SOURCE: Norsat International Inc.

April 24, 2006 08:30 ET

Norsat Introduces New Satellite Transmitters in Extended Ku, Standard Ku, C, and Ka Bands

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 24, 2006 -- Norsat International (TSX: NII) (OTC BB: NSATF) today announced that it is offering four new block upconverters (BUCs), or transmitters, in the extended Ku, regular Ku, C, and Ka frequency bands. The new transmitters address three emerging needs in the commercial, government, and military markets.

The first need is for small, high-powered transmitters that can accommodate power requirements for broadband data transmission and faster data rates. Norsat's new 8W Ku-Band and 10W C-Band BUCs provide such power in a small package suitable for usage by VSATs, semi-portable and transportable satellite terminals.

The second need is for transmitters that can operate in a wider frequency range to address congestion in the traditional Ku-band (14.0 to 14.5 GHz). Norsat's new 2W Extended Ku-Band BUC operates in the full 13.75 to 14.5 GHz Ku-band range.

"Our latest extended Ku-band BUC supplements our very popular 4W Extended Ku-Band BUC released last September," explains Dr. Amiee Chan, Vice-President of Operations. "We are proud to be the first in the industry to offer these products, which enable us to address both the need for full Ku-band accessibility and higher power. By pairing our extended Ku-band BUCs with any of our 8W to 50W solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs), we are the first to offer transmission capabilities ranging from 2W to 50W in the extended Ku-band."

Third, growing interest in the Ka-band has stimulated demand for commercially available Ka-band microwave components. In keeping with its tradition of being first-to-market, including being first to offer Ka-band receivers or LNBs, Norsat is now first to introduce a 2W Ka-Band BUC. This new transmitter, which operates in the 29.5 to 30.0 GHz frequency range, is the first release of a number of Ka-band BUCs under development.

Norsat's new transmitters will be on display at booth #C3848 at the NAB 2006 Exhibition, April 24-27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. Orders for all four new products can be placed now.

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About Norsat International, Inc.

Norsat International, Inc. designs, engineers and markets intelligent satellite solutions for high-speed data transmission. For more than 25 years, Norsat has built a strong reputation in the field of satellite technology by providing its customers with innovative products and has now sold over 2.5 million products in 87 countries. Norsat's latest innovations include the Norsat OmniLink™ and GLOBETrekker lines of portable satellite terminal products that provide rapidly deployable broadband satellite data and video connectivity in areas where traditional communications infrastructure is insufficient, damaged, or non-existent. Additional information is available at www.norsat.com. Additional investor information is available through email at communications_investorrelations@Norsat.com or by phone, 1-604-292-9000 or toll-free in Canada and the U.S., 1-888-667-7281.

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