Newfoundland and Labrador to Become Major Gateway to Satellite Broadband in Canada

January 1, 2011

Woodstock, NB – Xplornet Communications Inc. is pleased to announce the successful completion of a 4G satellite ground station located near St. John’s, Newfoundland.

This multi-million dollar investment in cutting-edge ground station technology will provide a high speed link to the Internet for a next generation, or 4G, high throughput satellite that will supply broadband for rural Canadians across the country. Satellite is the key to unlocking access to real broadband for rural Canadians, and ground stations like the one in St. John’s provide the terrestrial link for the high-capacity signal the satellites will receive and transmit.

Gerry O’Reilly, Xplornet’s Chief Financial Officer commented on the announcement today, “We have invested in Newfoundland and Labrador because it offered us robust infrastructure to connect our ground station to the Internet, and its location worked with our national network design. This ground station is an integral part of our national 4G network, allowing us to create a better broadband experience for rural Canadians.”

Xplornet’s first 4G satellite will be launched in September of this year, and the service will be commercially available before year’s end. A second 4G satellite is scheduled for launch in the first half of 2012. Xplornet, Canada’s leading rural broadband provider has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Canada to bridge the urban/rural broadband divide. “This ground station – and the network it will support – will be a game-changer for broadband in rural Canada. As a Newfoundlander myself, I’m proud to make Newfoundland and Labrador an important part of our technical and investment plans” concluded O’Reilly.

About Xplornet Communications Inc.

Headquartered in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Xplornet Communications Inc. (formerly Barrett Xplore Inc.) is Canada’s leading rural broadband provider, with customers and dealers in every province and territory. Xplornet 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.