Canada, Argentina ink reciprocal satellite deal

The Argentine Secretary for Communications, Henoch Aguiar, and the Canadian Ambassador in Argentina, Jean-Paul Hubert, signed a reciprocity agreement for the “provision of facilities and commercial satellite services.”

By this agreement, Argentina and Canada can now exchange permissions and frequencies for satellite transmissions, both uplink and downlink, from both nations.

Speaking at a press conference, the Canadian Ambassador confessed that the deal was arrived at “somewhat hurriedly,” coming just one month before the planned launch of the new Canadian communications satellite Anik F1. This satellite will provide communications coverage of all the Americas, and has vacant capacity for South-North (South America to North America) and South-South (within Southern America) channels.

The satellite is being manufactured by Hughes Space & Communications International for the Canadian satellite operator Telesat, a wholly owned subsidiary of BCE Inc. (Bell Canada), one of the world’s leading telecommunications companies.

The spacecraft will be equipped with 48 Ku-band transponders, with a bandwidth of 27 MHz, equivalent to about four normal TV channels, and 36 in C-band, equivalent to about six TV channels. This capacity will allow the transmission of thousands of simultaneous Internet or voice channels, said Dr. Liliana D