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ALIANT TELECOM INVESTS $85 MILLION IN BROADBAND NETWORK

Saint John, New Brunswick -- Canadian Internet Service Provide, Aliant Telecom, will invest $85 million in its broa...


June 19, 2002  


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Saint John, New Brunswick — Canadian Internet Service Provide, Aliant Telecom, will invest $85 million in its broadband network across Atlantic Canada. The network will provide hundreds of thousands of Atlantic Canadians with access to its High-Speed Internet and enhanced broadband services over Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL).

“The Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) technology that we are using to build this network not only provides the High-Speed Internet access our customers want today — it lays the foundation for the enhanced services our customers will be looking for in the future,” says Chris Keevill, president of Aliant Telecom Broadband Services.

In the coming months, Aliant will begin marketing new video applications, including video on demand and television programming direct to the computer over its existing broadband network. These applications will be built using iMagicTV’s video middleware platform.

The investment announcement focuses on filling gaps in existing serving areas and expanding service to various cities in Halifax, Cape Breton, Saint John and St. John’s.

“Customer demand for high-speed Internet access in key areas of Atlantic Canada is driving this investment,” says Keevill. “Aliant Telecom has seen tremendous growth in broadband in the past two years and we anticipate this to continue as our customers discover even more opportunities for technology to make their lives simpler, and to give them access to information and entertainment.”

Aliant Telecom says it will work with Bell Canada to offer Bell ExpressVu as the digital television option for its customers throughout Atlantic Canada and will no longer offer VibeVision. In the coming weeks, Aliant Telecom will be contacting its VibeVision customers to offer them the new digital television service.


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