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World's largest commercial communications satellite launches Monday

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OTTAWA - Telesat's Anik F2 satellite, the largest commercial communications satellite so far, will launch Monday from Kourou, French Guiana, a South American nation on the Atlantic coast, where the European space agency performs many launches.

Saying the satellite takes two-way broadband to a new frontier, senior staff of Telesat Canada will be in Kourou for the launch of Anik F2, a new satellite that will enter the record books in two ways. It's both the world's largest commercial communications satellite (at nearly 6,000 kilograms, or about 13,000 pounds) and the first to commercialize a breakthrough communications technology - the multimedia-friendly Ka-band.

"Telesat's Anik F2 will enable dramatic improvements in access to two-way, high-speed Internet services for business and consumers. The satellite will also provide new capacity for a wide range of broadcasting and telecommunications services across North America," says the company's press release. F2 has also been contracted by Star Choice, to expand its video offerings.

After testing, the satellite is expected to be ready for service by the end of September, 2004.

Look for more on Anik F2 and Telesat in the upcoming July issue of Cablecaster Magazine where we will feature an interview with Telesat president and CEO Larry Boisvert.
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