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Hunter Communications to provide satellite space segment services to CBC/Radio-Canada

(22 February 2018 - Hunter Communications) Hunter Communications has been contracted to provide Satellite Space Segment Services to CBC/Radio-Canada. Hunter won the contract by offering better, far reaching service capability at a lower price.

Using their own powerful Ku-band beam that Hunter designed to service Canada and specifically for its far north, Hunter will provide CBC/Radio-Canada with more transmission throughput and the ability to use smaller antennas that are easier to move to remote transmission sites.

CBC/Radio-Canada broadcast signals and bi-directional IP communication services will be carried on the 54 MHz Ku-band and 36 MHz C-band capacity they have contracted. The satellite service will complement CBC’s terrestrial fibre network and further support CBC/Radio-Canada’s North American and foreign bureaus.

The long-term agreement officially begins February 2018, however dual illumination and transition has been ongoing since September 2017 while CBC/Radio-Canada re-points nearly 800 antennas across Canada to take advantage of the new capacity.

“For the CBC/Radio-Canada, this agreement represents their commitment to using the latest satellite technology, and just as importantly shows their dedicated focus on driving down their cost structure - both are critical to their focus in serving the Canadian public. For Hunter, this agreement is strategic in developing a video content neighbourhood on our satellite beginning with several hundred cable head-ends – and it is highly symbolic that the flagship broadcaster of Canada has entrusted Hunter to deliver its content.” Brent Perrott, President, Hunter Communications

"Hunter Communications is a satellite provider that has a solid track record in the industry. CBC/Radio-Canada received a number of strong submissions, but Hunter's proposal was the most innovative, unique and financially competitive. Already, during the ongoing migration of our satellite system, we can see the foundation for a dynamic partnership between CBC/Radio-Canada and their associates." Steven Guiton, Executive Vice-President, MTIS

About Hunter Communications

Hunter Communications has been providing satellite solutions for government, energy, maritime and aeronautical sectors since 2001. Its core business pairs satellite capacity with the latest ground segment technology to provide innovative satellite communications solutions.

The Hunter Beam, a new Ku-band payload on E115WB, is positioned at the center of the Canadian orbital arc and delivers the highest-powered coverage over Canada and the surrounding waters.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. It also provides international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.