Aliant invests $12 million in Greater Moncton to enhance broadband network and deliver innovative IP-based services, like Aliant TV



    MONCTON, Oct. 25 /CNW/ - Aliant today announced a $12 million investment
in Greater Moncton to enhance the capacity of the existing broadband network
and to give more customers innovative service options, including video-rich
applications like Aliant TV.
    "This $12 million injection brings Aliant's total investment in broadband
in New Brunswick to $164 million since 2000," said Claudine Langan, Aliant's
Director of Consumer Marketing. "Our commitment to Moncton and to our
customers across New Brunswick is very strong; we're focused on continually
investing to improve the capacity of our network so that we can introduce
exciting Internet-based services, like Aliant TV. But that's just the
beginning; this multi-million dollar investment will also help accelerate the
development and deployment of more leading-edge IP applications such as
video-on-demand, educational tools and other innovative applications for the
benefit of all New Brunswickers."
    Minister of Business New Brunswick, The Honourable Greg Byrne, was in
Moncton today to congratulate Aliant on its investment. "Business New
Brunswick would like to congratulate Aliant on this important investment in
their broadband network in Moncton," said Byrne. "The Province of New
Brunswick has long enjoyed a strong relationship with Aliant. We look forward
to collaborating with Aliant in the future."
    One of the first advantages of this investment is the launch of Aliant
TV-today customers in Moncton will be able to receive this innovative IP-based
television service that delivers 100 per cent digital picture and sound
quality and features 240 channels - including over 150 TV channels,
40 commercial free digital music channels and over 50 radio stations from
right here in Atlantic Canada.
    Aliant TV is a cost-effective choice for customers, offering them more
variety and features than other options in the marketplace today. For as low
as $29 per month - for the first twelve months, customers can get Aliant TV's
unsurpassed quality picture and sound, on up to two television sets.
    Other features include an easy-to-use electronic (on-screen)
picture-in-picture program guide, free time-shifting that allows customers to
watch their favourite shows from other time zones, and access to pay-per-view
movies and events.
    Combined with Aliant's market support for ExpressVu Satellite Television,
Aliant ensured that everyone - no matter where they live - has access to the
most advanced entertainment solutions.

    About Bell Aliant

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




For further information:

For further information: Fraser Smith, Aliant Communications and Public
Affairs, (877) 351-4100, Fraser.smith@aliant.ca

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