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Sea&Space Exploration Signs Contract for Capacity on Telesat’s Telstar 11N Satellite to Serve Africa

Telstar 11N Providing Satellite Broadband to Support SatADSL Services and European Space Agency’s SatFinAfrica Project

OTTAWA, CANADA, September 7, 2011 – Telesat, a leading global fixed satellite services operator, announced today that Sea&Space Exploration of Belgium (Sea&Space) has signed a contract for capacity on Telesat’s Telstar 11N satellite that they are using to bring advanced broadband services to remote African communities.

Telstar 11N is an all Ku-band spacecraft located at 37.5 degrees West that connects Europe and Africa to the Americas and also provides single beam coverage of the Atlantic Ocean from the Arctic Circle to the equator. Sea&Space is utilizing T11N over Central and West Africa to support an initiative called “SatFinAfrica” backed by the European Space Agency (ESA). SatFinAfrica is an ESA pilot project focused on expanding the availability of reliable and secure financial services in emerging African countries. Through SatADSL, a Sea&Space operating company, African customers now have access to advanced broadband via Telstar 11N. SatADSL serves individuals, small businesses and remote corporate sites as well as money transfer companies, microfinance institutions and ATMs.

“It is very gratifying to enter into this agreement with Sea&Space for Telstar 11N capacity that is bringing satellite broadband and secured financial services to the people of Central and Western Africa,” said Nigel Gibson, Vice President, International Sales for Telesat. “We look forward to working closely with Sea&Space and ESA in their efforts to drive economic growth in Africa through the use of today’s high powered satellites.”

“Sea&Space is very pleased with the performance of Telstar 11N and the quality of the broadband services we are delivering,” said Thierry Eltges, Managing Director of Sea&Space Exploration. “African businesses in remote regions of the continent are achieving new levels of growth, expanding operations and increasing their need for reliable high speed communications which can only be met by satellite. We expect our partnership with ESA to boost satellite broadband services that are central to supporting the region’s growing economy.”

About Sea&Space Exploration
Sea&Space Exploration supports the development of new satellite products and services with a focus on Broadband Internet access. The company specializes in market surveys and research & development for businesses and organizations active in satellite telecommunications. Sea&Space Exploration supports its service operation spin-off SatADSL ( through new product developments, demonstrations and pilot projects. After 12 years of activity and more than 40 market surveys performed in five continents, Sea&Space Exploration has gained extensive experience in satellite communications and lines up an impressive list of satisfied customers.

For further information:
Caroline De Vos, Sea & Space +32 478 31 13 76 (

About Telesat (
Telesat is a leading global fixed satellite services operator providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. The company has a state-of-the-art fleet of 12 satellites with three more under construction, including the Canadian Ka-band payload on ViaSat-1, and manages the operations of additional satellites for third parties. Telesat is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).

For further information:
Gerry Nagler, Telesat +1 908 698-4907 (

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