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ComStellation Satellite System to Enhance Broadband Access10:38 am on January 20, 2011 | Category: Business
Microsat Systems, a Canadian spacecraft systems manufacturer, has announced plans to launch 78 small communications satellites with the aim of enhancing high-speed internet availability.
The so-called “ComStellation” system will act as a backhaul, linking various local carriers with the global fiber-optic broadband infrastructure so as to improve the bandwidth and reach of high-speed internet services.
“Here in Canada, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is pushing to extend high-speed internet connections to all Canadians,” noted Microsat president and CEO, David Cooper. “Industry estimates to extend that fiber network are on the order of seven billion dollars and will take 10 years to implement. CommStellation [on the other hand] will be about one-tenth of that cost and be twice as fast to implement.”
Microsat expects to deploy the CommStellation system by 2015. Details on financing for the project have not been released.
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