4G Broadband is Live in Ontario!

March 30, 2011

Prescott and Russell, ON, March 30, 2011 – Barrett Xplore Inc., through its Xplornet brand, has activated its 4G WiMAX high-speed Internet coverage in Prescott and Russell and surrounding areas, including many parts of East Hawkesbury, Clarence-Rockland, Casselman, Alfred- Plantagenet and La Nation west of Fournier. Prescott and Russell are the first Ontario communities to receive Xplornet 4G coverage.

In October 2010, Barrett Xplore Inc. announced that it would create Canada’s first national 4G network by levering its hybrid terrestrial and satellite network. The fixed wireless network, which will comprise about 1,200 towers, will be capable of network 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 three to ten times more bandwidth 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 Hughes-Jupiter – in early 2012.

The deployment in Prescott and Russell is the result of a partnership between the United Counties of Prescott and Russell and Barrett Xplore Inc., with the support of OMAFRA’s Rural Connections program. With the six new Xplornet 4G towers, as well as other expanded coverage projects in the counties, customers can connect to the Internet at speeds up to 125 times faster than dial-up. Unlike some products in the marketplace, which use unlicensed spectrum, Xplornet’s newly available service utilizes dedicated wireless spectrum to enable a stronger connection with less interference for a more consistent Internet experience.

“We are proud to be working with the United Counties of Prescott and Russell to activate our first 4G broadband coverage to Ontario and, specifically, to be bringing it on-time and on-budget to the Prescott and Russell region,” said Barrett Vice President Bob Davie. “Area residents and businesses can now take full advantage of all the Internet has to offer, including engaging in advanced business, educational and training opportunities not possible through slower dial-up connections, and with data allowances that allow customers to take advantage of these services without incurring expensive overage charges.”

“This technological advancement will be an asset to our community and add to our economic development, business competitiveness, education and social engagement,” said Warden Jean-Yves Lalonde. “With the completion of this project, approximately 1,700 residents who did not previously have access to high speed, and another 3,200 who only had access to limited service, will now be able to take advantage of all the Internet has to offer. As we look forward to moving ahead with 4G, United Counties of Prescott and Russell would like to acknowledge the support of OMAFRA’s Rural Connections program in bringing this project to completion.”

The service is available in the Prescott and Russell area through Xplornet’s local dealers, including Total Telecom in Hawkesbury and R&R Satellite Antenna in Limoges.

About United Counties of Prescott and Russell
The Corporation of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell is a regional government that manages programs and offers services to its 83,000 residents. Prescott and Russell encompass eight municipalities and covers 2,002 km2. Economic development is a priority and a reflection of their motto “Moving Towards Prosperity”

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.