario,
Quebec and Manitoba to have access to a full range of IP broadband services.
The KRG signed the agreement on behalf of the Northern Indigenous Community
Satellite Network (NICSN) which was established in 2005 by the KRG,
Keewaytinook Okimakanak's K-Net and the Keewatin Tribal Council.
    The long-term agreement for multiple C-band transponders on Telesat's
Anik F3 satellite follows a commitment the Government of Canada made last year
to invest in satellite infrastructure as the means of bringing advanced
communications to communities in the North.
    At today's signing ceremony, KRG Chairperson Maggie Emudluk said:
"Through this contract, we are making advanced broadband services available to
13 First Nations communities in northern Ontario, 15 remote communities in
northern Quebec and 16 satellite-served communities in northern Manitoba.
Broadband connectivity will stimulate economic development and improve quality
of life for our citizens through greater access to health, education and other
government services."
    According to Paul Bush, Telesat's Vice President, North American Sales,
"Telesat's Anik F3 satellite is ideally suited to provide much needed services
to Canada's northern communities." Bush added that, "Telesat has worked for
many years with the northern communities to improve access. This network is an
important step and we are very proud of our role in bringing advanced
communications services to everyone, no matter where they live."
    Funding for the NICSN-Telesat agreement is provided mainly through
Infrastructure Canada's National Satellite Initiative, formed in 2003. Further
financial assistance has been made available by the Quebec government through
its program entitled Villages branchés du Québec and the Ontario government
through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. The parties involved in the NICSN
jointly secure, manage and share satellite bandwidth for purposes of
delivering a full suite of online communications services to their communities
including tele-health, e-learning, e-justice, video conferencing, and VoIP.

    About Telesat (www.telesat.com)

    Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the
world, Telesat is the fourth-largest fixed satellite services operator. The
company provides reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications
solutions to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Telesat
has a global state-of-the-art fleet of 13 satellites, with another two
satellites under construction, and manages the operations of 13 additional
satellites for third parties. Telesat is privately held. Its principal
shareholders are Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral
Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:   LORL).

    About the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) (www.krg.ca/en/index.htm)

    The KRG is a non-ethnic public organization created in 1978, under the
James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. The organization has jurisdiction
over nearly the entire territory of Quebec north of the 55th parallel. The KRG
administers public affairs in Nunavik in the areas of municipal matters,
transportation, the environment, policing, employment, labour training, income
security, childcare services, renewable resources, land-use management, civil
security and economic development.





For further information:

For further information: Kativik Regional Government, Robert Mackey,
Phone: (819) 964-2961, ext. 2317, Email: rmackey@krg.ca; Argyle Communications
(media only), Daniel Tisch or Kyla Thoms, Phone: (416) 968-7311, ext 223 or
237, Email: dtisch@argylecommunications.com, kthoms@argylecommunications.com;
Telesat, Gerry Nagler, Phone: (908) 470-2559, Email: gnagler@telesat.com

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