Xplornet Communications Inc. Acquires NetKaster Customers

Satellite Customers in BC and Alberta to Transition to Xplornet in July

WOODSTOCK, NB, June 10, 2011 /CNW/ - John Maduri, Chief Executive Officer of Xplornet Communications Inc. (formerly Barrett Xplore Inc.) is pleased to announce the acquisition of more than 1,300 satellite broadband subscribers from NetKaster, a division of Northwestel Inc.  These subscribers, located primarily in Alberta and BC, will seamlessly migrate over to Xplornet's network and packages this summer.

"This is a win-win announcement," said John Maduri today.  "We're very pleased to welcome more than 1,300 additional subscribers. This kind of acquisition speaks to our aggressive growth model and follows on other similarly successful acquisitions. More importantly, these new Xplornet subscribers will see the benefits of Xplornet's 24/7 customer service, our coast to coast dealer network and constantly upgraded network.  We look forward to making their broadband experience the best it can be."

"Northwestel has decided to focus on its northern subscribers and believes that its southern subscribers will continue to enjoy great service from Xplornet," said Curtis Shaw, Vice President for Consumer Markets at Northwestel. "We are confident that Xplornet will continue to enhance and improve customers' broadband Internet service."

Subscribers will receive updates on this migration from NetKaster and Xplornet, and will see their service transition to Xplornet in July of this year.

About Xplornet Communications Inc.

Headquartered in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Xplornet Communications Inc. (formerly Barrett Xplore Inc.) is Canada's leading rural broadband provider, with customers and dealers in every province and territory. Xplornet aims to bridge the urban/rural digital divide by ensuring that every Canadian, regardless of where they live, has access to broadband, thereby enabling them to compete effectively in the global economy and gain access to essential government and educational services.

About Northwestel Inc.

Northwestel provides complete telecommunications solutions for the 110,000 residents of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon and northern British Columbia. The company's operations span nearly 4 million square kilometres of the most remote and rugged areas of Canada.

SOURCE Xplornet Communications Inc.

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