Telesat launches state-of-the-art satellite

    Company's 17th satellite will carry telecom & broadcasting services to
    North America

    BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, April 10 /CNW/ - Telesat, one of the
world's leading satellite operators, has successfully launched its
state-of-the-art Anik F3 satellite. Anik F3 will provide valuable broadcasting
and telecommunications capacity and business communications throughout North
America and also carry a Ka-band payload to supplement services now being
carried on the Anik F2 satellite.
    "We are delighted with the successful launch of Anik F3, a
state-of-the-art satellite that allows us to meet our customers' important
broadcast and communications requirements throughout North America," said Dan
Goldberg, Telesat's president and CEO. "Anik F3 will make substantial
financial and operational contributions to Telesat going forward and
underscores our dedication to growing our business and providing robust and
reliable satellite services to citizens throughout Canada and the rest of
North America."
    Anik F3 was launched on the Proton/Breeze M rocket from Baikonur
Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan at 4:54 a.m. local time. The
satellite separated from the upper stage of the rocket and its signal was
acquired by Telesat's tracking station in Perth, Australia just over nine
hours later.
    Manufactured by EADS Astrium, Telesat's Anik F3 is the company's second
European-built satellite. International Launch Services (ILS) provided mission
management. Anik F3 represents Telesat's seventeenth successful satellite
launch and its fourth with ILS.
    Telesat will officially take possession of Anik F3 after the satellite
has successfully completed comprehensive in-orbit testing. The satellite is
equipped with 32 Ku-band transponders, 24 C-band transponders, and a small
Ka-band payload. The spacecraft has a launch mass of approximately 4634 kg, a
solar array span of 36 metres once deployed in orbit, and spacecraft power of
10 kW at end of life. Anik F3 has an estimated mission life of 15 years.

    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 16,
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 its Loral Skynet
subsidiary. These will then be combined with Telesat to create the fourth
largest satellite operator in the world and one with a truly global footprint
servicing North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The
enlarged company will continue to be called Telesat, will remain headquartered
in Ottawa, and all of the fixed satellite services R&D done by the company
will be carried out in Canada.

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For further information:

For further information: Dan Tisch or Kyla Thoms (media only), Argyle
Rowland Communications, (416) 968-7311, ext. 223 or 237,,; Ted Ignacy,
Telesat Canada, (613) 748-0123,

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