Xplornet Communications is celebrating Broadband Services to Rural Canada using the 4G satellite
Xplornet Communications is celebrating the successful launch of EchoStar XVII, a Hughes 4G broadband satellite set to greatly expand Xplornet’s 4G footprint across rural Canada.Xplornet has purchased 100% of the Canadian capacity on the satellite, and will devote it to rural broadband use. Services across the new satellite are expected to be available to Canadians in the fourth quarter of this year.
Calling the event a ‘game-changer’, Xplornet says EchoStar XVII will greatly expand its 4G footprint across rural Canada, especially in British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
Xplornet has also recently completed a $125 million private financing, a combination of debt and equity raised from its existing investors, to support its rural broadband strategy and execution.
The next-generation satellite is capable of providing Internet access to Canadians in rural and remote areas with download speeds up to 25 Mbps; the company says economic factors will price access similar to what urban Canadians pay.
The national 4G terrestrial network and another recently launched 4G satellite will enable Xplornet to help close what’s been called Canada’s urban/rural digital-divide, and offer service to more than 2 million Canadian households located in regions where wired broadband is unavailable.
The satellite was launched from French Guiana last week, aiming for a geosynchronous orbit parking spot 35,888 kilometres above sea-level.
Speaking from the launch site, John Maduri, Xplornet’s Chief Executive Officer said, “This launch marks an historic transformation for rural Canada. Where before there was an urban/rural digital divide, that is now being overcome by this remarkable 4G technology. Just as Canadians rely on satellites for coast to coast telephone connectivity, now they can look to the skies in terms of their digital connectivity. We are plugging rural Canada in to the global digital economy.
“Our investment of hundreds of millions in rural broadband infrastructure is unprecedented. And now we can say with confidence that we have eliminated the digital divide for 2 million Canadian households located in regions where wired broadband is not available. This is a momentous change for Canada,” he said.
Headquartered in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Xplornet Communications Inc. (formerly Barrett Xplore Inc.) is a leading rural broadband provider.