Barrett Xplore brings rural broadband Internet to B.C.

by Liam Britten

After using Canada’s first 4G wireless network to bring broadband Internet to rural Quebec, Barrett Xplore has set their sights on British Columbia, and is test-marketing their Xplornet technology in Barriere.

Barriere is a town of just over 1,000 people about an hour away from Kamloops. According to Barrett, it was chosen over other similar towns because of its low population density and “difficult” topography, both of which provide a good opportunity to test the capabilities of Xplornet.

“Broadband is a lifeline to e-commerce, communication and learning,” said Barriere Mayor Mike Fennell, in a press release. “This is a major boost to the ability of our town and the surrounding area to attract residents, build a strong business environment and bring services to our citizens.”

Xplornet utilizes a combination of satellite and fixed wireless technology to provide broadband Internet in areas where it would previously be unaffordable or impractical. The Woodstock, New Brunswick-based company plans to have 100 per cent 4G coverage of Canada by the end of 2012 using Xplornet.

For more info on Barrett Xplore, click here.

Barrett Xplore Inc.
Woodstock, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Headquartered in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Barrett Xplore Inc. operates Xplornet Internet Services, Canada's largest rural broadband provider, with customers and dealers in every province and territory. Barrett Xplore Inc. 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... more

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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