Aliant's investment in New Brunswick exceeds $84 million, digital wireless coverage reaches 88 per cent of population
NEW BRUNSWICK,March 10 2005 --Aliant, Atlantic Canada's leading information and communications technology provider, today announced a further expansion of digital wireless coverage in New Brunswick (NB). Aliant has invested over $84 million to date building a world-class digital wireless network in NB. "We're pleased to provide our customers with this expanded digital coverage as part of our overall network expansion and enhancement program in New Brunswick," said Chuck Hartlen, Vice-President, Aliant Mobility. "The investment announced today is part of our on-going commitment to providing a high quality, reliable digital wireless network." Aliant has invested $9 million in expanding and enhancing their digital wireless network over the past year in NB, and $290 million over the past five years across Atlantic Canada. With the completion of network expansion and enhancements in Kedgwick, St. Quentin, Squaw Cap and St. Martins 88 per cent of the population is now covered by Aliant's world-class digital wireless network. "More of our customers can now enjoy the many benefits of wireless coverage as a result of the three new cell sites in the corridor of route 17 between St. Leonard and Campbellton," says Robert Vautour, Regional Manager, Northern New Brunswick, Aliant. This network expansion will provide customers with the ability to stay in touch with friends, family and co-workers as well as give them access to some very exciting enhanced wireless features. Enhanced features on Aliant's digital wireless network include web-browsing, text, video and picture messaging. Web-browsing provides Internet access to customers and enables them to access information and entertainment while on the go. Text messaging enables customers to connect anywhere, anytime with no long distance or airtime minutes being used. Customers can also capture, save and share video clips and pictures instantly with video and picture messaging features. With digital wireless, customers are also able to download screensavers and ringtones so that they can customize their wireless device to suit their own style and enjoy faster Internet connection speeds for faster downloads and quicker access to email and other information. "Customers in the St. Martins area will definitely benefit from expanded coverage," says Wayne Moore, Regional Manager, Southwestern New Brunswick, Aliant. The Aliant network enables customers traveling in the province to use their cell phones and other wireless devices to access the most extensive wireless data network in Atlantic Canada enabling them to stay in touch and access business or personal information on the road. About Aliant From its home base in Atlantic Canada, Aliant delivers a wide variety of innovative and traditional communications services, including local and long distance telephony, wireless, Internet, e-commerce, interactive multimedia, data and managed network services, to more than two million consumers and over 80,000 enterprises. Aliant complements its industry-leading telecommunications business with strengths in information technology solutions and knowledge- services applications. Aliant's approximately 8,400 employees build on its 100-plus year history by collaborating to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience. Aliant has a market capitalization of approximately $3.8 billion. To view a few members of the Aliant team who made this digital wireless expansion in New Brunswick possible please visit www.aliant.ca/nbmobility. Media representatives are encouraged to sign up for Aliant News Alerts at http://www.aliant.ca/news For further information: Peter Murchland, Aliant Communications and Public Affairs, 1-877-487-3165, (902) 487-3165, firstname.lastname@example.org; Archived images on this organization are available through CNW Photo Archive at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to members of media.
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