Axia Sells Stake in Xarxa Oberta

CALGARY, May 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Axia NetMedia Corporation (Axia) announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Axia NGNetworks Spain (Axia Spain) has entered into a binding letter agreement to sell its 35% stake in Xarxa Oberta (Xarxa) to its partner in the venture, Imagina Media Audiovisual (Imagina), for aggregate cash consideration of €5.3 million (approximately CDN$7.1 million) (the Transaction).  The Transaction is subject to approval by the Catalan regional government and to entering into a definitive share purchase agreement on customary terms satisfactory to Axia Spain and Imagina.

Xarxa was established in Catalonia, Spain in 2010 to build, operate and sell services to government and private sector customers over a regional fibre optic network.  Axia and Imagina's partnership contemplated the alignment of their respective ownership interests in Xarxa once Xarxa was operational and this realignment facilitated Imagina's offer to buy Axia's stake in Xarxa.

Art Price, Chairman and CEO of Axia, commented "While we are pleased with the development of Xarxa Oberta and believe that it has a good future, Axia and Imagina agree that the challenges it faces would be optimally met under the singular ownership of Imagina. Axia's interests in Europe will now be fully focused through Covage, our major operation in France."

The transaction is expected to close on July 25, 2013.  Proceeds from the Transaction represent Axia's equity and shareholder investment in Xarxa with interest up to the time of close.

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Axia owns, operates and sells services over fibre optic communications infrastructure. Axia trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "AXX".

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SOURCE: Axia NetMedia Corporation

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For further information, please visit Axia's website at www.axia.com, or contact:

Glenn Jamieson
Investor Relations
Axia NetMedia Corporation
(905) 582-6169
glenn.jamieson@axia.com

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