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Telesat Awarded X-band Services Contract to Support Government of Canada’s Growing Satellite Communications Needs

OTTAWA, CANADA, May 31, 2012 – Telesat, a leading global satellite operator, announced that it has been awarded a contract by Shared Services Canada (SSC) to facilitate the provisioning of X-band satellite communications and associated services around the world to SSC partner and client departments. The contract was awarded to Telesat by Public Works and Government Services Canada on behalf of SSC following a competitive bidding process.

Telesat will provide SSC with access and operations of X-band point-to-point VSAT communications including satellite space segment, teleport facilities and terrestrial backhaul services on an as-and-when required basis. For the X-band capacity, Telesat will work through an arrangement it has with Astrium Services’ Telecom Governmental Division. Astrium Services owns and operates the Skynet satellite constellation including the Skynet 5 satellites which have the highest powered military X-band transponders in orbit.

“This contract is a strong endorsement of Telesat’s ability to integrate advanced satellite resources in space and on the ground to meet Government of Canada’s satellite communications needs,” said Paul Bush, Telesat’s Vice President Business Development. “Telesat is pleased to receive this contract award which builds on our 40 year record of delivering reliable and cost effective satellite services to Canada’s federal agencies. By combining the X-band capacity of Astrium Services with Telesat’s satellite expertise and experience managing to Canadian government service standards, Telesat is well positioned to meet Government of Canada’s X-band satellite communications requirements throughout the life of the contract.”

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. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 13 satellites and the Canadian Ka-band payload on ViaSat-1, plus one satellite under construction. 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).

For further information:

Gerry Nagler, Telesat +1 908 698-4907 (

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