Telesat, Barrett Xplore Team Up to Provide Broadband Via Satellite

January 1, 2005

WOODSTOCK, N.B. – Telesat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, and Barrett Xplore Inc., a leading Canadian wireless broadband service provider, announced today a multi-year distribution contract that will deliver a whole new level of communications connectivity to Canadians in rural and remote communities. The agreement names Barrett as a national service provider for a new satellite broadband service operating on Telesat’s Anik F2 satellite.

Telesat’s new satellite is the first in the world to commercialize the Ka-frequency band, a breakthrough satellite communications technology for delivering cost-effective, two-way broadband services. Telesat’s Ka-band technology delivers always-on, always-ready high-speed Internet connectivity anywhere in Canada, regardless of where users live. Designed specifically for the millions of Canadians who do not have access to DSL or cable, Ka-band service provides cost-effective high-speed Internet nationwide – without sacrificing a phone line.

“Telesat’s state-of-the-art technology is a strong addition to our existing satellite broadband capabilities, and a complement to our fixed wireless high-speed Internet product,” said Bruce Barr, president and CEO of Barrett Xplore Inc.

“Telesat is committed to providing reliable Internet services to all Canadians – no matter where they live,” said Larry Boisvert, Telesat’s president and CEO. “Barrett Xplore shares our vision, and our services complement each other perfectly. Together, we want to make Canada’s ‘digital divide’ a thing of the past.”

Subscribers can take advantage of the satellite broadband offering through Barrett’s Xplornet brand, one of the largest and fastest growing wireless high-speed Internet service providers in Canada. Xplornet offers nationwide service to consumer and business markets through long-established national dealer networks and has a strong presence in many smaller communities where broadband was traditionally unavailable or impractical.

“Our focus is to establish Canada’s first wireless broadband network for consumers in rural, remote, First Nations and suburban areas – everywhere in Canada,” Barr said. “Our new affiliation with Telesat will play a vital role in realizing this exciting goal.”

To help finance Xplornet’s aggressive service deployment, Barrett’s recently completed a $30 million financing, one of the largest private equity placements in the Canadian communications sector in the past several years.

Details on the service packages and pricing for both residential and business customers will be made available over the coming weeks. Barrett Xplore will begin its regional Ka-band rollout in April, with national availability in July.

About Barrett Xplore
Barrett Xplore Inc. – through its Xplornet brand – is Canada’s largest and fastest growing wireless broadband service provider. Through a combination of industry-leading technology, superior high-speed Internet service delivery and best-in-class customer service, Xplornet will bring the advantages of broadband connectivity to underserved businesses and residences across Canada, no matter where they are located. Additionally, Barrett Xplore has built a strong platform in the sales and distribution of consumer electronics products and accessories for leading brands such as Star Choice, Philips and Fellowes. Barrett Xplore is a privately-held company owned by Barrett Corporation of Woodstock, New Brunswick and Sandler Capital Management, New York. For more information, please visit

About Telesat
Telesat is a pioneer and world leader in satellite operations and systems management. The company made history in 1972 with the launch of the first domestic commercial communications satellite in geostationary orbit. Today, Telesat competes with other top international satellite fleets in providing telecommunications and broadcasting services throughout the Americas, and is a leading consultant, operator and partner in satellite ventures around the globe. Telesat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BCE Inc., a leading communications company with shares listed in the United States, Canada and Europe.