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  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS provides connection for homeless youth at Christmas

December 17, 1999

 

Burnaby B.C. - Many young people who live on the street or who have left their families are being given an opportunity to place a free long-distance call home for Christmas.

 

TELUS is donating a total of 2,500 10-minute prepaid phone cards to youth centres in Toronto and in more than 30 communities in B.C. and six in Alberta. Employees in TELUS's Community Outreach program will assist in distributing the cards. Staff at the youth centres will provide the phone cards to their clients.

 

"Christmas is a time for families and we hope the prepaid phone cards encourage young people to call home," said Joanna Wyatt, TELUS's director of Community & Employee Programs. "Youth centre staff in B.C. have told us the donations made a difference for many young people and their families last year and we're pleased to expand the donations to include Alberta and Toronto for the first time this year."

 

In Toronto, 400 TELUS prepaid phone cards have been donated to Operation GoHome. In Alberta, the cards have been provided to several youth centres including the Youth Emergency Shelter Society in Edmonton and the Street Teams and Exit societies in Calgary. The cards have been provided to provincial Reconnect centres in B.C. as well as to the Gathering Place and VanCity Place for Youth in Vancouver.

 

The TELUS Christmas prepaid phone card program began in B.C. four years ago as a BC TEL initiative. TELUS prepaid phone cards can be used with any touch-tone telephone in Canada or the United States, including pay phones.

 

Four hundred prepaid phone cards will go to Operation GoHome in Toronto. The rest of the cards will be split about evenly between B.C. and Alberta and donated to youth centres serving the following communities:

  • In Alberta - Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer
  • In B.C. - Abbotsford, Burnaby, Castlegar, Chilliwack, Cranbrook, CrestonDawson Creek, Delta, Hope, Kamloops, Kelowna, Maple Ridge, Mission, Nanaimo, Nelson, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton, Port Alberni, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Qualicum Beach, Surrey, Terrace, Trail, Vancouver, Vernon, Victoria, White Rock

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS Confident in Year 2000 Readiness

December 17, 1999

 

Burnaby B.C. - TELUS is confident its communications network and services will not experience Year 2000 related interruptions when the calendar flips to January 1st, 2000.

 

As with any major holiday or extraordinary event, New Year's Eve and the early morning of New Year's Day are likely to be busy times on the network, with higher than normal call volumes as people contact friends and family.

 

TELUS has added circuits and staff to handle anticipated extra traffic volumes to help ease potential congestion. However, customers are reminded to spread out their holiday calling. TELUS long-distance subscribers, depending on their specific calling plan, can take advantage of lower holiday rates or unlimited calling plans anytime New Year's Day.

 

If TELUS customers are looking for Y2K updates on our telecommunications network during the rollover period, the most immediate source of information is local broadcast media. TELUS plans to provide the media regular updates on network status. The company also plans to provide updates from time to time on the TELUS Y2K Hotline at 1-800-366-6672 in B.C. or 1-877-844-4337 in Alberta.

 

TELUS has been working since 1996 to identify potential problems and to help prevent or minimize potential disruptions to service that could be caused by Year 2000 issues. The company has tested systems within its region and across the country, and has worked closely with provincial, federal and international agencies, companies and other essential service providers to test facilities leading up to the Year 2000.

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto stock exchange under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
www.telus.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS expects improved financial performance in 2000

December 16, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - BCT.TELUS Communications Inc. (TELUS) announced today that it expects improved financial performance in the year 2000.

 

"We are committed to improving TELUS financial results going forward into the year 2000," said Barry Baptie, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "We expect revenue growth next year with increased contributions from Internet, Data, our National services launch, Wireless and certain segments of our Wireline businesses. This should more than offset expected lower revenues in local and long distance wireline service."

 

"Revenue growth, combined with a focus on cost restraint and increased merger cost savings, will result in year over year increases in operating cash flow and earnings, even after start-up losses/investments required for national growth," added Baptie.

 

Expected financial performance in the year 2000, which will be detailed in a conference call later today, includes the following:

  • Earnings per share from Western operations should increase, from the 1999 consensus estimate of analysts of $2.40, to between $2.83 to $2.91 per share. This represents an increase in the range of 18 to 21% (normalized 15 to 18%)
  • Start-up losses for our National operations (telecom, cellular resale and directory advertising) will likely be in the range of 34 to 36 cents per share
  • Overall consolidated TELUS earnings per share will likely be in the range of $2.47 to $2.57, an increase of 6 to 10 % from the 1999 consensus estimate of analysts of $2.34
  • Consolidated revenue growth is expected to be in the range of 2 to 3% on a current annualized base of $5.8 billion. Data growth is targeted to be in the 10 to 12% range, including over 30% growth in the Internet segment
  • Merger cost savings are expected to ramp up next year to a range of $160 to $180 million
  • Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) is targeted to increase 4 to 6% on a current annualized base of $2.3 billion
  • Operating cash flow, before restructuring charges, is expected to increase in the area of 10% on an annualized base of $1.7 billion
  • Capital spending is expected to increase approximately $150 million next year to around $1.3 billion, as TELUS invests a higher proportion into high growth initiatives like the national rollout, high speed data and Internet access and e-commerce
  • Revenues from National expansion are expected to approach $350 million by the year 2002

 

TELUS is committed to providing investors and analysts with improved disclosure on future financial performance. This will provide investors more certainty as TELUS expands service into Central Canada and continues to realize the benefits of the February 1, 1999 merger.

 

"TELUS and the executive team are clearly making excellent progress on our priorities of putting in place a solid plan for 2000, achieving greater cost control as we move to complete the merger, launching service Nationally and realizing the benefits of the GTE alliance," noted Brian Canfield, President and Chief Executive Officer.

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

This news release contains statements about expected future events and financial results of BCT.TELUS Communications Inc. that are forward-looking and subject to risks and uncertainties. In addition to the factors discussed herein, among the other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: general business conditions in Canada and the Company's service territories in Canada; competition on local and long distance services, wireless services (cellular), data and Internet services and within the Canadian telecommunications industry generally; adverse regulatory action; technological change; Year 2000 readiness; taxation; and other risk factors listed from time to time in the Companies' reports filed under applicable Canadian securities laws including the Company's 1998 Annual Report and 1998 Annual Information Form.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

John Wheeler, investor relations, (780) 498-7310
Jeff Welke, media relations, Alberta, (780) 498-7236
Doug Strachan, media relations, B.C., (604) 432-2663

Or visit the TELUS Website (www.telus.com) click on "Investors" and then "Conference Call" for an audio recording and accompanying slides

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet increases availability under Lucent facility by Cdn $200 million

December 14, 1999

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario - Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”, TSE: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Clearnet PCS Inc. has closed a restatement and a Cdn $200 million increase in availability under the Lucent credit facility. The Lucent credit facility now totals Cdn $675 million. Borrowings of Cdn $229.5 million were outstanding as at September 30, 1999. The proceeds of the increased facility are available to fund the expansion of the Clearnet PCS network in Canada, including Clearnet PCS Inc.'s capital expenditure and working capital requirements. In addition, the facility was amended to provide for increased covenant flexibility and longer amortization consistent with current business plans. Principal repayments will now commence in the second quarter of 2004 with final maturity in July 2007.

 

Including today's funding announcement, Clearnet has raised approximately Cdn $1.15 billion in 1999 and over Cdn $3.2 billion in the approximate five years since becoming a public company.

 

Clearnet is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: Clearnet PCS nationally, The Mike Network in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Québec, as well as analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. For further information, please visit our web site at www.clearnet.com

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Clearnet Media:
Mark Langton
(416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com

 

Clearnet Investor Relations:
Robert Gardner
(416) 279-4485
investorrelations@clearnet.com

 

Clearnet, Clearnet PCS and www.clearnet.com are trademarks of Clearnet Communications Inc.

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

UBC and TELUS form strategic alliance

December 8, 1999

 

Vancouver B.C. - The University of British Columbia and TELUS have agreed to a five-year strategic alliance to support communications research and provide telecommunications services to the university.

 

The partnership is valued at $4.1 million to the university and is expected to provide about $30 million in potential business to TELUS over the five-year term.

 

"This unique alliance is an example of an innovative partnership that promotes research on campus," said UBC President Martha Piper. "By working closely with TELUS, our university is not only keeping abreast of the communications technology evolution, we are helping to forge its future."

 

The alliance involves collaboration in wireless communications research, cooperation in the development of UBC's information technology services and campus-wide provisioning of the latest telecommunications technology. Specifically, the strategic alliance will:

  • establish the TELUS Mobility Industrial Research Chair with a $500,000 pledge
  • provide funding from TELUS for research in advanced communications technologies
  • establish a fund to support information technology on campus
  • provide UBC an opportunity to be used as a beta site to test new telecommunications technologies
  • provide UBC with telecommunications products on a "best prices, products and practices" basis
  • enable both parties to benefit from access to industry experts and specialists

 

 

Under the alliance, UBC will largely use TELUS products and services, however, students, faculty and staff may choose TELUS or another supplier for personal telecommunications services.

 

"TELUS has long been a strong supporter of UBC and education generally," said Brian Canfield, TELUS's President and CEO. "Our alliance with the university provides us an ideal partner to help us hone and improve our technologies and education sector service skills to the benefit of both parties."

In the past, TELUS provided $1.25 million to help establish UBC's Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and continues a history of support through endowments, support funds and student bursaries and scholarships.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
TELUS
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663
doug.strachan@telus.com
www.telus.com

 

Paula Martin
UBC
Director, Public Affairs
(604) 822-2064
paula.martin@ubc.ca
www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Calgary Police Service and TELUS Mobility helping those at high risk of domestic violence

December 7, 1999

 

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Police Service and TELUS Mobility are teaming up to provide cellular telephones with dedicated 9-1-1 access to Calgarians at high risk of domestic violence.

 

Under the program, known as the Domestic Violence Emergency Cellular System (DVECS), individuals assessed to be at high risk of domestic violence by the Calgary Police Service's Domestic Conflict Unit will be provided with free TELUS Mobility cellular service and a Motorola cell phone. These cell phones -- which are programmed to be solely capable of dialing outbound 9-1-1 and receiving incoming calls from the 9-1-1 operator -- will provide individuals at high risk of domestic violence with immediate access to police assistance in the event of an emergency situation.

 

The domestic situations of those individuals provided with cell phones under the DVECS program will be regularly reassessed. If the personal domestic situations should improve, the cell phones provided will be given to other individuals deemed to be at higher risk of domestic violence.

 

"Domestic violence has become an increasing problem within our city and is without question the number one priority of our Victim Assistance Unit," said Chief Christine Silverberg. "Last year alone, 12 of Calgary's 20 homicides were directly related to domestic violence. When people are in this very vulnerable situation, having the ability to access 9-1-1 quickly and know that help is on the way is critical," she said. "This pilot project is yet one more example of the tremendous benefits which can come from community policing. By working in partnership, the community and the Calgary Police Service can have a very real positive impact on issues of mutual concern."

 

The concept for the DVECS program began nearly two years ago within the Calgary Police Service's Victim Assistance Unit as a result of the high number of cases it was handling arising from incidents of domestic violence. Together, Constable Rob Humeston and Randy Hladun, a TELUS employee and a volunteer working within the Victim Assistance Unit, developed a project proposal which was submitted to and later approved by TELUS Mobility.

 

TELUS Mobility will loan programmed phones and include free airtime to the Calgary Police Service's Victim Assistance Unit. The Victim Assistance Unit will administer the program and distribute information to participants including guidelines for calling 9-1-1, general phone use and battery care.

The programmed phones and free air time will be provided for a pilot period of six months, after which time the Calgary Police Service and TELUS Mobility will evaluate the program's success. If successful, it is anticipated that similar initiatives will be fostered in communities throughout Alberta.

 

"We are pleased to partner with the Calgary Police Service in this safety initiative which provides domestic violence victims with an immediate link to emergency services," said Arnie Stephens, president of TELUS Mobility. "At TELUS Mobility, every year we see hundreds of examples of cellular phones being used to help people in trouble and to ensure safety. It's very rewarding."

 

TELUS Mobility offers a full spectrum of wireless communications services including wireless data, paging and cellular to more than one million Canadian customers. Visit TELUS Mobility on the web at www.telusmobility.com

 

TELUS Mobility is the wireless division of TELUS, Canada's second largest telecommunications company. TELUS provides a full range of advanced communications services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-voting). Visit TELUS on the web at www.telus.com

 

The Calgary Police Service's Victim Assistance Unit provides support, information and referral to victims of crime and traumatic events. Victims are offered services such as court preparation and accompaniments, home and hospital visits, victim impact statements, information about their cases, restitution requests and referrals to other agencies. Supported by a network of approximately 100 volunteers, the Victim Assistance Unit served 52,000 victims in 1998.

 

The Service's Domestic Conflict Unit works with other Service units, social agencies, Alberta Justice, Corrections and Probation, as well as community partners to prevent, detect and provide resolution for families exposed to domestic conflict. In 1998, the Domestic Conflict Unit was involved in 900 high-risk cases and will have been involved in more than 1,000 high-risk domestic conflict cases by year-end 1999.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Sergeant Mona Jorgensen
Calgary Police Service
Victim Assistance Unit
(403) 268-8307

 

Kathy Dolan
TELUS Mobility
Corporate Communications
(403) 530-1305

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS files for new 9-1-1 service rates (B.C.)

December 2, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - TELUS has applied to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to change 9-1-1 service rates in British Columbia. Under the proposal, the monthly network charge would decrease to 18 cents per working telephone number from 23 cents per working telephone number.

 

The monthly 9-1-1 network charge for businesses using Centrex telephone systems will increase to 18 cents per working telephone number from eight cents per working telephone number.

 

Also, TELUS has proposed to charge wireless service providers a nine cent charge per month, per working cellular telephone number. This proposal is the result of a recent CRTC decision requiring TELUS to introduce 9-1-1 charges to wireless service providers at 50 per cent of the rate charged to wireline customers. The CRTC also requested Centrex 9-1-1 rates be set at the same rate as the regular wireline charge. Wireline rates are being reduced to ensure overall, revenues to TELUS do not change.

 

The charge appears on TELUS telephone bills as "TELUS 9-1-1 Service" at the discretion of local governments who choose the 9-1-1 service telephone billing option. An additional charge referred to as the "9-1-1 Call Answer Levy" has been implemented in the Nanaimo area and the Powell River Regional District at the request of local authorities. These charges are not affected.

 

Implementation is pending CRTC approval. The CRTC has also asked that rates be recalculated each year to reflect anticipated growth in wireless service and ensure overall revenue neutrality.

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides a full range of advanced communications services and products connecting Canadians with the world. The company's shares are traded on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

For your information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug.strachan@telus.com
www.telus.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS files for new, lower 9-1-1 service rates (Alberta)

December 2, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - TELUS has applied to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to change 9-1-1 service rates in Alberta. Under the proposal, the monthly network charge would decrease to 16 cents per access line from 19 cents per working access line.

 

Also, TELUS has proposed to charge wireless service providers an eight cent charge per month, per working cellular telephone number. This proposal is the result of a recent CRTC decision requiring TELUS to introduce 9-1-1 charges to wireless service providers at 50 per cent of the rate charged to wireline customers. Wireline rates are being reduced to ensure overall, revenues to TELUS do not change.

 

The charge appears on TELUS telephone bills as "E9-1-1 Provincial Network Charge". An additional charge of 44 cents also appears on the bill in some municipalities as "E911 Municipal Call Answer Fee". However, that portion is not affected by this application.

 

Implementation is pending CRTC approval. The CRTC has also asked that rates be recalculated each year to reflect anticipated growth in wireless service and ensure overall revenue neutrality.

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides a full range of advanced communications services and products connecting Canadians with the world. The company's shares are traded on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug.strachan@telus.com
www.telus.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS Mobility launches digital cellular service to more centres across Alberta 

November 29, 1999

 

Digital comes to Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Fort McMurray, and Grande Prairie.

 

Calgary, Alberta - TELUS Mobility announced today that digital cellular service is now available in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Fort McMurray, and Grande Prairie. Digital customers will experience excellent voice quality, longer battery life, increased call security and a variety of enhanced features such as Calling Line ID, Visual Message Waiting Indicator, Short Messaging, and Call Back Number.

 

The company's digital service in Alberta was launched in 1998 and provided digital coverage to Calgary, Edmonton, and surrounding areas. With this latest expansion, TELUS Mobility's digital service now covers the majority of Alberta's major centres. Service outside of the digital coverage area is provided seamlessly to digital customers through TELUS Mobility's superior analog network throughout Alberta, as well as across Canada through its roaming partners.

 

The company's digital cellular service in British Columbia was launched in 1997 in the Lower Mainland and by year-end had expanded to all major centres including Victoria, Nanaimo, Kamloops, Prince George, Kelowna, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack. Today, TELUS Mobility's digital cellular coverage includes the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, South Vancouver Island, the Okanagan, Kamloops, and Prince George.

 

"As the wireless communications leader in Alberta, we're delighted to take this significant step in delivering digital service with all of its benefits to even more customers," said Arnie Stephens, president of TELUS Mobility. "We have invested substantially in the expansion of digital service within Alberta and this demonstrates our commitment to offering our customers more choice in wireless technology coupled with the best network."

 

The first phase of TELUS Mobility's digital expansion in Alberta brought continuous coverage to Calgary, Edmonton, and surrounding areas with CDMA digital technology. The expansion announced today completes Phase Two of TELUS Mobility's digital cellular network roll-out. TELUS Mobility will continue to expand its digital cellular service deeper into rural areas in Alberta, where customers will enjoy the benefits of improved hand held coverage.

 

TELUS Mobility is also introducing the Nokia 6185 Tri-Mode handset, the latest cutting-edge technology which allows customers to roam across Canada taking full advantage of digital service at both CDMA 1.9 GHz and 800 MHz , as well as 800 MHz analog service. Customers now have the ability to roam across Canada and the United States enjoying all the benefits of digital wherever digital service is offered in North America.

 

The introduction of the Nokia 6185 Tri-Mode handset reflects TELUS Mobility's commitment to offer only the highest quality products and services to our customers. The Nokia 6185 offers: 32 ring tones, vibrate alert, internal modem, calculator and the ability to store up to 200 phone numbers. The Nokia 6185 will be available at TELUS Mobility dealer locations throughout Alberta.

