Ground stations are designed to receive broadcasts from Anik satellites.
Thirty-seven ground stations were then put into service to relay Anik's signals and thus meet different objectives.
First there is that of meeting the telecommunications needs in the Far North, which practically do not exist.
Through its communications capabilities, Anik could notably facilitate prospecting and development of the mining industry.
Anik satellite channels have also been reserved by telephone companies to ensure long-range communications from north to south, but also from east to west of the country.
Anik, July 1, 1973
July 1, 1973, a few months after deployment by Anik, the special program The Arctic on television looks at the advent of this technology in the Canadian Far North.
Just yesterday, the hunter came to exchange his furs for sugar, flour, tea, a hunting rifle or any other product necessary for his subsistence, says host Bernard Derome.
Now, color televisions are popular at the Hudson's Bay counter in Inuvik, in the Northern Territory. West.
If some prices are sometimes double or triple those of our large cities, the cost of a television does not seem to frighten the customer.
A quote from the host Bernard Derome
In a report filmed on location, the journalist Henri Crusène shows us a customer who stares at the sound box new television on the back of his snowmobile.
The sellers of Hudson's Bay confirm that a lot of color television sets are sold, and undoubtedly even more among Aboriginal customers .
White people bring their television from the South, explains saleswoman Jacquie Couture.
Hours of sunshine are very short and, with the intense cold of winter, it is very appreciable to have television broadcasts, expresses the supplier Michel Fournier.
I believe that Anik's arrival will have a great influence on the economic future of the Yukon, believes Raoul St-Julien, manager of the CFWH radio station in Whitehorse.
This bright economic future will allow industry and even government agencies to bring personnel to our region.
Television thus represents a way for workers from the South to entertain themselves and maintain a link with the world.
And what about are there indigenous populations?
There has been much talk, since the advent of television in the Yukon and the Northwest Territories, of programs designed by the Aboriginal people and carried out by them, declares Bernard Derome.
In 1973, for the majority of the 60,000 inhabitants scattered across the immense and desert territories of the Arctic region, television was only a distant dream.
Anik satellites had helped make this dream come true.
But the breakdown of 1994 showed that the latter could disappear momentarily due in particular to a technological failure.
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