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Aliant Telecom Launches New Television Technology in Halifax

HALIFAX,Aug. 30 2001 --Chris Keevill, President, Aliant Telecom
Broadband Services, of the Aliant Telecom companies (MTT, NBTel, Island Tel,
NewTel) announced in Halifax the launch of VibeVision, a new technology that
provides digital interactive television service that's leading the way in
North America. The technology and software for VibeVision was developed in
Atlantic Canada.
    "Aliant is particularly proud to be launching this service in Atlantic
Canada first and of the fact that the innovation and creativity to develop
this technology came from right here in Atlantic Canada," says Keevill.
    "VibeVision is television with kick," he says. "Our customers can now
have entertainment and information - including television, movies and music --
at their fingertips. And that is only the beginning. With VibeVision you can
surf the Internet and read and send email messages."
    VibeVision offers over 160 high-quality digital television and audio
channels, accessed through a set-top box and an interactive television guide.
"This technology offers our customers more choice and provides an innovative
alternative to cable - with the added convenience of Internet access from your
television set," explains Keevill.
    VibeVision is the newest addition to Aliant Telecom's broadband services,
which use Digital Subscriber Lines ("DSL") technology to deliver secure high-
speed Internet and now interactive television, to its customers. Keevill
explains that the technology to deliver VibeVision was developed in
partnership with iMagicTV, a Saint John-based company and has been available
in New Brunswick since last year.
    "Aliant's latest expansion of its VibeVision service is great news," says
Marcel LeBrun, President and CEO of iMagicTV. "It's extremely gratifying to
know that Atlantic Canadians are among those around the world that will use
and enjoy our technology."
    VibeVision is currently offered in select areas in the Halifax Peninsula
and Rockingham in Nova Scotia and in select areas in Saint John and Moncton in
New Brunswick. This is the first of a series of expansions planned for
VibeVision in the coming months. For more information on VibeVision, visit
www.vibevision.com or call 1-877-624-7624.

    About Aliant
    Aliant Inc. (TSE:AIT) is one of Canada's top high-tech companies,
providing integrated communications and IT solutions through subsidiaries
operating worldwide. By combining industry-leading expertise from across the
group of companies, Aliant utilizes the Aliant Premium(TM) model to deliver
unique, end-to-end solutions to customers. With 10,000 employees and a market
capitalization of almost $5 billion, Aliant ranks in the top 100 publicly
traded companies in the country. More information on Aliant may be found on
our Website at www.aliant.ca.

    About iMagicTV
    iMagicTV (Nasdaq:IMTV and TSE:IMT) provides software products and related
services that enable telephone companies and other service providers to
deliver multi-channel digital television and interactive media services to
their subscribers over a broadband network infrastructure. iMagicTV's software
can be deployed over high-speed broadband networks including ADSL, VDSL,
wireless, Ethernet and Fiber to the Home (FTTH) technologies. Incorporated in
1997, iMagicTV maintains its global headquarters in Saint John, New Brunswick,
Canada, its European headquarters in Cambridge, UK and its Asia Pacific
headquarters in Singapore. The Company also has offices located throughout the
United States. For more information, visit www.imagictv.com.




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For further information: Heather Hampson, Public Affairs Manager,
800-834-0891, heather.hampson@aliant.ca

SOURCE Telephone / Wireline

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