Telesat issues call for interest in satellite capacity for Canadian entities

    Six New Satellite Licenses Awarded by Industry Canada for BSS and FSS

    OTTAWA, July 28 /CNW/ - Telesat announced today the award of six
satellite approvals-in-principle for development of BSS and FSS frequencies
following a public process by Industry Canada. With the award of the new
approvals-in-principle and in accordance with its conditions of licence,
Telesat is now seeking expressions of interest from broadcast, enterprise and
government customers and any other entities in Canada interested in developing
services from any of these locations.

    The six new approvals-in-principle are:

    -  Four in the 17 GHz BSS band; one at each of the following orbital
       locations: 72.5(o)WL, 82(o)WL, 86.5(o)WL and 118.7(0)WL;
    -  One in the Extended Ku-band at the 111.1(o)WL location; and
    -  One in the Ka-band at the 118.7(o)WL orbital position.

    The 17 GHz BSS (broadcasting satellite service) band is specifically
designed to serve as a broadcasting platform, capable of delivering
direct-to-home (DTH) services into small consumer antennas. The Extended
Ku-band has been used extensively for broadcasting purposes in other countries
and Telesat desires to use this band for DTH service in Canada, as well as
other applications. Ka-band spectrum is currently in use on Telesat's Anik F2
and Anik F3 satellites, as well as the soon-to-be-launched Nimiq 4. Ka-band is
ideal for delivering two-way broadband Internet to consumers and small
businesses, as well as broadcasting services into small-size dishes.
    "With these awards we can now move forward and advance our planning of
Telesat's future satellite fleet," says Dan Goldberg, President and CEO of
Telesat. "We appreciate Industry Canada's diligence in completing this
important spectrum award process. Telesat intends to develop the spectrum
associated with all of these approvals. Working with our customers to
understand how we can meet their business requirements is a critical step in
our planning process."
    Telesat has a history of satisfying the needs of Canadian satellite users
and, with a view to meeting Canadian customers' requirements prior to the
demands of other markets, Telesat invites all Canadian satellite users and
service providers to communicate their satellite capacity needs to Telesat
before December 31, 2008. These expressions of interest should be sent in
writing to the attention of Paul Bush, Vice-President, North American Sales at

    About Telesat (

    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, has another three
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).

For further information:

For further information: Dan Tisch, Argyle Communications: (416)
968-7311, ext. 223,; Kyla Thoms, Argyle
Communications: (416) 968-7311, ext 237,; Gail
Yamazaki, Telesat: (240) 751-4654,

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