International Datacasting Corporation

International Datacasting Corporation

February 21, 2007 17:05 ET

Telesat Selects International Datacasting Corporation to Provide an ECC DVB-S2 System For Intelligent Satellite Network Project

WASHINGTON, D.C.--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 21, 2007) - International Datacasting Corporation (TSX:IDC) announced today that they have been selected to provide a next generation DVB-S2 broadband satellite communications system to Telesat Canada, a leader in satellite operations for broadcast distribution and telecommunications services.

IDC teamed with US-based Efficient Channel Coding (ECC), a subsidiary of Viasat (NASDAQ: VSAT), will supply a DVB-S2 based hub, terminals, installation, support services and development of software to implement a next generation intelligent network. This satellite system will be used by Telesat under a Precarn Incorporated, funded research project to introduce Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create a next generation intelligent satellite network.

DVB-S2 provides greater bandwidth efficiency and improved network capacity which reduces operating costs. DVB-S2 incorporates state-of-the-art modulation (QPSK, 8PSK, and 16-APSK), advanced forward error correction coding, and use of modern data compression techniques to implement a cost-effective IP based solution. The system provides the highest bandwidth efficiency on the forward and return links. The system offers service providers key benefits such as VoIP header compression, multimedia support with integrated data, voice and video applications, and which operate over C, Ku or Ka bands.

"We are looking forward to working with ECC and IDC on the development of this next generation intelligent network," said Paul Bush, Telesat's Vice President of Broadcasting & Corporate Development. "Significant improvements can be made to future VSAT systems with the addition of artificial intelligence to the network. These capabilities offer the promise of enhanced performance and economic gains which will allow Telesat to offer new and more cost effective services to our customers."

Ron Clifton, the President and CEO of International Datacasting said, "We are pleased to be able to work with Telesat and ECC on this exciting project. The use of AI for this application is innovative, takes advantage of DVB-S2 and offers a lot of potential because of its ability to deal with complex network issues".

About International Datacasting Corporation:

IDC (TSX: IDC) provides advanced products, systems and services for the implementation of broadband wireless infrastructure networks used to distribute broadband multimedia data. IDC is at the forefront of delivering IP-based datacasting solutions via satellite and content distribution technologies with installations in more than 100 countries worldwide. IDC's products are in demand for radio and television broadcast networks, enterprise networks, distance learning, digital signage and digital cinema, high-speed Internet infrastructure and other multimedia content distribution applications. IDC is a recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Canada Export Award for Innovation and Technology Achievement. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, operates in Europe through its wholly owned subsidiary PROFline B.V. in Arnhem, the Netherlands and has an established international network of value-added partners and distributors. Visit IDC on the web at and .

About Telesat (

Headquartered in Ottawa, Telesat Canada is one of the early pioneers in satellite communications and systems management. Created in 1969, Telesat made history three years later with the launch of Anik A1, the world's first domestic communications satellite in geostationary orbit, operated by a commercial company.

Telesat operates a fleet of satellites for the provision of broadcast distribution and telecommunications services, and is a highly respected consultant and partner in satellite ventures around the world. Telesat has offices throughout Canada, in the United States and in Brazil. On December 18, 2006, Telesat's parent company, BCE Inc., agreed to sell the satellite operator for $3.42 billion to a new acquisition company formed by Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) and Loral Space & Communications Inc. As part of the agreement, Loral will transfer the fixed satellite services and network services assets of Loral Skynet to the new acquisition company, which assets will be combined with Telesat's.

About Efficient Channel Coding:

ECC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ViaSat Corporation, provides real world digital communications solutions for some of the world's most advanced networks. We design and deliver satellite communication systems, broadband communication ICs, and customized commercial and government solutions. Our technology innovations increase the efficiency of today's most advanced satellite, wireless and wire-line communications systems. More information on ECC is available on the Internet at

About Precarn:

Precarn is an independent not-for-profit company that supports the pre-commercial development of leading-edge technologies. Precarn works with Canadian companies who are seeking to commercialize their new ideas to get an edge in global markets. Unlike other research funding programs, Precarn uses a collaborative model that includes a developer, a customer and an academic research partner in every project. This collaboration accelerates development, reduces risk and shares the cost of the R&D. Precarn provides access to an extensive national network of world-class researchers, innovative companies and sources of funding. Precarn receives support from Industry Canada, other federal departments and provincial government agencies, as well as private sources.

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