Norsat International Inc.
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Norsat International Inc.

November 07, 2005 06:00 ET

Norsat Partners with NextiraOne to Secure Contract with Ireland Department of Defence

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 7, 2005) - Norsat International Inc. (TSX:NII)(OTCBB:NSATF) today announced that it has successfully teamed with NextiraOne to secure a contract with Ireland's Department of Defence.

The contract will enable the Irish Department of Defence to meet both defence and emergency planning objectives by upgrading its existing Ku-band VSAT satellite equipment to state-of-the-art rapidly deployable VSAT terminals based on the Norsat OmniLink™ family of portable satellite terminal products.

"We were seeking a flexible communications platform which was highly reliable, portable, secure, scalable and cost-effective," explained Ron Maher, General Manager of NextiraOne. "The NextiraOne and Norsat solution meets those objectives."

According to Ron Maher, the Norsat system was selected because the platform offers industry-recognized best-in-class performance and because it can evolve to incorporate future innovations in the satellite communications industry. NextiraOne leads the solution delivery team, incorporating and supported by Norsat professional services skills and expert Irish consultant communication skills.

"The most important element of this contract is the partnered approach to successful solution implementation," Ron Maher said. "Both NextiraOne and Norsat have demonstrated capabilities and experience in delivering and supporting communications globally."

Norsat's previous defense-related contracts have primarily been with U.S. military departments, but the company has also sold products and services to Asian countries. This contract marks its first venture with a European nation's defense department.

"This contract represents another measured step in our efforts to significantly expand the customer base for Norsat products and services," said Norsat CEO William Coyne III.


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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 around the world. 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. Norsat's sectors of concentration include Health Care, Military, Emergency Services and Media. 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.

About NextiraOne

NextiraOne is a leading multinational provider of integrated enterprise network solutions and services that enable effective, reliable business communications. With dual headquarters in Houston, TX and Paris, France, Nextira has annual revenues of (2 billion Euros). As a vendor-independent supplier, NextiraOne offers a broad array of voice, data and converged communication solutions, drawing on strong relationships with world-leading suppliers such as Cisco, Alcatel, Genesys and Nortel. NextiraOne employs 9500 people worldwide, including 7000 qualified engineers. Additional information is available at www.nextiraone.com.


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