August 10, 2011

Newfoundland and Labrador to Become Major Gateway to Satellite Broadband in Canada

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WOODSTOCK, NB, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Xplornet Communications Inc. is
pleased to announce the successful completion of a 4G satellite ground
station located near St. John's, Newfoundland. 

This multi-million dollar investment in cutting-edge ground station
technology will provide a high speed link to the Internet for a next
generation, or 4G, high throughput satellite that will supply broadband
for rural Canadians across the country. Satellite is the key to
unlocking access to real broadband for rural Canadians, and ground
stations like the one in St. John's provide the terrestrial link for
the high-capacity signal the satellites will receive and transmit. 

Gerry O'Reilly, Xplornet's Chief Financial Officer commented on the
announcement today, "We have invested in Newfoundland and Labrador
because it offered us robust infrastructure to connect our ground
station to the Internet, and its location worked with our national
network design. This ground station is an integral part of our national
4G network, allowing us to create a better broadband experience for
rural Canadians."

Xplornet's first 4G satellite will be launched in September of this
year, and the service will be commercially available before year's
end. A second 4G satellite is scheduled for launch in the first half of
2012. Xplornet, Canada's leading rural broadband provider has invested
hundreds of millions of dollars in Canada to bridge the urban/rural
broadband divide. "This ground station - and the network it will
support - will be a game-changer for broadband in rural Canada. As a
Newfoundlander myself, I'm proud to make Newfoundland and Labrador an
important part of our technical and investment plans" concluded

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 bridge 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 services.

SOURCE Xplornet Communications Inc.