Canadian Telecommunications Satellite ANIK F2

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Launch: July 17, 2004
Status: Active


Anik F2 is Telesat Canada's innovative, high-speed Ka-band, multimedia telecommunications satellite.

Positioned in geostationary orbit, Anik F2 is optimized for a wide range of leading-edge telecommunications services.

When launched from Kouru, French, Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket, it was the world’s largest, most complex, and most powerful commercial communications satellites ever built. Anik F2 is a Boeing 702-series satellite, designed to support and enhance current North American voice, data, and broadcast services with its 38 Ka-band; 32 Ku-band; 24 C-band transponders. In fact, this fifteenth satellite to have been launched by Telesat became the first commercial satellite to offer Ka-band services in North America. What the new Ka-band means to users is that it provides them with access to new broadband capabilities such as two-way Internet services.

Thanks to its innovative Ka-band technology, low-cost, two-way satellite delivery is available for wireless broadband Internet connections, tele-medicine, tele-teaching, tele-working and e-commerce in the most remote regions of Canada.

This initiative addresses the high cost of broadband access for communities in the far and mid-north, and in remote areas of Canada. Broadband access using Anik F2's Ka-band technology provides communities in remote regions with more opportunities to move forward socially and economically. The initiative significantly reduces the cost of providing essential service to these communities. Anik F2 brings the Government of Canada a step closer to its goal of offering high-capacity Internet access to all Canadian communities.

Innovation through partnership

This advanced satellite carries a state-of-the-art multimedia payload that uses the Ka-band frequency, developed through a partnership of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Communications Research Canada (CRC), Telesat, EMS Technologies, and COM DEV.

EMS Technologies developed the experimental onboard processor, SpaceMux. It enables two remote ground stations to communicate terminal-to-terminal, without going through a hub, using Anik F2's Ka-band spot beams.

COM DEV developed BEAM*LINK, a multiplexing system to direct and funnel information traffic from one band to another in real-time. This is more efficient, since it is now possible to avoid "traffic jams" by rerouting the overflow to other frequencies or bands.