International Datacasting Corporation
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International Datacasting Corporation

September 15, 2008 16:30 ET

International Datacasting Corporation Announces New Project for Australian Broadcasting Corporation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO AND AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2008) - International Datacasting Corporation, (TSX:IDC), announced today that the company, in partnership with its Australian distributor UGL Infrastructure, has received an order from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, (ABC) to upgrade and modernize the Papua New Guinea, (PNG) radio network. The order value is not being disclosed for competitive reasons.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, (ABC), Australia's national public broadcaster, is working with AusAID, the Australian Government Overseas Aid programme, to provision a next generation radio broadcasting system throughout Papua New Guinea.

This is the third major order that IDC has received from the Asia Pacific region this year to upgrade a broadcast radio network with the latest SuperFlex professional radio distribution technology.

The Papua New Guinea Satellite Radio Project will incorporate IDC's SuperFlex Pro Audio system comprising uplink/head-end equipment and the latest generation of the Company's DVB-S/S2 professional satellite radio receivers. The SuperFlex Pro Audio product line takes advantage of DVB-S/S2 technology to provide bandwidth savings of over 30% on satellite transponders and features Multi Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) operation and IP multicast for the delivery of multiple channels of content to radio broadcast stations. The technology also features MPEG4 High Efficiency - Advanced Audio Coding (HE-AAC) technology to provide the highest quality audio performance available in the market today

The system uses NetManager, IDC's over-the-satellite network management system, to interface with and remotely control the SuperFlex Audio receivers. Able to control individual receivers, special groups and the entire network, NetManager securely maintains and updates system configuration information.

The communications systems division of IDC's Australian based distributor, UGL Infrastructure, will implement the new uplink system and has been trained to provide first level, in-country support on the new system backed up by IDC's comprehensive Priority 247 Support organization. UGL Infrastructure is a division of United Group Limited (ASX:UGL).

"We are extremely proud that ABC has selected SuperFlex Pro Audio for the upgrade and modernization of their Papua New Guinea network. ABC has been a customer of IDC for over 15 years and we are pleased that they have once again selected our technology as they begin the modernization of their networks. This cutting edge solution using IDC products and technologies is exciting and will make the Papua New Guinea network one of the most advanced systems in the world," said Ron Clifton, President and CEO of IDC. "Our commitment to providing the most technologically advanced satellite distribution products for radio broadcasters around the world continues to pay off for IDC.

"We are looking forward to implementing the SuperFlex Pro Audio solution for ABC/PNG. This suite of products and its total solution will benefit all concerned. SuperFlex and IDC was the choice to provide a reliable future path for development of services and expansion of coverage" said Peter Warren, Sales Manager, UGL Infrastructure.

About International Datacasting Corporation (IDC):

International Datacasting Corporation, (TSX:IDC) is a global leader in providing advanced solutions for the distribution of broadband content via satellite. IDC is at the forefront of delivering IP-based datacasting solutions via satellite and content distribution technologies with installations in more than 100 countries worldwide. IDC's products are in demand for radio and television broadcast networks, distance learning, digital signage, digital cinema, IPTV distribution and other content distribution applications. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, operates in Europe through its wholly owned subsidiary PROFline B.V. in Arnhem, the Netherlands and has an established international network of value-added partners and distributors.

About United Group Limited:

United Group Limited (ASX: UGL) is an engineering and property services company working in design and construction, maintenance and facilities management. It consists of four businesses - UGL Infrastructure, UGL Rail, UGL Resources and UGL Services - operating in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, North America and parts of Europe and the Middle East.

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.

Contact Information

  • International Datacasting Corporation
    Tracy Trottier
    Marketing Communications
    613-596-4120 x 2274
    ttrottier@datacast.com