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Bell Canada launches IP network service for SMEs

Bell Canada today introduced ProConnect, a service which enables small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to share infor...


August 3, 2004  


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Bell Canada today introduced ProConnect, a service which enables small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to share information across its IP-based network.

The service is also aimed at larger organizations with multiple smaller branch locations, that need to exchange confidential information such as customer data, sales transactions and inventory updates with employees, suppliers and business partners across the country.

ProConnect’s geographic coverage spans 80% of Bell Canada territory via DSL access. All other national locations not covered by DSL, such as remote offices, can be serviced by dedicated dial or secure access over the Internet, resulting in near limitless connectivity.

Cost of a basic monthly package starts at $150, which includes the equipment, connectivity and management. The service can grow with the business or be adjusted to meet seasonal demands.

“Small businesses will be empowered — the constraints and problems of systems’ scale that have hampered SMEs’ abilities to compete against larger enterprise will be largely erased by IP systems,” noted Iain Grant, ManagingDirector, SeaBoard Group, in a recent report.

“Integrated IP-based products will put sophisticated tools within the reach of the smallest of firms.”