Fibre-to-the-home network arrives in Nova Scotia

Sydney to be the first community in the province to experience premium Internet speeds, exceptional TV viewing

SYDNEY, NS, May 28 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant, with the support of the Government of Nova Scotia today announced that FibreOP(TM), its world-class fibre-to-the-home network (FTTH) is coming to Nova Scotia. The company also announced the availability of premium Internet speeds - 170 Mbps download and 30 Mbps upload -on the new network. This is the first time Internet speeds like this will be available to residential customers in the region.

Bell Aliant's FibreOP services will be available in Sydney, Nova Scotia as early as this fall.

"This advanced broadband network is the ultimate in today's Internet and TV experience," said Karen Sheriff, president and CEO, Bell Aliant. "We're extremely pleased to offer our customers this future-proof technology providing them with virtually limitless possibilities."Bell Aliant will be investing $15 million in the Sydney area to bring FibreOP services to more than 30,000 homes and businesses. This investment is part of Bell Aliant's previously announced 2010 capital program, which includes approximately $65 million for FTTH. Bell Aliant expects to pass 140,000 homes and businesses with FTTH by the end of 2010.

The Province of Nova Scotia is contributing $2 million to the project.

"This investment is the right decision for families in Cape Breton," Premier Darrell Dexter said. "By way of this loan the Province and Bell Aliant together will ultimately help Nova Scotia stay competitive in the global economy. Now, more than ever, we have to ensure that we have the right telecommunications infrastructure in place to create good jobs, grow the economy, explore new business opportunities and make life better for families in every region."

Earlier this month the company also announced an additional $350 million investment to be made in 2011 and 2012, which will bring the total investment in FTTH to almost a half billion dollars, expanding FibreOP services to more than 600,000 homes and businesses.

FTTH is an advanced broadband network that carries FibreOP services, featuring unprecedented Internet speeds and an exceptional High Definition television viewing experience for customers. FibreOP services will be available to residential and business customers in Sydney, Sydney River, North Sydney, Sydney Mines, Glace Bay and New Waterford starting in the fall of 2010. FibreOP Bundles will also be available in the area at the same time.

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 and advanced technology solutions. 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: Peter Murchland, Communications and Public Affairs, Bell Aliant, 1-877-487-3165, peter.murchland@bellaliant.ca

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