Xplornet e-mail moves to Gmail platform

Canada’s largest rural broadband provider has signed a deal with Google Canada to provide a new e-mail platform for Xplornet customers across the country.

Barrett Xplore, the Woodstock, N.B. owner of Xplornet Internet Services, will see its new platform powered by Google’s Gmail, giving its customers “enhanced e-mail features and functionality” including up to 7.3 gigabytes of storage capacity, or over triple their current available storage.

Xplornet customers will also have the ability to check and respond to e-mails on-the-go using a mobile device, as well as “faster search capabilities and industry-leading spam blocking technology to help reduce the amount of unwanted messages.”

“This agreement is part of our ongoing commitment to continually improve the features and services that we provide Xplornet customers,” said Barrett Xplore CEO John Maduri said in a release Wednesday. “We are excited to offer one of the most stable and reliable e-mail systems available anywhere in Canada.”

Xplornet customers can expect to get information about the new e-mail services, as well as instructions for migrating their existing e-mail accounts to the new platform, the company said.

“The migration to the new system will be phased to ensure a high level of customer service and technical support throughout the process,” the company said.

Barrett Xplore has billed its company’s goal as being to “bridge the urban/rural digital divide by ensuring that every Canadian, regardless of where they live, has access to broadband, thereby enabling them to compete effectively in the global economy and gain access essential government and educational services.”

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