COM DEV equipment launched on ANIK G1 satellite

CAMBRIDGE, ON, April 17, 2013 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV), a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that Telesat's ANIK G-1 satellite was successfully launched on April 15 with COM DEV-built multiplexers and switches on board.

The SSL-built satellite is the newest addition to Telesat's global fleet; Anik G1 carries 16 extended Ku-band transponders fully contracted to Shaw Direct for 15 years. Shaw Direct currently uses Telesat's Anik F1R satellite for its Canadian DTH services and the addition of Anik G1 at the same orbital location will enable Shaw Direct to add over 100 HD channels for their subscribers. Anik G1 also has three X-band transponders that are fully contracted to Astrium Services for 15 years to support government applications across the Americas and much of the Pacific Ocean, including Hawaii. Anik G1 will also bring new capacity to meet the growing demand for satellite communications services in South America.

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"We are very pleased to be involved with this satellite which demonstrates the growing demand for more bandwidth." said Mike Williams, President of COM DEV International Products. "In addition to the increased number of HD channels it will provide to Canadian DTH subscribers, it will also double the C-band and Ku-band transponders serving South America from its orbital location."


COM DEV International Ltd. ( is a leading global provider of space hardware and services. The company has a staff of 1,300, annual revenues of $208 million, and facilities in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. COM DEV designs manufactures, and integrates advanced products, subsystems and microsatellites that are sold to major satellite prime contractors, government agencies and satellite operators, for use in communications, space science, remote sensing and defense applications. The company has won contracts to supply its equipment on over 900 spacecraft. COM DEV's majority-owned subsidiary, exactEarth Ltd., provides satellite data services for global maritime surveillance.

This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from results indicated in any forward-looking statements. The Company cautions that, among other things, in view of the rapid changes in communications markets and technologies, and other risks including the cost and market acceptance of the Company's new products, the level of individual customer procurements and competitive product offerings and pricing, and general economic circumstances, the Company's business prospects may be materially different from forward-looking statements made by the Company.

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For further information:

Gary Calhoun
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (519) 622-2300 ext. 2826

Craig MacPhail
TMX Equicom
Tel: (416) 815-0700 ext. 290

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