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ONSAT.NET INAUGURATES WIRELESS INTERNET IN HONDURAS.

OnSat.net Canada Inc. (CDNX:ONS.) and the government of Honduras, including the Honduran Vice President and the Honduran Council of Science and Technology ("COHCIT"), have officially inaugurated San Ramon Centro as the first OnSat Solar.net Village(R) installation, which is the precursor of a national program for the ultimate installation of 1,800 Solar.net Villages(R) in Honduras.

The objective of the agreement is to utilize solar energy, together with OnSat's "Digital Equity Network(R)", to contribute to the revitalization of poor, rural and remote Honduran communities.

As previously announced on June 6, 2000, the company signed an Exclusive Agreement Governing Internet and Transmission Services with COHCIT to provide high-speed wireless broadband services including Internet, distance education and telephony to remote villages within Honduras.

This first installation in the village of San Ramon Centro and at the subsequent Central-American University for Technology ("UNITEC") site in the capital city of San Pedro Sula will generate CDN$80,000 in revenue for OnSat. It is projected that future satellite site installations will each generate CDN$60,000 and that wireless loop installations will generate an average of CDN$22,500 each in installation revenues. If the ultimate installation of 1,800 OnSat sites in Honduras over the next three years is accomplished as proposed in the agreement between OnSat and COHCIT, this agreement could potentially generate over CDN$70,000,000 in "installation revenue" for the company. Recurring monthly revenue fees currently being negotiated would be in addition to the "installation revenue" for the benefit of OnSat.

The OnSat "Digital Equity Network(R)" allows Honduran villages to bridge the gaps of time, distance, healthcare, education, E-commerce and knowledge through proposed funding led by the Organization of American States ("OAS") and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ("UNESCO").

The official inauguration ceremonies were attended by the Presidential Envoy, Vice President William Handal; the Minister and National Commissioner for Science and Technology, Gerardo Zepeda Bermudez; the Deputy-Dean of UNITEC, Juan Ramon Sarmiento; the OAS' Representative for Honduras, Guillermo Molina; university students, professors, numerous businessmen and media representatives of Honduras and other Central American countries.

Honduran Vice President William Handal said that "OnSat's high-speed, wireless, solar powered Internet system known as the Solar.net Village(R), Digital Equity Network(R) allows Honduras to provide rural areas with the most sophisticated telecommunications systems available. We are well aware of what Solar.net Villages(R) means for our country and even more, for the rest of the Latin-American countries. This is a magnificent project for our continent. We are uniting our efforts, experiences, knowledge, yearnings and successes just as our founding fathers envisioned, and all these thanks to this innovative technology, which final reach we cannot yet envision."

He also said that "with this system, we are opening a very wide window for our people, particularly our rural populations so they can explore the existing world abroad, that has so much to share with the Honduran people, in order to more successfully continue to battle against underdevelopment".

During the inauguration ceremonies, OnSat connected San Ramon Centro with Oklahoma City Schools and the University of North Carolina by live video with its satellite system at the auditorium of UNITEC, where the conference was held. OnSat also demonstrated distance healthcare services available though the "Digital Equity Network(R)" with examples of community health, remote diagnostics, emergency care, follow-up care and medical questions to facilities and physicians in Canada and the United States.

The first Honduran Solar.net Village(R) in San Ramon Centro will aid the development of other self-sustaining micro-enterprises that have already arrived to the area, such as a shoe factory, a pottery manufacturer and some community banks that are in the preparatory stages, for micro-credit lending. This is already proving to be truly a self-sustaining program for Honduras, the OAS and UNESCO. "We see Solar.net Villages(R) as very profitable enterprises for rural communities, OnSat and Gateway. That's why were here", said Michael Coughlin, the representative from Gateway Computers who is partnering with OnSat and providing solar powered personal computers for the Solar.net Village(R) program.

In another interview, Alex Pentland, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's - Media Lab's Academic Head, also noted how countries with no telecommunications infrastructure ironically enjoy an unexpected advantage -- since they can buy into the best and cheapest systems available today without having to retrofit any previous technologies or systems. "The combination of wireless and portable power generation -- solar or otherwise -- makes an appealing pair. There's actually a lot of things you can't do in the U.S.," he said in an interview last Thursday. "We have so much copper (cables) everywhere. As the wireless infrastructure continues to build in the developing countries, you're going to see a big shift. You're going to see these emerging nations becoming wealthy at a speed that might surprise you."

The COHCIT agreement signals the implementation of OnSat's growth strategy into the international marketplace. More information on OnSat's Solar.net Villages(R) can be found at www.onsatnet.com.

OnSat is committed in its efforts to become a premier supplier of Internet access and related communication services across Canada and internationally. The company continues to develop its business plans and has been advancing its business opportunities with potential customers and strategic alliance partners.

For more information, call 801/466-1688 or visit http://www.onsatnet.com.
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