Lynx Mobility: New Cellular Service Provider for Remote and Rural Canada



    QUEBEC CITY, July 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Naskapi Imuun and OmniGlobe Networks
today announced the signing of agreements that creates Canada's first national
cellular service provider that is equally owned by an Aboriginal partner. The
new joint-venture known as Lynx Mobility Inc. combines leading technology and
innovative business models to deliver cellular phone services to small
un-served communities in remote and rural Canada. Lynx Mobility was officially
launched by Philip Einish, President of Naskapi Imuun and Jason Neale,
OmniGlobe Networks' CEO, and witnessed by Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the
Assembly of First Nations during the 29th Annual General Assembly that took
place in Quebec City last week.
    Naskapi Imuun and OmniGlobe Networks began exploring the feasibility of
providing cellular telephone services to First Nation communities and remote
regions in Canada last year as recent statistics revealed that the total
market opportunity is approximately seven percent (7%) of the country's
population, an estimated 3 million potential subscribers. The two companies
joined forces, combining OmniGlobe's technical expertise in delivering fixed
and mobile wireless services over a satellite infrastructure, along with
Naskapi Imuun's proven expertise in installation, administration and
management of remote telecommunications services. They then developed a viable
low-cost solution that would be ideally suited for remote and rural
communities and would meet all of their technical, price and scalability
requirements.
    "The communities that we have been talking to have been asking for
cellular services for a long time but the incumbent providers' infrastructure
and business models are not well suited for sparsely populated areas. Up until
now, they simply had no viable alternatives. The arrival of Lynx Mobility will
revolutionize that," explained Benoit Fleury from Lynx Mobility.
    A key differentiator in Lynx Mobility's offering is its business model;
it provides a sustained partnership arrangement with local communities,
enabling them to locally brand and manage their own cellular network. "This
community-driven approach provides a long-term sustainable solution for our
citizens. The revenues generated can be shared within the community, which
will help in capacity building and job creation," added Philip Einish,
President of Naskapi Imuun.
    Lynx Mobility has already been generating a lot of interest in several
northern communities across Canada. A first demonstration site has
successfully been deployed in Kawawachikamach of northern Quebec, and enables
local residents to establish local and long distance calls. Lynx Mobility now
plans to extend the coverage to three additional neighbouring communities in
and around the Schefferville area. Other sites are also expected to become
operational in the fall of this year.

    About Lynx Mobility:

    Lynx Mobility is the creation of Naskapi Imuun and OmniGlobe Networks. It
is the first cellular service provider that is equally Aboriginally-owned and
dedicated to serving remote and rural communities across Canada. Its unique
low-cost cellular-satellite offering is ideally suited for deployment in
unserved areas. Its innovative partnership model is based on revenue-sharing;
with local ownership of assets, communities manage their cellular service,
creating local high-tech employment, training & skills opportunities, and
reinforcing community pride. For more information, contact Lynx Mobility's
representative Balgovind Pande by telephone: (514) 482-6887 email:
bpande@lynxmobility.com or visit the Lynx Mobility website:
www.lynxmobility.com

    About Naskapi Imuun:

    Established under federal legislation in May, 1999, Naskapi Imuun is a
for-profit corporation that is wholly owned by the Naskapi Nation of
Kawawachikamach (the "Nation"). The Nation is a First Nation located northeast
of Schefferville, Québec, with a population of approximately 850 registered
Indians, who are also beneficiaries of the 1978 Northeastern Québec Agreement,
Canada's second comprehensive land claims settlement. As a successful
participant in Industry Canada's Broadband for Rural and Northern Development
Pilot Program and the Canadian Strategic Infrastructure Fund's National
Satellite Initiative - Round 2, Naskapi Imuun provides high speed Internet
services in Kawawachikamach, Schefferville, Matimekush, Lac John, and Squaw
Lake. For more information, contact Naskapi Imuun's representative at 5800
Monkland Avenue, Montréal, Québec, H4A 1G1, tel: (514) 482-6887, email:
pande@atmacinta.com, or visit the Nation's website at www.naskapi.ca.

    About OmniGlobe Networks:

    Based in Montreal, Quebec, OmniGlobe Networks is a global
telecommunications company that provides reliable and affordable satellite,
cellular, wireless broadband Internet and VoIP services to geographic regions
around the world where terrestrial telecommunications are unavailable,
unreliable or just too expensive. OmniGlobe Networks deploys and manages
Internet and value-added services such as VPN, VoIP and videoconferencing
using wireless technologies to serve communities that are located beyond the
reach of conventional telecom providers. For more information, contact
OmniGlobe Networks at 6600 Trans-Canada Highway, Suite 750, Montréal, Québec,
Canada H9R-4S2, tel: +1 514.693.8949, email: info@omniglobenet.com, or visit
the company web site at www.omniglobe.com




For further information:

For further information: Elsa Lebey, (514) 693-8949 ext 203,
elebey@lynxmobility.com

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