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What is the OSC?

The Optical SatCom Consortium (OSC) is a member-based group that brings together technology innovators, technology suppliers, product manufacturers, and end users. The main goal of our consortium is to share research and realize the goal of making internet access available to every person in Canada, no matter if they live in rural or remote areas.


In 2018, the Government of Canada tasked the National Research Council of Canada to deliver the High-Throughput and Secure Networks Challenge program (HTSN), an initiative to develop new technologies to improve broadband connectivity in rural and remote communities across Canada.


In November 2018 the HTSN held a series of consultations to discuss the its priorities and how it could bring together the necessary resources to help the program develop its work and meet its objectives. By March 2019, HTSN began discussions with Satellite Canada Innovation Network (SatCan) to form the Optical Satellite Communications Network.


On September 1, 2019 the Optical SatCom Consortium (OSC or Consortium) was formed by agreement among HTSN and 14 other founding corporations, institutions, organizations and SMEs.


The Optical SatCom Consortium is made up of a diverse group of scientists, researchers, engineers, and organizations from across Canada that wish to share ideas and research in the field of optical satellite communication. Through this collaborative approach, they help each other, and Canada, succeed.

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How To Join

Becoming a member of the Optical SatCom Consortium gives you and your organization access to cutting edge research, quarterly news updates, and group events where you can share ideas and learn from others. Different membership options are available. Apply here.

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