Bell Canada, Canada’s national leader
in communications, today unveiled Bell Mobility’s new leading-edge mobile data
network, EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized), the fastest mobile data network
ever commercialized. The technology is the third generation (3G) of wireless
networks and delivers data at unprecedented download rates of up to 2.4Mbps,
more than five times faster than anything else in Canada.

“The future of wireless is here today – EV-DO will fuel the next phase of
wireless growth and provide Canadians with highly advanced next generation
services not previously available,” said Robert Odendaal, President of Bell
Mobility and BDI. “With Bell’s new network, we are changing the way Canadians
use their wireless devices for work or play. Customers can only get this from

Bell’s EV-DO network offers end-users data transmission speeds more than
five times faster than any other mobile network currently available in Canada
allowing for streaming video, high-speed surfing and one megabyte file
downloads in 20 seconds or less, with an average speed that varies between
400kbps – 700kbps. With its unprecedented speed, EV-DO will deliver a new
generation of sophisticated wireless data solutions as well as fuel the speed
and potential for current tools like e-mail, file downloads, instant
messaging, and games.

In tandem with today’s announcement, Bell launched the first three EV-DO
compatible hardware devices including:

– Kyocera Passport. A next-generation EV-DO PC card for wireless
broadband on the go, providing high-speed data access up to 2.4 Mbps
and making web surfing, file downloads and streaming video a breeze.

– BlackBerry 7130e(TM). Offers complete BlackBerry(R) functionality
including phone, wireless ‘push’ email, Internet, text messaging,
organizer and data applications on Bell’s powerful EV-DO network. The
BlackBerry 7130e also allows users to connect laptops to the Internet
by using the device as a tethered modem.

– Samsung a920. Offers consumers the first EV-DO handset in Canada. The
Samsung a920 has a built-in MP3 player and stereo speakers with
external MP3 player keys on its cover. It enables full track music
downloads using an embedded application from Bell Mobility.

“Bell’s EV-DO network re-defines business on the go by connecting the
handset with the power and capability of broadband,” said Jim Jaques, Senior
Vice President, Business Marketing & Sales, Bell Mobility. “The productivity
gains from this new 3G network are significant. From file downloads to video-
conferencing, the busy mobile executive now has constant real-time access to
the people and information they need, no matter where they are.”
Bell EV-DO will be available in Toronto and Montreal immediately with
plans to roll out across Canada beginning next year. Bell Mobility has
concluded an agreement with our US roaming partner to extend EV-DO coverage
for Bell Mobility customers into the United States.