Glentel's Satellite Radio Talk Groups Provide Ultimate Lifeline to BC's Emergency Response Teams

    BURNABY, BC, July 9 /CNW/ - Glentel Inc. (TSX: GLN) has announced the
launch of EMERGNET BC - a mobile satellite system (MSAT) built to keep British
Columbia's Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Response organizations in
constant communication under the most critical circumstances.
    The system, which utilizes Glentel's proven MSAT technology, comprises
two newly created satellite radio talk groups developed to aid reliable,
inter-operational communications in the event of a disaster or wide-spread
    Disasters, whether natural or man-made, can cripple public and private
telecommunication services, leaving emergency response teams helpless to
coordinate a quick and timely response. The two EMERGNET BC talk groups,
developed in conjunction with Simon Fraser University's Telematics Research
Lab, may be used independently of terrestrial satellite or public and cellular
telephone networks. These groups also have no reliance on traditional
communications infrastructure.
    Both of the EMERGNET BC talk groups - BC Emergency Private Mode and BC
Emergency Interoperability - are capable of interfacing with multiple users.
Each offers a variety of applications to allow users from different
organizations to remain in uninterrupted contact. The BC Emergency
Interoperability talk group also allows communication between multiple users
at the same time. This one-to-many (or point-to-multipoint) functionality
enables a single message to be quickly and concisely delivered to a number of
different parties, saving time and mitigating the likelihood of dangerous
    Glentel's EMERGNET BC talk groups are not meant as a replacement to
organizations' private communications networks but are meant to provide a safe
second line of defence. In the event of a threatening forest fire, earthquake
or tsunami which could devastate the province's terrestrial sites, shut down
power grids, and overwhelm limited phone networks, EMERGNET BC subscribers
will still have access to secure voice radio dispatch communications among
various agencies and organizations.
    The effectiveness of mobile satellite in disaster response has led to its
use in a variety of disasters and public emergencies in recent years. More
than 300 MSAT units were deployed in the State of Mississippi prior to
Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and remained operational before, during and after
the hurricane hit. A number of units were also deployed during the ice storms
which paralyzed much of eastern Canada in 1998.
    In BC, Glentel's mobile satellite radio talk groups are being used by
organizations such as the West Coast Regional Districts Health Authorities,
who is using the system to link together its major assets and resources and
provide a means of communication among its hospitals. BC's Coastal Communities
Network, another EMERGNET BC subscriber, uses the system as a link for tsunami
warning, response, and coordination as the primary reason. By utilizing the
talk groups, Coastal Communities is able to provide a much-needed
communications link between BC's small, remote coastal villages and various
agencies and ministries should an emergency situation occur.

    About Glentel

    Glentel (TSX: GLN) is a leading provider of innovative and reliable
telecommunications services and solutions in Canada and the United States.
Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Burnaby, B.C., Glentel comprises two
operating divisions - Retail and Business - that service thousands of
consumers and commercial telecommunications customers. Together with its
divisions, the company boasts more than 240 locations across Canada located in
retail malls, Costco Wholesale stores, and business centers. As the largest
multi-carrier cellular retailer in Canada, it offers a choice of network
carrier and wireless device or phone. To its business and government
customers, Glentel offers wireless engineering and service, rental equipment,
satellite and terrestrial network systems, tower sites and wireless asset
monitoring. Glentel operates its business under the trading names Glentel
Wireless, WirelessWave, The Telephone Booth (Tbooth and la cabine T) and


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761-9946 mobile,; Erin Gawne, Account Manager, Hoggan &
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