Government of Canada Makes Investments in Telecommunications Infrastructure – Iridium Satellite Services contracts allows federal departments to better serve Canadians

News Release

For Immediate Release 

July 26, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Shared Services Canada 

Shared Services Canada (SSC) is committed to supporting the modernization of the Government of Canada’s telecommunications infrastructure. 

Anita Vandenbeld, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West – Nepean, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, acting Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada with responsibility for SSC, and Minister of Natural Resources Canada, today announced the award of three contracts totalling $13.2 million to MetOcean Telematics and Track24 Canada Ltd. to provide the Government of Canada with mobile satellite telecommunications equipment and services that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. 

Shared Services Canada’s contract with these small- and medium-sized enterprises will create middle-class jobs and provide departments with access to Iridium Satellite telecommunications services and equipment. 

The Iridium Satellite Services complement Shared Services Canada’s ability to provide worldwide mobile connectivity services, including coverage of the North and South poles. With these new contracts in place, public servants working abroad or in remote locations will have better telecommunications services, in turn allowing federal departments to better serve Canadians. 

Quotes 

“The renewal of our Iridium Satellite Services is a great example of how our government is delivering on its commitment to modernize our telecommunications infrastructure. Our partnership with MetOcean Telematics and Track24 Canada Ltd. will ensure that our government remains connected, no matter where in the world we work in service to Canadians.” 

Anita Vandenbeld
Member of Parliament for Ottawa West
Nepean 

“This contract will allow Track24 Canada Ltd. to continue to invest in the Canadian economy and develop innovative satellite technologies right here in Ottawa. Our satellite tracking products can provide lifesaving technology for personnel working in remote or dangerous locations. In addition, the real-time situational awareness that these technologies offer can be critical to the success of government operations. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Government of Canada as they work to keep their employees connected and safe, here at home and around the world.” 

Giles Adam Peeters
Chief Operating Officer
Track24 Canada Ltd.
 

Quick Facts 

  • Shared Services Canada’s Satellite Services provide fixed-location and mobile satellite-based telecommunications services, both nationally and internationally. 

  • Shared Services Canada’s partnership with MetOcean Telematics and Track24 Canada Ltd. will provide the Government of Canada with satellite-based voice, data and geolocation services and equipment. 

  • The Iridium Satellite Service is a mobile, worldwide satellite telecommunications network that can be accessed using handheld, vehicular, marine and/or fixed communications terminals. 

  • The Iridium Satellite Services provide worldwide connectivity to over 4,000 subscribers at more than 25 government departments and agencies. 

  • Additionally, the Iridium Satellite Services can be used to transmit secure information when combined with end-to-end encryption. 


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Contact 

Mary-Rose Brown
Office of the Honourable Judy M. Foote
819-997-5421 

Media Relations
Shared Services Canada
613-670-1626
ssc.media-medias.spc@canada.ca 

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