Telesat Canada
Visiting company at MWC 2019

What problem do you solve?

Telesat is developing a high performing, global satellite constellation in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) that will give mobile operators powerful advantages in meeting your most important business priorities, including – serving the exponential growth in wireless traffic, enhancing the customer experience, reducing cost and extending coverage to increase market share and meeting regulatory compliance

Telesat’s LEO system will offer mobile operators a superior backhaul solution with low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and improved flexibility to the radio planner’s toolbox. Telesat’s highly programmable and agile backhaul network will offer:

• Lower latency and High Throughput: Fiber like connectivity that will offer Gbps links and 30-50 ms latency RTT for enhanced customer experience
• Lower total cost of operation vs. any satellite or multi-hop microwave architecture: Economical backhaul to serve data needs through lower unit cost
• Economical diversity: Always on connectivity delivering a consistent customer experience
• Deployment and usage flexibility: Quicker roll out of services for coverage expansion and meet regulatory compliance

Telesat’s LEO system will enable the acceleration 5G expansion, bridge the digital divide with fiber quality connectivity into rural and remote communities, and set new levels of performance for cellular backhaul connectivity, which are among the fastest growing in today’s industry.

What is your solution (product, software, service) and what differentiates it from the competition?

Unlike satellite solutions offered today, the Telesat LEO network will be a “Plug and Play” Layer-2 Ethernet access service. The overall architecture conforms to the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) certified Carrier Ethernet transport service, a well-understood and mature standard widely used in Mobile and terrestrial network operations.

Key Advantages for Mobile and Telecom Operators
- Ease of Integration: Customers can easily integrate with the Telesat LEO system per the MEF Carrier Ethernet definitions and Application programming Interface (API), eliminating the need for specialized hardware or software other than access to a suitable antenna
- Automated fulfillment and assurance: Telesat will adopt the MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) that will support automated fulfillment & assurance across multi-operator networks through standard MEF API’s enabling ease of service ordering orchestration, service component allocation, service configuration, while balancing the service requirements
- Monitoring and control: Mobile Operators will have the ability to monitor the performance and have the flexibility to control and make changes to the service parameters via API’s

Telesat’s LEO Carrier Ethernet service will be a perfect fit to support existing Mobile Transport End to End architecture.


We are designing Telesat LEO to be compliant with Metro Ethernet Forum standards, allowing Telesat LEO services to be integrated seamlessly into existing telecommunications networks. We expect this standards-based approach will result in Telesat LEO becoming more of a core component in the broadband infrastructure of our customers versus an independent or stand-alone proprietary network. We also expect to see more widespread adoption of standards-based LEO connectivity in many different types of networks around the world which will be another factor in Telesat LEO becoming more fully integrated in future networks used by both our commercial and government customers.