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Bell expands Canada's most-awarded 5G network to 23 more cities and towns

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  • Bell 5G now covers more of the GTA, Barrie, Kingston and Southern Ontario, including Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and London; Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières in Québec; and St. Andrews and Stonewall in Manitoba

  • On track to double mobile 5G coverage in 2021 to approximately 70% of the Canadian population as part of Bell's accelerated network investment program

MONTRÉAL, May 26, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Mobility today announced the expansion of its 5G network, the fastest-ranked and most-awarded 5G network in Canada, to 23 new markets across Québec, Ontario and Manitoba.

A Bell technician installs 5G network equipment at a cell site in suburban Toronto (CNW Group/Bell Canada)
A Bell technician installs 5G network equipment at a cell site in suburban Toronto (CNW Group/Bell Canada)

"As we continue to expand into new cities and towns, more Canadians will benefit from access to the superfast speeds, low latency and next-generation applications enabled by Canada's most-awarded 5G network, supported by the latest 5G devices and newest unlimited data plans," said Claire Gillies, President of Bell Mobility. "Leading the way in 5G is a key part of Bell's goal to advance how Canadians connect with each other and the world."

Bell 5G's reach has expanded in Manitoba (St. Andrews and Stonewall), Ontario (Barrie, Burlington, Clarington, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, McNab/Braeside, Moravian, Pickering and Waterloo) and Québec (Ascot Corner, Champlain, Magog, Rivière-du-Loup, Saint-Catherine-de Hatley, Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes, Saint-Maurice, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières). Offering peak theoretical mobile data access speeds up to 1.7 Gbps, Bell 5G is now available to approximately 35% of the Canadian population and on track to cover up to 70% by the end of the year.

"The City of Hamilton is proud to welcome Bell's 5G network and to be a part of this investment to help ensure our long-term growth and prosperity," said Fred Eisenberger, Mayor of Hamilton, Ontario. "We look forward to the innovation and convenience that this will drive for both our businesses and residents."

The increased speed and lower latency offered by Bell 5G will enable millions of new business and consumer applications, like the recently launched TSN 5G View / Vision 5G RDS that offers sports fans unprecedented control of their viewing experience. Opening up possibilities in virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning, IoT, connected vehicles and smart homes and cities, 5G's speed and efficiency in delivering data is also expected to have a significant positive environmental impact.

"The Bell Network team is pleased to bring 5G to more Canadians to drive innovation, including to our developer partners, technology start-ups and established innovators in the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor that make up a part of the more than $500 million in R&D spending that Bell invests in Canada each year," said Stephen Howe, Bell's Chief Technology Officer.

Bell 5G innovation and investment
Earlier this year, Bell announced the biggest capital expenditure plan in its history, with at least $1 billion in additional capital investment in new networks over the next 2 years to support the national economic and employment recovery from COVID-19. This investment is in addition to the more than $4 billion that Bell typically invests annually in next generation wireless and fibre network infrastructure and service development. Bell also leads the communications industry in Canadian research and development investment, including academic research partnerships with Western University and Université de Sherbrooke to create 5G applications across health, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing and in the AR/VR and smart cities spaces.

Bell's 5G network connects with Bell high-speed fibre – Canada's largest fibre-optic network at more than 240,000 total kilometres. Bell was first in Canada to trial mobile 5G technology and is working with a range of leading global and domestic 5G partners, including Ericsson and Nokia, to accelerate Canada's 5G innovation ecosystem.

Bell 5G supports the latest 5G-ready devices, including the iPhone 12 lineup, Samsung Galaxy S21 5G series, LG Velvet 5G, the new TCL 20 Pro and many others, with new Unlimited Share plans, enabling customers to share data across all their devices with family members, with no overage fees. Bell was also the first mobile carrier in Canada to offer the Netgear Nighthawk M5 5G mobile hotspot offering up to 1.2 Gbps peak download speeds.

For coverage maps and more information on 5G devices and plans, please visit Bell.ca/5G.

About Bell
Canada's largest communications company with more than 22 million consumer and business connections, Bell provides advanced broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services throughout the country. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media. Founded in Montréal in 1880, Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). To learn more, please visit Bell.ca or BCE.ca.

The Bell Let's Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let's Talk Day and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace leadership initiatives throughout the country. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

Media inquiries:

Nathan Gibson
905-614-9596
nathan.gibson@bell.ca
@Bell_News

Investor inquiries:
Thane Fotopoulos
514-870-4619
thane.fotopoulos@bell.ca

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