Archived—Revised Conditions of Licence

Revised Conditions of Licence
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300 Slater Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0C8

Our File: 6215-5-13

April 8, 2004

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

Dear Mr. Ignacy:

I refer to your letter of March 25, 2004 providing the Department with Telesat's final Anik F3 design specifications for approval.

We have considered the final design specifications in view of Telesat's original design commitments and note the absence of the multimedia Ku band payload. We have also taken into consideration, however, the significant challenges experienced by the satellite industry over the past few years. As well, we recognize the availability, through this Anik F3 satellite, of high quality C and Ku band capacity for use in all areas of Canada, including the north, to serve Canadian needs. Accordingly, the Department has concluded that the modified satellite design is acceptable.

As well, further to your discussions with Chantal Beaumier, please note the change to licence condition 6 concerning the availability of Anik F3 capacity for Canadian use as set out in the attachment to this letter.

I look forward to the implementation of your service offerings in the coming years and the contributions your satellite will make toward connecting Canadians. In keeping with our commitment to open, fair and transparent licensing processes, this letter will be posted on the Department's Strategis website. If you have any questions, please contact Chantal Beaumier at (613) 998-3819.

Yours sincerely,

Jan Skora
Director General
Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch



Revised Condition 6 of Conditions of Approval in Principle for Telesat Canada (Telesat) to obtain a C/Ku Space Station Licence for the 118.7°W Orbital Position

(6) Capacity to Meet Needs of Users and Service Providers in Canada

Telesat shall operate the satellite as a Canadian telecommunications common carrier and shall offer its satellite capacity at the 118.7°W orbital position on a non-discriminatory, first-come, first-served basis.

(6.1) Ku Band Capacity

Notwithstanding condition 6, Telesat shall offer, through a public "call for interest", its Ku band capacity at the 118.7°W orbital position on a nondiscriminatory, first-come, first-served basis only to satellite users and service providers in Canada until October 6, 2005. Subject to contractual commitments already made to such users and service providers, a maximum of four Ku transponders per user or service provider will be permitted until October 6, 2005. Users or service providers in Canada may commit to more Ku capacity prior to October 6, 2005, but capacity above four Ku transponders will be conditional upon sufficient Ku capacity remaining available after all initial user and service provider needs have been met. This remaining Ku capacity will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with no restriction or limit on the number of transponders contracted by a single entity; and at the completion of this process, any remaining Ku capacity may be made available to other entities.

(6.2) Call for Interest in C Band Capacity

Telesat shall initiate a public "call for interest" to determine Canadian needs for C band capacity prior to assigning such capacity to entities outside Canada. Should the C band capacity being made available by this licence exceed the identified Canadian requirements, Telesat may assign such excess capacity for service in other countries, subject to the approval of the appropriate regulatory authorities of the administration concerned.

(6.3) Additional C Band Capacity for Users and Service Providers

If a satellite user or service provider in Canada demonstrates a need for C band satellite capacity, or if such a need for capacity should arise as a result of government initiatives to encourage the deployment of broadband connectivity to underserved communities by 2005, and Telesat is unable to accommodate those needs on the satellite capacity being made available by this licence Telesat shall, until October 6, 2005, use reasonable commercial efforts to find and offer sufficient C band capacity to support these needs. These efforts are limited to the amount of C band capacity equivalent to the amount not committed to Canadian users on the satellite by the licensee.

(6.4) Call for Interest

With respect to the "call for interest" noted in conditions 6.1 and 6.2, Telesat must demonstrate to the Department that they have made reasonable efforts to make capacity at the 118.7°W orbital position available to Canadian satellite users. To this end, Telesat shall provide the Department with its plan for the "call for interest" by May 3, 2004. Further, Telesat shall provide, upon request, information to the Department concerning the progress and results of the "call for interest".

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