SOURCE: Norsat International Inc.

February 21, 2008 06:00 ET

Norsat International Opens Office in Brazil

Company Launches Spanish and Portuguese Language Versions of Its Transportable Satellite Terminal User Interface Software

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL--(Marketwire - February 21, 2008) - Norsat International Inc. ("Norsat") (TSX: NII) (OTCBB: NSATF), a leading provider of intelligent satellite solutions, today announced that it has opened a regional office in Fortaleza, Brazil, which will serve as a hub for the company's South American customer base. In addition, Norsat has launched Spanish and Portuguese language versions of its satellite terminal user interface software, LinkControl.

"The South American market is of increasing importance to us," said Dr. Amiee Chan, president and CEO Norsat International Inc. "Demand for portable satellite communications continues to grow around the world, and we believe the long-term opportunity in Brazil and surrounding countries is significant. We are pleased to be able to establish a physical presence there and to have enhanced our product offering to better serve the needs of our current and prospective customers."

Norsat's products enable the transmission of data, audio and video via satellite in even the most challenging environments. The new Spanish and Portuguese language versions of Norsat's LinkControl software can be used on all of the company's GlobeTrekker, SecureLink and NewsLink terminals.

Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, Norsat now has a local presence in five countries, as well as a growing network of 135 resellers worldwide. Norsat encourages its customers and other interested individuals to contact its Brazil office for additional information about the company and its products.

About Norsat International Inc.

Norsat International Inc. designs, engineers and markets intelligent satellite solutions for high-speed data transmission. Additional information is available at Further information is available through email at or by phone, 1-604-821-2808.

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This information should be read in conjunction with Norsat's unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and related notes included therein for the nine months ended September 30, 2007, and the Management Discussion and Analysis for the nine months ended September 30, 2007. All of the company's financial statements are prepared in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles (Canadian GAAP). Additional information may be found at

Contact Information

  • For further information, contact:

    William Beckman
    Vice President of Sales
    Latin America Satellite Division
    Av. Sen. Virgilio Tavora 50
    Apt. 901 - Meireles
    Fortaleza, Brasil
    +55 85 9653 2186
    Email Contact

    Kristen Dickson
    Investor Relations
    The Equicom Group
    Tel: 416-815-0700 x 273
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