 

"Nokia is pleased to provide TELUS Mobility with cutting-edge tri-mode handsets for its newly expanded digital network in Alberta. Customers will benefit from outstanding performance time combined with easy-to-use features and personalization options that make Nokia phones the best-selling wireless handsets in the world," said Alan Gilchrist, president, Nokia Products Ltd.

 

Nokia is paving the way to the mobile information society with its innovative products and solutions. Nokia is the leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networks including related services. It also supplies multimedia terminals and computer displays. In 1998, net sales totaled EUR 13.3 billion (USD 15.7 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on the New York (NOK), Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Paris stock exchanges and employs more than53,000 people. Visit Nokia on the web at www.nokia.com.

 

TELUS Mobility offers a full spectrum of wireless communications services including wireless data, paging and cellular to more than one million Canadian customers. TELUS Mobility is the wireless division of TELUS, Canada's second largest telecommunications company. TELUS provides a full range of advanced communications services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (non-voting). Visit TELUS on the web at www.telus.com

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Kathy Dolan
TELUS Mobility
Tel: (403) 530-1305
kathy.dolan@telus.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Equity Offering Increased To Total Cdn.$120,000,000

November 25, 1999

 

Scarborough, Ontario - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) today announced that pursuant to the underwriting agreement entered into on November 23, 1999, the underwriters have exercised an option to acquire an additional 500,000 Class A Non-Voting Shares, bringing the aggregate number of shares to be sold in this issue to 3,000,000 Class A Non-Voting Shares for gross proceeds of approximately Cdn.$120,000,000 at a price of Cdn.$40.00 per Class A Non-Voting Share. The offering is being made in Canada, the United States and elsewhere and is scheduled to close Thursday, December 2, 1999.

 

Net proceeds from the offering will be used to fund a portion of the Company's capital expenditures related to the expansion of Clearnet's digital wireless networks, operating cash flow requirements, refinancing of outstanding indebtedness and for general corporate and working capital purposes which may include the acquisition of wireless spectrum in Industry Canada auctions and the selective acquisition of complementary businesses.

 

The underwriting syndicate for this offering is led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and co-managed by CIBC World Markets Inc., Credit Suisse First Boston, Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., and Morgan Stanley Canada Limited.

 

Clearnet is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: Clearnet PCS nationally; The Mike Network in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec; and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company that was recently recognized by The Financial Post 500 as the third fastest growing corporation in Canada.

 

A copy of the prospectus supplement to the amended and restated short form shelf prospectus may be obtained from the underwriters.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Investor Relations
Robert Gardner
(416) 279-4485
rgardner@clearnet.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Communications Inc. enters into Underwriting Agreement to sell 2.5 million Class A Non-Voting Shares

November 23, 1999

 

Toronto, Ontario – Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") (TSE,ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) announced today that it has entered into an underwriting agreement with a syndicate led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. for the sale of 2.5 million Class A Non-Voting Shares of the Company at a price of $40.00 per share for aggregate gross proceeds of $100 million. In addition, Clearnet has granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 0.5 million Class A Non-Voting Shares expiring November 25, 1999. The shares will be issued from treasury and distributed publicly in Canada, the United States and elsewhere by way of the Company's existing Shelf Prospectus. The offering is expected to close on or about December 2, 1999.

 

Net proceeds from the offering will be used to fund a portion of the Company's capital expenditures related to the expansion of Clearnet's digital wireless networks, operating cash flow requirements, refinancing of outstanding indebtedness and for general corporate and working capital purposes which may include the acquisition of wireless spectrum in Industry Canada auctions and the selective acquisition of complementary businesses.

 

The underwriting syndicate for this offering will be led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and co-managed by CIBC World Markets Inc., Credit Suisse First Boston, Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., and Morgan Stanley Canada Limited.

 

Clearnet is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: Clearnet PCS nationally; The Mike Network in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec; and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company that was recently recognized by The Financial Post 500 as the third fastest growing corporation in Canada.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

Investor inquiries
Robert Gardner
(416) 279-4485
rgardner@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS sells property to Burnaby City and School Board

November 17, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - TELUS announced the sale today of its property at 6969 10th Avenue in Burnaby. The purchasers are the Burnaby School Board and City of Burnaby.

 

The 19-acre property was sold for $19 million. A 15-acre portion will be used for the development of a new secondary school. The remaining area will be used by the city for future residential development.

 

"This is a large property and was significantly under-utilized by TELUS," said Ian Mansfield, executive vice president of TELUS. "Selling it fits our strategy of optimizing the company's assets and generates capital for investment in our network expansion across Canada."

 

"We are very pleased with this agreement," said Burnaby School Board Chair, Carol Jones. "There is a significant need for a new secondary school in the southeast area of the city, and very little available, usable space. For us, this is an excellent location and an important step in our plan to address overcrowding in our schools, particularly on the south slope of Burnaby."

 

"Although eventually the purchase of the school land will be funded by the Ministry of Education, the city was glad to provide the school board with the money it needed to help make this deal happen quickly," said Burnaby Mayor, Doug Drummond. "This is a great deal for the people of Burnaby," he added.

 

TELUS has 400 employees who currently work at its facilities at 6969 10th Avenue. Relocation plans are underway for these employees and TELUS will have vacated the property by March 31, 2000.

 

For more information, please contact:

TELUS
Kevin Noel
Communications Manager
(604) 432-2949 (office)
641-7452 (pager)
kevin.noel@telus.com

 

City of Burnaby
Office of the Mayor
(604) 294-7340

 

Burnaby School Board

David Wiebe

Manager - Communications & Community Relations

Burnaby School District

Phone: (604) 664-8426

FAX: (604) 664-8382

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet PCS brings digital wireless competition, choice and affordability to Halifax

#November 15, 1999

 

HALIFAX, N.S. — Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") today launched digital Clearnet PCS service in Halifax, offering Haligonians all the powerful benefits of affordable digital wireless while introducing real competition and choice to the Halifax communications market.

 

"The launch of Clearnet PCS in Halifax introduces a fast-growing city to a fast-growing digital communications service that is priced affordably and sold fairly," said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. "Consumers across Canada have benefited from Clearnet PCS and its unique Future Friendly approach to wireless. We're eager to compete in the Halifax market with both new digital products and a new way of doing business.”

 

Clearnet PCS demands none of the long-term binding contracts, activation fees or per-minute billing associated with traditional wireless, and is the only wireless service in Canada that bills all calls by the second from the first second. And with unlimited local calling options, many clients will find Clearnet PCS a viable replacement for the landline phone in their home.

 

Clearnet PCS offers Halifax clients the power of digital wireless - greatly improved call clarity, call security, enhanced battery life, affordable per-second airtime billing and new digital services such as caller ID and e-mail to the phone. Yet Clearnet PCS phones actually work everywhere that traditional cellular phones do both in Nova Scotia and across Canada. Clearnet's unique dual-mode PCS phones operate as digital phones in Clearnet's nationwide digital service areas and as analogue cellular phones in the rest of Clearnet's national service area, which covers 94 per cent of the Canadian population.

 

The Clearnet PCS Halifax digital service area covers Halifax, Bedford, Dartmouth, Uplands Park and the airport, with Nova Scotia expansion planned throughout 2000. Digital Clearnet PCS service is also offered in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, St. Catharines, Toronto, Windsor, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Niagara Falls, Oshawa, Ottawa-Hull, Montréal, Sherbrooke and Québec City. With the addition of Halifax, POPs covered by Clearnet PCS (the number of people residing in a Clearnet coverage area with digital Clearnet PCS service) have increased by approximately 200,000 to total approximately 14.9 million.

 

"Halifax is a hard-working city where people can truly benefit from the freedom of mobile communications. We think their digital phones should work just as hard as they do," said Wade Oosterman, Clearnet's Vice President, Sales & Marketing. "We think many Haligonians will find Clearnet's home-phone replacement service options so attractive that they will cut the ties to the phone in their home and go completely wireless."

 

Clearnet PCS is also as easy to use across the United States as it is across Canada. Clearnet's fixed-rate, automatic US roaming service offers billing by the second in Canadian dollars.

 

Clearnet PCS phones and accessories are available in Halifax at retail outlets operated by Blockbuster, Business Depot, Compucentre, Electronics Boutique, Future Shop, Toys R Us, Walmart, and Zellers, as well as at the Clearnet kiosk in Mic Mac Mall. Clients can order Clearnet PCS directly from either the Clearnet Web Store, a secure and direct online system available at http://www.clearnet.com, or by calling 1-888-CLEARNET.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: Clearnet PCS nationally, The Mike Network in Ontario, Québec, British Columbia and Alberta, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. For more, please visit http://www.clearnet.com.

 

Forward Looking Statements
Some statements in this news release look forward in time and deal with other than historical or current facts. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations, including the risks associated with: new product and market launches, availability of new handsets and services, market acceptance of wireless telephony generally and Clearnet PCS specifically, levels of competitive rivalry and other risk factors detailed in Clearnet's comprehensive public disclosure documents and other filings with securities commissions. Clearnet's actual future experience may differ substantially from the expectations described in such forward-looking statements.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media inquiries
Mark Langton
(416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor inquiries
Robert Gardner
(416) 684-4485
rgardner@clearnet.com 

 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS open for business in Central and Eastern Canada

November 9, 1999

 

Toronto office heralds beginning of national expansion

 

Toronto, Ontario - TELUS, Canada's second largest telecommunications company, today opened its doors and launched services in Central and Eastern Canada. The new office and Network Management Centre in downtown Toronto will serve as headquarters for the company's Central and Eastern operations and the opening today marks TELUS' official debut as a full-service national communications company focussed on business customers.

 

"Make no mistake, TELUS is no ordinary competitor," says Cynthia Lewis, President of TELUS Integrated Communications which is the company moniker for TELUS' Central and Eastern operations. "With more than a century of experience, we can offer the strength and resources of a major Canadian telecommunications company combined with the flexibility and entrepreneurial spirit of a market newcomer."

 

As part of the national growth plan, TELUS will begin offering services immediately with facilities in Toronto, Sarnia and Winnipeg, expanding to Ottawa/Hull, Hamilton, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Montreal and Quebec City in early 2000. Initially, TELUS will target small to medium-sized business customers -- those with between one and five hundred employees.

 

Specific focus will be on business data products - including Internetworking services, Internet applications and managed application services that can be bundled with local, long distance and wireless options to meet individual customer needs.

 

Products and services for businesses include:

  • Mainstream data services including private line, frame relay and videoconferencing
  • Internetworking services including business and wholesale Internet access and LAN/WAN connectivity
  • Managed application services including hosting, application development and e-commerce solutions
  • Internet services including dial-up access for consumers and small businesses
  • Long distance, toll-free and Calling Card services, local and enhanced voice services
  • Wireless services which will be available in March 2000

 

"This is the first chance for Canadian businesses in this market to experience the TELUS difference," continues Lewis. "We believe that small to medium-sized companies deserve large business service."

 

According to TELUS' market research, these are the customers whose needs have been overlooked in this market. Small to medium-sized business customers want a telecommunications provider that can offer comprehensive solutions that satisfy their increasingly complex needs. None of its competitors delivers consistently on service and that is what will make TELUS different.

 

TELUS will use custom business management software to build a profile of every client that will facilitate the design of integrated communications solutions for small- and medium-sized business customers. All communication services will be on one invoice, from one service organization, with one point of contact.

 

"We want to do more than just deliver products," says Lewis. "Our approach is to have a TELUS professional consultant work with each customer, by first understanding their business goals and needs and then by showing them how to make the best use of our services. We will be there when they need us - always."

 

To serve this market, TELUS expects to have hired 150 people by early in the new year who will work out of the Toronto office at 222 Bay Street and expects to employ more than 300 people by the end of 2000. In addition, TELUS is building its own national fibre optic network. Together with Metromedia Fibre Network, TELUS will construct the largest metropolitan fibre optic network in Canada, accessible to more than 3,000 businesses in Toronto's downtown core.

 

TELUS has highlighted the strength of its global partnership with GTE Corporation. GTE and Bell Atlantic, the primary communications firm on the Eastern Seaboard, will soon merge. The merged firm will become one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. TELUS' alliance with its U.S. partner gives it the scale, scope and global reach to compete in Central Canada.

 

TELUS is also using leading-edge providers such as Lucent Technologies Canada Corp., Newbridge Networks Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. to implement its national strategy. They will help TELUS build a full-service and flexible network in Central and Eastern Canada.

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS has annual revenues approaching $6 billion, assets of $8 billion and approximately 24,000 employees. Toronto-based TELUS Integrated Communications is leading the company's development to be a national, full-service telecommunications provider in Central Canada.

 

For more information, please contact:

Alison King/Belinda Bard
Media Profile
(416) 504-8464

 

TELUS Media Relations:

 

Jeff Welke (780) 498-7236

 

Doug Strachan (604) 432-2663

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet brings Mike, Canada's most powerful digital wireless network, to Alberta

November 8, 1999

 

CALGARY, November 08, 1999 — Continuing with its ambitious digital wireless buildouts across Canada, Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") today announced the Alberta launch of The Mike Network, the nation's most powerful digital wireless communications network. Combined with the buildout of the company's other wireless networks in Alberta, The Mike Network will bring Clearnet's total capital investment in Alberta alone to approximately $170 million by the end of 2000.

 

"Mike is a wireless power tool that works harder for less. By integrating a digital PCS phone with the unique instant-contact capability of Mike's Direct Connect, we're offering Alberta business clients a communications system that no other company in Canada can match," said George Cope, Clearnet's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Considering the enthusiastic acceptance of wireless communications by Albertans, we think they will welcome Mike with open arms."

 

Mike integrates digital PCS phone, Direct Connect two-way radio, alphanumeric paging and digital data service, along with e-mail, fax and other business services, all in a single compact phone. Mike's Direct Connect lets clients stay in instant touch with their work teams - and allows them to make instant local-charge calls no matter where they may be calling across Mike's extensive Alberta coverage area.

 

The Mike Network launched today with coverage in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer, as well as surrounding areas and highway corridors. Centres such as Fort McMurray, Camrose, Banff, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat will be added by the end of 1999, while Dawson Creek, Peace River, Grande Prairie, High Prairie, Slave Lake, Whitecourt, Cold Lake, Lloydminster, Hanna, Drumheller, Drayton Valley, Milk River, Rocky Mountain House, Hinton and many other locations will be added by the end of 2000.

 

Mike also offers service in British Columbia (Alberta Mike clients can make instant Direct Connect calls to as far west as Victoria), Ontario and Québec, as well as no-surcharge roaming coverage in more than 400 cities across the United States.

 

Mike Saves Business Time and Money

 

"Mike is ready to get to work saving Alberta businesspeople time and money, not only here but when they travel in Canada and across the United States," said John MacDonald, Clearnet's Vice President, Alberta. "And Mike clients won't have to sign a long-term contract, pay an activation fee or be billed by the minute - all Mike calls are billed by the second from the very first second."

 

Business users can choose from a wide range of Mike phone models, with prices starting at just $79. One Mike model, the $199 i1000plus flip phone, weighs less than 155 grams (5.4 oz.) and offers a variety of unique features, including see-through "clam shell" packaging and a built-in speakerphone function, allowing full hands-free conversations. Clearnet also offers a variety of ruggedized phones, control stations and mobile dispatch Mike units for heavy-duty mobile users, such as construction and oil and gas industry clients. Service plans for all Mike models begin at $35 per month, and offer included airtime, voice mail, call waiting, caller ID and a variety of other business-oriented services.

 

Mike phones are also able to act as digital wireless modems when connected to a PC, personal digital assistant (PDA) or industrial computing equipment to send and receive e-mails and faxes or access the Internet or corporate networks. The phones are "Internet ready," and will soon allow clients to access online services directly from their phones using built-in microbrowser technology. Set to launch in 2000, Mike Online services will offer clients the ability to customize interactive Internet information services, such as personalized news, sports, banking and stock information, and send and receive information directly to and from their phone - without the need to connect to an external device.

 

Clearnet Growth and Investment

 

By the end of 2000, Clearnet will have invested approximately $170 million in the buildout of its networks in Alberta. Clearnet directly employs more than 175 people now in its Alberta operation and will continue to expand employment significantly into 2000. More than 300 other people now work for Clearnet dealers, construction suppliers and other partners across the province.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: Clearnet PCS nationally; The Mike Network in Alberta, British Columbia, Québec and Ontario; and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. Please visit Clearnet's Web site at http://www.clearnet.com.

 

Forward Looking Statements

 

Some statements in this news release look forward in time and deal with other than historical or current facts. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations, including the risks associated with: new product and market launches, availability of new handsets and services, the costs of infrastructure, operating cash flow and capital expenditure trends and other risk factors detailed in Clearnet's comprehensive public disclosure documents and other filings with securities commissions. Clearnet's actual future experience may differ substantially from the expectations described in such forward-looking statements.

 


Motorola and i1000plus are trade-marks or registered trade-marks of Motorola, Inc.

 

The Clearnet logo, Clearnet PCS, Mike, Mike's Direct Connect, Direct Connect, The Mike Network, Mike Online, Future Friendly, www.clearnet.com and 1-888-CLEARNET are trade-marks of Clearnet Communications Inc.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

Diana Ward
(403) 371-5074
dward@clearnet.com

 

Mark Langton
(416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com

 

Robert Gardner
(416) 279-4485
rgardner@clearnet.com

 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS purchases phone directory company assets in Ontario

October 29, 1999

 

Calgary, AB - TELUS announced today that it has acquired the business assets of White Directory of Canada, Inc., an independent phone book publisher in Southern Ontario.

 

The assets purchased include phone directories in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines, published by White Directory under the brand Phone Directories Canada". This acquisition complements TELUS directory publisher TELUS Advertising Service's April purchase of Locator Group Inc.'s assets, which produces 27 directories in Southern Ontario.

 

"With the purchase of White Directory of Canada, Inc., we are taking an already strong directory product and making it better," said Don Romaniuk, president of TELUS Advertising Services.

 

"When we purchased the Locator assets we committed to our advertisers that would give them an opportunity to advertise cost effectively in a high-quality directory product. We are living up to that promise and now we are excited to offer additional advertising opportunities to them in our two newest Ontario books, in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines," he said.

