C'est Rapide! 4G Broadband is Live in Quebec! Barrett Xplore Announces First Customers on Canada's First National 4G Network

WOODSTOCK, NB, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - Two months after announcing its commitment to deliver 4G broadband across Canada, Barrett Xplore Inc. has delivered.  Barrett Xplore Inc. under the Xplornet brand, has activated its 4G wireless network in Quebec, in the 8,500 square kilometre area from Bas St. Laurent to the New Brunswick border.  Customers in Quebec are now experiencing all the Internet has to offer with broadband connections that are truly high-speed and truly affordable. 

In October 2010, Barrett Xplore Inc. boldly announced that it would create Canada's first national 4G network by leveraging its hybrid terrestrial and satellite network. The terrestrial wireless network, which will comprise about 1200 towers, will be capable of speeds of 40 Mbps improving to over 100 Mbps by next year.  While speed is important, the key to a great experience is bandwidth, and the new network will provide customers 3x - 10x more than today's 3G HSPA-enabled packages. The terrestrial wireless technology will complement the two new 4G High-Throughput Satellites (HTS), starting with the launch of Viasat-1 in 2011, followed by a second - Hughes-Jupiter - in early 2012. 

Commenting on the success of this first stage of the 4G build, CEO John Maduri credited the Barrett Xplore Inc. team, "It took the effort and talent of the best telecom team in Canada to execute this rapidly.  We're proud because this represents a revitalization of rural Canada and a leap forward for Canadian competitiveness."

"Our Conservative Government is pleased to support Barrett Xplore Inc. in creating the first ever 4G network in Canada," said the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry. "Through Canada's Economic Action Plan and the Connecting Rural Canadian Program we are providing new economic opportunities to northern and rural communities. Our government is committed to working with industry partners, like Barrett Xplore Inc., to expand access to broadband internet service and to create lasting economic benefits in these regions."

Testimonials from the new 4G customers are arriving; this one from Françis B. of Saint-Alexandre de Kamouraska, a new Xplornet subscriber: "Reception is exceptional and very reliable.  The new service makes a tremendous difference.  As the owner of a dairy farm, I now have the means to better manage my company and in that respect, I'm more than satisfied!"

Barrett Xplore Inc. will continue to deploy the new network across Canada and expects to have 4G service available everywhere in Canada before the end of 2012. 

About Barrett Xplore
Headquartered in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Barrett Xplore Inc. operates Xplornet Internet Services, Canada's largest rural broadband provider, with customers and dealers in every province and territory. Barrett Xplore 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. For additional information, please visit www.xplornet.com.

SOURCE Barrett Xplore Inc.

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