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Bell Canada and Clearwire Corporation Form Alliance

Bell Canada to be Exclusive VoIP Partner for Clearwire's US Wireless
    Broadband Network

    MONTREAL and SEATTLE,March 8 2005 --
Bell Canada and Clearwire
Corporation today announced an alliance through which Bell Canada will become
Clearwire's exclusive strategic partner for VoIP and certain other value-added
IP services and applications in the United States. Bell Canada will also
become Clearwire's preferred provider of these services and applications in
markets beyond North America. Clearwire, a privately held company led by
telecommunications pioneer Craig O. McCaw, offers advanced IP-based wireless
broadband communications services in the US and other key international
    "Bell Canada is one of the world's leading communications companies and
is setting the standard for the delivery of IP services and applications in
North America," said Craig O. McCaw, Chairman and CEO of Clearwire
Corporation. "This partnership leverages Bell Canada's IP-based network
capabilities and Clearwire's leading wireless broadband services."
    Clearwire's core offering is a non line-of-sight (NLOS) wireless
broadband data service that uses technology provided by NextNet, a Clearwire
subsidiary, to allow customers "nomadic" Internet access. "Nomadic" refers to
the ability to access the Internet from any place within the service area that
has a power supply. First launched in Jacksonville, Florida in the summer of
2004, its competitive speeds (up to 1.5 Mbps) and prices have met with strong
customer acceptance. Clearwire subsequently launched services in Abilene,
Texas, St. Cloud, Minnesota and Daytona Beach, Florida, and plans to enter a
number of additional markets across the United States in 2005, as well as in
Europe. Clearwire targets the consumer, small business and small office-home
office markets. As Clearwire's VoIP partner, Bell Canada will manage the
deployment and operation of Clearwire's US VoIP offering.
    "Wireless broadband will be an increasingly important access technology
in the next generation of telecommunications," said Michael Sabia, CEO of Bell
Canada. "In Craig McCaw and his Clearwire team, we are partnering with an
innovator who has a proven track record for delivering wireless initiatives
and is today a clear leader in wireless broadband. This alliance is a good
opportunity for Bell Canada to develop our wireless broadband capabilities for
our home market and leverage our VoIP expertise."
    In addition to being Clearwire's partner for VoIP, Bell Canada will
invest US $100 million in Clearwire and Michael Sabia will join Clearwire's
board of directors.
    Bell Canada also announced it will become a shareholder in Mr. McCaw's
NR Communications, which, together with Microcell, is one of the two partners
in the Inukshuk Joint Venture. The venture is using NextNet technology to
deliver NLOS plug-and-play broadband wireless access. Inukshuk was launched in
2003 to provide wireless high speed Internet access across Canada using
spectrum in the 2.5 GHz range. Services based on the technology will deliver
data and voice applications to communities throughout the country.
    "Wireless broadband technology promises to deliver the advantages of high
speed Internet services to Canadians," said Mr. Sabia. "As a new partner in
the joint venture, Bell Canada will actively work with the parties involved,
including Industry Canada, to ensure that the benefits of this technology are
available to Canadians - including those living in remote and currently
unserved areas - as quickly as possible."
    Closing of these transactions is subject to customary conditions, as well
as applicable regulatory approvals.


    Certain statements made in this news release are forward-looking and are
subject to important risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The results or
events predicted in these forward-looking statements may differ materially
from actual results or events. There are risks that the conditions to which
the closing of the transactions described in this news release is subject to
may not be met or that the applicable regulatory approvals may not be
obtained. For a description of other risks that could cause actual results or
events to differ materially from current expectations please refer to Bell
Canada's Safe Harbor Notice Concerning Forward-Looking Statements dated
February 7, 2005 filed by Bell Canada with the Canadian securities commissions
and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under Form 6-K. The
forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent our
expectations as of March 8, 2005 and, accordingly, are subject to change after
such date. However, we disclaim any intention or obligation to update any
forward- looking statements, whether as a result of new information or

    About Bell Canada

    Bell Canada, Canada's national leader in communications, provides
connectivity to residential and business customers through wired and wireless
voice and data communications, local and long distance phone services, high
speed and wireless Internet access, IP-broadband services, e-business
solutions and direct-to-home satellite service. Bell Canada is wholly owned by
BCE Inc. (BCE: TSE, NYSE). For more information, please visit .

    About Clearwire Corporation

    Clearwire is a provider of reliable, wireless, high-speed broadband
Internet service to consumers and small businesses. Clearwire is utilizing
next-generation non-line-of-sight wireless technology, developed by its
subsidiary company NextNet, to connect customers to the Internet using radio
spectrum, thus eliminating the confines of traditional cable or phone wiring.
The tower transmits radio signals from a base site to a small, wireless modem
the size of a paperback book, which easily connects a user's computer to the
Internet. For more information, please visit .

    About NextNet(R) Wireless, Inc.

    NextNet ( ) is the industry's
most widely
deployed provider of NLOS plug & play broadband wireless access systems. The
Expedience(R) system is deployed over licensed frequencies today in 30 markets
globally, including Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and Latin America,
where NextNet is the exclusive NLOS plug & play system supplier for MVS
Comunicaciones, Mexico's largest MMDS carrier, with licensed spectrum covering
67 million potential subscribers. In the USA, NextNet's Expedience solution is
deployed by Clearwire, Plateau and a number of other ISPs in Arizona, Florida,
Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio and Texas. NextNet is
also the exclusive NLOS plug & play system supplier for the Inukshuk joint
venture in Canada.

For further information: Bell Canada: Daniela Pizzuto, Media Relations,
(514) 391-2007 or 1 877 391 2007,; BCE Inc.: George
Walker, Investor Relations, (514) 870-2488,;
Clearwire Corporation: Todd Wolfenbarger, Media Relations, (801) 595-1155

SOURCE Digital Voice / VoIP

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