This advanced satellite carries a bold innovation: a state-of-the-art multimedia payload that uses the new Ka-band frequency, developed through a partnership of the Canadian Space Agency, 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.