OmniGlobe Networks Selected to Provide Wireless Broadband Services to the rural communities around Kingston, Ontario



    KINGSTON, ON, July 1 /CNW Telbec/ - OmniGlobe Networks, Inc, the
telecommunications company that provides cost-effective broadband Internet,
satellite and cellular services to remote communities around the globe,
announces today the signing of an agreement with the City of Kingston to
enhance the telecommunications infrastructure in the unserved areas of the
region. OmniGlobe Networks was selected based on its successful bid to the
public tender issued in October last year. The project, which is part of a
$10 million Ontario government initiative awarded to 18 rural municipalities,
is designed to provide affordable, accessible and reliable broadband access
for residents and businesses located in rural areas and is made possible
through funding provided by the Rural Connections - Ontario Municipal
Broadband Partnership Program of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food,
and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
    Ideally located between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, the City of
Kingston is a major hub of eastern Ontario. Ranked 4th in the annual list of
"Canada's best places to live", it is considered a preferred investment
destination for knowledge-based industries and for research and technology
centres. The city, which already provides broadband access to the urban parts
of Kingston through their subsidiary Utilities Kingston, submitted an
application for provincial funding in partnership with Kingston Economic
Development Corporation (KEDCO) in an effort to improve the broadband network
in the rural areas of the City of Kingston, the County of Lennox & Addington
and the County of Frontenac.
    ""Providing rural communities access to broadband connectivity is
instrumental to the economic development of the region" explained the interim
Chief Administrative Officer Gerard Hunt.
    "The broadband initiative will have a positive impact on the residents
and businesses in our area" added the Manager of the KEDCO Entrepreneurship
Centre Lindsey Fair, "which will ultimately benefit the entire community."
    "We are pleased that the Frontenac Community Futures Development
Corporation (FCFDC) was able to provide funding through the Eastern Ontario
Development Program to help the construction of broadband infrastructure in
Cloyne and Plevna so this project could come to fruition. The availability of
high-speed Internet service to these communities is critical to their economic
competitiveness." stated, Anne Prichard, Executive Director, Frontenac CFDC.
    OmniGlobe Networks, which is already working with several other
communities in rural Ontario to reduce infrastructure gaps in the region, will
deliver on its mandate by providing a new network that will successfully
deliver high speed Internet connectivity to residents and businesses
throughout the Kingston area. In partnership with Utilities Kingston, the
company will be investing in the project, and will be responsible for
building, operating and managing the network.
    "We are very excited to work with the City of Kingston, their subsidiary
Utilities Kingston and KEDCO on this project" commented Dr. Jason Neale,
OmniGlobe Networks' CEO. "The introduction of broadband access will create new
and exciting opportunities for local residents and businesses, which will now
have access to similar services to those readily available in urban areas."
    "We are looking forward to working with OmniGlobe Networks to fulfill
this important rural infrastructure initiative that is assisting us to provide
broadband services to schools in Plevna, Mountain Grove, and Cloyne.
Furthermore, we couldn't have done it without the commitment and support of
the Limestone District School Board." added Jim Keech, Utilities Kingston'
CEO.
    The network will support traditional Internet applications such as web
browsing and e-mail together with advanced applications such as Voice over IP
(VoIP). The project has already commenced and subscribers will start to
receive high speed Internet services during the summer under the company's
service named "OmniGlobe Broadband". For more information on availability in
the City of Kingston and Counties of Lennox and Addington and Frontenac area,
please view our website: www.omniglobebroadband.com, contact us by email
(info@omniglobebroadband.com) or telephone at: 1 888 365 OMNI (6664).

    About OMAFRA:

    The Government of Ontario is committed to building strong, sustainable
rural communities. A modern, efficient and reliable telecommunications system
is part of the plan. The $10-million Rural Connections - the Ontario Municipal
Rural Broadband Partnership Program was announced in the 2007 Ontario Budget
and is targeted toward rural municipalities in Southern Ontario that are in a
high state of readiness to build and sustain broadband capability in their
communities. For more information, please visit the OMAFRA website:
www.omafra.gov.on.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

    About the City of Kingston:

    Kingston is a thriving -- and stunning -- historic city, equi-distant
from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Syracuse, where the St. Lawrence River
meets Lake Ontario and the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage site).
Kingston is enjoying a building boom ($1 billion in the last five years) and
boasts three new City facilities built to meet LEED standards, a burgeoning
alternative energy sector and a post-secondary community spawning cutting-edge
hometown businesses. Its 117,000 neighbourly and community-minded citizens
enjoy an outstanding quality-of-life enhanced by superb intellectual,
recreational and creative opportunities and supported by excellent health care
facilities and an improving civic infrastructure.

    About Utilities Kingston:

    Utilities Kingston, a department of the City of Kingston, manages water,
sewer, gas, electricity, and broadband networking services for the 115,000
ratepayers of the City of Kingston. Utilities Kingston was founded in 1904 and
employs 115 people.

    About KEDCO

    The Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) is the business
development and marketing arm for the City of Kingston. KEDCO works
collaboratively with local and regional strategic partners to achieve
prosperity by marketing the sustainable economic advantages of Kingston. The
Corporation is instrumental in business attraction and retention, acting as a
liaison between government and business, as a liaison between compatible
businesses and as a conduit for the access of key resources.

    About Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (FCFDC)

    The Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation is a non-profit
organization. Its mission is to stimulate community and economic development
throughout the Frontenacs. Run by a volunteer board of directors and funded by
Industry Canada, the Frontenac CFDC offers free business advice, workshops and
commercial financing to entrepreneurs and those looking to start businesses in
the Frontenacs. The Frontenac CFDC also provides support to initiatives that
are designed to stimulate economic development in the County of Frontenac, and
business planning assistance to community organizations. For more information
visit www.frontenaccfdc.com or call 613-372-1414




For further information:

For further information: Elsa Lebey, Marketing Specialist, OmniGlobe
Networks, (514) 693-8949 ex. 203, elebey@omniglobenet.com

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