CEO Dan Goldberg in November 5 Confirmed that Telesat Canada would choose the winner of the current three-way race to create his or her own low Earth orbit broadband constellation in early 2020, instead of the current year. 

In an earnings call, Goldberg stated that Telesat still expects to have 200 satellites in orbit by 2022 and 300 others in2023 in spite of taking longer than anticipated while choosing a manufacturer. 

Telesat had hoped, between space, Airbus Defense, and a team created by Maxar Technologies together with Thales Alenia Space before the end of the year, but that was before the two firms Maxar Technologies as well as Thales Alenia Space part ways. They separated from competing separately for an estimated deal worth $3 billion.

Goldberg did not talk about the splitting of the two companies (Maxer-Thales Alenia team) when appreciating Telesat. 

Goldberg stated that Telesat does think of itself as locked into the  LEO, and will look into the future satellites together with their orbits based on case-by-case. He said that Telesat’s half revenue comes from broadcasting on television that does not benefit in any way from LEO. 

Goldberg said that several of Telesat’s internet connection crusaders might also give geostationary orbit favors, because they already have a supportive infrastructure that links with the firm’s existing fleet of 16 geostationary satellites. He added that the existing ground infrastructure supports C- and Ku-band frequencies. Meanwhile, from competing, Telesat LEO is designing as a Ka-band system. 

Goldberg confirmed that Telesat hopes that its LEO constellation would be a “very compelling solution” for its broadband connection customers. He denied giving the estimate of how long it would take them to switch from GEO to LEO.

He stated that with time, there is going to be a transition for the enterprise customers coming from their current networks to LEO. He pointed out that it was a bit hard to say how long it would take then. 

Telesat is showing interest in the brand polar satellite communications system that the government of Canada is putting into considerations. Goldberg stated that the government of Canada seems to have motion around creating a system of orbiting polar satellites in high inclination orbits that would give X-band, ultra-high-frequency, and military-grade Ka-band connection all over the Arctic.

Canada has learned several arctic communications systems, like two satellite polar communication and weather system, in the early days of 2010, but has not moved forward with any.

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