Barrett Xplore Acquires Internet Services Business from Aernet Wireless



    Acquisition Increases Barrett's Coverage in Rural New Brunswick

    WOODSTOCK, NB, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Barrett Xplore Inc. (BXI) is pleased to
announce the purchase of Aernet Wireless' Internet services business from
K-Line Construction Ltd. Aernet Wireless currently delivers Internet services
to residential and business customers from more than 50 communities across New
Brunswick. Aernet was recognized by Business New Brunswick in 2005 as one of
the province's most innovative companies for creating and delivering New
Brunswick's first wireless Internet service.
    Effective September 30th, the deal will see the sale of assets associated
with the delivery of Aernet Wireless Internet services to BXI, and transfer
more than 1,900 customers to Xplornet. This acquisition, when combined with a
recent purchase of 3.5 GHz WiMAX spectrum and expanded satellite capacity,
gives Xplornet unmatched Internet services capabilities across rural New
Brunswick.
    "We're excited to welcome Aernet customers into the BXI family," said
John Maduri, CEO of Xplornet. Over the coming months, Xplornet will integrate
Aernet operations into its network and work closely with Aernet customers to
ensure a smooth transition with limited service interruptions. "Aernet is a
great New Brunswick success story," said Maduri. "BXI is pleased to have the
opportunity to expand the Aernet network and take a significant step towards
ensuring that all New Brunswickers have access to urban-quality broadband
Internet."
    "We are proud of the contribution Aernet Wireless has made to the
delivery of rural high-speed Internet in New Brunswick," said Gary Keenan,
President of K-Line Construction Ltd. "Since 2003, we offered our customers an
excellent product and were fortunate to build a loyal customer base. We are
grateful for each and every customer and know they will be in good hands with
Barrett Xplore. We offered our customers and clients an excellent product for
five years. We built a solid and loyal base of customers and clients for which
we are very appreciative, and we gratefully wish them continued success with
Barrett Xplore," he added.
    Between now and September 30th, Aernet customers should continue to
direct all inquiries to the Aernet support line. After September 30th, BXI
will take over billing and support for Aernet customers. Throughout the fall,
BXI will work to keep current Aernet customers apprised of any updates,
including information on new products and services.

    About Barrett Xplore

    Barrett Xplore Inc. operates Xplornet Internet Services, Canada's largest
rural broadband provider, with customers and dealers in every province and
territory. Barrett Xplore Inc. aims to level the playing field and bridge the
urban/rural digital divide for rural Canadians by ensuring that every
Canadian, regardless of where they live, has access to real broadband,
enabling them to compete effectively in the global economy, as well as
providing access to government and educational services. www.xplornet.com

    About K-Line Construction Ltd.

    K-Line Construction Ltd. is a leader in the engineering and construction
of information infrastructures. Clients include the major telephone and cable
companies, including Eastlink, Seaside Cable, Telus and MTS Allstream. K-Line
has engineered and installed thousands of kilometres of fibre, copper, and
coaxial cable throughout the Atlantic Provinces for high-speed internet,
telephone and television service. The company also designs and installs
signing and lighting systems that guide travellers throughout New Brunswick
and Nova Scotia, including the recent twinning of Route 2 in New Brunswick
from Grand Falls to Woodstock. www.k-lineconstruction.com





For further information:

For further information: or interview requests: For Barrett Xplore:
Morten Paulsen, Fleishman-Hillard Canada, (403) 399-3377,
morten.paulsen@fleishman.ca

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