Ciel and Telesat get 12 satellite licences

Ciel-logo.JPGOttawa-based satellite companies Ciel Satellite LP and Telesat Canada are awarded 12 licences by the federal government to launch satellites aimed at improving broadcasting and telecommunications services to Canadian business and customers. In Canada’s largest satellite licensing initiative to date, Ciel took seven of the 29 licenses available, while Telesat took five. The two companies plan to spend Telesat-1.jpgseveral billion dollars building and launching the orbiters, which will increase capacity to enable full implementation of high-definition television in Canada, and provide advanced telecommunications services such as satellite Internet. The satellites will also help connect all regions of Canada, especially in the north where satellites are vital in providing public safety, national security and government services. These first of the satellites are expected to be up and running as early as 2010.

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