 

Romaniuk added that the acquisition further demonstrates the TELUS commitment to growth by pursuing business outside of its traditional operating territory. TELUS Advertising Services has successfully integrated the Locator group into its operations, and anticipates the same success with the White Directory of Canada, Inc. assets.

 

TELUS has offered employment to all of White Directory's 13 Canadian employees, and will maintain the company's existing office in St. Catharines.

 

Prior to today's purchase, White Directory of Canada, Inc. was owned by White Directory Publishers, Inc., of Buffalo, New York, which publishes 36 directories in the United States. The company has been publishing in Canada since 1993.

 

TELUS Advertising Services publishes White and Yellow Pages™ directories and provides a range of information and advertising services in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. TELUS Advertising Services is an operating division of TELUS, Canada's second largest telecommunications company. TELUS provides a full range of advanced communications services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (common) and BTS.A (non-voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Jeff Welke

TELUS media relations

(780) 498-7236

jeff.welke@telus.com

www.telus.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS sets record with two Canada Awards for Excellence

October 28, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - The National Quality Institute's "Canada Awards for Excellence" program has recognized two divisions of TELUS as world-class and leaders in their respective fields. TELUS is the first company in the program's history to win two awards in the same year.

 

TELUS Operator Services has earned a Quality Award. The award recognizes organizations for leadership and outstanding achievements in customer satisfaction, competitiveness, efficiency and performance.

 

"It's especially rewarding to receive this recognition after our group's transition from a basic, traditional service to a competitive business," said Jerry Low, TELUS's vice- president of Operator Services. "The Quality Award is an independent and authoritative assessment that we've been successful in focusing our efforts on providing customer service, information and call centre management expertise."

 

TELUS Health Services has received the inaugural Healthy Workplace Award. The award was developed by the NQI in partnership with Health Canada and health and safety professionals. Award criteria address five key areas: leadership, planning, people focus, process management and outcomes. To earn recognition, employers must demonstrate that employee health and well-being are an integral and strategic part of the way they do business.

 

"We are thrilled to be honoured with such a prestigious award," said Robert Sawka, TELUS's vice-president of Health, Safety and Environment. "To be recognized as having truly world-class employee health services is not only a tribute to our department, it also reflects the importance TELUS places on employee support and well-being."

 

TELUS has now been recognized four times by the Canada Awards of Excellence. Last year, TELUS Mobility received the Quality Award and, in 1997, TELUS Education (then known as BC TEL Education) received the award.

 

The Canada Awards for Excellence has recognized outstanding achievements in private and public sector organizations since 1983. The goal of the awards program is to encourage the adoption of world-class practices, promote communication and provide a common reference point for the exchange of best practices.

 

The National Quality Institute is an independent, not-for-profit organization. For more information about the NQI and the Canada Awards for Excellence, contact the NQI at 1-800-263-9648 or visit the NQI web site at www.nqi.ca.

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan

Media relations manager

(604) 432-2663 (office)

doug.strachan@telus.com

www.telus.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS generates good cash flow growth this quarter

October 27, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - BCT.TELUS Communications Inc. (TELUS) reported net income of $144.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 1999, $4.0 million higher than a year ago. Quarterly earnings per common share were 61 cents, up from 59 cents reported in 1998. Cash flow from operations for the third quarter of 1999 was $438.0 million, up by $36.3 million over 1998 - an increase of 9%.

 

For the first nine months of 1999, earnings per common share were $1.74 adjusted to exclude restructuring costs. This compares to 1998 earnings per share of $1.75, adjusted for the one-time 13 cent gain on sale of Telesat and an extraordinary item.

 

"In the last three months, we have made good progress on our three strategies of sustaining our leadership position in the West, achieving merger cost synergies and creating future revenue growth in Central Canada," stated Brian Canfield, President & CEO. "We maintained our leading market shares in local, long distance, Internet and wireless while achieving an estimated $33 million of synergy savings already this year. Finally, we moved forward on our national plans by installing an executive team in Toronto, choosing our equipment suppliers, and continuing to construct and arrange leases for our national network."

 

Operating revenues for the third quarter were $1,451.0 million, up $9.3 million from a year ago. The increase was caused by continued growth of consumer and small business Internet subscribers (up 50%), enhanced services, as well as higher telephone equipment sales. Increased revenues were partly offset by the effect of lower long distance revenues from flat rate calling plans and reduced local rates to businesses.

 

Operations expense for the third quarter was $862.7 million, up $12.9 million from the same period a year ago. This was due to increased cost of sales for telephone equipment, wage increases, payments for information technology, and the start-up costs for establishing national operations. Partially offsetting these increases were merger synergy savings of $23 million attained this quarter that led to a $13 million decrease in operations expense from the second quarter this year. Depreciation and amortization expense increased by $8.1 million due to increased capital spending in Advanced Communications and the wireless billing system and digital network build in 1998.

 

Other income of $7.6 million was higher by $15.8 million from the same period in 1998. This was caused by minor gains on disposal of assets in the third quarter of 1999 compared to a 1998 loss provision.

 

Financing costs of $50.3 million were $7.3 million lower than the third quarter of 1998 due largely to debt repayments.

 

Capital expenditures of $247.5 million in the third quarter increased by $4.2 million over last year due primarily to increased spending on high speed Internet at Advanced Communications and the costs of our national build, partly offset by lower spending at Wireless.

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Jeff Welke

Media Relations

(780) 498-7236

 

Doug Strachan

Media Relations

(604) 432-2663

 

John Wheeler

Investor Relations

(780) 498-7310

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Leading Internet publication honours TELUS

October 25, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - TELUS is proud to announce it has won the Interop Infra@structure Award for "Most Innovative Local Telephone Company". The award recognizes TELUS for its leadership in deploying ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) and e-commerce technology. Inter@ctive Week, a leading Internet and networking industry newspaper, announced the awards at the NetWorld+Interop tradeshow in September. Other award winners sharing the spotlight with TELUS included industry giants Ameritech, AT&T Wireless and Qwest.

 

In acknowledging the industry leadership shown by TELUS, Carol Wilson, editor of Inter@ctive Week, said, " TELUS was the first North American telephone company to do widespread deployment of ADSL technology, back in 1997. Facing competition from Shaw Communications in the cable modem arena and CADVision, an ISP who was buying unbundled loops and offering ADSL, TELUS stepped up to the plate with its own service offering. The company has gone beyond faster Internet access, however, to develop a self-service Web Site that gives its residential customers 24-hour access to their customer records, and lets them sign up for, terminate or change their service offerings themselves. New customers can log on to the Web site as guests and sign up for basic phone service."

 

"It's a thrill to be recognized for the intelligence and service we've built into our e-commerce Web site," said Bob Reckza, vice-president of TELUS Electronic Customer Service. "In trying to create the ultimate service experience for our customers, we have been extremely innovative. By marshalling customer information from a number of sources, we are able to anticipate each customer's needs. Add to that live online chat service from a call centre agent and you do get the most innovative service on the Internet."

 

"We're honoured to be recognized by an industry publication with the stature of Inter@ctive Week magazine," said Mark Schnarr, vice-president of TELUS Internet services. "I think this award is an endorsement of our integrated strategy for full-service content and high-speed access."

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Jeff Welke
TELUS media relations
(780) 498-7236
jeff.welke@telus.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet, SANYO announce exclusive agreement to offer Canadians a new breed of cutting-edge digital wireless solutions

October 20, 1999

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario – Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) and SANYO Canada Inc. (“SANYO”) today announced they will offer Canadians a new breed of revolutionary digital wireless products, including the new SANYO SCP-4000 from Clearnet PCS, a feature-rich digital phone that marks SANYO's entry into the wireless business.

 

“SANYO is the number one marketer of cordless telephones in Canada. With leading-edge products such as the SCP-4000 and other exciting new digital PCS products revealed today, the company is well prepared to establish itself as a leader in the digital wireless market as well,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. “As the only wireless company in Canada pursuing the home-phone replacement market, Clearnet finds SANYO a perfect partner to help our clients cut their ties to wireline phones.”

 

Built exclusively for Clearnet's use in Canada, the $99.99 dual-mode SCP-4000 is a very cool phone. It's the first wireless phone with ClearGlo backlighting, a brilliant blue back-lit display that is easy to read in low-light and dark surroundings, and features a unique navigation key that makes the handset's many features easy to find and use. Weighing 133 grams, the tiny SCP-4000 offers almost three hours of talk time and up to four-and-a-half days of standby time in digital, a 300-entry phonebook, calculator, game and internal vibration ringer.

 

Said Keiji Oshima, Chief Operating Officer of SANYO Canada Inc.: “The SCP-4000 is SANYO's first entry into Canada's digital wireless market, and it represents the latest in PCS phone product design and performance. We hope to make a major industry statement with this phone and with our new partnership with Clearnet. With the support of digital Clearnet PCS service, SANYO is poised to introduce the next generation of wireless communication appliances.”

 

The Clearnet PCS family of products now includes four powerful digital wireless phones ranging in price from $49.99 to $149.99. Clearnet PCS home-phone replacement plans allow clients to affordably add unlimited local evening and weekend calling to their consumer or business airtime plans. Coupled with Clearnet PCS services included at no extra charge – such as voice mail, caller ID and call waiting – the home-phone replacement option makes wireless calling so affordable, many clients can cancel their landline phone service altogether.

 

Clearnet PCS phones are now available at more than 1,700 retail locations across Canada, including outlets operated by Blockbuster, Business Depot, La Cabine Téléphonique, Canadian Tire, Future Shop, Grand & Toy and London Drugs. Clients can order directly from the Clearnet Web Store, a secure online system at www.clearnet.com, or by calling 1-888-CLEARNET.

 

About SANYO Canada
SANYO Canada Inc. is the sales and marketing organization for all SANYO and Fisher products in Canada. Incorporated in 1983, SANYO Canada is headquartered in Toronto, with regional branches in Montréal and Vancouver. SANYO products have achieved remarkable success since they were first introduced in Canada in 1958. SANYO is among the top selling brands in portable audio, microwaves, television and video products and the company continues to dominate the Canadian communications marketplace in cordless phones. SANYO Electric Co. is the Osaka-based parent company that is now celebrating its 50th year. SANYO Electric Co. employs more than 67,000 people worldwide and had consolidated sales of $15 billion USD in 1999.

 

About Clearnet
Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: Clearnet PCS nationally; The Mike Network in British Columbia, Québec, Ontario and, later this year, Alberta; and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company that was recently recognized by The Financial Post 500 as the third fastest growing corporation in Canada. For more information, please visit www.clearnet.com

 

 

Forward Looking Statements
Some statements in this news release look forward in time and deal with other than historical or current facts. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations, including the risks associated with: new product launches, availability of new handsets and services and other risk factors detailed in Clearnet's comprehensive public disclosure documents and other filings with securities commissions. Clearnet's actual future experience may differ substantially from the expectations described in such forward-looking statements.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media inquiries
Mark Langton
(416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor inquiries
Robert Gardner
(416) 684-4485
rgardner@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS revises proposal for free local calling in Greater Vancouver

October 19, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - TELUS is asking federal regulators to approve a new plan to eliminate long-distance telephone charges for all calls within the Greater Vancouver region. If approved, the new plan would take effect May 1, 2000.

 

In a decision last month, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said it supported an earlier TELUS proposal to expand the local calling area in the region, but the Commission asked that local rates be reduced and indicated a regional referendum may be unnecessary.

 

"We believe this is a win-win-win proposal," said Jim Brookes, TELUS vice president of local and enhanced services. "Our new application meets the requirements of the CRTC, the needs of customers who want a single local-calling area and will encourage more business development and job opportunities throughout the Greater Vancouver region."

 

If the proposal is approved by the CRTC, customers who live in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and Richmond - communities that currently have the largest local calling area - would see an increase of 25 cents on their monthly telephone bill.

 

Customers in Aldergrove, Anmore, Belcarra, Bowen Island, Coquitlam, Cloverdale, Delta, Fort Langley, Langley City and Municipality, Lion's Bay, Maple Ridge, the City and District of North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey, West Vancouver and White Rock would see a 70-cent increase on their monthly telephone bill.

 

Over 90 per cent of the public submissions to the CRTC had supported the earlier proposal.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug.strachan@telus.com

www.telus.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet brings all-inclusive digital wireless service to Sherbrooke

October 19, 1999

 

SHERBROOKE, ON — Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today turned on fully digital Clearnet PCS service in Sherbrooke, offering clients an array of all-inclusive, enhanced digital wireless calling features and services.

 

“Digital Clearnet PCS service brings our current clients in Sherbrooke immediate benefits at no extra charge, including greater call clarity, enhanced security, longer battery life and new information services,” said Sylvie Charette, Clearnet's Vice President, Eastern Region. “New clients will find that Clearnet PCS is one of the easiest PCS products to buy and own in Canada – all the extras, such as voice mail, call waiting and caller ID, are standard with Clearnet PCS. Clients need only add voice.”

 

With this expansion, Clearnet now offers digital Clearnet PCS service throughout the Greater Sherbrooke area: Sherbrooke, Windsor, Fleurimont, Rock Forest, Bromptonville, St- lie D'Orford,Deauville and St-Roch.

 

Clearnet PCS phones work everywhere analogue cellular phones work across Canada. Clearnet's dual-mode PCS phones, built for Clearnet by Nokia and Qualcomm, operate as a digital phones in digital service areas and as analogue cellular phones in the rest of Clearnet's national service area, which now covers 94 per cent of the Canadian population. Digital service is also offered in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal, Québec City, Ottawa-Hull, Toronto, the Kitchener-Waterloo region, London, Windsor and Southern Ontario's Golden Horseshoe.

 

In Sherbrooke, Clearnet PCS is available at retail outlets operated by Bureau en Gros, CompuCentre, Blockbuster, Walmart, Le Centre du Rasoir, Zellers and the Clearnet Kiosk located at Le Carrefour de l'Estrie. Clients can order Clearnet PCS directly from either the Clearnet Web Store, a secure and direct online system available at http://www.clearnet.com, or by calling 1-888-CLEARNET.

 

Clearnet PCS: Easy to Buy, Easy to Own
With Clearnet PCS, there are no activation fees or contracts to sign. Clearnet PCS also offers included calling features, such as toll-free voice mail access, call waiting and caller ID, at no extra charge and offers a 30-day money-back satisfaction phone guarantee. And just to make things more personal, all Clearnet PCS clients get unlimited local calling on their birthdays every year.

 

Clearnet PCS rate plans allow clients to affordably add unlimited local evening and weekend calling to their consumer or business airtime plans, which start at $25. Coupled with Clearnet PCS services included at no extra charge – such as voice mail, caller ID and call waiting – the plans makes wireless calling so affordable, many clients can cancel their landline phone service altogether.

 

Clearnet PCS is also as easy to use across the United States as it is across Canada. Clearnet's fixed-rate, automatic US roaming service offers billing by the second and the use of additional features such as voice mail and call waiting at no extra charge.

 

Two Digital Clearnet Solutions
Clearnet PCS joins Clearnet's all-digital Mike business communications network, which was the first digital wireless service available in the Eastern Townships. Like Clearnet PCS, Mike integrates phone and alphanumeric paging in a single handset, but Mike also integrates Mike Direct ConnectTM service, offering business users unique instant-contact benefits.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: digital Clearnet PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in British Columbia, Québec, Ontario and, later this year, Alberta; and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. For more, please visit Clearnet's Web site at http://www.clearnet.com

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Anne-Marie LaBerge
Mobile: (514) 977-2053
Office: (514) 977-2053
amlaberge@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS seeks license to provide digital high-speed wireless service across Canada

October 18, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - TELUS has applied to Industry Canada for a 10-year license to provide Multipoint Communications Systems (MCS) wireless service in Ontario, Québec, British Columbia, Alberta, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

 

MCS is a digital, two-way, high-speed wireless technology that can be used for a variety of services including voice, data, multimedia and broadcasting. It enables computer users to download information from the Internet at about 1.5 megabits per second downstream and 256K upstream, or 50 to 100 times faster than with conventional dial-up modems.

 

The TELUS license application also includes provisions for providing MCS on a wholesale basis to Internet Service Providers (ISP's) to promote wide distribution and availability of the service. Under the wholesale proposal, TELUS would also offer market development assistance and co-branding options to ISP's.

 

MCS is an important service being considered for TELUS' national plan as the company builds its network across Canada. MCS is one of many access technologies TELUS is developing for consumer Internet access.

 

"We expect that by deploying TELUS MCS service in conjunction with our national network we can efficiently provide this exciting technology to 80 per cent of Canadian households, within three years, in the regions where we've applied," said Mansell Nelson, vice-president of Emerging Business.

 

In a technology trial last year, TELUS predecessor BC TELECOM became the first company in Canada to successfully demonstrate the practicality of two-way wireless high speed Internet access using MCS spectrum.

 

Another component in the TELUS MCS license application is a three-year Learning Innovation Grant program. The program provides funds for educators to assist them in using MCS technology as an educational tool. After three years, the grant would be replaced by a revenue sharing program that would provide five per cent of gross revenues to qualifying educators. Both programs would be administered through a charitable foundation established by TELUS.

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
TELUS media relations
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet adds the very rugged, very yellow i700plus phone to its Internet-ready Mike lineup

October 15, 1999

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario – Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") today introduced the i700plus Internet-ready digital wireless phone, which integrates digital phone, Mike's Direct Connect two-way radio and paging with an Internet microbrowser, e-mail, fax and remote dial-up capabilities – all in a small yet durable package that challenges the toughest working environments.

 

"The i700plus phone is a true workhorse. By integrating Mike Online data capability with the instant-contact power of Mike's Direct Connect, this phone offers business clients a powerful and durable all-in-one wireless power tool," said George Cope, Clearnet's President and Chief Executive Officer. "And in brilliant yellow, the i700plus is a very hard phone to miss."

 

Available in yellow or black colouring with rubber grips for added protection, the i700plus phone is perfect for mobile workers in nearly any environment. The yellow model provides high visibility, a benefit on work sites or anywhere else a phone may get misplaced, and all i700plus models meet military standards for vibration and mechanical shock.

