Archived—Extension of Milestones

May 1, 2003

Mr. Ted Ignacy
Vice President, Finance & Treasurer
Telesat Canada
1601 Telesat Court
Gloucester, Ontario
K1B 5P4

Dear Mr. Ignacy:

I refer to your letter of April 7, 2003 requesting an additional extension to the implementation milestones of your approval in principle to develop and operate the Anik F3 space station at the 118.7°W orbital position.

You will recall that the Department has granted earlier extensions to the implementation milestones in consideration of the downturn of the telecommunications sector and satellite communications industry. As this situation has not changed, the milestones are hereby extended to April 7, 2004 for the provision of final design specifications, to June 9, 2004 for the demonstration of Telesat's contractual obligation to construct and launch the satellite, and to 2006 for placement of Anik F3 into the 118.7°W orbital position.

Please note that since current C and Ku frequency band filings with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to achieve international coordination of the Anik F3 satellite will expire before the revised 2006 in-service time frame, Telesat Canada shall provide the Department with any needed satellite coordination and notification information in a form acceptable to the ITU and must pay the associated ITU processing charges for satellite network filings.

We would appreciate receiving your written acknowledgement of the new milestones as soon as possible. In keeping with our commitment to open and transparent licensing processes, the Department will post this letter on its Strategis web site. Should you have any questions, please contact me directly at 613-990-4817, or call Chantal Beaumier at 613-998-3819.

Yours sincerely,

Jan Skora
Director General
Radiocommunications and
Broadcasting Regulatory Branch

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