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Montréal, Québec, Canada, 2010/01/06 - OmniGlobe Networks today announces its intention to procure, launch and operate a Ka-Band Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) geostationary communications satellite over Canada.
OmniGlobe has initiated the application for an orbital slot and plans to launch CANUK-1, a medium sized spacecraft, in the third quarter of 2013.
OmniGlobe Networks specializes in advanced satellite and terrestrial and cellular wireless telecommunications products and services and has a proven track record in delivering connectivity to unserved areas across Canada. To date, OmniGlobe has completed over 400 community and satellite network installations and has coverage to a population base of over 120,000 people across its Canadian sites.
The current lack of availability of ubiquitous Ka-Band capacity over Canada due to the ever-increasing demand for higher bandwidth services has led OmniGlobe to seek increased space segment to support its growth strategy as well as deliver enhanced services to its wide customer base.
The satellite program will be led by OmniGlobe Space Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of OmniGlobe Networks Inc. As part of this initiative, OmniGlobe has appointed Judy Harte as the Satellite Program Director. Judy most recently worked at MDA Corporation and brings over 20 years of experience in satellite communications, both in the UK and Canada. Among others, Judy has worked on the Skynet, Nato, Astra-SES, Hispasat and HotBird spacecrafts.
”OmniGlobe is well positioned to launch a satellite program” explained Judy. “It represents a significant milestone in the company’s growth and I am excited to lead the project.”
OmniGlobe’s satellite will be optimized for the Canadian market and will provide Ka Band capacity throughout the whole of Canada. The multiple beams satellite will be specifically designed to facilitate the delivery of advanced services including broadband Internet, Voice over IP (VoIP), Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), videoconferencing, cellular telephony, and telemedicine. It will also be suitable for the provision of real time services such as broadband “hot spots” and instant cellular telephony infrastructure in emergency and disaster recovery situations.
“OmniGlobe Networks goes beyond simple telecommunications” added Jason Neale, CEO. “Our connectivity solutions have a real impact on our customers’ quality of lives and putting their needs first remains our top priority. This project marks our commitment to ensuring that we have adequate spectrum to meet both their present and future requirements.”
About OmniGlobe Networks
Founded in 2004 and based in Montreal, QC, OmniGlobe Networks (omniglobe.com) is a global telecommunications company that delivers reliable and affordable broadband, cellular and satellite communications products and services to geographic regions around the world where conventional telecommunications are unavailable, unreliable or too expensive. Today, OmniGlobe's diverse customer base ranges from domestic consumers, aboriginal communities, oil and gas, mining and forestry companies to government agencies and private institutions worldwide. It employs over 80 employees worldwide and sells its services in over 75 countries.