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Bell Canada opens Wireless Innovation Centre

Centre to accelerate development of biometrics, E-9-1-1 and mobile
    IP products

    TORONTO,Aug. 12 2004 --
Bell Canada today announced the opening
of its Wireless Innovation Centre at Bell Mobility's Creekbank campus in
Mississauga, Ontario. The Centre showcases Bell's commitment to the
development of innovative wireless applications, devices and services by
creating an interactive, open environment where Bell developers and technology
partners can work together. The Centre will also play an integral role in
Bell's move towards an IP-based platform for its customers.
    The Wireless Innovation Centre, the fourth centre launched by Bell since
September 2003, will accelerate the development of new and emerging wireless
technologies for Bell. Each development phase will be supported by the Centre:
technology trials, the introduction of new products and services, production
support and field testing and training. The lab is designed with a flexible
and integrated open environment which encourages direct interaction between
various Bell teams and vendors.
    "At Bell, we're committed to working with our technology partners to
develop and deliver wireless devices that consistently surpass our customer's
high expectations," said Eugene Roman, Group President, Systems and
Technology, Bell Canada. "This Wireless Innovation Centre in Mississauga
complements the innovation we're driving in centres in Ottawa, Montreal and
Toronto-innovation that will fully realize the power of Bell's network."
    Wireless technology testing began at Bell Mobility in 1986 in a
200 square foot lab. At the Wireless Innovation Centre, Bell today completes
more than 2,000 hours of testing on individual devices in a 5,000 square foot
controlled, customer-simulated environment. The centre is currently testing
and trialing forward thinking solutions such as biometrics and E 9-1-1, and is
equipped to operate demonstrations of new products like mobile IP and high-
speed wireless including fixed, nomadic and mobile.
    "Bell Mobility is proud of its line-up of industry-leading quality
products and services," said Michael Neuman, President, Bell Mobility. "We've
launched everything from rugged modems for monitoring oil fields in Alberta,
to location based services, to the latest camera phones and PDA devices. The
Wireless Innovation Centre provides a great space for us to work with our
partners to accelerate the development of products and services in the
Canadian wireless industry."
    The Centre will also develop technology that complements Bell's existing
broadband and television services, as well as applications and services for
sectors including finance, healthcare, dispatch, office automation and field
services.
    On a daily basis, the Centre will showcase:

       - Mobile IP applied in PAN, LAN and WAN wireless environments;
       - High speed access (fixed, nomadic and mobile); and,
       - Location Based Services.

    As part of Bell's ongoing innovation strategy, the following centres are
currently operational: the IP/ MPLS Innovation Centre, which opened in Toronto
in April 2004; the Optical Innovation Centre, which opened in Montreal in
January 2004; and the Managed IP Telephony Innovation Centre, which opened in
Ottawa in September 2003.

    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 satellite television services. Bell Canada is wholly owned by
BCE Inc. For more information please visit www.bell.ca .



For further information: and interview opportunities: Nessa Prendergast,
Bell Canada Media Relations, (416) 581-3311, 1 888 482-0809,
nessa.prendergast@bell.ca

SOURCE Digital Voice / VoIP

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