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Tuesday, April 19, 2005
More Aliant customers access digital wireless service

Coverage reaches 95 per cent of Nova Scotians with $20 million investment

Nova Scotia — Aliant, Atlantic Canada’s leading information and communications technology provider, today announced digital wireless expansion in areas of Nova Scotia.

“We’re pleased to provide our customers with expanded digital coverage as part of our overall network expansion and enhancement program in Nova Scotia,” said Chuck Hartlen, Vice-President, Customer Services and Mobility. “The investment announced today is part of our on-going commitment to providing our customers with a high quality, reliable, digital wireless network.”

With the completion of network expansion and enhancements at Aldersville, New Ross, Caledonia, Maitland Bridge and Melrose, 95 per cent of the population of Nova Scotia is now covered by Aliant’s world class digital wireless network. Aliant will invest $20 million in 2005 to expand and enhance the company’s digital network and services offered in Nova Scotia. By the end of the year Aliant will have spent more than $153 million building a world class digital wireless network in the province, which will bring the company’s overall wireless investment across Atlantic Canada since 1999 close to $350 million.

“More of our customers can now enjoy the many benefits of digital wireless as a result of the four new digital cell sites located in the Southwestern part of the province. Customers traveling along the corridor of Route 12 between Chester and Kentville will benefit from extensive digital coverage as will customers traveling on Route 8 between Liverpool and Annapolis Royal,” says Vernon Snair, Regional Manager, Southwestern Nova Scotia, Aliant.

“Customers traveling along the corridor of Route 7 will also benefit from extensive digital coverage and enhanced services. The new digital site at Melrose is the first of three new sites planned to enhance coverage in the area. New digital sites at Sherbrooke and Ecum Secum will be turned up later this year,” says Don MacKay, Regional Manager, Northeastern Nova Scotia, Aliant.

This expansion will provide more customers with the ability to stay in touch with friends, family and co-workers as well as access to enhanced wireless features. Enhanced features on Aliant’s digital wireless network include text, video and picture messaging, and mobile browsing. Text messaging enables customers to send messages anywhere, anytime with no long distance or airtime minutes being used. Customers can also capture, save and send video clips and pictures instantly with video and picture messaging features. Mobile browsing provides customers with Internet access on their wireless device and enables them to access information and entertainment while on the go.

With digital wireless, customers may download screensavers and ringtones to customize their wireless device. In addition, customers enjoy faster Internet connection speeds for quicker downloads and access to email and other information.

Aliant customers traveling in Nova Scotia can use their cell phones and other wireless devices to access the most extensive digital wireless data network in Atlantic Canada to stay in touch and access business or personal information.

About Aliant
From its home base in Atlantic Canada, Aliant delivers a wide variety of innovative and traditional communications services, including local and long distance telephony, wireless, Internet, e-commerce, interactive multimedia, data and managed network services, to more than two million consumers and over 80,000 enterprises. Aliant complements its industry-leading telecommunications business with strengths in information technology solutions and knowledge-services applications. Aliant's approximately 8,400 employees build on its 100-plus year history by collaborating to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience. Aliant has a market capitalization of approximately $3.8 billion.

To view members of the Aliant team who made this digital wireless expansion in Nova Scotia possible, please visit www.aliant.ca/nsmobility.

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For more information please contact:
Lynn Coveyduck
Aliant Communications and Public Affairs
(866) 487.5653

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