Barrett Xplore awarded major Ottawa area broadband contract

    City of Ottawa to Close the Digital Divide

    WOODSTOCK, N.B., March 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Barrett Xplore is pleased to
announce that it has won a competitive bid from the City of Ottawa to provide
100% rural broadband coverage to its residents and businesses. In 2003, Ottawa
City Council began a project to make broadband available to every Ottawa area
resident; today they approved a recommendation to choose Barrett Xplore to
complete that plan.
    Barrett Xplore is Canada's largest and fastest growing wireless broadband
service provider. Barrett's mission is to ensure every Canadian has access to
fast, affordable and reliable broadband services. Barrett Xplore has worked
with Motorola to complete in excess of 200 wireless broadband deployments in
rural Canada, reaching 300 rural communities and covering 350,000 homes and
businesses. In addition to its extensive wireless broadband coverage, it has
also teamed up with Telesat Canada to deliver high-speed Internet access using
satellite technology everywhere in Canada.
    While broadband is available in most urban regions, lower population
density in rural Canada creates a challenge in terms of broadband delivery.
"That has created an urban/rural gap that is a serious disadvantage for rural
businesses, homes, students and public services," said John Maduri, CEO of
Barrett Xplore. "Our wireless and satellite technologies bridge that gap, and
offer rural broadband that's fast, affordable and reliable. Getting broadband
everywhere in Canada is no longer limited by technology. The City of Ottawa's
thorough and extensive tender process confirmed that Barrett is the best fit
for rural broadband delivery," said Maduri.
    "The City of Ottawa sees what we see. Canada needs to close the
urban/rural digital divide. And with our approach to market, there's no need
to wait. Sustainable, rural broadband is here, now. There literally isn't a
single square inch of Canada where we can't provide broadband. We look forward
to working with the City of Ottawa to help enrich the lives of its rural
citizens," concluded Maduri.
    Once the agreement has been finalized the fixed wireless broadband
deployment will commence. It is anticipated that substantial completion can be
achieved by the end of August 2007.

For further information:

For further information: For interviews or more information on rural
broadband, contact: English language inquiries: Morten Paulsen, (403)
399-3377,; French language inquiries: Nicolas
Ruszkowski, (613) 220-9021,

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