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Ottawa, 22 April 2016

Our reference: 8663-C12-201503186


Ian Scott
Telesat Canada
1601 Telesat Court
Ottawa, Ontario  K1B 5P4

Re: Review of basic telecommunications services, Telecom Notice of Consultation 2015-134Footnote 1 – Requests for information

As part of the above-noted proceeding, the Commission is examining the availability of satellite services, including the community aggregator model.

Telesat Canada is requested to respond to the attached requests for information by 5 May 2016. This submission must be received, not merely sent, by that date.


Original signed by

John Macri
Director, Policy Framework
Telecommunications Sector

c.c.: Christine Bailey, CRTC, (819) 997-4557,
Sarah O’Brien, CRTC, (819) 635-3217,

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Requests for information

With respect to the feasibility of using high-throughput satellite (HTS) technology to provide telecommunications services to the 89 satellite-dependent communities identified in the Satellite Inquiry Report:Footnote 2

  1. What infrastructure (e.g. community ground station, gateway ground station) would be required to deliver service on a community aggregator model using HTS technology? Provide a diagram showing all major infrastructure components required.
  2. Describe the constraints, if any, of using a single spot beam to serve multiple satellite-dependent communities
  3. Is it possible to aggregate traffic from multiple spot beams to a single ground station? Elaborate on how many spot beams can be aggregated and any constraints.
  4. Indicate the major known costs, stating all assumptions, of the infrastructure required to serve a typical satellite-dependent community with the aggregator model using (i) HTS spot beam(s) and (ii) the current C-band model.


Footnote 1

Review of basic telecommunications services, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134, 9 April 2015, as amended by Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134-1, 3 June 2015; Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134-2, 22 December 2015; and Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134-3, 14 January 2016, Telecom Notice of Consultation 2015-134-4, 9 March 2016.

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