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BCE Emergis And Aliant Telecom Partner To Bring Advanced Electronic Business Services To Atlantic Canada

Montreal / Saint John

BCE Emergis and Aliant Telecom today announced an agreement
whereby the two companies will partner to bring leading-edge
business services to large corporate customers in Atlantic
Canada. Through this one-year renewable agreement, Aliant
Telecom, owner of Canada's four major telecommunications firms,
will offer its customers in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova
Scotia and Prince Edward Island electronic document management
services, through BCE Emergis' Business Document Exchange (BDX).
The new business relationship will enhance Aliant Telecom's
existing portfolio of e-business solutions and will enable both
companies to maintain market leadership for their value-added
products and services in Atlantic Canada. 

"Our large business customers are in need of leading-edge
document exchange tools in order to conduct their business more
effectively. BCE Emergis' BDX services have a proven track record
and we're confident these services will suit their needs," said
Jack Travis, Senior Vice President, Sales, Aliant Telecom. "By
partnering with BCE Emergis, we can quickly offer our customers
a complete e-commerce solution for document exchange tools that
complements our current range of network and communication

"The Aliant Telecom companies - NBTel, MTT, IslandTel and NewTel
- are key partners for our growing suite of e-commerce
solutions," said Christian Trudeau, Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer, BCE Emergis. "Our intention is to
replicate this kind of strategic alliance throughout North
America, wherever marketing channels are seeking e-commerce
applications to complement or augment their network-based

BCE Emergis will provide, host, and manage this network-centric
solution from secure servers located at its Managed Service
Centre in Toronto. Customers will access the BDX service from the
Internet or from the Aliant Telecom companies' private IP-based

An Internet-based business-to-business tool, Business Document
Exchange (BDX) allows trading partners to seamlessly exchange all
types of business documents, including traditional EDI, Web
forms, even faxes. The service manages the exchange of documents,
from submission to delivery receipt, transparently handling the
translation from and to virtually all formats and network
protocols. Using BDX, established organizations can improve the
ROI on their EDI platforms and extend their reach to virtually
all their trading partners with limited impact on their current
business processes. 

Aliant Telecom is part of the Aliant group of advanced technology
companies. Aliant's staff of 9,000 professionals delivers full
service, integrated solutions through its four core lines of
business: wireline and wireless telecommunications, information
technology, mobile satellite services, and emerging business
solutions. From its base in Atlantic Canada, Aliant serves
consumer and business customers worldwide. For more information
visit Aliant at

BCE Emergis delivers network-centric e-commerce business
solutions that improve customer processes through the exchange of
secure transactions. Combining e-commerce services, network
infrastructure, security services, and payment solutions through
industry vertical applications, BCE Emergis offers a full suite
of core technologies that are the essential building blocks for
electronic commerce. BCE Emergis, is among the top electronic
commerce providers in North America and is listed on the TSE 300
Composite Index. For more information, please refer to 

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements
that reflect the current views and/or expectations of BCE Emergis
with respect to its performance, business and future events. Such
statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and
assumptions. Actual results and events may vary significantly.

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For more information: 

Anne Belliveau      
General Manager, Public Affairs and Communications          
BCE Emergis         
(514) 868-2232           

Robyn Tingley
Manager, Corporate Public Affairs
Aliant Telecom
1 800 267-2057 or (506) 694-6445

SOURCE Mobility / Wireless

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