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A new step in the establishment of public multimedia terminals

Bell wins contract to install Aéroports de Montréal interactive terminals network

Montréal, Québec (November. 12) - Bell Canada has won a call for tenders by Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) to install 11 interactive multimedia terminals within the next year at Dorval and Mirabel airports and at the downtown Montréal offices of the bus shuttle that serves both airports. In winning the contract, Bell will be offering the public a wide range of interactive services accessible via a single multimedia terminal.

ADM's interactive network will use Nortel Networks-designed Millennium terminals. The terminals feature 17-inch touch-sensitive screens that will provide users with fully secure access to a vast range of information, in addition to transactional capabilities. Specifically, users will have access to the Internet, e-mail, the America On Line server and to the CompuServe network. They will also be able to seek tourism information and information on other key services for travellers, such as car rentals, and to visit the Internet sites of some airlines. Each terminal will also be equipped with a printer.

''Aéroports de Montréal is pleased to provide innovative services to travellers through a powerful, fully equipped interactive communications tool,'' said François Martel, Project Manager, Commercial Development, for ADM.

''Because they will provide access to the Internet and e-mail, these interactive terminals will help business people optimize the time they spend in airports.''

``In setting up Aéroports de Montréal's network of interactive terminals, Bell will be offering travellers the country's most complete bundle of multimedia services,'' said Jean-Louis Ouellet, Marketing Director, Public Telecommunications, for Bell. ``In fact, we see this as just the first wave of interactive services to which the public will soon have access, because the possibilities for development are enormous.''

Some of the services offered on ADM's interactive multimedia terminals will be available at no charge to users, while there will be a fee for others, such as access to Internet and e-mail services. Travellers will be able to pay for these services with their debit or credit cards, or with Bell's QuickChange card in the case of Bell services.

Bell will be moving ahead quickly with installation of the ADM's new system. The 11 terminals are scheduled to be in place by late in the first quarter of 1999.

The interactive multimedia terminals project is an illustration of the partnership between Bell and ADM and provides ADM with access to the most advanced and effective communications solutions. The project is part of Bell's vision for the establishment of a vast network of public multimedia terminals. This network will provide business people and the general public with increasingly easy and efficient access to innovative communications and services, with the help of new information technologies.

For further information: Louis Arseneault, Media Relations, Bell Canada, (514) 870-5314 or 1 800 361-5604 or Diane Roch, Director, Public Affairs and Communications, Aéroports de Montréal, (514) 394-7304.



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