BCE surpasses 3 million Internet customers

May 3, 2012

Investing more than $3 billion a year to roll out new broadband network technology

QUÉBEC CITY, May 3, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - BCE Inc. today confirmed its position as Canada's largest Internet service provider, announcing that more than 3 million customers now subscribe to Bell Canada and Bell Aliant Internet services in Québec, Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

"As we mark this latest milestone in our growth as Canada's #1 Internet provider, I would like to congratulate the Bell teams for delivering such high-quality, world-class Internet services," said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell and BCE, who announced the news at BCE's annual general shareholders' meeting here in Québec City. "Canadians use the Internet more than anyone else in the world, and we're proud that more Canadians use Bell Canada and Bell Aliant Internet service than any other."

The total will continue to grow in 2012 as Bell companies continue to invest billions in broadband network expansion and enhancement, including Bell Canada's Fibe Internet rollout in Québec City and in other locations across Québec and Ontario, and Bell Aliant's FibreOP launches across its service territory. Together, Bell and Bell Aliant are investing more than $3 billion a year to deliver the world's best broadband communications innovations to Canadians.

Canada #1 in Internet use
Canadians are true world leaders when it comes to the Internet. According to figures released in March 2012 by comScore Inc. (comScore.com), Canada is ranked #1 in the world for time spent online. comScore found Canadians use the Internet for 45.3 hours per month, significantly ahead of second-place finisher the United States at 38.6 hours.

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.

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For further information:

Marie-Ève Francoeur
Bell Media Relations
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