Lift-Off For Rural 4G Broadband!
Proton Rocket Carrying New 4G Broadband Satellite Successfully Launched
MARKHAM, ON, Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Xplornet Communications Inc. is
delighted to announce the successful launch of ViaSat-1, North
America’s first 4G broadband satellite. The satellite was launched
from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and will be stationed in geosynchronous orbit at an altitude of 35,786
A game-changer in terms of ubiquitous broadband access in Canada,
ViaSat-1 will allow for previously unavailable speed and bandwidth
economics, and will provide rural and remote Canadians a broadband
connection that is truly fast and affordable. Together with the
planned launch of a second, similar 4G satellite in 2012 and with its
national fixed-wireless 4G network, Xplornet will effectively end
Canada’s urban/rural digital-divide, once and for all.
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“We recognized that satellite broadband needed to be faster and more
affordable. With this new 4G satellite service, Xplornet will offer
satellite broadband service that is both” said John Maduri, Xplornet’s Chief Executive Officer. ViaSat-1 will support customer download speeds of up to 25 Mbps, with
more capacity than all current North American broadband satellites
combined. Xplornet Communications Inc., Canada’s leading provider of
rural broadband, has purchased 100% of the Canadian Ka-band capacity on
the satellite, entirely for rural broadband use. Xplornet expects the
satellite service to be available to Canadians late this year.
“This is an historic launch. The technology is revolutionary. Our
investment of hundreds of millions in rural broadband infrastructure is
unprecedented. And Canada is now joining a group of other regions,
like the UK, the US, and Europe, that have endorsed 4G satellite
broadband as the solution for ensuring 100% access to affordable broadband.” said
“Most important though, is the impact this satellite is going to have on
people. I am proud to say that Xplornet has done what no other
Canadian company could do, and what some people said that private
industry would never do: make fast, affordable broadband available
everywhere in Canada. By 2012, every Canadian will be able to
experience the transformative benefits of broadband.” concluded Maduri.
About Xplornet Communications Inc.
Headquartered in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Xplornet Communications Inc.
(formerly Barrett Xplore Inc.) is Canada’s leading rural broadband
provider, with customers and dealers in every province and territory.
Xplornet aims to eliminate the urban/rural digital divide by ensuring
that every Canadian, regardless of where they live, has access to
broadband, thereby enabling them to compete effectively in the global
economy and gain access to essential government and educational
SOURCE Xplornet Communications Inc.
Image with caption: “The Proton rocket containing ViaSat-1 on the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Oct 18 2011. Courtesy ILS International Launch Services, Inc. (CNW Group/Xplornet Communications Inc.)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111020_C5536_PHOTO_EN_5062.jpg
Image with caption: “The Proton rocket containing ViaSat-1 is readied for launch at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Oct 18 2011. Courtesy ILS International Launch Services, Inc. (CNW Group/Xplornet Communications Inc.)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111020_C5536_PHOTO_EN_5063.jpg
Image with caption: “The ViaSat-1 4G satellite in the hangar at Baikonur Cosmodrome prior to its insertion of the rocket nose-cone. Oct 18 2011. Courtesy ILS International Launch Services, Inc. (CNW Group/Xplornet Communications Inc.)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111020_C5536_PHOTO_EN_5064.jpg
Video with caption: “Video: Lift-Off For Rural 4G Broadband: Proton Rocket Carrying New 4G Broadband Satellite Successfully Launched”. Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20111020_C5536_VIDEO_EN_5088.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20111020_C5536_PHOTO_EN_5088.jpg&clientName=Xplornet%20Communications%20Inc%2E&caption=Video%3A%20Lift%2DOff%20For%20Rural%204G%20Broadband%3A%20Proton%20Rocket%20Carrying%20New%204G%20Broadband%20Satellite%20Successfully%20Launched&title=Lift%2DOff%20For%20Rural%204G%20Broadband