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Bell Nexxia and Cenosis to market an advanced extranet for IP-based graphic arts applications


    
    MONTREAL, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - Bell Nexxia and Cenosis Inc. today announced an
agreement to jointly market an extranet for the graphic arts industry, through
KangaCom Inc. This new broadband digital transfer service allows graphic arts,
publishing and advertising companies as well as their clients and suppliers to
exchange camera-ready art and other images faster and cheaper than ever
before.
    KangaCom is providing a reliable and secure extranet-type network
solution that allows a customer to be linked to other users through a central
server. The service will operate on Bell Nexxia's IP-Broadband network, which
has a capacity of 160 gigabits per second. A graphic designer will be able to
transmit the full contents of a magazine to a client or printing firms at the
opposite end of the country in just a few seconds, dramatically reducing
production costs and delivery time.
    Under the terms of the agreement, Bell Nexxia becomes KangaCom's
preferred telecommunications services provider in Canada and obtains, in
exchange for technology transfers, purchase warrants of up to 20 % in the
company stock. In addition, Bell Nexxia and Cenosis are currently finalizing
an agreement whereby Bell Nexxia will become a distributor of KangaCom
services. The transaction requires usual regulatory approvals.
    Réjean Bouliane, senior vice president of Bell Nexxia, said: "Considering
that we operate the largest and most advanced IP-optimized, high-performance
network in the country, our customers expect us to introduce innovative
solutions that address their needs in the Internet-based economy and business
relationships."
    Richard Corbo, president of Cenosis, is proud of the partnership with
Bell Nexxia. "This is the result of major efforts on the part of Cenosis, and
represents a great business opportunity for us. The agreement associates us
with Bell Nexxia, a leader in developing and providing IP Broadband-based
business solutions."
    The commercial launch is planned for the first quarter of this year.
Given the success of the testing that has been under way since January 1999,
the solution is expected to be well received by Canadian and U.S. markets.
Some twenty sites representing key industry players, such as printers, graphic
designers and pre-press companies, have been involved in this testing process.
    Gérard Tardif, vice-president, Information Systems, at Cossette
Communication-Marketing, has been testing KangaCom's service for several
months. "Doing business with clients and partners in the United States and
Western Canada used to be expensive and inconvenient in a lot of ways. In our
industry, where time is money, this service has enabled us to reduce the
amount of time spent on approvals and modifications, thereby reducing our
costs," he explained.

    About Bell Nexxia
    Bell Nexxia is a leading provider of innovative and integrated
communications solutions to businesses in Canada and the United States.
Leveraging its state-of-the-art IP-Broadband network, the strength and
expertise of the BCE family of companies and strategic partnerships with
industry leaders such as Nortel Networks and Cisco, Bell Nexxia provides its
customers with cost-effective, next-generation services they need to compete
in the global marketplace. Bell Nexxia's Internet Web site is located at
www.bellnexxia.com.

    About Cenosis
    Cenosis is a high-technology company active in the design and development
of workflow software for the print media and publishers, in applications
development for digital transfer in the graphic arts industry, and also in
systems integration. The company offers complete information technology
solutions and turnkey services resulting in substantial productivity gains for
customers. Its shares are listed on the Montreal Exchange and Trade under the
symbol "CE". Cenosis' Internet Web site is located at www.cenosis.com.



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For further information: Don Hogarth, Bell Corporate Communications, 
(416) 581-3311, 1-888-482-0809; Robert Parenteau, Cenosis, (450) 682-8170

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