...COM DEV-built multiplexers and switches on board. The SSL-built satellite is the newest addition to Telesat's global fleet; Anik G1 carries 16 extended Ku-band transponders fully contracted to Shaw Direct for 15 years. Shaw Direct currently uses Telesat's Anik F1R satellite for its Canadian DTH services and the addition of Anik G1 at the same orbital location will enable Shaw Direct to add more than 100 HD channels for their subscribers. Anik G1 also has three X-band transponders that are fully contracted to Astrium Services for 15 years to support government applications across the Americas and much of the Pacific Ocean, including Hawaii. Anik G1 will also bring new capacity to meet the growing demand for satellite communications services in South America.