 

Manufactured by Motorola, the i700plus is priced starting at $129 and offers Mike Online capability; Turbo Dial one-touch dialling; last 10 numbers received/sent call list; Quickstore; missed call indicator; user-selectable font sizes for viewing on-screen text; and features such as call hold, caller ID, call forwarding and selectable ring styles, including VibraCall silent alert.

 

When connected to a personal computer, personal digital assistant (PDA) or industrial computing equipment, the i700plus phone acts as a wireless modem, allowing clients to send and receive e-mails and faxes, and access the Internet and corporate intranets and networks. Later this year, all Mike Internet-ready phones will offer online capability services without the need to connect to external digital devices, and without the need to change or upgrade the phone.

 

Clients will be able to browse Internet, intranet and extranet Web sites directly from their Mike phones using built-in microbrowser technology, access customized Mike Online information services, such as personalized news, sports, banking and stock information, and send and receive information directly to and from their phone.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: Clearnet PCS nationally; The Mike Network in British Columbia, Québec, Ontario and, later this year, Alberta; and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. Please visit Clearnet's Web site at http://www.clearnet.com

 

Foward looking statements

Some statements in this news release look forward in time and deal with other than historical or current facts. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations, including the risks associated with: new product launches, availability of new handsets and services and other risk factors detailed in Clearnet's comprehensive public disclosure documents and other filings with securities commissions. Clearnet's actual future experience may differ substantially from the expectations described in such forward-looking statements.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

For more information:
Media inquiries
Mark Langton
(416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor inquiries
Robert Gardner
(416) 684-4485
rgardner@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS bill has new look in Edmonton

October 5, 1999

 

Edmonton, AB - Beginning this month, Edmonton customers will notice that their TELUS bill has a new look.

 

The bills are designed to be easier to understand, to be consistent no matter where TELUS customers live, and to help TELUS serve customers better. The new bill is part of an intensive program to harmonize customer care and billing systems, an important step to strengthen TELUS in its bid to become the premier national communications company.

 

"Harmonization allows us to serve customers with an aligned set of products and services on a single bill. This consistency enhances our ability to deliver the best service to our customers,"said Stu Muir, director of the harmonization effort for TELUS.

 

Edmonton customers will notice a few changes this month, as a result of the conversion from the old system to the new, Year 2000 ready system. Key changes resulting from the harmonization include:

  • Edmonton customers who subscribe to savings plans will have the subscription fees billed at the beginning of each monthly bill period. Billing at the beginning is not only consistent with other subscription services on the same bill, but also consistent with the way the rest of our customers in Alberta and British Columbia are billed.
  • All of our customers are now being served on Year 2000 compliant systems and the conversion allowed TELUS to use and test manual back up systems.
  • Some Edmonton customers will see charges on their bills for "casual calling" - calls made through specific alternative long distance companies. As a result of converting customer records to new systems, some customers will be back billed for these types of calls made from May 29th to present.
  • A small percentage of pre-authorized payment customers had their payment withdrawals delayed by a few days as a result of conversion to the new billing system. These customers have been sent letters explaining why the delay occurred.

While the harmonization to the new systems and format has been successful, the conversion has caused some temporary service delays. TELUS is working hard to meet installation needs and appreciates the patience of its customers.

 

Customers who have questions about their bills should call TELUS Customer Service, at 310-2255.

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company. TELUS provides a full range of advanced communications services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (common) and BTS.A (non-voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Jeff Welke
TELUS media relations
(780) 498-7236
jeff.welke@telus.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Enhanced Clearnet PCS rate plans offer unbeatable wireless value

September 29, 1999

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario — Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") today announced significant talk time enhancements to its all-inclusive Clearnet PCS rate plans, including its highly successful home phone replacement option.

 

"By increasing the amount of talk time on our consumer plans, while including services such as analogue calling, voice mail and more, we're confident Clearnet offers the best wireless value in Canada," said George Cope, Clearnet's President and Chief Executive Officer. "With Clearnet PCS, you simply don't have to deal with the extra charges and other surprises of some wireless services."

 

Available October 1, the new Clearnet PCS consumer rate plans are now the only ones in Canada to offer all the following:

 

  • At least 200 minutes of local calling per month (an increase of 100 minutes per month), coupled with unlimited calling options that let clients talk as much as they want on weekends and evenings
  • The most popular wireless services – voice mail, caller ID, call waiting – included on all plans
  • Analogue calling at no extra charge – one competitor's plans limit the use of included minutes to digital coverage, and charge extra for calls made outside digital areas
  • Per-second billing from the very first second on ALL calls
  • Future Friendly extras such as free local birthday calling and Perks from Clearnet partners

 

"As the first Canadian wireless company to offer per-second billing and do away with activation fees, binding long-term contracts and hidden charges, Clearnet brought a Future Friendly approach to wireless. Our all-inclusive plans continue that tradition of simplicity, fairness and value," added Cope.

 

Pricing for the new Clearnet PCS plans, which include at least 200 minutes of local calling per month and all the services listed above, starts at $25, for Clearnet's popular Talk plan. Current Clearnet PCS clients can upgrade to the increased talk time available on any of the new consumer plans for just $5.

 

The most powerful new Clearnet PCS consumer plan actually offers clients the ability to replace their home phones. For just $50, clients get 200 minutes of local weekday calling, unlimited local evening and weekend calling and all the included digital services listed above.

 

Canadians Are Cutting the Cord

 

"Clearnet is the only company actively pursuing the home phone replacement market with digital wireless, and we've had great success to date," said Cope. "We've now ensured our powerful digital wireless service is even more competitively priced with standard landline service. And with Clearnet PCS allowing clients to use their phones virtually anywhere and anytime, we're confident that many more Canadians will be cutting the cord on their old home phones."

 

Clearnet dual-mode PCS phones are priced as low as $79.99 and work coast to coast, covering more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population. The phones operate as digital phones in Clearnet's digital service areas across Canada and as analogue cellular phones in the rest of its national service area. Clearnet charges the same price for digital and analogue airtime usage and bills all calls, even analogue cellular calls, by the second from the first second.

 

Clearnet PCS is available at more than 1,700 outlets, including major retailers, specialty electronics suppliers, college and university book and computer stores, independent wireless dealers and Clearnet's own retail locations and Clearnet Business Communications Centres. Clients can also order Clearnet PCS directly from the Clearnet Web Store, a secure and direct online retail location at www.clearnet.com, or by calling 1-888-CLEARNET.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: Clearnet PCS nationally, The Mike Network in British Columbia, Québec and Ontario (and Alberta later this year), and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. For more information, please visit Clearnet's Web site at http://www.clearnet.com

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media inquiries
Mark Langton
(416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor inquiries
Robert Gardner
(416) 684-4485
rgardner@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Research In Motion's Jim Balsillie appointed to Clearnet Board of Directors

September 28, 1999

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario - Robert C. Simmonds, Chairman and Vice President, Regulatory of Clearnet Communications Inc., is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Balsillie to Clearnet's Board of Directors.

 

"Jim Balsillie brings to Clearnet's board a wealth of wireless data communications knowledge and great experience from leading one of Canada's fastest-growing high technology companies," said Mr. Simmonds. "We are very excited about the contribution he will make to Clearnet as we continue to develop new Future Friendly digital wireless communications solutions for our consumer and business clients."

 

Recent developments in digital wireless communications have centered on the wireless transmission of data and access to the Internet. Mr. Balsillie's experience and understanding of the wireless data market will benefit Clearnet in the development of online wireless solutions. An independent director, Mr. Balsillie will also serve as a member of the audit committee.

 

Mr. Balsillie is Chairman and Co-CEO of Research In Motion Limited (RIM), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless data solutions for the mobile communications market. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE: RIM). For more information, please visit www.rim.net.

 

A graduate of the University of Toronto and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Mr. Balsillie is also a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO).

 

Clearnet (TSE,ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: Clearnet PCS nationally, The Mike Network in Ontario, Québec and British Columbia (and Alberta later this year), and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. For more information, please visit www.clearnet.com.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Clearnet
Mark Langton
(416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Research In Motion
Mark Guibert
(519) 888-7465
mguibert@rim.net 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS phone book recycling effort to benefit Alberta Children's Hospital

September 27, 1999

 

Calgary, AB - TELUS is distributing its new telephone directories throughout Calgary, featuring new information and services that ensure the books will be among the most valued - or at least the most useful - of anyone's collection.

 

TELUS has added helpful new features in the Calgary Yellow Pages' such as City Maps, valuable coupons and an Internet Guide to help you navigate around the net. Within the Calgary White Pages, you can find the best seats in the house for all Calgary's exciting events in the Event Seating Plans located in the Customer Service and Information Pages.

 

But what happens to the old directories?

 

TELUS has launched a recycling effort that will benefit the Alberta Children's Hospital and the Children's Health Foundation of Northern Alberta, while helping you get rid of your old phone books. The Alberta Children's Hospital and the Children's Health Foundation of Northern Alberta are the beneficiaries of annual directory recycling efforts in Alberta. TELUS Advertising Services, publisher of phone books across Alberta, will make a cash donation to the Alberta Children's Hospital and the Children's Health Foundation of Northern Alberta based on the number of tonnes of books collected during annual recycling drives across the province.

 

"The Alberta Children's Hospital is a natural beneficiary for the recycling program - children are our future and helping to keep both them and our environment healthy is in everyone's best interest", said Corinna Johnson, Recycling Administrator for TELUS Advertising Services. "Something as simple as recycling your old phone books can really benefit the brave children who depend on the specialized care that the Alberta Children's Hospital provides."

 

In addition, TELUS will pay registered non-profit groups and schools for collecting old phone books and delivering them to a participating recycler. The TELUS directory recycling program is an excellent way for registered non-profit groups and schools to raise funds, while at the same time teaching the importance of working together to benefit the environment and their community.

 

In Calgary, the collection drive runs until October 23, 1999. Residents can drop their old phone books into the specially marked recycle bins that Canadian Waste have provided at the parking lots of all Safeway and Co-op stores around the city until October 23, 1999.

 

Through the dedication and support of our community partners, 45% of the TELUS directories produced in Alberta were diverted from landfill in 1998. Last year, Albertans kept 2294 tonnes of old phone books out of our provincial landfills, 1125 tonnes of that were from Calgary. In other words, Albertans were successful in keeping approximately 115 semi-trailer truckloads of phone books out of our provincial landfills, according to Johnson. "Community response to our program throughout the province has been exciting and overwhelming - I am very anxious to see what Calgary's tremendous community spirit can do". In 1999 TELUS Advertising Services will continue to focus on our community partnerships emphasizing shared responsibility.

 

TELUS' donation to the hospital foundations will be presented at the Children's Miracle Network Telethon in May 2000.

 

For more information regarding the recycling program call 1-800-661-4260.

 

TELUS Advertising Services is a subsidiary of TELUS. TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides a full range of advanced communications services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS selects Lucent Technologies to help build next generation network in central Canada

September 23, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - In support of its national growth plan, TELUS today announced that Lucent Technologies will supply the technology and equipment for a next-generation communications network in Central Canada.

 

The network will enable TELUS to deliver new multimedia services - including voice, Internet and high-speed data services - to consumer and business customers.

 

The estimated value of the supply agreement - now under negotiation - is expected to exceed $200 million over the next several years.

 

TELUS plans to introduce new services in Toronto, Sarnia and Winnipeg in November and in four other cities beginning early in 2000 - Ottawa, Kitchener-Waterloo, London and Hamilton. TELUS now operates more than 4.5 million access lines and maintains offices in 100 centres throughout British Columbia and Alberta.

 

"We have aggressive plans for our central Canadian operation," said Cynthia Lewis, TELUS executive vice president and president of TELUS Central and Eastern Operations. "Our association with Lucent strengthens our ability to meet our customers' voice and data needs - coast to coast - with state-of-the-art technology and advanced services."

 

TELUS' new multiservice network will include the Lucent 5ESS® Switch, which provides reliable voice services on a digital packet infrastructure, enabling TELUS to deliver new multimedia services to their customers. The network also includes Lucent's data communications and power systems.

 

"This exciting opportunity comes at a pivotal point in the telecommunications revolution in Canada," said Carol Stephenson, Lucent Canada's president and CEO. "The market is speeding toward converged multiple networks and the combined expertise and network vision of TELUS and Lucent will provide cutting edge, end-to-end services as well as an easy migration to the evolving technologies."

 

TELUS' emergence as a key player in the Canadian market is good news for customers. The company has been a frontrunner in providing services including high-speed data networks, local and long distance services, Internet and e-commerce solutions, wireless services, multimedia, advertising and advanced data solutions to millions of business and residential customers in Alberta and British Columbia. TELUS' initial focus will be on medium and small businesses, providing them with services such as LAN connectivity, Internet gateways, remote access and interactive e-commerce.

 

"Features, flexibility and easy access to new services are what our customers want from communications today," explained Lewis.

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunication company and provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A Non-Voting). For more information about TELUS and its companies visit www.telus.com or www.bctel.com.

 

Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., designs, builds and delivers a wide range of public and private networks, communications systems and software, data networking systems, business telephone systems and microelectronics components. Bell Labs is the research and development arm for the company. For more information about Lucent Technologies, visit its website at www.lucent.com. More information about Lucent Technologies Canada can be found at its website at www.lucent.ca.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
604-432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

 

Valery Vollenweider
Lucent Technologies Canada
Tel. (416) 756-5024
vvollenweider1@lucent.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Interim chairman and interim CEO appointed at TELUS

September 22, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - The board of directors of BCT.TELUS Communications Inc. today announced two interim appointments. Brian Canfield has been named president and chief executive officer of the company until a new president and chief executive officer is selected. Ron Triffo, a long-time member of the TELUS and ED TEL boards, will serve as chairman during this period. The appointments are effective immediately.

 

"Given George Petty's decision last week to step down as president and CEO and given that the selection process for a new CEO could take some time, the board has decided it is in the company's best interests to appoint Brian Canfield as CEO on an interim basis," said Ron Triffo. "This will ensure continuity and maintain confidence with our employees and the investment community. I want to emphasize that we are committed to a growth strategy through building our new national network as well as making acquisitions that enhance shareholder value.

 

"Brian brings more than 40 years of proven leadership in the telecommunications industry and is the best choice to lead us through this transition period," continued Triffo.

 

"It has been my privilege to have worked with George for a number of years, first, on the Stentor Council of CEOs and more recently as colleagues on the BCT.TELUS board of directors," said Brian Canfield. "I have the highest personal regard for George. He has had a profound impact on the Canadian telecommunications industry and has done an outstanding job of leading this company through the architectural phase of the merger. I want to thank George for guiding our company through this tumultuous period and positioning us for what I believe will be unprecedented growth and success."

 

Brian Canfield's career in the Canadian telecommunications industry has spanned 43 years, including four years as chairman and chief executive officer of BC TELECOM and three years as president. Most recently, Canfield was chairman of BCT.TELUS. He is a member of the board of directors of BC Gas Inc., Trans Mountain Pipe Line Ltd., Suncor Energy Inc. and MD Funds. As well, he is a member of the board of governors of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

 

Ron Triffo is the chairman of Stantec Inc., an engineering and international professional services company where he served in various executive management positions for more than 20 years. He is a past president of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta and the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada. He served as director and board chairman of ED TEL (Edmonton Telephones) prior to its acquisition by TELUS Corporation. Triffo is also a director of Alberta Treasury Branches.

 

BCT.TELUS Communications Inc. is Canada's second largest telecommunications company. BCT.TELUS was formed by the merger of BC TEL and TELUS and will operate nationally under the TELUS brand name. The BCT.TELUS group of companies provides a full range of advanced communications services and products connecting Canadians with the world. BCT.TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (common) and BTS.A (non-voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS and Intrawest partner in North America-wide telecommunications and marketing agreement

September 20, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - TELUS and Intrawest have signed a five-year, $26 million strategic partnership agreement whereby TELUS will provide telecommunications services for Intrawest's 11 ski and golf resorts, its real estate offices and timeshare properties throughout North America. The partnership also includes joint marketing and event sponsorships.

 

At a news conference in Vancouver, TELUS and Intrawest announced that TELUS will become the leading telecommunications service provider for Vancouver-based Intrawest and its 11 resorts across North America. TELUS will provide Intrawest services such as long distance, wireless communications, calling and prepaid card services, data networking and telecommunications equipment.

 

"The scope of our partnership demonstrates the commitment TELUS has in meeting the needs of our customers," said Nadir Mohamed, TELUS senior vice-president of Marketing and Sales. "We're pleased to provide Intrawest a full range of communications services, including the latest in Internet capabilities, to connect Intrawest resorts and customers."

 

Event sponsorships such as the BC TEL World Ski and Snowboard Festival held in April this year, and joint marketing initiatives such as the BC TEL Guest Communications Centre that opened in Whistler's Roundhouse in February are also part of the agreement. The BC TEL Guest Communications Center is the first of its kind in Canada. It provides computer workstations, high-speed Internet access, wireless telephone battery chargers and business-related services.

 

"One of the key benefits of this partnership is that we have dedicated people from TELUS whose sole function is to find better ways for Intrawest to use telecommunications and data communications technology," said Dan Jarvis, Intrawest executive vice president and chief financial officer. "This means that we now have access to leading-edge technology and expertise to make the guest experience better."

 

The two companies also unveiled a new, interactive Whistler/Blackcomb Web site (www.whistler-blackcomb.com) that has just come online for the upcoming ski season. The Web site is an example of highly personalized Web sites planned for each of Intrawest's resorts and real estate developments in North America. Visitors can personalize content of the Web sites based on their preferences (e.g. skier or snowboarder-oriented information). TELUS will provide Web site hosting, design and development, e-commerce and related services to Intrawest and its divisions in North America.

 

The sites are expected to provide ski pass renewals and sales, ski rental reservations, ski school registration, child care registration, retail purchases and other e-commerce features. The partners are also looking at the potential for customers to purchase real estate or timeshare properties online. The new Web sites will be launched over the next 15 to 18 months.

