Press Release

Telesat acquires leading U.S. satellite services company

By SpaceRef Editor
January 10, 2005
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SPACECONNECTION provides satellite transmission services to all major US TV
networks.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA and OTTAWA, ON, January 6, 2005 – Telesat, one of the
world’s most experienced satellite operators, announced today that it has
acquired California-based The SPACECONNECTION, Inc., a leading provider of
programming-related satellite transmission services to all the major U.S.
television networks and cable programmers. Robert M. Patterson will remain
president and CEO of the company he founded in 1987. Terms of this
transaction were not disclosed.

“SPACECONNECTION has been at the forefront of industry-wide innovations and
is widely represented and trusted by a diversified client list including
some of the biggest names in television,” Patterson said. “Working with
Telesat gives us access to the capabilities of one of the premier satellite
operators, while continuing SPACECONNECTION’s tradition of providing the
highest quality of service to our customers.”

SPACECONNECTION is a leader in providing C-Band and Ku-Band space segment
worldwide for video, audio, data and internet services. Its clients include
the major television networks (i.e., ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS), cable
programmers (e.g., CNN, Jewelry Television, Shop at Home), and services to
the educational, religious, government, business and entertainment sectors.
Telesat intends to operate the company as an independent subsidiary with no
change to its customers, employees and vendor relationships.

“SPACECONNECTION will play an important role in Telesat’s growth’s strategy
throughout the Americas,” said Larry Boisvert, Telesat’s president and CEO.
“At Telesat, we see huge potential in high-definition television, and in
providing occasional use satellite services to broadcasters, cable
programmers and other businesses. Telesat’s team is excited about serving
these markets even more comprehensively through SPACECONNECTION.”

About Telesat

Telesat is a pioneer and world leader in satellite operations and systems
management. The company made history in 1972 with the launch of the first
domestic commercial communications satellite in geostationary orbit. Today,
Telesat competes with other top international satellite fleets in providing
telecommunications and broadcasting services throughout the Americas, and is
a leading consultant, operator and partner in satellite ventures around the
globe. Telesat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BCE Inc., a leading
communications company with shares listed in the United States, Canada and
Europe.

About SPACECONNECTION (www.thespaceconnection.com)

The SPACECONNECTION, Inc. is a professional communications company that
specializes in providing programming-related satellite transmission services
throughout the United States and worldwide. The company arranges C-Band and
Ku-band, analog or digital transmissions, fixed and transportable uplinks,
TVRO downlinks and terrestrial facilities for domestic and international
distribution.

SpaceRef staff editor.