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BCE Emergis Wins Contract For Scotiabank's New E-Commerce Security Service

Montreal, Quebec

Extends a growing business relationship with the Bank

BCE Emergis today announced an exclusive five-year contract with
Scotiabank's new subsidiary e-Scotia.com to support the
distribution of leading edge technology to secure business on the
Internet for Canadian and international businesses.
 
BCE Emergis will provide state of the art, highly secure
facilities, as well as the operational platform, management and
support services required for e-Scotia.com to process digital
certificates. This agreement covers the Canadian, U.S. and
Mexican markets. 

e-Scotia.com distributes the most advanced Internet security
available in the marketplace today -digital certificates-
electronic passports used to uniquely identify people and
resources over the Web. These certificates allow companies to
secure their e-commerce transactions and electronic
communications on the Internet. 

This new contract expands on other e-commerce processing services
provided by BCE Emergis for Scotiabank. It currently provides the
Bank with the processing support for credit card point of sale
transactions both on the Web and in stores. 

"Building on our relationship with BCE Emergis made more business
sense than developing and managing the infrastructure ourselves,"
said Albert Wahbe, President of e-Scotia.com and Scotiabank's
Executive Vice-President of Electronic Banking. "With processing
support from BCE Emergis, e-Scotia.com plays a leadership role in
helping Canadian companies to get launched on the web by securing
and enabling their e-commerce transactions. We look forward to
working with BCE Emergis on new e-commerce opportunities." 

"We are very pleased to have entered into this latest project
with Scotiabank. It reaffirms our position as a leading provider
of electronic services to the financial community, and marks the
continuation of what we expect to be a growing relationship with
the Bank", said Brian Edwards, President and CEO, BCE Emergis. 

Edwards continued: "To manage the expected volume of Digital
Certificates, we have jointly developed a unique and highly
available infrastructure for the use of e-Scotia.com. This
infrastructure involves the security environment of both the
physical facility and the network platform. We have created one
of the most secure and robust Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
environments in the world, with a capacity large enough to
accommodate the growing market for e-Scotia.com services." 

Scotiabank manages over one hundred and fifty thousand Digital
Certificates for its own customers, enabling more than half a
million banking and investment transactions to take place
securely online each month. e-Scotia.com will secure e-commerce
for Canadian companies subsequently helping them realize the
incredible opportunities from doing business on the web. The goal
is to facilitate the growth of e-commerce by encouraging more
people to shop and trade online without security concerns. 

Scotiabank is one of North America's premier financial
institutions, with more than $222 billion in assets and
approximately 41,000 employees worldwide. It is also Canada's
most international bank, with more than 1,600 branches and
offices in over 50 countries on six continents. Scotiabank is on
the World Wide Web at www.scotiabank.ca and e-Scotia.com is at
www.e-Scotia.com 

BCE Emergis delivers network-centric Internet commerce services
that improve customer processes through the exchange of secure
transactions. Combining e-commerce services, network
connectivity, security and e-payments solutions through industry
verticals, 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 www.emergis.com. 

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      
Email: abelliveau@emergis.com      

Catherine Melville
Publicity Manager
Scotiabank Public Affairs
(416) 866-6203
catherine_melville@scotiacapital.com





SOURCE Mobility / Wireless

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