WHO WE ARE

The future of telecom starts here

Terrestar Solutions was founded in 2008 by the Québec business leaders who built Fido (Microcell), thereby turning the dream of democratizing Canadian wireless into an everyday reality.

Then, backed by a seasoned leadership team, they broadened their horizons and began charting the future of Canadian telecommunications by integrating their MSS spectrum to the cellular ecosystem to extend cellular ground networks, and by providing satellite services across the country through the launch of their Strigo service in 2020.

Today, at Terrestar, we’re harnessing revolutionary new technologies to enable seamless direct-to-mobile satellite services for everyday devices and the IoT.

More than ever, thanks to our open-network architecture, we’re working hand in hand with leading mobile network operators (MNOs) and committed partners to extend ground networks and bring connectivity to life for all Canadians like never before.

Furthermore, as an MSS licensee, we benefit from the following advantages:

  • the ability to immediately offer IoT services;
  • access to an existing international regulatory framework;
  • seamless use of terrestrial networks without interference;
  • greater spectrum capacity to advance 5G New Radio (5G-NR) services;
  • the ability to help MNOs-offer satellite/terrestrial integration in their entire service area without sacrificing their terrestrial spectrum.

With our geostationary satellite, ground infrastructures and spectrum licences in hand, we’re set to provide ubiquitous, coverage to everyone, all across this vast country of ours.

And we won’t stop there.

In fact, Terrestar has just taken another decisive step by creating the Mobile Satellite Services Association in partnership with other co-founding members.

This committed group of North American industry leaders, working together with its ecosystem partners, supports the integration of terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks (NTNs) to deliver scalable, sustainable, and affordable connectivity to any device, anytime, anywhere—a real game-changer for Canadians. 

It’s simple: at Terrestar, we believe that access to communication is a fundamental right, not a luxury, and we’re working hard to make it a reality. To that end, we’re working on the design of a low-orbit constellation to complement our geostationary satellite, thereby ensuring the evolution of services so we can meet the needs of cellular-users well into the future.

Discover how we’re keeping Canadians connected.

Our Values

Connecting with what really matters

Our values embody who we are and what we want to achieve. They set us apart, standing as guideposts, keeping us on course as we work tirelessly to pursue our mission of providing connectivity for one and all.

Solidarity

We’re committed to connecting everyone everywhere to everything by working hand in hand with our partners, collaborators, network operators and service providers.

Accessibility

We want to make next-gen technologies accessible to everyone. It’s part of who we are: open-minded and barrier free.

Determination

Our team members share the will to go above and beyond with boundless initiative and keen intelligence, working around the clock to connect Canadians from coast to coast. And that’s just the beginning.

Our Values

Connecting with what really matters

Our values embody who we are and what we want to achieve. They set us apart, standing as guideposts, keeping us on course as we work tirelessly to pursue our mission of providing connectivity for one and all.

Solidarity

We’re committed to connecting everyone everywhere to everything by working hand in hand with our partners, collaborators, network operators and service providers.

Accessibility

We want to make next-gen technologies accessible to everyone. It’s part of who we are: open-minded and barrier free.

Determination

Our team members share the will to go above and beyond with boundless initiative and keen intelligence, working around the clock to connect Canadians from coast to coast. And that’s just the beginning.

Our Team

A constellation of talented people

Meet our tenacious leadership team—a group of seasoned leaders driven by a spirit of innovation, inspired by daunting challenges, and ready to explore new horizons as they chart the way to the future of telecommunications.

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André Tremblay

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Since the foundation of the company in 2008, André has acted as Executive Chairman of the Board of Terrestar Solutions. Until April 2020, he also held the title of CEO. He has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, most notably in the conception, financing and management of several leading companies. For almost 10 years, André served as President and CEO of Microcell Telecommunications (Fido™), a wireless network and service provider that he led from inception through its complete evolution. During that time, he also provided early-stage financing, strategic counsel, and direction for a number of successful start-up tech firms. In 2005, he was appointed by Canada’s Industry Minister as a member of the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel to make recommendations on how to modernize Canada’s telecommunication policies and regulatory framework.

André holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Accounting from Université Laval, a Master’s degree in Taxation from the Université de Sherbrooke, and is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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Jacques Leduc

PRESIDENT AND CEO

In April 2020, Jacques was appointed President and CEO of Terrestar Solutions. Prior to that, he acted as CFO and Treasurer, roles he held since the founding of the company in 2008. From 1995 to 2004, he served as CFO of Microcell Telecommunications (Fido™), VP of Finance and Director of Corporate Planning. In 2005, Jacques was one of the founders of Trio Capital, an investment firm in the Canadian telecommunication sector and abroad. Throughout his lengthy career, Jacques has held a number of senior management positions in finance and taxation for influential Canadian and International firms. He has also been on the boards of numerous publicly held companies in the U.S and Canada, in addition to serving as Chairman of several audit committees. He has a consistent track record of increasing productivity by streamlining operations and making innovative use of technology. A results-driven, innovative and diplomatic executive, Jacques is a seasoned negotiator, able to effectively provide options and flexibility, while reducing and containing costs.

Jacques holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales of Montréal, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

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René Bousquet

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

René began his extensive career at Price Waterhouse in strategic management and market research. As an expert in consumer behaviour and retailing, he was co-author of Price Waterhouse’s annual Canadian Retail Outlook publication. Over the years, René held various top executive positions at Microcell Telecommunications Inc., most notably as VP Finance and VP Marketing, for which he was awarded Marketing Man of the Year in 2004 by the Montreal Marketing Association. Subsequent to the acquisition of Microcell by Rogers, René was appointed Executive VP at Rogers Wireless and President of Fido Inc.


In 2006, he joined Trio Capital Inc., a private investment firm, as a Partner, alongside Jacques Leduc and André Tremblay. In 2009, he joined Terrestar Solutions as Chief Commercial Officer. In April 2020, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer. René holds an M.Sc. from the Université de Sherbrooke and a Corporate Directors certificate from the Institute of Corporate Directors and McGill University.

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Serge Legris

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER AND CORPORATE PLANNING

Serge joined Terrestar Solutions in September 2022 and today, he’s responsible for planning and implementing the technological orientation of our company, in addition to ensuring that our development aligns with corporate strategy.

Prior to joining our team, Serge worked for over ten years at Videotron, first as Vice President Wireless Access Network, where he was entrusted with the planning and deployment of the wireless network; and subsequently as Chief Technology Planning Officer and Vice President of Products and Services, where he was responsible for the development of new technological solutions.

Serge has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry in consulting, manufacturing and network operators. For over 15 years, he held various senior management positions, including President and Chief Operating Officer as well as VP of Marketing and Operations. Over the years, he has also worked for a number of leading companies including SR Telecom, inCode Telecom, Rogers and Bell.

Serge holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Telecommunications from Polytechnique Montreal.

Want to meet everyone at Terrestar and Strigo? Check out our entire team here.

Our shareholders

Terrestar Solutions is a privately-owned and controlled Canadian company headquartered in Québec. Our shareholders have significant global wireless and satellite communications holdings and a wealth of experience. More importantly, they share our mission of delivering ubiquitous coverage for all.

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Our Journey

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February 2024

Launch of the Mobile Satellite Services Association–Terrestar proposes the creation of the MSSA, joining other co-founding members, each one an industry leader.

Their mission is to help deliver scalable, sustainable, and affordable connectivity to any device, anytime, anywhere in the world.

October 2023

Terrestar, TELUS and Skylo demonstrate Canada's first two-way communication between smartphones and satellites.

Terrestar and Skylo join forces on direct-to-device satellite communications throughout Canada.

July 2022

Terrestar initiated the 5G NTN Project.

March 2020

Strigo announces its new, innovative value proposition to all Canadians seeking affordable and safe connectivity in remote locations.

February 2020

Terrestar launches its newly developed Strigo brand to offer mobile satellite services to Canadians. Meaning owl in Esperanto, Strigo stands as the sentinel that keeps you safe and in touch with your world wherever you are, even in Canada’s remote locations.

September 2019

Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) approves Terrestar’s application to subordinate licence 40 MHz of AWS-4 spectrum in 37 Tier 3 licenced areas and 13 Tier 4 licenced areas to Xplornet Communications Inc. These licences cover nearly 13 million Canadians living in 10 provinces.

