Bell Canada positioned in the Challengers Quadrant for Managed and Professional Network Service Providers, North America



    Evaluation based on ability to execute and completeness of vision

    MONTREAL, Quebec, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada, a leading provider
of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) services and
solutions to businesses, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner,
Inc. in the challengers quadrant in the "Magic Quadrant for Managed and
Professional Network Service Providers, North America" report.
    The report is designed to help midsize and large companies identify and
evaluate North American IT services suppliers who can support their
connectivity and communications infrastructure. A total of 18 vendors across
North America satisfied all of Gartner's criteria for the inclusion in the
report's 2008 edition. They are the following:

    
    AT&T                 Dimension Data                   Orange
    Avaya                EDS                              Presidio
    Bell Canada          HP                               Sprint
    BT Global Services   IBM Global Technology Services   Qwest
    Calence              Nortel                           Unisys
    CSC                  Northrop Grumman                 Verizon Business

    "We consider our positioning in the challengers quadrant by Gartner
confirmation of Bell Canada's mission to enable customers to unlock the power
of IT infrastructure solutions to improve business performance," said Stéphane
Boisvert, President, Bell Enterprise Group.
    To be considered for the Magic Quadrant, a vendor had to fulfill specific
delivery criteria based on how it serves the North American market:

    - Must directly provide IT management services in support of customer WAN
      environments
    - Must develop and maintain its own remote management platform for the
      provisioning of a variety of remote IT services across WAN, LAN and
      premises-based voice infrastructure
    - Must provide, directly or through partners, IT services in support of
      LAN, premises-based and hosted voice infrastructure, and WAN edge
      devices
    - Must serve clients in North America
    

    According to the report: "Gartner views the capability to create and
maintain a centralized remote management platform as a key indicator of an
organization's ability to provide superior and quality network management
services at reduced costs to end users. As the MPNS market matures,
participants may not be required to maintain their platforms; but given the
strategic nature of these assets, Gartner made this a requirement for
inclusion."
    Each vendor was asked to make a formal presentation to Gartner and to
submit at least five North American customer references. The participants were
then evaluated according to their Ability to Execute and Completeness of
Vision in delivering network IT services. These services include Network and
Telecommunications Expense Management, Maintenance, Consulting, Network
Development and Integration, and Network Management.
    As part of the evaluation, Gartner gave comments from vendor-supplied
references equal weight with comments from its own independent customer
inquiries. Each participant was then placed within one of four Magic
Quadrants, among the "leaders," "challengers," niche players," or
"visionaries."

    About Bell

    Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers with
solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone services,
wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital television and voice
over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications technology
(ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual Chief
Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell is
proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Telecommunications
Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is
wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
please visit www.bell.ca. For corporate information on BCE, please visit
www.bce.ca.

    About the Magic Quadrant

    The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2008 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused
with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a
marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis
of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as
defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service
depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select
only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is
intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to
action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to
this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a
particular purpose.




For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Pierre
Leclerc, Bell Media Relations, (514) 391-2007, 1-877-391-2007,
pierre.leclerc@bell.ca


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