OTTAWA, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Telesat, Canada's premiere satellite
operator, welcomes Industry Canada's decisions on the licensing
framework released earlier today for fixed-satellite service and
broadcasting-satellite service as well as revised fee proposals. These
decisions represent a major overhaul of the existing framework and will
enhance the international competitiveness of Canadian commercial
Telesat congratulates the Government of Canada and Minister Moore for
moving forward with a much needed modernization and streamlining of an
outdated licensing system and placing the Canadian industry on more
equal footing with its international competitors.
Among the key aspects of the decisions released today include the use of
a first-come, first-served process by Industry Canada to license
satellite spectrum to competing Canadian satellite operators. Today's
announcement also includes a proposal to amend the fee regime that
applies to satellite operators using Canadian satellite spectrum,
bringing the fees more in line with those in place in foreign
jurisdictions. Finally, today's decisions also address some of the
other obligations associated with holding Canadian satellite licences.
"The decisions represent a clear statement that the Government of Canada
wants to ensure that Canadian satellite operators are not placed at a
competitive disadvantage in relation to operators licensed in other
jurisdictions," stated Dan Goldberg, Telesat's President and CEO.
"Today's decisions, in the aggregate, reduce and streamline the
regulatory burden faced by Canadian satellite operators and, in doing
so, will speed the delivery to all Canadians of state-of-the-art
The decisions released today also address one of the recommendations
contained in the Aerospace Review Report, chaired by David Emerson. In
that report, the Panel recommended that "...the Government create
conditions conducive to the expansion of space-related commercial
activity" and specifically encouraged Government to intensify its
efforts to secure geostationary orbital slots for Canadian-owned
satellites. As a result of today's decisions, Industry Canada will now
also submit applications for satellite spectrum in other areas of the
world on behalf of Canadian operators, allowing Canadian companies to
be more competitive around the globe.
Telesat looks forward to the full implementation of the decisions and
proposals announced today.
About Telesat (www.telesat.com)
Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and
secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to
broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered
in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the
company's state-of-the-art fleet consists of 14 satellites and the
Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 with another satellite under construction.
Telesat also manages the operations of additional satellites for third
parties. Privately held, Telesat's principal shareholders are Canada's
Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications
Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).
SOURCE: Telesat Canada
For further information:
Gerry Nagler, Telesat +1 908 470-4907 (firstname.lastname@example.org)