Telesat's Nimiq 4 satellite begins commercial service

    Payload provides enhanced HDTV services for Bell TV

    OTTAWA, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Telesat, the world's fourth-largest fixed
satellite services operator, announced today that it will begin commercial
service Saturday, October 11 on its state-of-the-art Nimiq 4 satellite. Nimiq
4 is fully leased to Bell TV, which will use the new satellite to enhance and
expand its industry-leading High Definition (HD) TV channel services across
    "Telesat has achieved an important milestone with the entry into service
of Nimiq 4," said Dan Goldberg, Telesat's President and CEO. "Nimiq 4 will
expand the high quality digital video services, including HD services, Bell TV
is able to offer all Canadians, and is expected to make a significant
contribution to Telesat's financial results for many years in the future. I am
particularly pleased that we have been able to start commercial service on
this new satellite just three weeks after its launch, an impressive technical
and operational achievement."
    Telesat's Nimiq 4 payload consists of 32 active high power transponders
in Ku-band and eight transponders in Ka-band. Nimiq 4 operates from the
82 degrees West orbital position and has an estimated mission life of 15
    Manufactured by EADS Astrium, Telesat's Nimiq 4 was launched
September 20, 2008 on a Proton Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in
the Republic of Kazakhstan. Transfer orbit, in-orbit testing and traffic
transfer was completed in less than three weeks due to the use of Telesat's
innovative in-orbit testing system, close cooperation between the Astrium and
Telesat teams, and support from Bell TV.

    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
now has a global state-of-the-art fleet of 13 satellites, with another two
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: Argyle Communications (media only), Daniel
Tisch or Kyla Thoms, Phone: (416) 968-7311, ext 223 or 237, Email:,; Telesat,
Gerry Nagler, Phone: (908) 470-2559, Email:

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