Government of Nova Scotia, Awards $1M Contract for Halifax Regional Municipality Broadband Service to OmniGlobe Networks

    MONTREAL, Aug. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - every resident of Halifax Regional
Municipality will have access to high-speed Internet service as a result of a
$1-million contract announced by the province on Aug. 13, 2008.
    The contract with OmniGlobe Networks is part of the Broadband for Rural
Nova Scotia initiative which will make Nova Scotia one of the most connected
jurisdictions in North America.
    OmniGlobe joins EastLink and Seaside Communications to ensure that
broadband services are available in all corners of the province. The
$75-million initiative is on schedule and all Nova Scotians will have
high-speed access by the end of 2009.
    Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac said OmniGlobe will provide
broadband access to about 1,300 civic addresses in HRM. The addresses were not
part of a separate broadband initiative done by the municipality earlier this
    "We are pleased that the unserved areas of rural HRM are now included in
the Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia initiative," said Mr. MacIsaac. "OmniGlobe
specializes in remote and complex Internet connections and is well suited to
connect the remaining residents, businesses and agencies scattered throughout
the municipality."

    OmniGlobe Networks Inc. is a Canadian global telecommunications company
based in Montreal, Que. The company has wireless Internet projects in a number
of countries. It has offices in the United Kingdom, Ontario and Quebec, and is
expanding into British Columbia and Nova Scotia.

    "OmniGlobe is looking forward to partnering with the government of Nova
Scotia and welcomes this opportunity as a wonderful fit for our expertise in
wireless Internet," said Jason Neale, CEO of OmniGlobe Networks. "Engineering
and regulatory work will begin immediately in order to bring quality broadband
service throughout rural HRM."
    Although 80 per cent of Nova Scotia has broadband access, about
200,000 Nova Scotians, 93,500 dwellings and 5,600 businesses are not served
with affordable, reliable high-speed access to the Internet. The Broadband for
Rural Nova Scotia initiative will close this gap completely.
    The cost of the initiative is being shared by the provincial and federal
governments and the three service providers.
    An expert evaluation team selected OmniGlobe as the successful bidder
based on a combination of a number of factors including the company's
experience with the proposed technology, the approach to the project based on
its business model and technical expertise, the sustainability of service, and
its ability to meet the desired completion date within reasonable costs.

    Information about the Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia initiative and its
progress, is available on the website at
Information about OmniGlobe Networks is available on For
more information on availability of OmniGlobe Broadband in the HRM go to the
website,, contact the company by e-mail at or call 1-888- 365-OMNI(6664).

    About OmniGlobe Networks:

    Based in Montreal, Quebec, OmniGlobe Networks is a global
telecommunications company that provides reliable and affordable cellular,
wireless broadband Internet and VoIP services to geographic regions around the
world where terrestrial telecommunications are unavailable, unreliable or just
too expensive. OmniGlobe works with wireless systems, in cases where
communities are located just beyond the coverage of a local telecom incumbent.
In the case of a point-to-point service, the signal is linked directly to the
end user, facilitating advanced Internet applications, such as VPN's, VoIP,
and videoconferencing. For more information, contact OmniGlobe Networks at
6600 Trans-Canada Highway, Suite 750, Montréal, Québec, Canada H9R-4S2, tel:
+1 514.693.8949, email:, or visit the company web site at

For further information:

For further information: Media: Elsa Lebey, OmniGlobe Networks, (514)
693-8949 ext. 203,; Nigel Maund, VP Business Development,
OmniGlobe Networks, (514) 693-8949 ext. 201,; Mary Jane
Fumerton, Economic Development, (902) 424-4891,

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