 

Intrawest is the leading developer and operator of mountain resorts across North America. The company owns ten mountain resorts, including Whistler/Blackcomb, rated North America's #1 resort. Intrawest also owns Sandestin, a golf and beach resort in Florida, and has a premier timeshare business. The company has a significant investment in Compagnie des Alpes, the largest ski company in the world in terms of skier visits and a 45% interest in Alpine Helicopters, Ltd., owner of the largest heli-skiing operation in the world. Intrawest Corporation's shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (IDR) and the Toronto and Montreal exchanges (ITW). The company is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

 

Valerie Sharp
Intrawest
Director of Corporate Communications
(604) 623-6620 (office)
vsharp@intrawest.com

www.intrawest.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

President of TELUS Mobility to leave company

September 16, 1999

 

Burnaby, BC - Harry Truderung, Executive Vice President, TELUS, and President, TELUS Mobility, today announced plans to leave the company October 15.

 

"Through Harry's vision and guidance, Mobility has achieved tremendous growth, and is well recognized throughout the Canadian telecommunications industry as a market leader," said TELUS CEO George Petty. "While we regret to see him leave, we certainly respect his decision." Commenting on recent media reports, Petty further stated that while the series of executive changes may appear unusual, they are not unprecedented.

 

"Industry speculation about the GTE role in recent events is completely wrong," said Mike Masin, TELUS Director and Vice Chairman and President - International Operations for GTE Corporation. "We are firmly behind the TELUS growth plan and are satisfied with management's merger integration efforts to date. In the CEO case, the search committee is led by an outside director and GTE is not represented on the committee at all. There are no leading candidates at this time and I am confident the Board will select the best person for the job."

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS President and CEO to Step Down

September 14, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - Brian Canfield, chairman of TELUS, today announced that George Petty will be stepping down from his position as president and chief executive officer of the company.

 

"George Petty's strong leadership has resulted in the successful implementation of one of the most significant mergers in the history of the Canadian telecommunications industry," said Canfield. "George has advised the Board that he will not be renewing his contract and he is providing the Board time to find a replacement."

 

A special committee of the Board of Directors has been formed to conduct a search for a new president. Mr. Petty will continue to lead the company until a suitable candidate has been selected.

 

The company remains committed to the growth strategy Mr. Petty developed with his executive team. Implementation of the strategy continues with entry into the Central Canadian market targeted for late 1999 and into 2000.

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS names executive team to lead Toronto-based operation

August 19, 1999

 

Burnaby, BC - As the next step in its growth strategy, TELUS announced the appointment of three Toronto-based executives to lead its wireline and advanced communications operations outside of Alberta and British Columbia.

 

Cynthia Lewis, formerly Vice-President, Worldwide Business Integration with Xerox Corporation, has been appointed President of the new TELUS operation and will join the TELUS executive management council as Executive Vice-President. Ms. Lewis brings to her new post a track record of start up, marketing, sales and related organizational experience in the highly competitive business services industry, both in Canada and the USA.

 

Mark Ethier, formerly Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Business Development with BCE Media Inc., will join TELUS as Senior Vice-President, Sales. In his previous roles with BCE and its subsidiaries, including Bell Canada and BCI Inc., Mr. Ethier has gained extensive experience in the development and implementation of sales success, corporate strategy, operations, engineering and finance.

 

Joining the Toronto-based team as Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Operations is Ingrid Raypold. Ms. Raypold brings 26 years of telecommunications experience with TELUS, in a variety of areas including marketing, sales, customer service delivery and operations management. Most recently, Ms. Raypold was responsible for setting the TELUS enterprise-wide vision and strategy for customer service excellence in her role as Senior Vice-President, Customer Service with TELUS Communications.

 

This team will be responsible for bringing a TELUS suite of wireline and advanced communication services to business and consumers, beginning in the Toronto market this fall.

 

"The appointment of this executive team is a major step in our development as a national, full-service communications provider," said George Petty, TELUS President and CEO. "With a world-class network, advanced solutions for business and consumers, and now an outstanding, customer-focused executive team driving our entry into new markets, TELUS is well-positioned to offer exciting new choices to customers across Canada."

The appointments of Ms. Lewis, Mr. Ethier and Ms. Raypold are effective September 1, 1999.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS files medium term note programs of $2.4 billion

August 12, 1999

 

BCT.TELUS Communications Inc. (BCT.TELUS) and its two wholly-owned subsidiaries today filed with securities regulators three shelf prospectuses for medium term note (MTN) programs having an aggregate value of $2.4 billion.

 

The three prospectuses include a $700 million shelf for the British Columbia-based operating company, BC TEL; a $700 million shelf for the Alberta-based operating company, TELUS Communications Inc.; and a $1 billion shelf for the holding company, BCT.TELUS.

 

The company intends to establish a separate MTN program for each operating company until such time as it decides to integrate the two operating companies. The companies will use the MTNs to meet long term borrowing requirements.

 

BCT.TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company, which operates nationally under the TELUS brand. The BCT.TELUS group of companies provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. BCT.TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

BC TEL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BCT.TELUS and constitutes approximately 43 per cent of consolidated assets and 44 per cent of revenues of BCT.TELUS. It provides telecommunications services to British Columbia's population of about four million people.

 

TELUS Communications is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BCT.TELUS and constitutes approximately 46 per cent of consolidated assets and 41 per cent of revenues of BCT.TELUS. It provides telecommunications services to Alberta's population of about three million people.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Ron Dorwart
Assistant Treasurer
TELUS
(604) 432-2412

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS introduces Internet Call Director

August 10, 1999

 

Calgary, AB - Web surfers in Alberta need never miss another phone call with the introduction of Internet Call Director by TELUS.

Internet Call Director provides Internet users with computer-screen notification of all incoming telephone calls while they are cruising the 'Net. A pop-up screen alerts the customer to the incoming call and identifies the caller by name and phone number. The pop-up screen also offers options for handling the call. With the click of a computer mouse the customer can:

 

  • disconnect from the Internet and accept the call, or continue with their Internet session and:
  • forward the call to another line or a cell phone
  • forward the call to voice mail
  • play a personalized recording asking the caller to call back later.

 

The service also logs date, time, name and phone number for all calls received while the customer is on the Internet.

 

"Internet Call Director is to the personal computer what SmartTouch services are to the telephone - another useful tool people can use for convenience and control over their telecommunications services," said Jim Brookes, TELUS' vice-president of local marketing.

 

Internet Call Director is now available to single line customers in Alberta with the exception of Edmonton. TELUS expects to offer Internet Call Director in Edmonton in late September.

 

To see a demonstration of Internet Call Director or to order the service online you can visit www.telus.com/icdirector.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Jeff Welke
Media relations manager
(780) 498-7236 (office)
(780) 671-5355 (pager)
jeff.welke@telus.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS announces new appointments

July 30, 1999

 

July 30, 1999 - Burnaby, BC and Edmonton, AB - TELUS today announced two new appointments to its executive management council.

Barry Baptie, formerly controller for TELUS Communications, has been appointed TELUS executive vice president and chief financial officer. Roy Osing, formerly senior vice president strategic alliance management, has been appointed TELUS executive vice president and president of TELUS Advanced Communications.

 

"These appointments come at an important time for us," said TELUS chief executive officer George Petty. "We've completed the first stage of our development as a national communications company, and we're now positioning for the next stage and the delivery of new services to customers across Canada."

 

"I'm especially pleased that these were internal appointments as it shows the bench strength of our organization," said Petty. "Barry and Roy have the right mix of business experience and vision to fill these important roles on my executive team."

 

Barry Baptie was the chief financial officer at Edmonton Telephones at the time of its acquisition by TELUS in 1995. Roy Osing joined BC TEL in 1969 and was senior vice president of marketing at the time of BC TEL's merger with TELUS in February.

 

Leaving the company to pursue personal interests are former president of TELUS Advanced Communications Jim Grey, and former chief financial officer Gary Goertz. They will be working with their successors to ensure a smooth transition.

 

"I want to thank both Jim and Gary for their contributions to the success of our company during the first phase of our merger," said Petty.

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Kevin Noel
Media Relations manager
1-604-432-2949 (office)
1-800-405-8293 (pager)
kevin_noel@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS reports second quarter results

July 27, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - BCT.TELUS Communications Inc. (TELUS) reported net income of $134.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 1999, $2.1 million higher than a year ago, after adjusting 1998 results for a one-time gain on sale of Telesat. Quarterly earnings per common share were 56 cents, the same as reported in 1998, after adjusting for the 1998 13 cent gain on sale. Cash flow from operations for the second quarter of 1999 was $437.3 million, up by $26.8 million from 1998.

 

For the first six months of 1999, earnings per common share, adjusted for the one-time gain on sale of Telesat, restructuring costs and the first quarter 1998 asset writedown, were $1.13 as compared to $1.16 reported last year.

 

"Although we are satisfied with our results this quarter, financial results should improve as we begin to see merger-driven expense saving initiatives taken late this quarter starting to take full effect in the second half of 1999," stated Gary Goertz, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

 

Operating revenues for the second quarter were $1,445.9 million, up $18.7 million from a year ago. Other revenue was up by $48.3 million - led by increases in Advanced Communication's information services and a 57% increase in consumer Internet subscribers. Wireline's other revenue was also higher by $15.7 million this quarter over the same period last year mainly due to higher sales of telephones and accessories. While local revenue remained relatively stable this quarter over last year, long distance revenue was lower by $27.4 million primarily due to last summer's introduction of unlimited long distance calling plans at Wireline.

 

Operations expense in the quarter was up $10.7 million to $875.3 million due primarily to higher information technology payments and the growing Advanced Communication segment. Depreciation and amortization expense increased by $10.3 million due to increased capital spending in Advanced Communications and the digital cellular build in Alberta last year.

 

Other income of $5.5 million was lower by $48.2 million from the same period in 1998. This was caused by the $40.9 million pre-tax gain on the sale of BC TELECOM's and TELUS' interests in Telesat Canada last year.

 

Financing costs of $45.2 million were $15.5 million lower than the second quarter of 1998 due to $560 million of debt repaid during the last twelve months.

 

Capital expenditures of $294.6 million in the second quarter increased by $16.6 million over last year due primarily to national network costs of $30 million and the increased activities at Advanced Communications - including an $8 million expansion of our high-speed Internet service. These higher expenditures were partially offset by lower wireline spending. TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Jeff Welke
Media relations manager
(780) 498-7236 (office)
jeff.welke@telus.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS and Intrawest announce e-commerce partnership

July 20, 1999

 

E-commerce agreement largest ever for TELUS

 

Burnaby, B.C. - TELUS has signed a five-year, $6.5 million agreement with Intrawest Corporation to jointly fund the development of state-of-the-art Internet services for Intrawest's eleven resorts across North America.

 

The agreement is the most extensive e-commerce services agreement ever undertaken by TELUS. TELUS will provide Web site hosting, design and development, e-commerce, Internet platform support services, Web advertising and joint-content initiatives to Intrawest and its divisions across North America.

 

"The scope of this agreement demonstrates that our business extends well beyond traditional telecommunications services - and well beyond B.C.," said Jim Grey, TELUS executive vice president and president of Advanced Communications. "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to showcase our e-commerce and Internet expertise through this Intrawest partnership."

TELUS and Intrawest plan to develop highly personalized Web sites for each of Intrawest's resorts and real estate developments in North America. The sites will be interactive so visitors can personalize content based on their preferences (e.g. skier or snowboarder-oriented information).

 

"We intend to capitalize on the benefits of the Internet in every aspect of our business," said Daniel Jarvis, executive vice president and chief financial officer. "The highly personalized Web sites help us to provide our guests with the exact information they need, when they need it and offer them the opportunity to immediately complete a transaction. Using the Web also helps us to reach the growing European market in a personalized, yet cost-effective way."

 

The sites are expected to provide online accommodation bookings, ski pass renewals and sales, ski rental reservations, ski school registration, child care registration, retail purchases and other e-commerce features. The partners are also looking at the potential for customers to purchase real estate or time share properties online. The new Web sites will be launched over the next 15 to 18 months.

 

Intrawest is the leading developer and operator of mountain resorts across North America. The company owns ten mountain resorts, including Whistler/Blackcomb, rated North America's #1 resort. Intrawest also owns Sandestin, a golf and beach resort in Florida, and has a premier timeshare business. The company has a significant investment in Compagnie des Alpes, the largest ski company in the world in terms of skier visits and a 45% interest in Alpine Helicopters, Ltd., owner of the largest heli-skiing operation in the world. Intrawest Corporation's shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (IDR) and the Toronto and Montreal exchanges (ITW). The company is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

BCT.TELUS Communications Inc. is Canada's second largest telecommunications company. BCT.TELUS was formed by the merger of BC TEL and TELUS and will operate nationally under the TELUS brand name. The BCT.TELUS group of companies provides a full range of advanced communications services and products connecting Canadians with the world. BCT.TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (common) and BTS.A (non-voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

1999 Vancouver Yellow Pages™ Directory sports new name, format and features

July 19, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - The 1999 Vancouver & Burnaby edition of the Yellow Pages is the first in British Columbia to use the TELUS name on its cover. TELUS is the new name for BC TEL after its merger with the Alberta-based communications company earlier this year. The 1999 edition is also the first to be split into two volumes to make it lighter and easier to handle.

 

Beginning this week, TELUS will distribute an estimated 569,742 copies of volumes A-L and M-Z of the 1999 Vancouver & Burnaby TELUS Yellow Pages directory to residents and businesses. Last year, 573,650 directories were distributed.

 

Besides the new name and format, this year's edition has several new features, including the Lower Mainland postal code listings and fold-out tabs for a Home and Garden Guide, an Internet Guide and a Restaurant section that includes menus.

 

As a public service, the TELUS Yellow Pages directory provides a Community Guide with information about community services and events, sports and recreation, entertainment and more. Emergency telephone numbers, detailed street and public transit maps are also included. The directory also has a coupon section for discounts and special offers from area businesses.

 

The cover of this year's directory features a panoramic view of the city of Vancouver. For 1999, each TELUS directory features a distinctive, scenic photograph of the region in which the directory is distributed.

 

All phone books contain 25 per cent recycled paper and are entirely recyclable. There are recycling stations in most communities. Customers can watch for advertisements in community newspapers for more information about how to recycle old telephone books, or they can contact the B.C. Recycling Hotline at 732-9253.

 

TELUS also sponsors recycling programs in some school districts in the province. The program pays student fundraising groups for each directory collected. Information about the availability of the program can be obtained by calling school board offices.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

MyBC.com becomes B.C.'s leading online source for sports news

July 19, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - MyBC.com has become British Columbia's most comprehensive online source for sports news, following an agreement announced today with ESPN's SportsTicker(R), North America's leading supplier of real-time sports news and information.

 

MyBC Sports features timely coverage of the local sports scene in British Columbia, as well as breaking news and statistics from the NHL, MLB, NBA, CFL and others. Key features of the site include live scoreboards from all the leagues, detailed league and player statistics, breaking news, quotes from around the sporting world, daily sports trivia and more.

 

"What differentiates MyBC Sports from other sports sites on the web is our focused coverage of both B.C.-based professional teams and provincial leagues like the B.C. Junior Hockey League. We believe no other site on the Web offers more in-depth coverage of teams like the Vancouver Canucks, Grizzlies, Canadians, 86ers and the B.C. Lions," said Colin Osing, Sports & News Producer for MyBC.com.

 

"We are thrilled to provide MyBC.com with SportsTicker's real-time data," said SportsTicker sales manager, Vincent L. Bagnaturo. "With access to SportsTicker's statistics, schedules, standings, real-time scores and more, MyBC.com offers users the most complete Canadian sports news and information package on the Internet."

 

MYBC.com is an Internet portal site operated by BC TEL, a wholly owned subsidiary of BCT.TELUS Communications, Inc. BCT.TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company, operating nationally under the TELUS brand name. The BCT.TELUS group of companies provides a full range of advanced communications services and products connecting Canadians with the world. BCT.TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (common) and BTS.A (non-voting).

 

SportsTicker is the instant sports news and information service of ESPN, Inc., in partnership with Dow Jones & Company, Inc., publisher of The Wall Street Journal and a leader in electronic information services. ESPN, Inc., the leader in sports news, includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN International, ESPN Radio Network, ESPN.com, ESPN Enterprises, ESPN Regional Television, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Classic. In December 1998, SportsTicker acquired Boston-based Howe Sportsdata, the leading minor league sports statistical provider.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Kevin Noel
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2949 (office)
1-800-405-8293 (pager)
kevin_noel@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet introduces digital Mike Online phones that are ready to surf the Internet

July 9, 1999

 

Mike i1000plus and i500plus to offer handheld data and Internet access

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario – Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today introduced the Mike i1000plus and Mike i500plus, two new Internet-ready phones that integrate digital phone, Mike's Direct Connect two-way radio and alphanumeric paging with an Internet microbrowser, e-mail, fax and remote dial-up capabilities.

 

“The Mike i1000plus and i500plus phones are true mobile office systems. By integrating Mike Online Internet and data capability with the instant-contact power of Mike, they offer business clients the most potent all-in-one wireless power tools ever available in Canada,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and Chief Executive Officer.

 

Effective immediately, the Mike i1000plus and i500plus connect with virtually any digital device (including personal computers, Personal Digital Assistants and industrial computing equipment) without the need for a modem, allowing clients to send and receive e-mails and faxes, surf the Internet or access corporate intranets and networks.

 

Later this year, Mike i1000plus and i500plus clients will be able to do all those things without connecting to an external digital device, and without the need to change or upgrade their phones. Both the Mike i1000plus and i500plus will enable clients to browse Internet, intranet and extranet Web sites directly from their phones using built-in “microbrowser” technology provided by Phone.com, Inc. (formerly Unwired Planet, Inc.). Clients will be able to access customized Mike Online information services, such as personalized news, sports, banking and stock information, and send and receive information directly to and from their phone.

 

Mike i1000plus: Internet in the Palm of Your Hand
The Mike i1000plus is a follow-up to the popular Mike i1000, launched in September 1998. The 142-gram i1000plus offers all the features of the Mike i1000, as well as enhanced Mike Online capability and new features such as a received/sent call list (which allows clients to view, dial and store the last 10 numbers made to or from their phone); missed call indicator; one-touch Turbo Dial; and Quickstore (which instantly adds numbers dialed to personal directories). The Mike i1000plus retails for $229, while the Mike i1000 now retails for $199.

 

The smallest integrated digital phones in the world, the Mike i1000 family offers a variety of unique features, including Canada's first wireless speakerphone. The i1000 design recently won a gold award in the Business and Industrial Products category of the 1999 Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) and was named “Best Cellular Phone” by Mobile Computing and Communications magazine.

