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Canadian satellite communications provider Telesat has procured a new multi-mission satellite from European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company subsidiary Astrium, a Telesat press release said.
The new satellite, Telstar 12 VANTAGE, will replace Telesat's Telstar 12 satellite at 15 degrees West, while "significantly expanding coverage of growing markets in South America."
Telstar 12 VANTAGE will utilize a combination of Ku-band broad regional beams and more focused high throughput spot beams to increase capacity specifically in Brazil and East Africa. In addition to the Americas, the new satellite will cover Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Telesat said.
Telstar 12 VANTAGE will have a 15 year design life and provide up to 52 Ku-band 36 MHz transponder equivalents.