It was the world's first domestic national communication satellite. Telesat launched Anik A1 in 1972 as the world's first domestic communications satellite in geostationary orbit operated by a commercial company. The Anik A fleet of satellites gave CBC the ability to reach the Canadian North for the first time. Each of the satellites was equipped with 12 C-bandtransponders, and thus had the capacity for 12 colour television channels. Anik means "little brother" in Inuktitut.
The Anik satellites are a series of geostationary communications satellites launched by Telesat Canada for television in Canada, from 1972 through 2013. Some of the later satellites in the series remain operational in orbit, while others have been retired and are derelict. The naming of the satellite was determined by a national contest, and was won by Julie-Frances Czapla of St. Leonard, Quebec. In Inuktitut, Anik means "little brother".