Telesat Welcomes Today's Decisions by Industry Canada that Will Streamline
Regulatory Burdens Faced by Canadian Satellite Operators and Speed Delivery of
State-of-the-Art Satellite Services to All Canadians
OTTAWA, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Telesat, Canada's premiere satellite operator,
welcomes Industry Canada's decisions on the licensing framework released
earlier today for fixed-satellite service and broadcasting-satellite service
as well as revised fee proposals. These decisions represent a major overhaul
of the existing framework and will enhance the international competitiveness
of Canadian commercial satellite operators.
Telesat congratulates the Government of Canada and Minister Moore for moving
forward with a much needed modernization and streamlining of an outdated
licensing system and placing the Canadian industry on more equal footing with
its international competitors.
Among the key aspects of the decisions released today include the use of a
first-come, first-served process by Industry Canada to license satellite
spectrum to competing Canadian satellite operators. Today's announcement also
includes a proposal to amend the fee regime that applies to satellite
operators using Canadian satellite spectrum, bringing the fees more in line
with those in place in foreign jurisdictions. Finally, today's decisions also
address some of the other obligations associated with holding Canadian
"The decisions represent a clear statement that the Government of Canada wants
to ensure that Canadian satellite operators are not placed at a competitive
disadvantage in relation to operators licensed in other jurisdictions," stated
Dan Goldberg, Telesat's President and CEO. "Today's decisions, in the
aggregate, reduce and streamline the regulatory burden faced by Canadian
satellite operators and, in doing so, will speed the delivery to all Canadians
of state-of-the-art satellite services."
The decisions released today also address one of the recommendations contained
in the Aerospace Review Report, chaired by David Emerson. In that report, the
Panel recommended that "...the Government create conditions conducive to the
expansion of space-related commercial activity" and specifically encouraged
Government to intensify its efforts to secure geostationary orbital slots for
Canadian-owned satellites. As a result of today's decisions, Industry Canada
will now also submit applications for satellite spectrum in other areas of the
world on behalf of Canadian operators, allowing Canadian companies to be more
competitive around the globe.
Telesat looks forward to the full implementation of the decisions and
proposals announced today.
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 14 satellites and the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 with another
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).
SOURCE Telesat Canada
Gerry Nagler, Telesat +1 908 470-4907 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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