Telesat chooses Ciena for Low

OTTAWA and HANOVER, Md., October 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Telesat, one of the world’s largest and most innovative satellite operators, is deploying Ciena (: CIEN) routing and switching platforms for its Telesat Lightspeed backhaul network. Ciena’s advanced routing and switching technology will ensure Telesat has a modern, cost-effective network that takes advantage of emerging technologies, including Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and edge computing to effectively meet current and future customer needs. .

Telesat’s Lightspeed network will initially consist of 298 advanced low earth orbit (LEO) satellites that integrate seamlessly with terrestrial networks. LEO satellites operate 25 to 30 times closer to the Earth’s surface than traditional satellites and can process data with ultra-low latency, generally comparable to fiber optic speeds, even in the most rural and remote locations. most remote in the world.

Ciena provides hardware and software that will provide high-speed, high-capacity connections to governments, telecom operators, mobile operators and other corporate customers for the provision of 5G, cloud computing, video and other bandwidth-intensive broadband services.

Telesat will use Ciena’s 3926 and 5170 platforms to deliver agile, MEF-compliant assured services to its points of presence (PoP), as well as terrestrial connectivity to no less than 50 land landing stations. Ciena platforms have advanced Quality of Service (QoS) mechanisms, including hierarchical ingress metering, which will provide Telesat with precise control over network traffic. Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller will provide highly efficient software control and automation to drive business agility.

In addition, Telesat uses Ciena Services for the design, implementation and testing of terrestrial networks.

Executive comments:

  • “As a leading provider of global Tier 1 operator connectivity, Ciena’s proven routing and switching technology will ensure flexible and reliable connectivity between our earth station antennas and points of presence around the world. The seamless integration of ground data networks with our state-of-the-art Telesat Lightspeed satellites will ensure unmatched speed and performance for our global businesses and government customers.
    – Aneesh Dalvi, Director, Landing Stations and User Terminals, Telesat
  • “Telesat’s business customers (ORM, ISP, airlines and shipping) are looking for high-speed, ultra-low latency connectivity to support delay-sensitive applications such as cloud services. Telesat Lightspeed, powered by Ciena ground-based networking technology, enables reliable satellite broadband at speeds comparable to fiber.
    – Bruce Hembree, Vice President and General Manager, Americas, Ciena

About Telesat

With a legacy of engineering excellence, reliability and cutting-edge customer service, Telesat is one of the world’s largest and most successful satellite operators. Telesat works with its customers to provide essential connectivity solutions that tackle the world’s most complex communications challenges, delivering powerful benefits that improve their operations and drive profitable growth.

Constantly innovating to meet the connectivity requirements of the future, Telesat Lightspeed, the company’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite network, will be the first and only LEO network optimized to meet the rigorous demands of telecom, government, and government customers. maritime and aeronautical. Operating under its priority international rights to Ka-band spectrum, Telesat Lightspeed will redefine global satellite connectivity with ubiquitous, affordable, high-capacity links with speeds similar to fiber.

A privately held company headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities throughout the world, Telesat’s major shareholders are the Public Sector Pension Investment Board of Canada and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (LORL). For more information, visit

About Ciena

Ciena (: CIEN) is a networking systems, services and software company. We provide solutions that help our customers create the adaptive network in response to the ever-changing demands of their end users. By providing the best networking technology through highly tactile consultative relationships, we are building the world’s most agile networks with automation, openness and scalability. For updates on Ciena, follow us on Twitter @Ciena, LinkedIn, the Ciena Insights blog or visit

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Telesat Safe Harbor forward-looking statements
This press release contains statements that are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words “may “And” “will”, or other variations of these words or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. Actual results may differ materially from expectations expressed or implied in forward-looking statements due to risk and known and unknown uncertainties.Detailed information on some of the known risks and uncertainties is included in the “Risk Factors” section of Telesat Canada’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2020 and in Telesat Canada’s quarterly report on Form 6-K for the quarters ending March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2021, which may all s be obtained from the SEC website.

Known risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: risks associated with the operation of satellites and the provision of satellite services, including delays in satellite construction or launch, launch failures, orbit or impaired satellite performance, the ability to successfully deploy an advanced global LEO satellite constellation of satellites, the availability of government and / or other funding for the LEO satellite constellation, receipt of revenue related to the reallocation of the C-band spectrum, exchange rate volatility, the risks and expenses associated with becoming a publicly traded company, the ability to expand our current use of satellites, and the risks associated with domestic and foreign government regulation . The foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. The information in this press release reflects Telesat’s beliefs, assumptions, intentions, plans and expectations as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, Telesat disclaims any obligation or commitment to update or revise the information contained in this document.

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