Telesat – From HTS to LEO (31 July 2018)

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Telesat – From HTS to LEO (31 July 2018)

The mid-year gathering of the Broadcasting & Satellite Networking group (BSN), focusing on the topic ‘From HTS to LEO’, was generously hosted by Telesat in a very hospitable Westminster location.

With the recent successful launch of Telesat’s Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite, providing new HTS Ku and Ka- band capacity across the Americas and Atlantic, BSN members heard from Telesat’s Gordon Grant, Manager International Sales Engineering, regarding the company’s future strategies and new constellations.

Describing the capabilities of Telesat’s new geostationary T19V satellite at 63°W, Mr. Grant highlighted its Ka-band HTS spot beam capacity that covers South America, the Caribbean, North Atlantic and Northern Canada. The satellite’s Ku-band coverages include HTS spot beams over Brazil and the Andean region, along with regional beams over Brazil and the North Atlantic.

For the future, Telesat is now developing an advanced LEO constellation with capacity and performance that could transform global communications. Mr. Grant explained that the system’s design will enable Telesat to offer customers, both in commercial and government markets, with an unsurpassed combination of capacity, speed, security, resiliency and low cost with latency that is as good or better than the most advanced terrestrial networks. Telesat LEO has the potential to become a core component in satisfying many of the world’s most challenging communications requirements such as: accelerating 5G expansion; ending the digital divide with fiber-like high speed services into rural and remote communities; and setting new levels of broadband performance on land, sea and in the air.

Telesat is uniquely positioned to deliver the world’s most advanced and capable LEO constellation given the company’s deep technical expertise, strong track record of innovation, senior spectrum rights, and industry-leading customer service and support. Mobility will be a key market, particularly commercial aviation that is forecasted to see broadband access revenues grow from about $800 million today to over $9 billion by 2028. In the maritime sector, demand is expected increase a hundredfold, with cruise ship offerings increasing from 10Mbps to 1Gbps to meet customer demand.

Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite was launched January 2018 into a sun synchronous orbit of 1000km with customer testing scheduled later this year. Telesat is now working with leading satellite manufacturers to finalize the design of its constellation that will initially consist of approximately 120 state-of-the-art satellites providing full global coverage. Under the MEF 3.0 umbrella, the network will provide a ‘plug-and-play’ approach for equipment and service delivering ease of access for Telesat’s present and future customers.

The evening was a resounding success, with nearly half of the BSN membership attending, and our thanks to Telesat for hosting such an enjoyable evening.

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