Canadian Space Agency transferring ANIK F2 Services to Telesat, improving broadband in the North

Longueuil, Quebec, June 27, 2012 — The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) today announced it has transferred implementation of high speed interactive R&D broadband services in the far north to Telesat Canada.

Through this initiative, Telesat Canada is accelerating the installation of terminals and provision of expanded services, while at the same time generating savings for the Government of Canada. Additional terminals have been installed in the far north and new clients are now taking advantage of high speed interactive broadband services to develop applications and test the delivery of: distance education; tele-health initiatives; e-government; and, services supporting scientific research stations.

The Agency will also be undertaking a series of key actions to actively contribute to the Government of Canada's overall plan to return to balanced budgets. Savings of $29.5 Million realised by 2014-2015 and in ongoing years will be achieved by optimizing business processes, improving service delivery, scaling back and reorienting some program activities.

Canada's highly competitive aerospace and space industries are major contributors to our economy. The Government will continue to play a crucial role in the development of the Canadian space sector and maintaining a world leading Canadian Space Agency. The Government has also reiterated its support to the continued success of this important sector on the world stage by launching the Review of Aerospace and Space Programs and Policies.

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