OmniGlobe Networks Awarded 10 Year Agreement with the Naskapi Nation



    MONTREAL, Oct. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - OmniGlobe Networks, Inc. today announced
that it has signed a 10 year contract with a total value of $5.48 million with
the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach's Internet Service Provider (ISP)
Naskapi Imuun, Inc. Under the terms of the contract, OmniGlobe will provide
Naskapi Imuun with increased satellite bandwidth, thereby enabling the ISP to
extend its value-added services to include Voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP), videoconferencing, tele-education, and Virtual Private Networking
services. In addition, OmniGlobe will provide remote operational support and
technology transfer to Naskapi's local technical staff. Naskapi Imuun is a
for-profit, wholly owned subsidiary of the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach,
and provides the local and neighbouring communities of Schefferville,
Matimekosh and Lac John with Internet services. This is OmniGlobe's third
mandate with the Naskapi Nation since 2006.
    This announcement follows the recent funding received by Naskapi Imuun
under the National Satellite Initiative (NSI) - Round 2. This program was
first introduced by Industry Canada in partnership with Infrastructure Canada
and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in October 2003. It is designed to fund
the acquisition of satellite capacity, and possibly common ground
infrastructure, for satellite-based broadband projects in isolated and remote
communities across Canada where satellite is the only practical means of
providing broadband access. Naskapi Imuun received Round 2 funding from
Infrastructure Canada Component - Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF).
    "We estimate that only 28 per cent of Canadian communities have adequate
broadband access, and the vast majorities are located in southern Canada, in
large urban centers or communities along the Trans-Canada highway," explained
Dr. Jason Neale, CEO and President at OmniGlobe. "Our first mandate with the
Naskapi Nation was to deliver affordable broadband Internet services via
satellite to the community. We are delighted and excited to be able to support
Naskapi Imuun extending its services as the region continues to enhance its
development."
    "The engineering expertise and support from OmniGlobe over the past year
and a half have been exceptional," said John Mameamskum, Director General of
Naskapi Nation. "Our plans for further developing our Internet services are to
meet the needs of our local community and expand our capabilities in
delivering enhanced services to our business and residential customers. We
believe that we have the right technology partner in OmniGlobe to make our
vision become a reality."

    About OmniGlobe Networks, Inc.

    Based in Canada, OmniGlobe Networks is a global telecommunications
company that provides affordable satellite and WiMAX broadband Internet,
cellular and VoIP services to geographic regions around the world where
terrestrial telecommunications are unavailable, unreliable, or just too
expensive. Combining the most advanced WiMAX, satellite and cellular
technologies with its own proprietary network management and bandwidth
optimization techniques, OmniGlobe's solution enables Internet service
providers and local operators to offer fast, reliable broadband Internet
services to consumers and business customers. In partnership, OmniGlobe
provides the network design, equipment, installation, and 24/7 monitoring;
while local operators handle service agreements, first line customer support
and billing. For more information, contact the company at 6600 Trans-Canada
Highway, Suite 750, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H9R-4S2, tel: +1 514.693.8949,
email: info@omniglobenet.com, or visit the company web site at
www.omniglobenet.com.

    About the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach

    The Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach (the "Nation") (originally known as
the Naskapis de Schefferville Indian Band and later as the Naskapi Band of
Quebec) is a First Nation with a population of approximately 850 registered
Indians, who are also beneficiaries of the Northeastern Québec Agreement
("NEQA"). The majority reside in Kawawachikamach, Québec, located
approximately 16 kilometers northeast of Schefferville. Naskapi Imuun is the
Nation's Internet Service Provider that can provide service for up to 2,500
residents and 65 municipal and non-residential buildings. For more information
about the Naskapi Nation, visit the web site at www.naskapi.ca.

    About the National Satellite Initiative (NSI)

    The National Satellite Initiative was introduced in October 2003 with the
objective of lowering the cost of broadband for some 400 communities in the
Mid to Far North, as well as other remote communities, where satellite is the
only practical means of providing broadband access. Infrastructure Canada,
through the Canadian Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF), Industry Canada,
and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) are funding partners. This federal program
will help provide access to essential services in areas like health care and
education, using tools such as videoconferencing and tele-surgery. It will
also bring economic opportunities. The National Satellite Initiative is
another step towards meeting the Government of Canada's commitment to ensure
broadband access is available to all Canadian communities.




For further information:

For further information: OmniGlobe Networks, Inc.: Elsa Lebey, (514)
693-8949, ex. 203, elebey@omniglobenet.com; Naskapi Imuun Inc.: Balgovind
Pande, (514) 482-6887, pande@atmacinta.com

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