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Boldly going where no 4G broadband has gone before

Friday, Nov 23, 2012

WOODSTOCK, NB, Nov. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Xplornet Communications Inc., Canada's leading provider of rural broadband services, is pleased to announce that EchoStar XVII, a new 4G broadband satellite, has passed all tests and service is now commercially available, serving Canadians from coast to coast.

EchoStar XVII brings 4G satellite broadband to six Canadian provinces where - until now - it has not been available.  Residents in rural and remote regions of British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia will now - many for the first time - be able to experience the transformational benefits of a robust high-speed Internet connection to the home or business.  The EchoStar XVII satellite is capable of providing Internet access with speeds up to 25 mbps down, and at monthly prices similar to what urban Canadians pay.

"This new satellite will bring our high-speed and high-capacity packages to rural Canadians from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland", said Xplornet CEO John Maduri today, "Xplornet has proven that 4G satellite is not just an acceptable technology for high-speed internet to rural Canada, but an exceptional one. Xplornet has invested heavily in bringing this technology to Canada and ensuring that no rural Canadian gets left behind in the new global, digital economy."

EchoStar XVII is a next generation, high-throughput broadband-only satellite specifically designed for today's media-rich online applications.  Together with another 4G satellite launched last year, and Xplornet's 4G terrestrial network, Xplornet has delivered on its commitment of ubiquitous broadband in rural Canada.

Additional information on packages is available at

Xplornet's regional executives are available to comment on the local impacts of the company's expanded 4G satellite network.

About Xplornet Communications Inc.

Headquartered in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Xplornet Communications Inc. is Canada's leading rural broadband provider.  We believe everyone should have access to the transformative benefits of broadband, so we make our service available everywhere in Canada, including the hard to reach places.  We overcome the challenges of Canada's vast geography  through our deployment of Canada's first national 4G network, which leverages both fixed-wireless towers on the ground and next-generation satellites in space.  Our customers live in the farthest reaches of the country and just outside of major urban centres, and through our coast-to-coast network of local dealers we connect them to all that the Internet offers.  Xplornet is high-speed Internet - for all of Canada. | |

SOURCE Xplornet Communications Inc.

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