Barrett Xplore Selects Tellabs to Power 4G Offerings


Tellabs' solution to enable intelligent capacity and traffic management on new network

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Jan. 12, 2011 -- Barrett Xplore Inc. will use Tellabs to power Barrett's national 4G wireless broadband network. By the end of 2012, Barrett Xplore will be able to deliver affordable, reliable wireless broadband to every rural Canadian. To ensure subscribers have high quality of service, Barrett Xplore selected the Tellabs® SmartCore® 9160 platform to intelligently manage IP traffic and capacity as demand for services grows.

Barrett will launch the country's first national 4G network, through a combination of terrestrial wireless and satellite networks. Marketed under the Xplornet brand, the terrestrial 4G wireless network will initially be based on WiMAX and will be software-upgradable to LTE.

Tellabs' technology will act as the controlling intelligence in the network, linking Xplornet customers to the Internet by authenticating each individual user and assigning network resources according to the customer's selected package. The Tellabs platform provides advanced analytics and monetization tools to enable Barrett to maximize its investment, and a flexible, open network architecture to support future growth. Tellabs is also providing network design and integration services to help Barrett prepare for the network launch.

"Xplornet is a digital lifeline for rural Canadians who want fast, reliable, and affordable broadband to connect them to various applications for business and personal uses," said Jeff Burlock, Sr. VP of Strategic Technology at Barrett Xplore. "We confidently selected Tellabs because the enhanced service and traffic management capabilities of Tellabs® SmartCore® 9100 platform will help us realize the goal of an urban-quality broadband experience for rural Canadians, and will position us for seamless movement to LTE in the future."

"Canada's first 4G network rollout will change the face of telecommunications and
bring opportunities to rural users to take advantage of high-speed services," said

Chuck Bernstein, vice president, North America sales for Tellabs. "The Tellabs® SmartCore® 9100 platform provides Barrett Xplore the network intelligence and flexibility to open up a whole new world of compelling high-speed services."

About Tellabs Tellabs innovations enable the mobile Internet and help our customers succeed. That's why 43 of the top 50 global communications service providers choose our mobile, optical, business and services solutions. We help them get ahead by adding revenue, reducing expenses and optimizing networks.

Tellabs (Nasdaq: TLAB) is part of the NASDAQ Global Select Market, Ocean Tomo 300(TM) Patent Index, the S&P 500 and several corporate responsibility indexes including the Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index, FTSE4Good and eight FTSE KLD indexes. www.tellabs.com

About Barrett Xplore
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 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 effectively in the global economy and gain access to essential government and educational services. For additional information, please visit www.xplornet.com.

CONTACT: Media , Marta Kwiatek, +1-630-798-2524, marta.kwiatek@tellabs.com, or Ariana Nikitas, +1-630-798-2532, ariana.nikitas@tellabs.com

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