August 2019

ISED approves Terrestar’s application to subordinate licence 20 MHz of its spectrum to TELUS in 11 Tier 4 licenced areas and 10 MHz in three (3) Tier 4 licenced areas (Vancouver, Victoria and Hope, B.C.). These licences cover over 13 million Canadians living in the four most populated provinces.

May 2019

ISED certifies Terrestar’s MSS mobile device, the Hughes 4201 Mobile Satellite Device, for use in Canada.

April 2019

ISED approval is obtained, following the closing of a transaction with Gamma Acquisition Canada ULC, to acquire 10% of the satellite, and of all related Canadian satellite licences.

December 2018

Terrestar enters into a long-term partnership with Telesat to monitor and operate its satellite and feederlink gateway activities in Canada.

Gamma Acquisition Canada’s MSS and Echostar T1 satellite orbital spectrum & radio licences are transferred to Terrestar.

May 2018

Terrestar contracts Hughes Network Systems for the design, development, supply and integration of its satellite ground communication network infrastructure and services in Canada.

The mobile satellite network will be fully deployed and operational by March 2020.

October 2017

Terrestar‘s shareholders commit and support an additional capitalization of approximately $120 million (in addition to some $1B previously invested pre Terrestar-1 launch in 2009 – now renamed Echostar T1).

April 2017

Band 66 and 70 are confirmed part of the priority list for 5G band candidates with the goal to be standardized as part of 3GPP Rel-15 (mid-2019).

February 2017

Terrestar applies to ISED to access limited spectrum in the 1695 – 1710 MHz band. This additional spectrum is required to provide 3GPP-sanctioned uplink capability and pairing for Band 70 to provide traditional AWS-4 mobile service.

The application is denied in February 2018 due to uncertainty of future uplink frequencies for Band 70. Terrestar commits to continue to work with ISED to make Band 70 services a reality for Canadian consumers.

January 2017

3GPP officially looks at new radio access technologies to normalize it for compatibility with 5G standard.

The inclusion of satellite requirements during the development of the 5G specifications is expected to foster the integration of satellite capabilities into the 5G converged network. This is still underway.

June 2016

Terrestar elects to use its AWS-4 spectrum all in the downlink direction, thereby harmonizing with the North American standard for the AWS-4 Band.

The new Band 70 is approved by 3GPP following a new Study Item to assess the feasibility of a new asymmetrical 15+25 MHz LTE Band while providing deployment flexibility in protecting primary Federal and non-Federal Meteorological Satellite (MetSat) receiver sites. This new band is a mix of the unpaired AWS-3 1695-1710 MHz in uplink, and H-block 1995-2000 MHz plus AWS-4 2000-2020 MHz in downlink.

Aggregation is defined with Bands 29 (700 MHz unpaired), 66 (AWS-extended) and 71 (600 MHz) allowing bandwidth of 65 MHz (inter-band aggregation with Band 66) and 85 MHz (inter-band aggregation with Bands 66 and 71). Band 70 rapidly becomes part of the list of bands for Narrow Band IoT.

March 2016

The 3GPP adds Band 66 to the list of bands for Narrow Band IoT.

September 2015

Terrestar Solutions shareholders proceed with the additional study items toward the integration of band AWS-4 into Band 70 at the 3GPP forum.

June 2015

A new Band 66 is defined by 3GPP that includes existing AWS-1 and AWS-3 bands, to which the 20-MHz downlink portion of AWS-4 is added creating a 70 MHz up, 90 MHz down band. Driven by the demand for AWS-3 capable radios, aggregation schemes between Band 66 and other mobile bands are rapidly defined. Band 66 can be aggregated with 12 bands including PCS 1900, 850 Cellular, 2500 BRS, lower 700, upper 700, Public Safety 700, unpaired 700 SDL, 2300, unlicensed 5 GHz, 3500 US CBRS, Band 70 (AWS-3/4) and 600 MHz. Up to 4-band aggregation is possible with a maximum downlink bandwidth of 100 MHz.

