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Thursday, December 05, 2002
Aliant Mobility to launch 1X high speed Wireless network in New Brunswick


Saint John, NB -- Aliant Mobility announced today that it will launch its new 1xRTT next generation wireless network in New Brunswick in the first quarter of 2003. The 1X network, which was launched in the Halifax market last week, will deliver the fastest wireless data speeds in Atlantic Canada. Customers in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton, including the communities along the main highways between these three cities, will be the first in New Brunswick to experience the benefits of this new wireless technology, including improved graphics, faster Internet connection speed and quick and convenient access to email and information. 1X is the next evolution of Aliant’s CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) voice and data network providing customers with the latest in technology as well as providing the benefits of Aliant’s existing and expanding CDMA digital network.

“As a result of this investment, when we launch in New Brunswick, our mobile customers will have faster access to corporate data, email, Intranets and each other,” says Chuck Hartlen, Vice President, Aliant Mobility.” According to Hartlen, 1X technology will make wireless data services more convenient and more efficient to use.

Aliant Mobility will also introduce 1X service in Sydney, Charlottetown, St. John’s and Mount Pearl during the first quarter of 2003, followed by other Atlantic Canadian locations throughout the balance of 2003.

Bringing a new level of services and solutions, the 1X network supports advanced wireless voice and data communications and delivers Atlantic Canada’s broadest suite of industry-leading business and consumer applications. Also available will be new 1X-ready devices, including phones that can access higher speed data, and wireless modems that have voice capabilities.

“The new 1X network will enable customers to personalize their wireless devices in new ways” says Hartlen. “It also provides the foundation for an entirely new generation of mobile applications offering rich media and graphics that will be introduced throughout 2003.” Together these features will bring a new level of appeal for wireless devices among customers seeking a personalized, feature-rich mobile experience.

Next Generation Network
At launch, Aliant Mobility’s new 1X network, built with infrastructure purchased from Nortel Networks, will support wireless data speeds of up to 86 Kbps, as much as five times faster than previously available. This means that customers will be able to wirelessly download a page of text in three seconds or a digital colour photograph in just five seconds.

An added benefit to the network is the 'instant-on' and 'always-on' capability of its packet-based platform. Customers can connect to the Internet in seconds, and remain constantly connected to their information, making "dialing-up" a thing of the past. Moreover, customers are charged based on the volume of data they send and receive - instead of the amount of time they are connected to the network. Together, these features mean that now, more than ever, mobile workers can access information from many applications in a manner comparable to the office environment.

Next Generation Devices
The next generation wireless devices combine voice and data functionality and advanced features, such as larger screens, more processing power and more memory. Aliant Mobility currently offers the Samsung n370 1X ready phone and the Sierra Wireless Aircard 555, and will launch a series of exciting new handsets and personal digital assistants that will take full advantage of the new technology in 2003.

About Aliant
Aliant is a recognized leader in communications and information technology. From its headquarters in eastern Canada, Aliant develops pacesetting telecommunications technologies and commercializes them for customers, and for export through partners world wide. Aliant complements its industry-leading telecommunications business with strengths in developing information technology and knowledge services applications. The company's 10,200 employees collaborate to deliver the highest quality of customer service, while consistently demonstrating innovative capabilities that drive growth in existing and new markets. Aliant is a TSX 100 company with a market capitalization of approximately $4 billion. More information on Aliant may be found on our Web site at www.aliant.ca.

For further information contact:
Janet Richard
Public Affairs Manager
902-487-5447 or 1-866-739-9011

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