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Norsat Establishes New WiMAX Business Unit

Monday, December 1, 2008  
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Norsat International Inc. has established a WiMAX business unit to pursue satellite-enabled WiMAX opportunities in emerging markets throughout Asia, Africa and South America.

Satellite technology is critical to reliably and cost-efficiently expanding the coverage reach of WiMAX networks in areas where traditional terrestrial networks are not a feasible option, as it can effectively link remotely-located WiMAX base stations to a centralized switching infrastructure. With an increasing number of WiMAX deployments in rural regions, there is an emerging demand for satellite-enabled networks. Norsat’s satellite systems technology leadership and network design expertise enables the company to provide the optimal satellite backhaul solution in a hybrid WiMAX-satellite communication network.

Norsat plans to leverage its satellite communication expertise and work with telecommunications operators and other technology partners to provide end-to-end satellite-enabled WiMAX network solutions for wireless broadband access and voice, data and video communication services. These solutions are expected to include: base stations, voice, data and video content servers, operations support systems, satellite backhaul solutions and satellite capacity.

Norsat International Inc. designs, engineers and markets intelligent satellite solutions for high-speed data transmission. The company’s portfolio of capabilities include: microwave components; fixed, transportable, ultra-portable, vehicle-mounted and maritime satellite systems; turnkey maritime navigation and communications systems; and end-to-end network services. Norsat is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with offices in Annapolis, Maryland; Lincoln, United Kingdom; Stockholm, Sweden; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Rome, Italy; and Daejeon, South Korea.

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