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Live testing of Intellian's advanced antenna technology with Telesat Ka-band satellites

(19 November 2019 - Telesat) Telesat and Intellian have conducted a live testing campaign with the U.S. Navy, the results of which demonstrate that a single antenna aperture can deliver outstanding maritime broadband performance while switching between satellites in different orbits.

The live testing used Ka-band capacity on Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO and Telstar 19 VANTAGE high throughput GEO. Both satellites were connected to Intellian’s v150NX(link is external), the world’s first and only 1.5m Ka convertible VSAT – a future-proof system supporting 2.5GHz wide Ka-band networks operating in GEO and LEO orbits. Testing highlighted how the Navy and other USG customers can access high capacity broadband from commercial satellites in different orbits with robust links that provide improved security, flexibility and resiliency.

The U.S. military has shown growing interest in advanced commercial space systems, such as Telesat’s LEO constellation, that can deliver highly secure and reliable broadband anywhere in the world with added benefits of global persistence, ultra-low latency, and rapid technology refresh. A senior official with the U.S. Navy’s Communications and Global Positioning System (GPS) Navigation Program Office commented: "Live testing over Telesat Ka-band satellites with Intellian's 1.5m Ka convertible VSAT confirms that the antenna is an important innovation accessing space-based 'layers' of satellites in next-gen space architecture," said Kurt Fiscko, Technical Director, PMW/A 170, PEO C4I.

Eric Sung, CEO of Intellian, said, “The industry-leading performance, simplified installation and ensured compatibility with future constellations and networks positions our new 1.5m antenna as one of the most innovative, flexible and cost-effective connectivity platforms available for users on land and at sea. This joint demonstration with Telesat to the U.S. Navy was a complete success and we are pleased to see the capability of the antenna to operate on both Telesat GEO and the Telesat LEO network.”

“In addition to superior capacity, speed, security, resiliency, and low latency of the Telesat LEO system, the US Navy can achieve additional economies of scale and flexibility through this Intellian antenna solution,” said Don Brown, General Manager, Government Services at Telesat.

About Telesat LEO

Telesat’s LEO constellation will leverage the company’s global, priority spectrum rights in Ka-band and patent-pending LEO architecture to transform global communications. It will offer a combination of capacity, speed, security, resiliency and affordability, along with ultra-low latency that is equal to, or better than, the most advanced terrestrial networks. Able to serve the entire globe, Telesat LEO will help satisfy many of the world’s most challenging communications requirements. It will bridge the digital divide with fiber-like high speed services into rural and remote communities, accelerate 5G expansion and set new levels of performance for commercial and government broadband connectivity on land and in key maritime and aeronautical markets, which are among the fastest growing in today’s satcom industry.

About Telesat

Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 16 GEO satellites, the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 and one Phase 1 LEO satellite which is the start of Telesat’s planned advanced global LEO satellite constellation that will offer ultra-low latency, extremely high throughput, affordable broadband services. Telesat is also a leading technical consultant providing high value expertise and support to satellite operators, insurers and other industry participants on a global basis. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).

About Intellian Technologies

Intellian is the global leader of mobile satellite communication systems for maritime, government, military and MEO/LEO sectors. Founded in 2004, Intellian is leading the way in driving innovation in the satellite communications market. The industry’s top ranking companies choose Intellian’s maritime satellite antenna systems to deliver connectivity when it matters most.

Intellian operates in 12 offices worldwide, including global logistics centers in Asia, the Americas, and Europe, and is supported by a network of more than 550 partners across the globe. Intellian Technologies Inc. is listed on the Korean Stock Exchange, KOSDAQ (189300:KS).