International Datacasting Corporation

International Datacasting Corporation

March 08, 2005 16:56 ET

International Datacasting Corp Wins $4 Million Contract Renewal to Provide Datacasting Services to Canadian Forces Overseas




MARCH 8, 2005 - 16:56 ET

International Datacasting Corp Wins $4 Million
Contract Renewal to Provide Datacasting Services to
Canadian Forces Overseas

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 8, 2005) - International
Datacasting Corporation (IDC) (TSX:IDC) announced today the renewal of
IDC's contract with the Canadian Government to provide multimedia
datacasting services for the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency
(CFPSA). IDC provides infrastructure and service for the Canadian Force
Radio & Television (CFRT) service which delivers news, sports,
entertainment, and special events programming to Canadian Forces
stationed around the world in ongoing and emerging international

This contract is valued at approximately $4 million per year. IDC has
operated this service for CFPSA since 1999.

The CFRT service-which is broadcast in real-time from IDC's Ottawa
teleport-includes one channel of video in English, one in French and
several home-town radio stations. The system operates on IDC's SuperFlex
DVB-IP technology, which enables the seamless integration of multiple
channels of video, audio and IP data into a single satellite
carrier-reducing costs and improving quality. In the past year,
programming has been enhanced to include a wider variety of broadcasting
options for the deployed soldiers. The flexibility and scalability of
IDC's technology has enabled the CFPSA to deliver its services to many
regions throughout the world including: Africa, Europe, the Middle East
and Afghanistan and to HMC Ships deployed in the Persian Gulf region.

IDC President and CEO Ron Clifton commented, "We are very pleased to
have once again been awarded the renewal of our contract with CFPSA. As
we enter the sixth consecutive year providing this service to Canadian
Forces and I am proud to see that our technology has been consistently
meeting and exceeding CFPSA's requirements and, more importantly, has
made a valuable contribution to the troops' morale."

Greg Pearson, CFPSA Executive Vice-President Personnel Support Programs,
commented, "Maintaining a link with home and keeping our deployed
members up to date on the latest news stories is essential for their
morale and quality of life. International datacasting has been a
champion in making CFRT one of the core morale services that we provide."

About International Datacasting Corp.:

IDC (TSX:IDC) provides advanced products, systems and services for the
implementation of broadband wireless infrastructure networks used to
distribute multimedia data. IDC is at the forefront of delivering
IP-based datacasting solutions via satellite and content distribution
technologies. IDC's products are in demand for high-speed Internet
infrastructure, enterprise networks, distance learning, and multimedia
content distribution. IDC is a recipient of numerous awards including
the prestigious Canada Export Award for Innovation and Technology
Achievement. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada with an established
international network of partners and distributors and installations in
more than 75 countries worldwide. Visit IDC on the web at

About the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency:

CFPSA provides satellite radio and television on a 24 hour per day seven
day per week basis to Canadian Forces members stationed at various
locations throughout the world. The CFPSA service is transmitted on an
encrypted closed circuit satellite system. The total Canadian Forces
audience worldwide varies between 2,000-4,000 members. These television
services from home are important in maintaining the morale and welfare
of Canadian Forces members and contributing to overall operational
effectiveness. (See

This press release contains forward-looking statements that may involve
risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially. Factors
that might cause a difference include, but are not limited to,
competitive developments, risks associated with IDC's growth, the
development of the satellite datacasting market, regulatory risks,
intellectual property infringement and other factors. IDC assumes no
obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events
or circumstances after the date hereof. More detailed information about
potential factors that could affect IDC's financial and business results
is included in the public documents IDC files from time to time with
Canadian securities regulatory authorities.


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