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BELL CANADA - High-speed E-mail and Internet Access at Montreal's International

Monday, July 26, 1999 11:28 AM EST

Toronto, Ontario, Jul. 26, 1999 (Market News Publishing via COMTEX) -- Travellers passing through Montreal International Airports at Dorval and Mirabel now have e-mail and Internet access, using a new Bell service that will also soon be available at Aeroports de Montreal's downtown terminal.

Business and leisure travellers will now have easy access to e-mail and the Internet using the new Bell Interactive Zone kiosks have just been installed in strategic locations in the airports - eight at Dorval and two at Mirabel.

The Interactive Zone kiosks will be fast and easy to use - features greatly appreciated by people on the move. The system has been set up with a very user-friendly interface, and provides access to the Web and e-mail services, including Bell Sympatico(TM).

The cost for using this service is $2.50 for the first five minutes, and 30 cents for each additional minute. Payment methods include major credit cards or a Bell QuickChange(TM) card.

"The multimedia terminals at Universite du Quebec a Montreal, installed two years ago, showed us that providing public Internet and e-mail access answered a real need," explained Jean-Louis Ouellet, Manager, Market Planning, Public Telecommunications for Bell. "This need has increased in the past two years, and we are pleased to be able to meet the demand for public e- mail and Internet service in a cost-effective manner."

Mr. Ouellet continued: "At the airport, we are dealing with a unique type of customer - a person who is either in a hurry or has time on his hands. Either type of traveller can take advantage of this service. Interactive Zone kiosks provide functions designed to meet the needs of travellers. Plus, for many businesspeople, Internet access has become as essential as access to a telephone!"

Francois Martel, Project Manager, Marketing, for Aeroports de Montreal, says: "Aeroports de Montreal is proud that the Dorval, Mirabel and downtown terminals are among the first in Canada to be able to offer travellers a direct, interactive connection to the world. By adding Interactive Zone kiosks to its wide range of products and services, Aeroports de Montreal is continuing its efforts to improve the airport experience for both business and leisure travellers. It is also bringing the Dorval, Mirabel and downtown terminals into the era of the 'smart' airport."

Bell Interactive Zone kiosks will prove extremely useful to a wide variety of travellers, such as:

 - The manager of a small business who wants to send up-to-the-minute 
   information via an e- mail to employees the instant he/she gets off a flight. 
 - The broker who needs to check stock listings frequently and will be 
   able to do so between flights. 
 - The vacationer leaving for Vancouver or France, who will have 
access to 
   the most up-to-date tourist information by consulting the Internet 
   prior to embarking. 

This new service boasts the latest features in multimedia and

touch-screen technology - all in a high-speed domain. Equipped with audio and video capability, the new kiosks also feature a keyboard and printer. Reliable and secure are two key descriptors of the Bell Interactive Zone kiosk.

Bell Canada, whose Head Office is located in Montreal, is the largest telecommunications company in Canada. Bell is a major contributor to Quebec's economy and is committed to the communities located in every region it serves. Bell helps position Quebec as a leader in new technologies by providing customers with an increasingly broad range of advanced voice, data and image communications services. Bell Canada is a member of the BCE group of companies that provide state-of-the-art telecommunications services focused on wired and wireless technology, the Internet and satellite transmission.

The Bell Canada Internet site is located at: http://www.bell.ca. News releases, speeches and background information are in the "Newsroom" under the "About Bell" main menu. Our e-mail address is forum@bell.ca.

TEL:  1 800 361-5604     Louis Arseneault, Media Relations 
TEL:  1 800 361-5604     Louis Arseneault, Media Relation 
TEL:  (514) 870-5314     Bell Canada 
EMAIL: louis.arseneault@bell.ca 
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