 

Mike i500plus: A $79 Wireless Power Tool Released at an introductory price of just $79, the Mike i500plus is a sturdy, ergonomically designed handset that offers Mike Online capability; one-touch Turbo Dial; Quickstore; user-selectable font sizes for viewing on-screen text; and other Mike benefits, including call hold, caller ID, call forwarding, 100-member phone directory and selectable ring styles.

 

“Never before has such pure wireless power been available to Canadians at such an affordable price,” said George Cope. “At just 196 grams, the Mike i500plus is a compact phone integrating every wireless service clients might need – digital phone, Mike's Direct Connect, paging, fax, e-mail and Internet access capability – at a price that puts it within reach of virtually any business client.”

 

Clearnet Growth
Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: digital Clearnet PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario,
Québec and British Columbia (with service in Alberta launching later this year) and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

 

Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company that was recently recognized by The Financial Post 500 as the third fastest growing corporation in Canada. For more information, please visit www.clearnet.com

 

Foward looking statements

Some statements in this news release look forward in time and deal with other than historical or current facts. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations, including the risks associated with: new product launches, availability of new services, changing local and regional economic conditions, prospects for subscriber growth, the costs of infrastructure and handsets, market acceptance of wireless telephony generally and Mike and Clearnet PCS specifically, average subscriber revenue levels, churn rates, cost of acquisition, technological developments of ESMR and PCS and of present and future competing products and services, generation of operating cashflow sufficient to provide financial viability and other risk factors detailed in Clearnet's comprehensive public disclosure documents and other filings with securities commissions. Clearnet's actual future experience may differ substantially from the expectations described in such forward- looking statements.

 

Some statements in this news release look forward in time and deal with other than historical or current facts. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations, including the risks associated with: new product launches, availability of new services, changing local and regional economic conditions, prospects for subscriber growth, the costs of infrastructure and handsets, market acceptance of wireless telephony generally and Mike and Clearnet PCS specifically, average subscriber revenue levels, churn rates, cost of acquisition, technological developments of ESMR and PCS and of present and future competing products and services, generation of operating cashflow sufficient to provide financial viability and other risk factors detailed in Clearnet's comprehensive public disclosure documents and other filings with securities commissions. Clearnet's actual future experience may differ substantially from the expectations described in such forward-looking statements.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Clearnet Media:
Mark Langton
Mike:(416) 684-3454
Office:(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Clearnet Investors Relations:
Robert Gardner
Office:(416) 279-3041
investorrelations@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS begins $14 million, "Leading Edge" building renovation in Downtown Vancouver

July 8, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - One block of Vancouver's trendy Robson Street will soon change dramatically with the extensive revitalization of TELUS's William Farrell Building at 768 Seymour (at Robson).

 

The extensive interior and exterior renovations to the Robson Street wing of the 52-year-old building begin this week and involve a total of 127,000 square feet over eight floors. The work includes seismic upgrading and the addition of executive offices on the top floor and retail services at street level. TELUS Corporate Sales offices will continue to occupy most of the office space. The renovation also incorporates a new Robson Street entrance with the address of 555 Robson.

 

"We believe our office presence in Vancouver should reflect the bold and innovative spirit of our company," said George Petty, TELUS President and CEO. "I'm very excited by the improvements, the design, the functionality and energy efficiency as well as the improved customer presence the revitalized William Farrell Building will give us."

 

The building will become the first in Canada to incorporate a triple-skinned exterior that is expected to achieve energy consumption levels that are about 35 per cent more efficient than levels stipulated in Vancouver's energy bylaws. Double-glazed glass panels suspended about a meter from the building exterior will envelop the building and insulate it. In addition, heat dissipated from equipment in an adjoining BC TEL building will be captured through heat exchangers to supply about 85 per cent of the new building's heating needs.

 

The revitalization project was conceived two years ago by BC TEL Real Estate and designed by a team led by Busby & Associates Architects. The project has been submitted as a "Leading Edge" entry to the Commercial Building Incentive Program sponsored by Natural Resources Canada. The program acknowledges energy efficient and functional building design.

 

Fibre optics and copper - materials used in the telecommunications industry - will be incorporated into the new building's design. The fibre will be integrated into an innovative and impressive exterior lighting system. The copper, recycled from telecommunications equipment, will be used for design accents within the building.

 

Most of the exterior work is to be completed by the end of this year. The entire project is to be complete by December 2000.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BC TEL welcomes Kosovars to British Columbia

June 15, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - BC TEL and its employees are welcoming the Kosovar refugees coming to British Columbia. As they arrive at Vancouver International Airport, each Kosovar family is receiving a "Welcome Kit" to help them through the first few days in their new home.

 

The BC TEL Volunteers, a volunteer organization of BC TEL employees and retirees, assembled the kits, which include toiletry items and a colouring book and crayons for the children. Also included is a $20 BC TEL prepaid long-distance phone card.

 

"One of the first things many of the refugees want to do when they arrive is to contact family and friends back in Kosovo and Albania," said Patricia Woroch, executive director of Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia. "BC TEL's generous gift allows the refugees to make those calls and obtain the peace of mind of knowing how those back home are doing."

 

"Like all British Columbians, we at BC TEL want to extend a warm welcome to the Kosovars and wish them the best as they arrive in our province," said Joanna Wyatt, BC TEL's director of community programs. "We hope these welcome packages will make their transition to life in B.C. a little easier."

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Kevin Noel
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2949 (office)
1-800-405-8293 (pager)
kevin_noel@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Lightning joins the fast-growing National Women's Hockey League

June 15, 1999

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario – Clearnet PCS Inc. (“Clearnet”) and the Durham West Girls Hockey Association (DWGHA) today announced the creation of the Clearnet Lightning, the newest addition to Canada's National Women's Hockey League. The NWHL is the highest level of hockey for women in Ontario and Québec, and is made up of players who have competed around the world and in the Olympics as part of Canada's and other national women's hockey teams.

 

“Clearnet has long supported women's and girls' hockey and we're delighted to take our involvement to the highest levels by sponsoring the NWHL's newest team,” said Bob Simmonds, Clearnet's Chairman. “Clearnet is one of the fastest growing companies in Canada, and considers support for one of the fastest growing sports in the world a perfect fit.”

 

Clearnet will provide substantial financial support to the Clearnet Lightning, as well as digital Clearnet PCS phones for the team's communications needs and marketing support to help promote the team. The Clearnet Lightning is based in Durham Region, where Clearnet began as a family-owned and operated business before growing into a national publicly traded corporation.

 

“Clearnet is taking a real leadership position in promoting women's hockey in Canada,” said Durham West Girls' Hockey Association's Immediate Past President and Clearnet Lightning's General Manager Bill Williamson. “With Clearnet's support of the Lightning and the continuing expansion of the NWHL, this upcoming season will be a very exciting one for women's hockey.”

 

The National Women's Hockey League is the elite women's Senior AAA hockey league in Canada. It is the highest level of hockey for women in Ontario and Québec, and features players who have competed with Team Canada, Team USA, Team Finland, Team Switzerland and Team Japan.

 

Currently, the NWHL consists of nine teams. The West division includes the Beatrice (North York) Aeros, Brampton Thunder, Mississauga Chiefs and Scarborough Sting and now the Clearnet (Durham West) Lightning. The East division includes the Ottawa NCCP Raiders, Le Wingstar de Bonaventure (Montréal), Les Panthères de Sainte-Julie, Le Mistral de Laval. Team tryouts are taking place now and most team rosters will be complete by the end of June. The season starts in October 1999, with the possibility of exhibition games in September 1999. For more information, please visit www.dwgha.com

 

Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company that was recently recognized by the Financial Post 500 as one of the three fastest-growing companies in Canada. For more information, please visit www.clearnet.com

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Laurie Smith
Clearnet
(416) 684-3620
lsmith@clearnet.com

 

Bill Williamson
GM, Clearnet Lightning
(416) 396-2465
billw@msi.net 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BC TEL Distributing 1999 Vancouver Phone Book

June 14, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - BC TEL is distributing an estimated 1.3 million copies of the 1999 Metro Vancouver White Pages™ directory to residents and businesses in the Lower Mainland.

 

This year's directory contains 2,136 pages and 892,656 listings. There are also 355 e-mail and Web addresses in the book, which features a photo of Science World on the cover.

 

As a public service, BC TEL provides information about first aid, recycling, community services and earthquake and disaster response, in the front section of the directory. The 1999 book also includes a full-colour section about BC TEL's Personal Call Management and Internet services.

 

All BC TEL phone books contain 25 per cent recycled paper and are entirely recyclable. Last year, 4,108 tonnes of BC TEL phone books were recycled, representing more than half of all BC TEL directories in the province.

 

Customers can look for advertisements in community newspapers for more information about how to recycle old directories, or they can contact the B.C.  Recycling Hotline at 732-9253 or 1-800-667-4321. BC TEL also sponsors recycling programs in some school districts of the province. The program pays student fundraising groups for each directory collected. Customers can obtain information about this program by calling their local school board office.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Kevin Noel
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2949 (office)
1-800-405-8293 (pager)
kevin_noel@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet introduces the powerful, stylish and very affordable new Nokia 6188

June 14, 1999

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario – Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today introduced the new Nokia 6188, a digital Clearnet PCS phone that offers clients the latest digital features, national service and an excellent alternative to landline phone service – for just $149.99.

 

“The Nokia 6188 is tiny, great looking and has so many digital features it does virtually everything but decide who you should call. Clearnet is delighted to be able to offer a digital phone this powerful and this versatile at this price point,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. “Importantly, our clients can combine this new phone's digital features, handy size and long battery life with Clearnet's Flat Rate pricing to make a very compelling home phone replacement option.”

 

Clearnet PCS Flat Rate pricing options allow clients to affordably add unlimited local evening and weekend calling to their consumer or business airtime plans. Coupled with Clearnet PCS digital services included at no extra charge – such as voice mail, caller ID and call waiting – Flat Rate pricing makes wireless calling so affordable that many clients can cancel their landline phone service altogether.

 

Exclusive to Clearnet, the dual-mode Nokia 6188 features distinctive Clearnet styling, weighs just 149 grams (5.2 oz.) and measures 12.9 cm x 4.7 cm x 2.0 cm. It offers almost three hours of talk time and up to four-and-a-half days of standby time (in digital areas); 200 phonebook entries and call log for the last 10 called, received or missed calls; lifestyle tools such as an alarm clock, calendar with reminders, calculator and games; and a vibration alert and personal ring tones that can identify callers by number.

 

The Clearnet PCS Nokia 6188 is available now at retail outlets operated by Blockbuster, Business Depot, La Cabine Téléphonique, Canadian Tire, Future Shop, Grand & Toy, London Drugs and other Clearnet partners across Canada. Shop-at-home clients can order directly from the Clearnet Web Store, a secure online system available at www.clearnet.com, or by calling 1-888-CLEARNET.

 

The total number of Clearnet clients as of March 31, 1999 was 383,349, a 92 per cent increase from the 199,284 Clearnet clients at the same point in 1998. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company that was recently recognized by The Financial Post 500 as the third fastest growing corporation in Canada. For more information, please visit www.clearnet.com

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Mark Langton
Clearnet Media
(416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

CRTC approves proposal to change local telephone rates

June 1, 1999

 

Burnaby, BC and Edmonton, AB - The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission has approved changes to local residential and business rates proposed by BCT.TELUS (TELUS) operating companies BC TEL and TELUS Communications. The new rates are effective today.

 

Rate changes in British Columbia
Overall, about three per cent of all residential customers in B.C. will see an increase of $1 per month. The change primarily affects residential customers with rates furthest below costs. For business customers, the average change for a single business line in B.C. is a decrease of $1.30.

 

Other business customer changes include:

  • the average price change for business local service in the Lower Mainland is a decrease of 13 per cent
  • multiline service in downtown Vancouver drops by about 21 per cent, to $45.36 per month
  • single business line service in downtown Vancouver decreases by about 18 per cent, to $40.66 per month
  • Victoria local business multiline service prices are reduced by nine per cent
  • high-speed digital access services such as MegaLink are reduced by up to 17 per cent.

 

Rate changes in Alberta
Rates for Edmonton residential customers on rotary dial telephones increase by 10 per cent to $17.38 per month. Rates for Edmonton residential customers on touch tone service increase by 8.4 per cent to $19.90 per month. The rate changes help align Edmonton customers with the rest of Alberta.

 

Business customers in Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Sherwood Park and St. Albert have price reductions of up to 30 per cent. Other business rate changes include:

  • urban area, individual line rates are now $36.91
  • urban area, multiline rates decrease from a range of up to $60.06 to one price of $42.11
  • MegaLink and other large business service prices are reduced by up to 36 per cent.

 

BCT.TELUS Communications Inc., which will operate nationally under the TELUS brand name, is Canada's second largest telecommunications company. The BCT.TELUS group of companies provides a full range of advanced communications services and products connecting Canadians with the world. BCT.TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (common) and BTS.A (non-voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BCT.TELUS Communications Inc. has high confidence about year 2000 readiness

May 26, 1999

 

Edmonton, AB and Burnaby, B.C. - Today, the Canadian Year 2000 Telecommunications Industry Forum (CTIF) held a news conference in Toronto to release Year 2000 Interoperability testing results.

 

Thirteen labs in cities across Canada - including BC Tel's Burnaby test lab - and the United States were interconnected to emulate the operation of the Canadian telephone network over the millennium rollover period. Analysis of over 1000 tests revealed no errors or problems associated with processing calls across multiple telecommunications networks on or around the critical year 2000 dates.

 

"We have a high level of confidence that our basic services will be ready for the year 2000," said Al Shankowski, director of the Y2K Program Management Office in Alberta. "In addition to being involved in the CTIF testing, we're testing our services throughout Alberta and B.C as well," said William Lin, director of the Y2K Program Management Office in British Columbia. "We just want another level of assurance for our customers."

 

The forum represents a broad range of telecommunications service providers in Canada, including local, competitive long distance and international service providers, independent telephone companies, and wireless companies. Having hosted the first two CTIF meetings, BCT.TELUS brought the industry's leaders together as a founding member of CTIF and is an active forum participant.

 

BCT.TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company. Its group of companies provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. BCT.TELUS shares trade on theToronto, Montreal, Alberta and Vancouver stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Susan MacKenzie

Communications Manager

Year 2000 Program Management Office

British Columbia

(604) 432-2467

 

John Forster

Y2K Program Management office

Alberta

(780) 493-5107

 

Michelle Gurney

Communications Advisor

Alberta

(780) 493-4793

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet's new Say When pre-paid wireless service combines total cost control with affordable digital pricing

May 20, 1999

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario – Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today announced Say When, an all-digital PCS service that offers clients total cost control, bundled services such as voice mail and the same affordable per-minute airtime pricing as post-paid wireless.

 

“Say When is a pre-paid service with post-paid pricing – it's for people who actually want to use their phones,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. “Other pre-paid wireless services offer cost control but they're very expensive to use. Say When not only offers strict cost control, but digital services at no extra charge and Clearnet's typically fair rates, including per-second billing and truly affordable pricing.”

 

Say When offers a variety of Future Friendly services available from no other pre-paid product in Canada, including:

 

  • Airtime charges that are never more than 20 cents per minute (other pre-paid services charge from 35 cents to 42 cents per minute)
  • Features such as voice mail, call waiting and caller ID at no extra charge
  • Convenient automatic monthly airtime deposits and the ability to buy additional airtime over the phone; clients need not purchase extra pre-paid cards that can be lost or stolen
  • Billing by the second from the very first second on all calls
  • A 30-day money back phone guarantee
  • Free unlimited local birthday calling
  • Free perks from Blockbuster and other Clearnet partners

 

Say When functionality also includes Balance Checker, for real-time information on account status directly from a client's phone; Minute Reminder, which informs clients when they have 10 minutes or less of airtime remaining; and Talk Stopper, which suspends calling when a client's account is exhausted – ensuring no one spends more than they want.

 

Say When is available on any Clearnet rate plan for an additional $5 per month. After buying a Clearnet Say When kit – which costs $149.99 and includes a Qualcomm digital phone, charger and $50 airtime credit good for at least 250 minutes of local airtime – clients sign up for any standard Clearnet PCS service plan.

 

Local calling minutes are automatically deposited into client accounts each month. If additional airtime is needed, it can be purchased over the phone by credit card through Clearnet's Interactive Voice Response system. Clients can purchase extra airtime in $25, $50 or $100 increments, which can be used for additional local calling, long distance or 411 calls. The additional airtime is valid for up to a year after purchase.

 

The Qualcomm 1960 Digital Phone
The Say When Qualcomm 1960 single-mode digital phone operates on Clearnet's digital network across Canada. Weighing in at just 120 grams (4.23 oz.) and measuring 14.0 cm tall x 5.2 cm wide x 1.9 cm thick, it is the thinnest and lightest CDMA phone in North America. The phone's ultra-slim profile is due to its unique built-in battery, which also allows clients to add or change external batteries without interrupting a call. With phone book storage capability for 99 entries, 10 ringer styles and a full complement of available accessories, the Qualcomm phone is perfectly suited to the affordable and easy-to-use Say When package.

 

Clearnet's Say When package will be available in Clearnet digital service areas at Clearnet PCS stores and retail outlets operated by Blockbuster, La Cabine Téléphonique, Canadian Tire, Future Shop, Grand & Toy, London Drugs and other Clearnet partners. Shop- at-home clients can order Say When directly from either the Clearnet Web Store, a secure and direct online system available at www.clearnet.com, or by calling 1-888-CLEARNET.

 

Clearnet Growth
Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: digital Clearnet PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario, Québec and British Columbia, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

 

The total number of Clearnet clients as of March 31, 1999 was 383,349, a 92 per cent increase from the 199,284 Clearnet clients one year earlier. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. For more information, please visit www.clearnet.com

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Clearnet Investors Relations:
Greg Bewsh
Mike:(416) 684-3041
Office:(416) 279-3041
investorrelations@clearnet.com

 

Clearnet Media:
Mark Langton
Mike:(416) 684-3454
Office:(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

B.C. utilities visit the future during Exercise 2000

May 19, 1999

 

VANCOUVER - BC Gas, BC Hydro, BC TEL and Centra Gas visited the Year 2000 this morning in their first-ever joint contingency response exercise, and found the journey enlightening.

