Canadian Manufacturing

$3.5M broadband project for B.C. engineering company

Norsat to provide communication solutions for remote First Nations regions

VANCOUVER—Norsat International Inc., a designer and provider of broadband communications products has scooped up a $3.5-million contract in B.C.

The Vancouver-based company will provide broadband access for more than 2,700 residents living in remote First Nations communities. The project’s other partners include the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of British Columbia (FNESS) and the First Nations Technology Council.

Norsat’s portion of the project will be to provide hardware and services for satellite capacity and broadband connectivity in 17 communities.

The project is expected to improve access to education, training, health service and greater emergency communications in those regions, where sometimes satellite technology is the only means of broadband access.

“This contract is a significant win for the company as it demonstrates our penetration into Canadian remote and austere environments and one that we believe could provide further traction in other Canadian markets,” said Amiee Chan, Norsat President and CEO.

“We see potential for applications all over Canada in other First Nations communities as well as remote connectivity for oil and gas, forestry, municipalities, and governments,” Chan said.

The company’s products and services include microwave components, portable satellite systems, antennas, RF conditioning products, maritime solutions, wireless network solutions, and equipment financing.

Recently, its portable satellite terminals were used by the U.S. military as part of relief efforts in Japan.

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