Barrett Xplore Inc. announced Tuesday that it has activated its 4G wireless network in Quebec. The Internet service, launched under the Xplornet brand, serves a 8,500 square-kilometre area from Bas St. Laurent to the New Brunswick border, the company said in a release. Barrett announced the creation of the 4G satellite Internet service in October 2010. The service uses the company’s hybrid terrestrial and satellite network. The terrestrial wireless network, which will comprise about 1,200 towers, will be capable of speeds of 40 Mbps, increasing to over 100 Mbps by next year, the company said. The new network also provides customers three-to-10 times more bandwidth than a 3G HSPA wireless service, Barrett said. The company said its terrestrial wireless technology will complement two new 4G high-throughput satellites. Satellite Viasat-1 will be launched this year followed Hughes-Jupiter in early 2012. "It took the effort and talent of the best telecom team in Canada to execute this rapidly. We're proud because this represents a revitalization of rural Canada and a leap forward for Canadian competitiveness,” Barrett CEO John Maduri said in a release. Industry Minister Tony Clement added in the release that the Conservative government’s economic action plan provided support to Barret to expand broadband Internet access to northern and rural communities. Barrett said it will continue to deploy the new network and expects to offer 4G services in all of Canada by the end of 2012.