The Government of Canada and Telesat have partnered to ensure affordable high-speed Internet connectivity access across rural and remote areas in Canada after the development of LEO Satellite Constellation of Telesat. Telesat is the Canadian telecom and SpaceX internet competitor and needs to connect remote regions with its low-earth-orbit satellites. The partnership is expected to generate $1.2 billion in revenue for Telesat over 10 years. It includes a contribution of up to $600M from the Government of Canada. The Canadian government is supporting the company’s mission of deploying a transformational communications architecture that delivers affordable, high-speed broadband services across Canada and the rest of the world.
Telesat’s LEO constellation will leverage the company’s global, priority spectrum rights in Ka-band and patent-pending LEO architecture to transform global communications. It will offer a combination of capacity, speed, security, resiliency, and affordability with ultra-low latency. The Government of Canada will contribute $85 million to Telesat through the SIF (Government’s Strategic Innovation Fund). Telesat will support approximately 500 jobs in Canada as part of the agreement. The Canadian telecom will invest $215 million in R&D over the next 5-years. It will promote STEM jobs and education in Canada through a newly created scholarship, university partnerships, and other initiatives.
It is noteworthy that the first Telesat LEO satellite launched in early 2018 and the full constellation will be comprised of 298 satellites. The President and CEO of Telesat, Dan Goldberg said that Telesat’s LEO is the most ambitious global broadband infrastructure program ever conceived and will revolutionize how Canadians, and everyone else in the world for that matter, experience, and leverage the Internet”. These LEO satellites will be 35 times closer to Earth than traditional satellites, resulting in a shorter trip for Internet signals and making low-latency, the fiber-like Internet is accessible anywhere in the world. Goldberg added that the current announcement will help achieve Canada’s goal of universal connectivity, ensuring that Canadians, regardless of where they work or live, have affordable, high quality, and high-speed Internet.