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News | 04/06/2005 4:00 am EDT

Telesat and Barrett Xplore bring Internet to rural Canada
Telesat Canada and Barrett Xplore Inc. have signed a multi-year distribution contact that will deliver a whole new level of communications connectivity to Canadians in rural and remote communities. The agreement makes Barrett a national service provider for a new satellite broadband service operating on Telesat’s Anik F2 satellite. Subscribers can use the satellite broadband offering through Barrett’s Xplornet brand. In other Telesat news, the company and EMS Satellite Networks have been selected by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to deploy new technology on the Ka-band payload of Telesat’s Anik F2 satellite. The system will be operated from the company’s Vancouver gateway over three of F2’s Ka-ban spot beams covering northern Canada. Telesat has also announced that it has completed in-orbit testing of a digital broadband on-board signal processor on Anik F2. This will now enable Telesat to undertake follow-on applications development work. The experimental SpaceMux on-board processor makes it possible to provide direct user-to-user broadband connectivity.

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