New Investment, Jobs Coming to Eastern Ontario

Xplornet, Canada's leading rural broadband provider, expanding to Cornwall

WOODSTOCK, NB, Oct. 19, 2016 /CNW/ - The City of Cornwall and surrounding area will see the addition of over 130 new full-time jobs in Canada's technology sector, thanks to an exciting new investment by Xplornet Communications Inc.

To support its continued growth across Canada, Xplornet today announced that renovations will begin shortly on a new multi-function regional office in Cornwall, Ontario.  Cornwall was selected as the preferred location because of its strong local economy and the quality of its workforce.

In total, Xplornet will invest approximately $40 million over the next five years in its new Cornwall operations.  The new offices will be located in the revitalized Weave Shed Complex in Cornwall's Cotton Mills district, located in close proximity to downtown and within walking distance of St. Lawrence College. 

In recent years, Xplornet has achieved significant growth to become Canada's largest rural-focused Internet service provider.  Next year will see a major expansion of its network, with the continued extension of its LTE Internet service combined with the launch of two new satellites offering Internet download speeds not previously seen in many parts of rural Canada.  This new office is an important addition that will support the anticipated needs of customers in the Eastern Ontario region and throughout Canada.

Quick Facts

For Cornwall and the surrounding region, the results will be significant:

  • Xplornet plans to create over 130 full-time, highly skilled jobs in the next 5 years, with attractive compensation packages.

  • Once fully operational, the office will support all core company functions, including technical service, customer care, sales, network, and corporate support.   The office will be the first of its kind for Xplornet, with the implementation of proprietary technology that will enable the company to deliver customer care approaches not previously seen in the telecommunications sector.

  • Xplornet has been nationally recognized in four of the last five years as a Top Employer in Atlantic Canada, has been named a Canadian Telecom Employer of Choice for three years in a row, and has a proven reputation for developing and promoting internal talent.

  • Recruitment is already underway.  For more information regarding a career at Xplornet, visit xplornet.com/careers.

Quotes

"Our customers live in rural communities across Canada.  To continue our heritage of providing exceptional customer service, we choose to invest in rural communities.  We think Cornwall and the surrounding areas in Eastern Ontario are representative of our customers and ultimately, of rural Canada itself.  This expansion promises exciting opportunities for our company, and we envision an equally bright future for our operations in Cornwall."
Allison Lenehan, CEO of Xplornet

"This is the kind of new investment that we anticipated for eastern Ontario when we launched the Eastern Ontario Regional Network project.  It is heartening to see Xplornet, one of our key partners, show its confidence in the region by making this substantial commitment."
David Burton, Chair of the Eastern Ontario Regional Network

"The City of Cornwall continues to boast a highly skilled and diverse workforce that can meet the needs of innovative companies like Xplornet.  The decision to undertake an investment like this demonstrates Cornwall's appeal for new investment, and will serve as a catalyst for further development in Cornwall's historic Cotton Mills district."
Leslie O'Shaughnessy, Mayor of Cornwall

"The presence of an innovative company like Xplornet in Eastern Ontario is exactly the type of investment our region needs.  It has been a pleasure working with the Xplornet Team to bring this project to the riding of Stormont Dundas and South Glengarry, and I hope to continue to work with companies like Xplornet to grow our community and position Cornwall as an exciting, innovative place to invest and create jobs."
Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry

About Xplornet Communications Inc.

Headquartered in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Xplornet Communications Inc. is Canada's leading rural broadband provider. We believe everyone should have access to the transformative benefits of broadband, so we make our service available everywhere in Canada, including the hard to reach places. We overcome the challenges of Canada's vast geography through our deployment of Canada's first national 4G network, which leverages both fixed-wireless towers on the ground and next-generation satellites in space. Our customers live in the farthest reaches of the country and just outside of major urban centres, and through our coast-to-coast network of local dealers we connect them to all that the Internet offers. Xplornet is high-speed Internet – for all of Canada.

SOURCE Xplornet Communications Inc.

For further information: For inquiries, please contact: James Maunder, (613) 266-2250, James.Maunder@corp.xplornet.com

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