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NBTel leading the way in North America with Aliant's new interactive information and entertainment television service

    SAINT JOHN, NB, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Aliant (TSE: AIT) today announced the
upcoming launch of NBTel's interactive television service, which is leading
the way in Canada as the first-ever interactive television service to be
commercially delivered by a telecommunications company.
    "We are proud to announce that Aliant Telecom has entered the exciting
world of interactive entertainment services," said Stephen Wetmore, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Aliant. "Recent world events have demonstrated,
yet again, that fully integrated communications services are what consumer and
business markets require. We are delighted to be the first in North America to
commercially launch this type of service."
    Gerry Pond, Executive Vice-President of Aliant and President of Aliant IT
and Emerging Business, explained that this breakthrough is a result of
employee ingenuity, valuable customer feedback and a close partnership with
iMagicTV, a software company headquartered in Saint John, of which Aliant is
the major shareholder.
    "Together we have evolved a commercially viable service that uses a
telco's fully convergent infrastructure to deliver solutions customers
require. The innovation and ingenuity of Atlantic Canadians is to be saluted
as we go forward with this first in our Province, region and continent," said
Mr. Pond.
    The Aliant group of advanced technology companies and its 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

    /Assignment editors/journalists: Media are invited to attend the news
conference and launch of NBTel's new interactive television services in
Moncton, New Brunswick, at 11 a.m. on January 24, in Ballroom C of Hotel
Beauséjour. The Netcast of this news conference will begin at 12 p.m. at


For further information: Robyn Tingley, Manager, Corporate Public 
Affairs, (506) 694-6445, 1 800 267-2057; Jean Breau, Manager, Corporate Public 
Affairs, (506) 658-7803, (506) 333-3079, 1 800 267-2057

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