What does it take to manage communications with some of the smallest GEO satellites in orbit? How about some really, really big parabolic antennas. When Anuvu‘s first MicroGEO satellites come online later this year they’ll communicate via new 9 meter gateway antennas, managed by Telesat.
The newly-built, state-of-the-art antennas at diverse locations within Canada allow us to maximize the capacity available to our U.S. and Caribbean customers, reducing latency with shorter paths to the Internet and offering increased network resiliency.– Tim Southard, Anuvu VP of Networks
The companies will operate the satellites from Telesat’s flagship teleport in Allan Park, Ontario, with fully redundant operations at its Calgary, Alberta teleport. Each site will include both Ku and Ka-band gateways to relay traffic for Anuvu’s expanding inflight and maritime connectivity services. The satellites will connect to Anuvu’s co-located Dedicated Space™️ hub infrastructure in a 24/7 managed carrier-class environment, with redundant fiber connectivity to internet Points of Presence.
“Our new software-defined radio architecture provides unmatched flexibility in allocating satellite capacity and power to meet the rapidly evolving demands of our mobility customers,” said Tim Southard, Anuvu VP of Networks. “Anuvu’s partnership with Telesat will allow us to continue a superior connectivity experience.”
This new agreement further strengthens Anuvu and Telesat’s long-standing relationship for geostationary orbit satellite capacity. Additionally, Anuvu’s new tracking antennas in Allan Park will be adjacent to the Telesat Lightspeed low-earth orbit landing station, providing additional synergies as Anuvu implements its multi-orbit, multi-frequency service strategy.
“Telesat’s proven 54 years of regulatory expertise and teleport operations brings unmatched reach, flexibility and resiliency to the Anuvu Constellation and ensures travelers’ access to the smoothest, highest-capacity connectivity experience available,” said Philippe Schleret, Vice President of Aviation for Telesat. “We are proud to continue to build on our longtime partnership with Anuvu to enable the seamless transition to LEO for the global mobility market.”
The facilities will also support Tracking, Telemetry and Control (TT&C) for Anuvu’s first two MicroGEO satellites built by Astranis Space Technologies Corp. Anuvu and Astranis remain on track to launch the first two satellites for the Constellation in mid-2023, with entry into commercial service by year-end.
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