Pakistan selects Telesat for procurement and launch of Paksat 1-R satellite

    OTTAWA, March 13 /CNW/ - Telesat, one of the world's leading satellite
operators, announced today that it has signed a consulting contract with the
Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), Pakistan's
national space agency. Under the agreement, Telesat will assist SUPARCO in the
procurement and launch of the Paksat-1R satellite, which will replace the
existing Paksat-1 in 2010.
    "Telesat's new relationship with Pakistan's national space agency is
testimony to Telesat's longstanding reputation for integrity, reliability and
deep expertise in the field of satellite communications services," said Dan
Goldberg, Telesat's president and CEO. "For more than 35 years, Telesat has
been a pioneer in leading-edge satellite communications and it's a privilege
to put that experience to work to benefit the people of Pakistan."
    Telesat's services will include initiating, evaluating and recommending
manufacturer proposals for Paksat-1R, and providing technical and commercial
advisors during the negotiation process. Telesat will also help oversee the
construction of the new satellite, and will monitor the launch and in-orbit
testing services.
    "SUPARCO is committed to explore and expand our country's satellite
technology, and Telesat can certainly help in reaching this goal," said a
SUPARCO spokesperson. "Telesat shares SUPARCO's vision and passion for
developing advanced satellite services for the benefit of millions of people,

    About Telesat (

    Headquartered in Ottawa, Telesat Canada is one of the world's pioneers in
satellite communications and systems management. Created in 1969, the company
made history three years later with the launch of Anik A1, the world's first
domestic communications satellite in geostationary orbit operated by a
commercial company.
    Telesat operates a fleet of satellites that provide broadcast
distribution and telecommunications services, and is a highly respected
consultant and partner in satellite ventures around the world. Telesat has
offices throughout Canada, in the United States and in Brazil. On
December 18th, 2006, Telesat's parent company, BCE Inc., agreed to sell the
satellite operator for $3.25 billion, net of debt, to a new acquisition
company formed by Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP
Investments) and Loral Space & Communications Inc. As part of the agreement,
Loral will transfer the fixed satellite services and network services assets
of Loral Skynet to the new acquisition company, which assets will be combined
with Telesat's.

    About SUPARCO (

    Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) is the
National space agency responsible for executing projects related to the
National Space Programme. Established in 1962, SUPARCO is devoted to research
and development in space sciences, space technology and their applications.
The agency works to develop and promote indigenous capabilities in space
technology to bring about socio-economic benefits for Pakistan.
    SUPARCO is actively involved in the development of capability and human
resources required for the effective implementation of the National Space
Programme. SUPARCO has earlier designed, developed and launched two Low Earth
Orbiting (LEO) experimental satellites, BADR-1 and BADR-B. A communication
satellite, Paksat-1, was deployed at 38 degrees E orbital slot in December
2002, which has since been offering satellite capacity to various telecom
service providers. SUPARCO is also acquiring Remote Sensing Satellite data
using its Satellite Ground Station in Islamabad and marketing the same.

For further information:

For further information: Marilynn Wright, Telesat, Tel: (613) 748-8855;
Dan Tisch or Karen Passmore (media only), Argyle Communications, Tel: (416)
968-7311 x223, x228,,

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