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SpeedCast Adds the South Atlantic Beam on Telesat’s New Telstar 12 VANTAGE Satellite to its Global HTS Network Coverage

OTTAWA, CANADA, May 30, 2016 – Telesat announced today new service contracts with SpeedCast International Limited (SpeedCast), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider. The contracts are the latest example of an industry leader, SpeedCast, choosing Telesat’s services as offering the best combination of coverage, performance and value to support the growing demand for mobile broadband.

Telesat’s innovative Ku-band coverage over the North Atlantic Ocean Region on Telstar 14R and Telstar 11N has driven the growth of mobile broadband. Telesat’s new Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite adds HTS capacity over the North Sea, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Telstar 12 VANTAGE also has a South Atlantic Ku-band beam which SpeedCast is now using to serve vessels operating in remote and harsh environments off South America’s east coast and between South America and Africa. SpeedCast is not only expanding its use of Telesat space segment but also expanding its presence in Telesat’s state-of-the-art teleport in Mount Jackson, Virginia. SpeedCast’s new infrastructure at Mount Jackson gives them greater control over their global capacity and enables SpeedCast to seamlessly access the South Atlantic beam of Telstar 12 VANTAGE.

“SpeedCast and Telesat have been working together for more than 10 years to build the global market for mobile and fixed broadband and we are excited to expand our ties to Telesat once again with new capacity on the Telstar 12 VANTAGE HTS satellite,” said Mr. Moti Shulman, Vice President Technology & Network Planning of SpeedCast. “Telesat’s innovative South Atlantic spot beam and Europe beam enable us to effectively manage our capacity and provide better service quality and coverage to our clients. We are pleased to add multiple beams of Telstar 12 VANTAGE to our global coverage and join hands with Telesat to grow in the mobility market.”

“When a longstanding customer and industry leader like SpeedCast decides to expand their business with Telesat, it really serves to validate our business approach,” said Tom Eaton, Vice President, International Sales for Telesat. “SpeedCast has the resources and expertise to compare any number of satellite options. Their decision to choose Telstar 12 VANTAGE and increase their presence at our Mount Jackson teleport is a tribute to the performance and value offered by Telesat. We look forward to continuing to meet SpeedCast’s growing requirements in mobility markets around the world.”   

About SpeedCast International Limited

SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA) is a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, offering high-quality managed network services in over 90 countries and a global maritime network serving customers worldwide. With a worldwide network of 40 sales and support offices and 39 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 5,000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, SpeedCast has distinguished itself with a strong operational expertise and a highly efficient support organization. For more information, visit 

About Telesat (

Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 15 satellites plus the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 with two new satellites under construction. An additional two prototype satellites are under construction and will be deployed in low earth orbit. Telesat also manages the operations of additional satellites for third parties. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).

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Gerry Nagler, Telesat +1 908 470-4907 (

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