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October 31st, 2019

Telesat and NSSLGlobal Complete Live Testing on Telesat's Phase 1 Low Earth Orbit Satellite

Telesat and NSSLGlobal have completed live testing with multiple government customers using Telesat’s Phase 1 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite.

By leveraging the ultra-low latency of Telesat’s LEO system, the companies demonstrated superior broadband performance – in terms of speed, latency and jitter – for high demand applications including 4K video conferencing, live video streaming, encrypted services for government use and live calling over mobile devices.

Satellite operators are now introducing a new generation of space-based networks, some of which will be in geostationary (GEO) orbit and some far closer to Earth in LEO. Telesat is one of the few companies with significant experience in both orbits and is convinced that innovative LEO constellations can offer superior broadband services versus GEO systems. This recent round of live testing with NSSLGlobal, a longstanding Telesat partner, provides further confirmation that Telesat LEO’s patent-pending design will deliver the most secure, robust and resilient infrastructure for assured connectivity.

Sally-Anne Ray, Group CEO, NSSLGlobal, said the company's success in serving some of the largest global commercial maritime fleets and European governments is driven by the firm's unique combination of engineering expertise, growing portfolio of proprietary products, the company's own VSAT network and partnering with Tier 1 satellite operators such as Telesat. The company is looking toward the future and planning for what clients will need in two, five, ten years and beyond and NSSLGlobal believes the LEO constellation network will be a “game-changer” in the industry. That is why this early live testing has been undertaken at the firm's UK headquarters of the Phase 1 Telesat LEO satellite supporting the next gen of services. This was a great opportunity for some of our key government clients to witness the outstanding broadband performance across a range of high demand applications and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s an exciting time in the industry and the company is investing in the future needs of the firm's clients.      

Erwin Hudson, VP, Telesat LEO, said NSSLGlobal leads the industry in providing advanced broadband connectivity for a host of fast growing commercial and government segments and Telesat is pleased to be partnering with them in optimizing the performance of Telesat LEO. The company is known for giving customers a competitive edge in the markets they serve, and the recent testing by these companies confirms that the ultra-low latency of Telesat LEO will assure a superior broadband experience comparable to terrestrial services.