Telesat Signs Capacity Deal on T11N with Intersat Africa



    
       Expanded Broadband Services to African Continent Now Offered via
                         Telesat's Newest Satellite
    

    OTTAWA, June 16 /CNW/ - Telesat, the world's fourth largest fixed
satellite services operator, announced today at CommunicAsia 2009 that
Intersat Africa Ltd., of Nairobi, Kenya (Intersat) has signed a multi-year
agreement for more than a full transponder on Telesat's new Telstar 11N
satellite.
    "Broadband satellite services combine the reliability, high speed and
cost effectiveness that make them an ideal solution to meet the growing needs
of Africa," said Abdul Bakhrani, CEO, Intersat Group. "Telstar 11N's strong
African coverage and high power make it the right choice for Intersat. Our
company was very excited when Telstar 11N became operational, and our
customers are going to be equally excited when they experience the broadband
performance Intersat delivers."
    Intersat is one of the leading providers of advanced Internet solutions
in Africa and is using the high-powered Ku-band capacity of Telstar 11N to
extend IP broadband to business, government, educational institutions and
others across the southern and western parts of the continent.
    "Telstar 11N's African coverage and power were designed to meet the
requirements of broadband providers like Intersat," said Dan Goldberg,
President and CEO of Telesat. "Their commitment to Telstar 11N says a lot
about the capabilities of our newest satellite. Market conditions in Africa
continue to be favorable for Telesat and, like Intersat, we look forward to
expanding our presence in the region."

    About Telstar 11N

    The African coverage of Telesat's newest satellite is promoting the
implementation of broadband and video services across the continent and
enabling a broad range of users to seamlessly connect their African operations
with Europe and North America. Telstar 11N is also the first satellite to
provide Ku-band coverage of the Atlantic Ocean from the Arctic Circle to the
equator. Commercial and government customers in shipping and aviation are
seeking this capability to deploy cost-effective, full time mobile broadband
solutions using very small aperture terminals or VSATs.

    About Intersat (www.intersatafrica.com)

    Intersat is one of the leading providers of satellite based data
solutions in Africa offering Internet via Satellite connectivity to major
organizations, government institutions and the private sector. Intersat
strives hard to stay at the cutting edge of technology, investing heavily in
state- of-the art services that make service delivery more efficient and
reliable.
    Intersat's wide variety of customized products & services are purposed
and optimized for their discerning customers' needs and are used by national &
multinational corporations, academic institutions, financial institutions,
backbone providers, broadcasters, Internet Service Providers and government
institutions across Africa, Middle East & South East Asia.
    Through continuous research and development, Intersat has been able to
deliver turnkey satellite systems & infrastructure that enables its customers
break their communication boundaries. A team of competent & experienced
technical personnel provides support to its customers throughout the African
continent from Intersat's Nairobi office on a 24x7 basis. More details on
www.intersatafrica.com

    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 12 satellites, and one additional
satellite 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).





For further information:

For further information: Vanessa Brûlé, Telesat, (613) 748-8700 ext.
2407 (vbrule@telesat.com)

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