Telesat to spend $40 million as share of upgrade to northern broadband services

Via Scoop.itNunavut

Paul Bush, Telesat’s vice-president of business development, speaks to the Northern Lights trade show conference in Ottawa Feb. 2, the same day Telesat announced plans to spend $40 million to upgrade broadband equipment and services in Nunavut and across the country’s northern territories. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS   [excerpt] Satellite services provider Telesat said Feb. 2 that it plans to spend $40 million to upgrade broadband equipment and services in Nunavut and across the country’s northern territories.Paul Bush, Telesat’s vice-president of business development, said the upgrades would address the gaps and identified in a recent communications assessment report prepared by the Northern Communications and Information Systems working group. The report painted the Arctic communications scene as one riddled by high prices, slow service, and gaps in service areas. Telesat pegged the cost of upgrades over the next 10 years at $160 million, of which the company is prepared to spend 25 per cent, or $40 million as its share. The rest of the funding would come through the federal and territorial governments, to be decided after officials sit down with members of the Northern Communications working group. Bush said the upgrades would more than double the communications capacity serving the Arctic, Bush said, while providing redundancy to protect Northern communities in the event of service breakdowns Telesat’s plan, called the Arctic Communications Infrastructure Initiative, proposes to contribute to the addition of up to 15 new transponders (which transmit signals from its satellites) and upgrade its northern ground equipment. […]  
Via www.nunatsiaqonline.ca

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