Bell to hire 300 more people in Québec City this year as Fibe rollout continues

May 2, 2012

Investment of $240 million in next-generation fibre optic network brings best TV service and fastest Internet speeds to Québec's capital

QUÉBEC CITY, May 2, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today announced it will hire approximately 300 more technicians and other skilled workers in Québec City in the remainder of 2012 to support Bell's rollout of leading-edge fibre optic communications services directly to homes and businesses across Québec's capital.

The 300 new hires to come in 2012 will approximately double the number of new jobs Bell has created in Québec City in the last year. Bell's $240-million fibre project here is the largest of its kind anywhere in Canada, supporting enhanced competition and customer choice with the latest broadband Fibe TV, Internet and Home Phone services.

"As a Québec company, Bell is very proud to deliver the broadband networks that ensure Québec City is one of the most connected capital cities anywhere in the world," said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell Canada and BCE. "Bell fibre optic technology delivers the best TV service, the best Internet experience and the best connectivity options for our business and government clients across the region."

Bell also announced today that, on Sunday, Bell Fibe customers in Québec City will begin receiving enhanced Internet speeds of up to 175 Megabits per (Mbps) for both uploads and downloads. This unique synchronous connectivity offers Fibe customers here the fastest total Internet speeds available - enabling them for example to download a 1 Gigabyte HD movie in 45 seconds, compared to about 27 minutes with 5 Mbps Internet service, or upload such large files just as quickly.

With capital investments of more than $3 billion each year, Bell spends more on new fibre and wireless network infrastructure and R&D than any other communications provider in Québec or across Canada. Bell is rapidly deploying new fibre in urban centres like Québec City, in all new condominium and apartment developments in Québec and Ontario, and in many other locations across eastern Canada.

"Bell certainly plays the leading role in Québec technology innovation, reflecting our desire and unique ability to bring to Québec the world's best," said Martine Turcotte, Bell's Vice Chair, Québec. "Bell is Québec's largest communications provider, and with more than 17,000 Québec team members we are one of the largest private-sector employers of any kind. Each year in Québec, Bell buys close to $2 billion in goods and services and invests more than $900 million in new capital - including more than a quarter of a billion dollars spent on R&D. Bell is Québec's technology champion, and our customers see the benefit in the highest-speed Internet, the best TV service, and world-class mobile superphones and services like Bell Mobile TV."

To learn more about a career with Bell, please visit Bell.ca/Jobs_at_Bell.

The Bell Fibe experience
Bell Fibe is now available in Québec City downtown, Beauport, Cap Rouge, Charlesbourg, Loretteville and St-Augustin. Other locations such as Lévis, Charny, St-Nicolas and St-Romuald are being connected to the Fibe network with full coverage to be completed before the end of 2012.

Bell Fibe Internet offers Bell customers in Québec City the fastest Internet access, with download and upload speeds of up to 175 Mbps. Customers can surf the Internet, share photos and videos, download music or work with business applications faster than with any other provider - and they can get a home wireless network at no charge too.

Bell Fibe TV offers the best television experience available with exceptional HD image quality, complete On Demand service, direct access to social media applications such as Facebook® and Twitter®, and the exclusive Whole Home PVR. The world's most innovative TV technology, and available in Québec only from Bell, Whole Home PVR allows you to set, manage and play back recordings from any TV in your home, and to pause and rewind live TV from any TV in your home.

About Bell
Headquartered in Montréal, Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business with solutions to all their communications needs, including Bell Mobility wireless, Bell Internet high-speed, Bell Satellite TV and Bell Fibe TV, Bell Home Phone local and long distance, and Bell Business Markets IP-broadband and information and communications technology (ICT) services. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital media, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and the country's most-watched specialty channels.

The Bell Mental Health Initiative is a multi-year charitable program that promotes mental health across Canada via the Bell Let's Talk anti-stigma campaign and support for community care, research and workplace best practices. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For Bell product and service information, please visit Bell.ca. For Bell Media, please visit BellMedia.ca. For BCE corporate information, please visit BCE.ca.


For further information:

Marie-Ève Francœur
Bell Media Relations
1 855 391-5263
marie-eve.francoeur@bell.ca
@Bell_News