 

At 9 o'clock this morning, the clocks in the utilities' response centres read midnight, December 31, 1999. For three hours, 200 staff across the province responded to a number of simulated Year 2000 events. A Y2K computer virus, an accident involving an aircraft and power lines, telephone line congestion, and isolated gas supply issues were among the dozens of simulated events the utilities' response staff grappled with.

 

While the contingency plans being tested proved adequate, the utilities found a number of areas where improvements can be made, such as increasing staffing levels, eliminating duplication in recording incoming information, and clarifying the roles of response staff in advance.

 

Exercise 2000 was part of the utilities' contingency planning process. While each of the utilities has a stringent Year 2000 program underway and none expects service disruptions due to Year 2000 issues, contingency plans are an added layer of readiness. The plans identify what needs to be done to maintain service under adverse conditions.

 

Gordon McLachlan, BC Gas' Year 2000 project manager, said practicing the interaction between the utilities was one of the most valuable aspects of the exercise.

 

"There are a number of areas where we depend on BC TEL and BC Hydro's services, and vice-versa," McLachlan said. "One of the most important things we learned is that we need to have each other's backup communications contact information so that we can get hold of each other under any circumstance."

 

BC Hydro's Year 2000 enterprise coordinator, Seiki Harada, found the public communications aspect of the exercise key.

 

"At the century transition, there may be localized outages due to storms or car accidents with Hydro poles," he said. "Because of the timing though, people may mistakenly assume a Year 2000 problem. The exercise gave us a great opportunity to practice our response to these types of misconceptions."

 

BC TEL's Year 2000 program director, William Lin, said practicing inter-utility communications was a significant component of the exercise.

 

"While we do not expect Year 2000-related failures, Exercise 2000 was an opportunity for British Columbia's utilities to walk through situations together and help ensure the preservation of essential services," he said. "As a result of Exercise 2000, BC TEL plans to improve inter-utility communication for updating its contact list for key personnel at BC Hydro and BC Gas. We also recognized the need to further address not just power, but heat availability in buildings throughout the province and to ensure we place a priority on restoring service for other utilities. Exercise 2000 has also helped us refine existing internal plans as well as those made in conjunction with provincial and federal agencies."

 

Centra Gas' Year 2000 project manager, Derek Osman, said that while Centra Gas tested its own Year 2000 contingency plan in February, Exercise 2000 went further into the supply chain.

 

"Exercise 2000 took our plan one step further by testing the readiness of our key suppliers - BC Gas, BC Hydro, BC TEL, and Westcoast Energy," Osman said. "We found they are as ready as we are to welcome 2000."

 

Response exercises such as Exercise 2000 are part of the utilities' regular emergency planning procedures. Previous exercises have used earthquakes or floods as the scenarios. This year, the utilities are focusing on Year 2000 as it is a business priority, and a top-of-mind issue for British Columbians.

 

More information about each utility's Year 2000 initiatives is available on their web sites:

Amy Hennessy
604) 443-6647
www.bcgas.com

 

Nadine Cahan
604) 623-3998
www.bchydro.com

 

Susan MacKenzie
604) 432-2467
www.bctel.com

 

Sherry Sheffman
250) 480-4317
www.westcoastenergy.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS announces national web portal strategy

May 18, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - BCT.TELUS Communications Inc. (TELUS), today launched an expanded news and information Web site for British Columbians called MyBC.com, and announced plans to introduce similar portal Web sites in other regions across Canada beginning this fall.

 

Working with Alta Vista's Zip2 of Mountain View, California, TELUS has introduced unique features on MyBC, such as mapping and directions to hundreds of points of interest in Greater Vancouver, a personalized calendar and a search engine that can search the site as well as the World Wide Web.

 

Visitors can also customize the site so that the information that matters to them most - from sports highlights to lottery results - appears where they want it on their personalized homepage. As well, MyBC visitors can be notified by e-mail of upcoming clothing sales, concert announcements and other community news.

 

"We're delivering what consumers have been asking for: a Web site that provides far more than just national news," said Mark Schnarr, vice-president of Internet services. "Thanks to partnerships with media partners like CKNW Radio, The Georgia Straight and Vancouver Television, we are providing British Columbians the local news and information they're looking for anytime of the day."

 

The new MyBC site also includes:

  • Local, national and world news, including video-streaming newscasts
  • Sports and business news
  • Arts and entertainment information
  • Movie listings and reviews
  • Restaurant listings, reviews and recipes
  • Yellow Pages listings
  • Local weather
  • A guide to B.C. golf courses
  • Television listings
  • Lottery results and horoscopes

 

"We will also soon have free Web-based e-mail available to all visitors as well as online community notices, auctions and classified listings," Schnarr added. "Thanks to these site enhancements, we are on target to become the most popular B.C. Web site with about 10 million page views per month by the end of this year." TELUS plans to introduce portal Web sites with regional news and information in Calgary and Edmonton this September and in other major Canadian communities such as Toronto next year.

 

"MyBC is just the beginning," Schnarr noted. "We are taking significant steps to be both an Internet access leader and at the forefront of relevant online content in Canada."

 

BCT.TELUS Communications Inc., which will operate nationally under the TELUS brand name, is Canada's second largest telecommunications company. The BCT.TELUS group of companies provides a full range of advanced communications services and products connecting Canadians with the world. BCT.TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (common) and BTS.A (non-voting).

 

AltaVista Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:CPQ). AltaVista combines three leading Internet properties:

  • AltaVista.com, the most powerful and useful guide to the Internet
  • Shopping.com, the most satisfying place to shop
  • Zip2.com, the leading provider of Internet platform solutions for local media and e-commerce

 

 

AltaVista continues to build upon its heritage through extensive enhancements and industry-leading partnerships to make its family of Internet properties relevant, fast and effective for Web users of all proficiency levels. For more information, visit AltaVista's flagship sites at www.altavista.com, www.shopping.com and www.zip2.com.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TELUS announces national plans

May 11, 1999

 

Burnaby, BC and Edmonton, AB - BCT.TELUS Communications Inc. (TELUS), which will operate nationally under the TELUS brand name, has reached agreements to own and operate the most extensive fibre optic network in Canada. The Company plans to deliver high-speed data and Internet services to business customers in selected cities across Canada in the fourth quarter of this year.

 

"We're connecting, coast to coast," George Petty, president and CEO, announced today at the Company's annual general meeting. "We're bringing outstanding service to Canadians, starting with the strong Toronto market, and moving quickly to other Canadian cities. We're going to take the best of our products and services to customers."

 

Through a series of agreements, TELUS is putting in place its national network, including a route available immediately through established agreements with Worldwide Fiber (a subsidiary of Ledcor Industries Ltd.) and its alliance partner GTE. Irving Texas-based GTE is a 26.7 per cent shareholder of TELUS. Additional agreements will add capacity, connectivity to major Canadian cities as well as redundancy of the national network to ensure reliability.

 

TELUS will soon begin construction of a large fibre optic network in Toronto, Canada's largest city and largest base of business customers.

 

The total capital cost of the fibre for all of these network initiatives is approximately $260 million. Compared to alternatives TELUS looked at in late 1998, the Company estimates savings of approximately $80 million by entering into these agreements.

 

In addition, the Company plans to establish a technical centre in Toronto this year to help serve customers as it works towards delivering high-speed data and Internet services to business customers in selected Canadian cities by the fourth quarter of 1999.

 

The National Network and Global Connectivity
TELUS has contracted with GTE for immediate access to its fibre optic network that links through our existing Vancouver to Seattle link through to Detroit and on into Toronto and Montreal. A previously announced deal with Worldwide Fiber in Ontario and Quebec has been reconfigured to include Halifax. That section of the route will be completed in 2000 and will complete the network from coast to coast.

 

The GTE link, coupled with existing links from Vancouver to Toronto, means business Internet and high-speed data services will be available from TELUS in the fourth quarter of 1999 in up to seven cities including Winnipeg, Toronto and Ottawa. The GTE connection also provides North American and international connectivity.

 

A fibre optic network build agreement between TELUS, CPR and Worldwide Fiber will provide TELUS with 48 strands of fibre from Edmonton to Toronto. This network provides TELUS with roughly twice the capacity of any other telecommunications service provider in Canada. It is anticipated the Edmonton to Winnipeg leg of the network will be completed in late 1999 with the Winnipeg to Toronto route complete by the fourth quarter of 2000.

 

Also, TELUS will expand and bolster its national network through an arrangement with Metromedia Fiber Network Services, Inc., a New York area-based fibre network builder. By early 2000, through the arrangement, TELUS will have in operation a two fibre optic strand network connecting Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit and Toronto, with backup capabilities through GTE's U.S. network.

 

Toronto Network
TELUS considers Toronto, with the largest business base in Canada, a key new market. With that in mind, TELUS, together with Metromedia Fiber Network, will soon begin construction of what is thought to be the largest metropolitan fibre optic infrastructure in Canada, to be owned and operated by TELUS.

 

When construction of the first phase is complete, TELUS will own and operate up to 864 fibres in 118 kilometres of rings throughout the Greater Toronto Area. This metropolitan fibre network will enable TELUS to provide service in the downtown core including the top 85 telecommunications revenue generating buildings in the country. The network will be accessible by over 3000 businesses with 186,000 employees in these buildings.

 

The network will also extend north from the lakefront to Highway 407, and from the Don Valley Parkway in the east to Highway 427 in the west, and will connect to six TELUS points of presence in Toronto. Upon completion, TELUS will retain 130 fibres, or 15 per cent of the build and lease the remaining capacity.

 

Introducing Service
TELUS will open the Toronto Technical Centre at 375 University Avenue this summer. The Centre will be home to TELUS' new network management and data switching facilities, serving central and eastern Canada. It will also be home to a state-of-the-art Internet Web hosting computer centre.

 

Through its presence in Toronto, TELUS will provide support to customers after introducing high-speed digital subscriber line, digital data and other services to businesses throughout the city and in other selected centres.

 

In the fourth quarter of 1999, the company plans to be delivering high-speed data and Internet services in several major centres, including: Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg.

 

The TELUS infrastructure is designed to support a broad range of wireline and wireless voice and data services. Initially the Company's focus will be on the introduction of a portfolio of advanced broadband and Internet data services which are currently delivered in Alberta and BC by the Advanced Communications group within the Company. This will allow customers in other parts of the country to benefit from these advanced technology services and from the expertise gained in delivering these services in Alberta and BC over the last three years.

Services include:

  • High-speed connectivity to interconnect local area networks (LANs) with each other (Transparent LAN),
  • LAN connectivity with the Internet (Internet Gateway),
  • remote Access and Teleworking services to enable customers to more easily dial in to their LAN or to the Internet,
  • value-added Internet services such as Managed Application Hosting and Interactive Commerce, and
  • new services from GTE such as "VPN Advantage" allowing businesses to create virtual private networks over the Internet.

 

 

TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company. Its Group of Companies provides a full range of advanced communications services and products connecting Canadians with the world. The Company's shares are traded on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

First quarter results affected by restructuring charge

May 10, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - Earnings before a restructuring charge and an extraordinary item were $135.7 million or 57 cents per share for the first quarter of 1999, compared to $144.4 million or 60 cents per share in the same period of 1998.

 

The first quarter 1999 restructuring charge of $466.3 million, or $265.3 million after-tax, represents the actual and expected costs for 1999 and 2000 to complete the merger. It includes management termination and voluntary employee retirement programs, rationalization of real estate, national branding costs and asset write-downs.

 

"The flat revenue results this quarter reflect the price competitive markets in western Canada," stated Gary Goertz, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. "Operating expenses do not yet show the impact of the ongoing merger integration activity to reduce expenses, which will be the case in future quarters."

 

Revenues for the first quarter were $1,421.4 million down $7.9 million from a year ago. Local service revenue was up $24.5 million due to higher access contribution payments from competitors, as well as increased demand for enhanced services, and network access lines (up 2.4%). Cellular customers were up by 16% year over year. Long distance revenue was down $46.7 million as lower pricing in our wireline and wireless businesses more than offset higher demand for data-related services. Other revenue was up $14.3 million led by growth in Internet customers of 62% and information management services.

 

Operations expense in the quarter was up $6.4 million to $856.1 million. It is expected that these expenses will drop in later quarters as a result of reduced technology expenses, reduced payments to Stentor and lower salary costs due to merger-related personnel synergies. The increase was partially offset by lower costs in the wireline business. Depreciation and amortization expense increased by $16.8 million due to increased capital spending in Advanced Communications and in Mobility due to last year's digital cellular build in Alberta.

 

Financing costs, net of $46.6 million was $11.8 million lower than the first quarter of 1998 due to over $400 million of debt repaid during 1998.

 

An income tax recovery of $77.9 million was created by a $201.0 million tax reduction caused by the $466.3 million restructuring charge.

Operating cash flow of $183.3 million decreased by $232.1 million over the same period in 1998 due to the impact of the restructuring charge. If adjusted for the restructuring charge, operating cash flow would have been $424.1 million, up 2%.

 

BCT.TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company. The BCT.TELUS group of companies provides a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting Canadians with the world. BCT.TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BCT.TELUS announces brand name

May 7, 1999

 

Burnaby, BC and Edmonton, AB - BCT.TELUS Communications Inc. today announced that it will operate nationally under the TELUS brand name.

After an extensive search and analysis of hundreds of alternatives by an internationally recognized identity agency it was determined that TELUS was the best brand name of all of those considered.

 

"The decision was based on a number of factors, most importantly recognition of the TELUS name throughout Canada. It is important that our Company has a name that is respected and recognized to allow immediate entry into new markets where we intend to offer service. It is also important our brand is strong as competitors prepare to enter our region," said George Petty, BCT.TELUS President and CEO.

 

"Over the next few months, we will be uniting the entire organization under the TELUS name. It will be a new TELUS that carries the strong foundation from both Alberta and British Columbia across Canada, offering customers distinctly superior products and service," Petty said.

 

The decision was also made to declare the Company's official head office in British Columbia in order to strike the right balance between Alberta and BC constituencies. The company is incorporated under the BC Company Act and this announcement ends the confusion resulting from our attempt to communicate a virtual office concept. There will be a negligible number of personnel relocations resulting from this decision, as the administrative functions for all operating units will continue to be balanced between both Provinces.

 

"The majority of my direct reporting team, including myself, will be based in the greater Vancouver area so that we can work together efficiently as we build a new company and launch a new national suite of services. The administrative offices and the senior executives for the principal operating units will remain balanced between Edmonton, Calgary and the Greater Vancouver area," Petty said.

 

The company continues to be the largest private-sector employer in both BC and Alberta, with a total workforce of approximately 25,000. Employees' jobs and their locations throughout both provinces will not be affected by today's announcements.

 

BCT.TELUS Communications Inc. is Canada's second largest telecommunications company. The BCT.TELUS group of companies provides a full range of advanced communications services and products connecting Canadians with the world. BCT.TELUS shares are traded on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Kevin Noel
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2949 (office)
1-800-405-8293 (pager)
kevin_noel@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Communications Inc. Raises Cdn. $729 Million

April 26, 1999

 

Business Plan Fully Funded Into 2001

 

Scarborough, Ontario, April 26, 1999 - Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) (TSE, ME - NET.A; NASDAQ - CLNTF) today announced that it has entered into an underwriting agreement to raise cash proceeds of U.S. $256 million (approximately Cdn$379 million) from the sale of senior discount notes due May 2009 (the “Offering”). In addition, Clearnet's wholly-owned subsidiary, Clearnet Inc., has closed a Cdn$350 million senior secured credit facility with a syndicate of leading Canadian banks. In aggregate, these financings total approximately $729 million. Since commencing its digital wireless business plan in 1994, Clearnet has now raised an aggregate of Cdn$2.75 billion of equity and debt including the announcement of today's financings.

 

The Offering consisted of the issue of 10.125% senior discount notes due May 2009. The notes are sold at a substantial discount from their principal amount, and there will not be any payment of interest prior to November 1, 2004. As a result of significant investor demand, the senior discount note offering was increased in size by US$71 million (approximately Cdn$105 million) to total US$256 million. Lead manager for the Offering was TD Securities. CIBC Oppenheimer, Credit Suisse First Boston and RBC Dominion Securities Corporation acted as co- managers of the Offering. Net proceeds of the Offering will be used to fund a portion of capital expenditures related to the expansion of the Company's digital Mike and PCS wireless networks, operating cashflow requirements related to the expected future expansion of the Company's digital subscriber base, to refinance certain outstanding indebtedness and for general and working capital purposes. The closing of the senior discount note offering is expected to occur on or about Tuesday April 27, 1999.

 

Clearnet Inc.'s Cdn$350 million senior secured credit facility was underwritten and arranged by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, who will also act as Administrative Agent. Royal Bank of Canada will act as Syndication Agent, BT Bank of Canada will act as Documentation Agent and Toronto Dominion Bank will act as Managing Agent. Other lenders are Chase Manhattan Bank of Canada, Credit Suisse First Boston Canada, National Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal and Bank of Nova Scotia. Proceeds of the loans will be used for Clearnet's Mike business to refinance existing bank debt and finance or refinance vendor financing amongst other purposes.

 

“The bank and senior discount note financings are important milestones for Clearnet,” commented Robert G. McFarlane, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “These transactions not only fully fund our projected capital requirements into 2001 but also represent a significant reduction in the cost of capital for Clearnet. As such, Clearnet is in the best liquidity and financial condition in its history and is very well positioned to finance the expansion of Clearnet's Mike and PCS digital networks and funding requirements related to the expected significant future expansion of our subscriber base.”

 

Some statements in this release look forward in time and deal with other than historical or current facts. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations, including the risks associated with: changing local and regional economic conditions, the costs of infrastructure and handsets, availability of existing and new handsets, new product opportunities, new marketing initiatives including the possibility of introducing pre-paid service, market acceptance of wireless telephony generally and Mike and PCS specifically, average subscriber revenue levels, churn rates, cost of acquisition, technological developments of ESMR and PCS and of present and future competing products and services, EBITDA and EBITDA-COA trends, capital expenditure trends, impact of the year 2000 and other risk factors detailed in Clearnet's comprehensive public disclosure documents and other filings with securities commissions. Clearnet's actual future experience may differ substantially from the expectations described in such forward looking statements.

