Bell Aliant FibreOP(TM) services provide ultimate TV and broadband experience

    
    - 100% fibre optic network delivers advanced broadband to homes in
      Fredericton
    - Fastest Internet and video sharing
    - Best HDTV viewing experience
    

FREDERICTON, NB, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant today announced that FibreOP(TM) residential services are now available for sale in areas of Fredericton on the only 100% fibre optic network. Customers can choose from a variety of options, providing unprecedented Internet speeds and the ultimate TV experience.

"Bell Aliant will be the first in Canada to cover an entire city with fibre to the home (FTTH) technology, and bring a 100% fibre optic network directly to customers' homes," said Heather Tulk, Senior Vice President Customer Solutions, Bell Aliant. "These services will deliver the fastest Internet and video sharing available in New Brunswick, the ultimate High Definition TV experience, and the best customer service experience."

FibreOP Internet offers unprecedented download and upload speeds, allowing customers to download music or movies, and share video or photos faster than ever before. Internet services are available at speeds of up to 35Mbps download with 10Mbps upload. Increasing the capacity of upload speeds in addition to download is important to ensure the fastest two-way and overall Internet experience.

FibreOP TV offers 100% digital TV service including High Definition television and watch and record PVR, giving customers the option to watch and record two different HD channels at one time. Customers can enjoy unmatched digital picture and sound quality on over 200 channels, including over 90 music channels and 45 HD channels. Other features include an easy-to-use on-screen program guide, free time-shifting that allows customers to watch their favourite shows from other time zones, local radio music stations and access to pay-per-view movies and events.

FibreOP services are now for sale in areas of Fredericton, and will continue to be rolled out to the remainder of Fredericton and Saint John by the middle of next year. They can be purchased alone, or bundled with all the other telecommunications and entertainment services that customers need for their home, including Home Phone with unlimited features, unlimited long distance calling, FibreOP Internet and FibreOP TV. Customers can sign up by calling 1-866-FibreOP (1-866-342-7367) or visit www.bellaliant.net/FibreOp to pre-register for when services are available in their area.

Fibre to the home is an advanced broadband network that provides the ultimate experience for Internet and video services, including High Definition television. It is the ideal architecture to enable the growing bandwidth needs of customers including the ability to send and receive large amounts of data almost instantly.

On July 7, Bell Aliant announced that with the support of the Government of New Brunswick, it would invest $60 million to serve 70,000 homes and businesses in Fredericton and Saint John by mid 2010.

About Bell Aliant

Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional communications providers and an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 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. Bell Aliant's employees are committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience.

SOURCE Bell Aliant Inc.

For further information: For further information: Media Relations: Isabelle Robinson, Bell Aliant, (506) 457-5554, isabelle.robinson@bellaliant.ca; Investor Relations: Zeda Redden, Bell Aliant, (902) 487-5726, zeda.redden@bellaliant.ca

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