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Telesat and KRG expand IP broadband access to remote communities in Canada’s North

Telesat, Canada's satellite service provider, and the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) signed an agreement today t...


October 15, 2008  


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Telesat, Canada’s satellite service provider, and the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) signed an agreement today that enables a growing number of native communities across northern Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba to have access to a full range of IP broadband services.

The KRG signed the agreement on behalf of the Northern Indigenous Community Satellite Network (NICSN), which was established in 2005 by the KRG, Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s K-Net and the Keewatin Tribal Council.

The long-term agreement for multiple C-band transponders on Telesat’s Anik F3 satellite follows a commitment by the federal government made last year to invest in satellite infrastructure as the means of bringing advancedcommunications to communities in the North.

The parties involved in the NICSN manage and share satellite bandwidth for purposes of delivering a suite of online communications services to their communities including tele-health, e-learning, e-justice, video conferencing and VoIP.