Band 66 ecosystem will rapidly develop in the following months with radio and mobile devices supporting the band.

April 2015

Terrestar is issued a new, 20-year nation-wide licence from Industry Canada for an additional 20 MHz of spectrum for a total of 40 MHz. It uses this same spectrum (2000 – 2020 MHz and 2180 – 2200 MHz) to provide national Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) via the Echostar T1 satellite in what is generally referred to as the S-Band, and national cellular services in what is generally referred to as the AWS-4 frequency band for cellular services. Terrestar is the only company with the unique advantage of coordinating the rural-and-remote-based MSS service and the urban-and-rural-based wireless cellular services using the same spectrum frequencies nationally across the country.

December 2014

Industry Canada modifies its MSS-ATC Policy to allow for the use of satellite and terrestrial devices separately (dual-mode integrated handset requirement dropped from policy). Terrestar is approved for an additional 20 MHz of ATC and MSS spectrum for a combined total of 40 MHz.

December 2013

Terrestar Solutions shareholders proceed with a Study Item for the integration of band AWS-4 into Band 66 at the 3GPP forum. This process (standard) is an important step forward toward reaching the goal of bringing satellite services to all Canadians wherever they are while using everyday devices.

May 2012

In order to deliver its vision, Terrestar shareholders decide to convert to a new standard “EGAL.” They work with a chip-set manufacturer to integrate the satellite band into cellular phones. Ground infrastructures are built in the US to test the technology. The chipset manufacturer subsequently abandoned this project in 2013. Terrestar is then obligated to end its project to offer the Genus Phone in partnership with a large Canadian provider.

The Elektrobit-designed Genus phone becomes the first dual-mode satellite/cellular handset certified for use in Canada.

November 2011

DISH Networks acquires Terrestar Canada, a sister company of Terrestar Solutions Inc., DBSD North America and Terrestar US. Terrestar Canada is renamed Gamma Acquisition Canada ULC. DISH also becomes an important shareholder of Terrestar Solutions.

August 2009

Industry Canada approves Trio Capital’s acquisition of Terrestar Canada and transfers licences to the company.

July 2009

On the first of July, Terrestar-1 satellite, built by Space Systems Loral, is launched and located in geostationary orbit at 111 degrees west, 35,000 kilometers over the equator.

December 2008

Trio Capital Inc. of Montreal completes the acquisition of Terrestar Canada and becomes the majority shareholder of the newly found Terrestar Solutions Inc. The purchase agreement also allows access to 20 MHz of S-Band spectrum in Canada. The spectrum is coupled with licences to offer mobile satellite and wireless cellular services across Canada.

May 2004

Industry Canada issues an MSS-ATC Policy paving the way for satellite and cellular service integration. The policy specifies that a single handset be used for MSS satellite and ATC wireless cellular services.

Solidarity with the causes that go above and beyond
for a sustainable future

SOCIAL IMPACT

Given our mission of connecting everyone from coast to coast, it’s only natural for us to support causes that protect and enrich our great outdoors. But we also support groups that foster better education, healthcare, and the well-being of our communities. 

And because we believe in a sustainable future, we’re dedicated to being there when and where those causes need our help.

Our 4 key pillars of action

Environment

More than ever, it’s critical that we protect the vital resources of our country and our planet, to help ensure a truly sustainable future.

Education

We believe that everyone should have access to quality education, even in the most remote areas of our country, for the well-being of future generations.

Communities

It’s vital that we help bridge the coverage gap, connecting everyone, everywhere, to help ensure we’re all safe, well informed and in touch with our loved ones and our businesses.

Health

We’re here to support efforts to help Canadians enjoy healthier, safer lives, no matter where they live.

Our 4 key pillars of action

Environment

More than ever, it’s critical that we protect the vital resources of our country and our planet, to help ensure a truly sustainable future.

Education

We believe that everyone should have access to quality education, even in the most remote areas of our country, for the well-being of future generations.

Communities

It’s vital that we help bridge the coverage gap, connecting everyone, everywhere, to help ensure we’re all safe, well informed and in touch with our loved ones and our businesses.

Health

We’re here to support efforts to help Canadians enjoy healthier, safer lives, no matter where they live.

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