Telesat has announced that it will procure a new direct broadcast satellite from Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). Bell TV will fully lease the Nimiq 6 satellite for its lifetime, to provide HDTV and other video services to Bell TV subscribers across Canada. “SS/L was selected to build Nimiq 6 following a competitive procurement process as they offered the best combination of technology, cost and schedule. Nimiq 6 will result in meaningful incremental revenue and EBITDA for Telesat and, given that Bell TV has leased all of the satellite’s capacity for its expected lifetime, it significantly increases Telesat’s already industry leading contractual backlog to revenue ratio,” said Telesat president and CEO Dan Goldberg. SS/L will be the prime contractor for Nimiq 6, designing and building the satellite and supplying its payload of 32 high powered Ku-band transponders. Nimiq 6 has a planned 15-year mission life.