Arabsat, Telesat partner for exclusive use of new Hellas-Sat 4 payload

by Staff Reporter | March 6th, 2014

Arabsat and Telesat Canada have signed a strategic commercial agreement, granting Telesat the exclusive use of a lifetime Ku-band payload on the new Hellas-Sat 4 satellite. The high-powered Ku-band payload will provide coverage of Europe and the Mediterranean region.

The new satellite’s request for proposal (RFP) will go to market this month as part of Arabsat’s RFP for its sixth-generation satellites. The RFP will incorporate the design and manufacture of four new satellites.

Hellas-Sat 4 is expected to be launched in 2017 and will be located at 39 degrees East.

“Telesat has enjoyed a longstanding and strategic relationship with Arabsat, and has the highest regard for its commercial and operational capabilities. This latest agreement will provide Telesat with prime Ku-band capacity over Europe and the Mediterranean that complements well our existing in-orbit capacity. We are pleased to be able to partner with Arabsat on this initiative and to expand Telesat’s capabilities in this important region,” says Dan Goldberg, Telesat’s President and CEO.

Arabsat’s President and CEO Khalid Balkhyour adds: “The upcoming RFP for Arabsat’s sixth-generation satellites reflects the company’s views on the exciting growth opportunities ahead of us and our commitment to capitalise on these opportunities. Hellas-Sat 4 will be a state-of-the-art satellite with Ku- and Ka-band missions. This commercial agreement with Telesat reflects the lasting co-operation between two leading satellite operators and will further establish Hellas-Sat as a leading service provider in Europe.”










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