Aliant injects over $5 million in Nova Scotia's broadband network - Overall investment since 2005 surpasses $30 million



    Expansion of High Speed, Aliant Hotspots creating more value, enhancing
    customer experience

    HALIFAX, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - Aliant, Atlantic Canada's leading information and
communications technology provider, today announced an injection of $5 million
in Nova Scotia's broadband network and Aliant Hotspots. This announcement
includes Aliant's planned expansion of High Speed to customers in
24 communities across the province in early 2008. Aliant High Speed will be
available to 86.4 per cent of Nova Scotia customers by the end of 2008.
Overall investment in Nova Scotia's broadband network since 2005 surpasses
$30 million.
    "Aliant is making it easier for more Nova Scotians to access High Speed -
delivering more value and more convenience than ever before," says Heather
Tulk, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Aliant. "In addition to expanding our
Nova Scotia broadband network we are providing access to 80 Aliant Hotspots at
no additional charge to our customers."

    Highlights:

    
    - Expanding High Speed to 24 communities across Nova Scotia in early
      2008. (Specific communities to receive High Speed will be announced in
      the coming weeks.)
    - Launched 80 Aliant Hotspots in Nova Scotia. Aliant Hotspots offer
      customers the convenience of Internet connectivity while away from home
      or work using their Wi-Fi enabled wireless device such as a laptop or
      PDA.
    - Expanding High Speed to rural Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM).
      Aliant was selected by HRM and government funding partners to provide
      High Speed to residents in the Eastern Shore area of HRM. To date,
      Aliant has completed over 90 per cent of this important project. These
      communities include: West Jeddore, Myers Point, Oyster Pond,
      Hartlin Settlement, West Quoddy, East Quoddy and Moser River.
    

    For more information about Aliant High Speed please visit
http://www.aliant.net.

    About Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers
in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and
technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added
business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT
professional services in Canada and the US. Bell Aliant's 10,000 employees are
committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and
convenience. In Atlantic Canada, communications products and services are
delivered to customers through the Aliant brand.

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For further information:

For further information: Peter Murchland, Aliant Communications and
Public Affairs, (902) 499-5837

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