 

Clearnet is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: the digital Clearnet PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario, Québec and British Columbia as well as analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. To learn more about Clearnet, please visit the Company's Web site at www.clearnet.com.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Clearnet Investors Relations:
Greg Bewsh
Mike: (416) 684-3041
Office: (416) 279-3041
investorrelations@clearnet.com

 

Clearnet Media:
Mark Langton
Mike: (416) 684-3454
Office: (416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BCT.TELUS drops international long-distance prices in British Columbia and Alberta

April 8, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - BCT.TELUS is dropping its international long-distance prices by up to 24 per cent for customers in British Columbia and up to 31 per cent in Alberta. All prices are now flat, per-minute rates that apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

"Last summer, we introduced flat rate plans with great prices for long-distance calling within Canada," says Simon Vincent, BCT.TELUS' vice-president of Long Distance and Card Services. "Now the other shoe is dropping - in the form of international prices. Our long-distance prices are competitive no matter where in the world you're calling."

 

Under the Flat World long-distance plan in British Columbia, prices have been reduced for calls to a total of 20 countries around the world for residential and business customers.

 

Residential customers in Alberta using the Your Way Straight long-distance plan will see prices drop for calls to 26 countries worldwide.

 

Some examples of new, lower international rates that apply in B.C. and Alberta include:

United Kingdom:
Australia:
Philippines:
Italy:
Germany:
Greece:
22 cents
39 cents
65 cents
40 cents
40 cents
79 cents


The new prices apply only to direct-dialed long-distance calls. B.C. customers wishing to enroll or get more information on the overseas long-distance savings plans can call 1-800-668-1933. Alberta customers can call 310-5555.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
BCT.TELUS Communications Inc.
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BCT.TELUS operating companies propose local rate changes

April 1, 1999

 

Burnaby, BC and Edmonton, AB - BCT.TELUS operating companies BC TEL and TELUS Communications Inc. have filed local rate changes with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). These changes will move residential and business local telephone service rates closer to the costs of providing service. The proposed rates would be effective May 1 and include some significant local business rate reductions.

 

This year's changes are the second of four annual adjustments applying an inflation and productivity-based formula approved by the CRTC to encourage competition across Canada. Historically, local telephone service rates for business customers in urban areas have subsidized rural and residential rates. Under the rate proposals business rates in more urban areas will generally fall while residential rates will rise as subsidies are reduced.

 

Changes proposed in British Columbia

 

Business customers

Under the proposal, business customers with multiline local service in downtown Vancouver will see prices fall by $10.75 per month, or about 19 per cent, to $46.96 per month. The price for a single business line in Vancouver's city core will drop by $5.75, or more than 11 per cent, to $43.86 per month. The average overall price change for business local service in the Lower Mainland is a decrease of 11.7 per cent. In Victoria, local business service prices will be reduced by nine per cent.

Other changes for BC TEL business customers B.C.-wide include:

  • rates for 67 per cent of business lines in B.C. will decrease or not change
  • the maximum decrease for a single business line will be $5.75 per month
  • the maximum increase for a single business line will be $3.60 per month
  • the average change for a single business line is a decrease of $.85 per month
  • multiline business service rate changes range from a decrease of $24.50 to an increase of $4.95 per month
  • prices for high-speed digital access services such as MegaLink are also being reduced by up to 17 per cent.

 

 

Residential Customers

Under the proposal, residential customers who currently have rates priced the furthest below cost will see an increase of $1 per month. This increase affects customers currently paying either $22.41 or $17.96 per month for individual-line, local telephone service and about 900 partyline customers. Overall, about three per cent of residential customers in B.C. will be affected by the increase.

Residential and business customers in B.C. can look here to see how the proposed changes may affect them, or they can call toll-free 1-888-736-5064.

 

Changes proposed in Alberta

 

Business Customers

Price reductions of up to 30 per cent are proposed for Alberta business customers in Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Sherwood Park and St. Albert. The proposed changes make rates consistent for individual and multiline business customers in these areas, and include:

  • individual business line rate changed to $36.91 per month in urban areas of Alberta- as opposed to a current range of $34.36 to $37.91
  • multiline rates in urban areas changed to $42.11 from a current range of $45.11 to $60.06
  • MegaLink and other large business service price reductions of up to 36 per cent

 

Residential Customers

There are increases proposed for Edmonton customers to align the monthly local residential rate more closely with rates in the rest of Alberta and to more closely reflect the cost of providing the service.

  • rotary dial customers monthly line rate changed to $17.38 from 15.81, up 10 per cent
  • touch tone customers monthly line rate changed to $19.90 from 18.36, up 8.4 per cent

 

BCT.TELUS Communications Inc. is Canada's second largest telecommunications company. The BCT.TELUS group of companies provides a full range of advanced communications services and products connecting Canadians with the world. BCT.TELUS shares trade on the Toronto and Montreal stock exchanges under the stock symbols BTS(common) and BTS.A(non-voting).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
BCT.TELUS Communications Inc.
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet brings Canada's most powerful digital wireless network to Victoria

March 29, 1999

 

VICTORIA, March — Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today announced the Victoria launch of The Mike Network, offering all the powerful benefits of Clearnet's all-in- one digital wireless phone service to business clients across the city.

 

“Mike has already profoundly changed the way businesses in Vancouver communicate and compete, and we're delighted we can now offer this powerful service to Victoria's business community,” said David Christie, Clearnet's Regional Vice President. “Among Mike's other benefits, it allows clients in Victoria and Vancouver to connect instantly at the touch of a button and at local airtime rates.”

 

By integrating digital phone technology with the unique instant-contact capability of Mike's Direct Connect, Mike offers business users a communications power tool that no other wireless company in Canada can match. Mike's Direct Connect is simply the fastest way for business to communicate.

 

With the addition of Victoria, POPs covered by The Mike Network (the number of people residing in an area with digital Clearnet Mike service) have increased by approximately 289,000 to total approximately 16.7 million. In addition to the Victoria-Vancouver- Chilliwack region, The Mike Network also offers digital service in Ontario and Québec throughout the Windsor-to-Québec City corridor.

 

Mike also offers the only no-surcharge US roaming service available in Canadian wireless. Mike's Green Card service lets Mike clients roam in most major cities across the United States and be billed at regular home airtime rates (as low as 15 cents per minute), by the second and in Canadian dollars.

 

Like Clearnet PCS, the personal digital phone service Clearnet introduced to Victoria last December, Mike offers consistent per- second billing; voice mail, caller ID and call waiting included at no extra charge; and no activation fees or long-term binding contracts. But Mike also integrates Mike's Direct Connect, allowing business users to communicate instantly via a unique digital feature for far less than the cost of a cellular phone call.

 

“Clearnet is proud to be the only wireless company able to offer two complementary and state-of-the-art digital wireless systems in Victoria: Clearnet PCS for those that need a powerful personal phone, and The Mike Network for the business user,” said Clearnet President and CEO George Cope.

 

World's Smallest Integrated Digital Phone
Not only does The Mike Network offer business users more communications power than any other wireless phone, it integrates those benefits in the world's smallest all-in-one digital phone.

 

The palm-sized Mike i1000 phone, built by Motorola, Inc. for Clearnet's use in Canada, offers advanced features simply not available in any other digital wireless phone in Canada:

 

  • a built-in speakerphone function that allows hands-free conversations
  • a see-through clam shell window and a four-line, full graphic display
  • a Lithium Ion battery with up to 180 minutes of talk time or up to 60 hours of standby
  • VibraCall vibration alert for phone, Mike's Direct Connect and messaging

 

The standard Mike i1000 bundle retails for $299 (including phone, charger and carrying holster), with airtime packages starting as low as $35 per month. Other Mike phones are available from $199.

 

In Victoria, Mike is available at independent specialty retailers Sprint Radio Systems and Glentel Wireless Wave. More information is available at http://www.clearnet.com or by calling toll-free 1-877-CLEARNET.

 

Clearnet Growth and Investment
Clearnet's investment in its Mike and Clearnet PCS networks in Victoria is a component of the company's total investment in British Columbia of well over $100 million since 1997. Clearnet employs more than 130 people directly in B.C.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: Clearnet PCS nationally, The Mike Network in Ontario, Québec and British Columbia, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Clearnet added 65,770 new digital clients in the most recent reported quarter, ended December 31, 1998, bringing its total number of clients across Canada to more than 349,000.

 

Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. For more information, please visit Clearnet's Web site at http://www.clearnet.com. For automated retrieval of investor information, please call Clearnet's Shareholder Link Service toll-free at 1-877-4CLEARNET.

 

For more information, please contact:

Media inquiries
Tracy Josling
Mobile: (604) 836-2560
Office: (604) 415-2554
tjosling@clearnet.com 

 

Investor inquiries
Greg Bewsh
Mike: (416) 684-3041
Office: (416) 279-3041
gbewsh@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BCT.TELUS provides national service for charging Internet purchases to phone bills

March 22, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - BCT.TELUS, in partnership with eCHARGE Corporation, is introducing a new e-commerce service across Canada that removes a major obstacle for most Internet users who wish to buy products and services over the Internet: concerns about credit card security.

 

With the eCHARGE payment option, Internet shoppers can purchase goods and services with just a few clicks of the mouse. After choosing a product at a Website where eCHARGE is available, free eCHARGE software automatically downloads then connects the customer's computer to a 1-900 number. After about 60 seconds, the transaction concludes and the computer reconnects with the Website. Charges for the product later appear on the monthly local telephone bill for the phone line used for Internet access. There are no additional costs.

 

"Studies consistently show more than half of Internet users have not made online purchases because of concerns about security of credit card information," says Simon Vincent, BCT.TELUS's vice-president of Long-Distance and Card Services. "With the eCHARGE billing system, customers don't even need to have a credit card to conduct e-commerce. You need nothing more than your telephone line."

 

"We are thrilled to be working with BCT.TELUS in expanding the base of online merchants using eCHARGE in Canada," comments George Fleming, co-founder of eCHARGE Corporation, "this alliance gives consumers the benefit of simplified, safe access to online billing capabilities with a medium they are familiar with - the telephone bill."

 

The eCHARGE service premiers in Canada through Whistler/Blackcomb Resort. Tickets to the World Ski and Snowboard Festival at Whistler/Blackcomb April 9 to 18 are now available on-line using eCHARGE at www.wssf.com. The Festival features more than 2,500 athletes participating in 28 events. Customers purchasing one of four ticket packages on-line pick-up their tickets at the event.

 

eCHARGE has been in use for over a year by a number of companies in the United States, including CBSportsline. With the introduction of the service in Canada, Canadian businesses are able to offer the eCHARGE option to Canadian and American online shoppers and Canadian consumers will soon be able to use eCHARGE to make purchases from U.S. companies.

 

BCT.TELUS is the exclusive provider of the eCHARGE billing system in Canada. However, the service is available to telephone line Internet users and businesses anywhere in Canada. eCHARGE availability for cable, ADSL or ISDN modems is expected later this year. A free demonstration of the eCHARGE system is available at www.eCHARGE.com.

 

eCHARGE Corporation was founded in 1996 and is based in Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, B.C. eCHARGE Corporation is a leading provider of transaction processing systems on the Internet.

 

BCT.TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company. It offers a wide range of telecommunications services including local and long-distance telephone services, wireless, high-speed data, the Internet and computer support systems.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
BCT.TELUS Communications Inc.
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet and Québec partner to open new call centre in St-Laurent

March 1, 1999

Clearnet's commitment to Québec expansion creates jobs and enhances client service

 

ST-LAURENT, Québec — Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today announced a new Client Care call centre facility in the Montréal suburb of St-Laurent that will greatly enhance the company's ability to serve its clients nationwide.

 

“While Clearnet's primary goal in opening our new St-Laurent client care headquarters is to better serve the Québec market, the new centre will enhance service for clients on both our digital networks right across Canada,” said Sylvie Charette, Clearnet's Vice President, Québec and Eastern Canada. “We are delighted that Québec was eager to support both Clearnet's continued expansion here and the fast-growing wireless communications industry in Québec.”

 

Clearnet's existing Québec office facilities in St-Laurent were expanded by some 11,000 square feet to accommodate the new call centre. That brought Clearnet's total investment in the province to approximately $250 million since the company launched The Mike Network in 1996 and Clearnet PCS in 1997. A further investment of more than $60 million is planned for Québec in 1999.

 

The St-Laurent call centre's employee growth will be partially supported with funding from FAIRE (Fonds pour l'accroissement de l'investissement privé et la relance de l'emploi), a program of Investissement-Québec. FAIRE will provide support amounting to as much as $1.34 million over the next year.

 

Of Clearnet's 350 employees in Québec, close to 100 already work in the St-Laurent call centre, most of them with telecommunications client care backgrounds. Clearnet anticipates significant growth in its St-Laurent call centre over the next two years.

 

Considered one of the most desirable employers to work for in Canada, Clearnet has taken a Future Friendly approach to its employment practices, enabling the company to attract some of the best and the brightest employees in the highly competitive telecommunications industry. Clearnet offers competitive salaries and other unique benefits, such as the Clearnet Dream Fund. For more information about careers at Clearnet, please visit the company's site at http://www.clearnet.com

 

Clearnet Growth
Clearnet added 65,770 new digital clients in its most recent reported fiscal quarter, ended December 31, 1998. That brought Clearnet's total number of digital clients across Canada to 308,473, a more than three-fold increase since the beginning of 1998.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: Clearnet PCS nationally, The Mike Network in Québec, British Columbia and Ontario, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. For more information, please visit Clearnet's Web site at http://www.clearnet.com

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media relations
Anne-Marie Laberge
Mike: (514) 977-2053
Office: (514) 832-2053
amlaberge@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Greg Bewsh
Office: (416) 279-3041
Mike: (416) 684-3041
gbewsh@clearnet.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BCT.TELUS realigns advertising agency assignments

February 26, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - BCT.TELUS announced today that Ogilvy & Mather (Calgary/Vancouver) will assume responsibility for consumer wireline, consumer Internet, brand, directory (Yellow Pages™ directory) and Mobility advertising for the newly merged organization. The agency won the TELUS business in 1996 and will replace Cossette Communications (Vancouver) on the former BC TEL assignment. Cossette serves as national competitor Bell Canada's agency in Quebec and Ontario.

 

Wireline and advanced communications business-to-business advertising will be handled by Palmer Jarvis DDB (Vancouver) which currently has the BC TEL assignment. They will replace Margaret Kool Marketing of Edmonton.

 

"Consolidation of our business between agencies on either side of the Rockies is part of the integration process currently underway to prepare for our launch as a national company," according to Laurie Schild, VP Communications for BCT.TELUS.

 

The media Agency of Record assignment will come under review shortly. It is currently split between Kaizen Media Services in B.C. and Ogilvy & Mather in Alberta.

 

Direct marketing assignments for the merged company will also be reviewed.

 

BCT.TELUS is Canada's second largest communications company with assets of $9 billion and annual revenue of $6 billion.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BC TEL New Media and Broadcast Fund assists two new media projects

February 22, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - A Web site celebrating the accomplishments of Aboriginal Canadians is one of the latest new media projects to receive financial assistance from the BC TEL New Media and Broadcast Fund.

 

Aarrow Production Inc. will receive a $100,000 advance for the creation of a Web site called Talking Circle: The Voice of Aboriginal Canada, which will link Aboriginal communities across Canada. The online project will also offer other Canadians the opportunity to learn about the rich diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.

 

"There has never been a better time to launch a Web site of this kind," said Barbara Hager of Aarrow Production Inc. and author of Honour Song, a book that recognizes the achievements of Aboriginal Canadians and is the basis of Talking Circle. "Aboriginal people are now making extraordinary strides in the areas of health, education, social services as well as economic and community development. I'm hopeful our Web site will become a key resource and information centre for Aboriginal schools, communities and organizations."

 

A Web site for casting movie and television productions in Canada is the other latest new media project to obtain funding from the BC TEL New Media and Broadcast Fund.

 

On-Line Film Services will receive a $100,000 loan to develop a stand-alone version of its Casting Workbook, which has become the standard method on the Internet to cast parts in Canada. The new version will extend the capabilities of the program to enable performers, casting agents and casting directors to input information for the site offline and upload it easily on the Internet.

 

"Motion picture production is a $800 million industry in British Columbia," said Nini Baird, a member of the BC TEL New Media and Broadcast Fund's advisory board, who announced the newest recipients at the First Annual New Media Conference at the University of Victoria. "It's only natural that a British Columbia company should take the initiative in developing a system to streamline the casting process."

 

The BC TEL New Media and Broadcast Fund has supported 10 new media projects in the province with $715,000 of financial assistance in its first year of operation. The Fund also invested about $700,000 in broadcast productions.

 

Established in February 1998, the $10 million BC TEL New Media and Broadcast Fund supports the creation and production of broadcast and new media projects in British Columbia for distribution across Canada and internationally.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Michelle Gagne
Communications manager
BC TEL
(604) 482-2820 (office)
michelle_gagne@bc.sympatico.ca

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BC TEL Internet customer gets free ticket to surf

February 19, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - Philip Stanton of Ladysmith will never have to keep track of the time he and his family of four spend surfing the Net.

 

That's because BC TEL is giving the Vancouver Island man 100,000 free hours of Internet access for being the 100,000th customer to join BC TEL Sympatico Internet service.

 

"This is our first time on the Internet," said Stanton. "It's a great feeling knowing that we'll never have to spend a cent to be online. We plan to make good use of BC TEL's gift."

 

"Signing up 100,000 customers is an extraordinary achievement when you consider that we only introduced our consumer Internet service three years ago this month," said Mark Schnarr, vice-president of Internet services. "Affordability, reliability and simplicity are the three main ingredients behind our success and our leadership position in the Internet market."

 

BC TEL is celebrating the milestone by offering British Columbians the opportunity to collect 1,000 Canadian Plus frequent flyer points when they join the Internet service during a 100-day promotion, from March 1 to June 8, 1999. BC TEL Sympatico customers can also collect 500 additional points by booking a flight on Canadian Airlines' Web site at www.cdnair.ca. In addition, they can enter a draw to win 100,000 Canadian Plus points.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Michelle Gagne
Communications manager
BC TEL Interactive
1-604-482-2820 (office)
michelle_gagne@bc.sympatico.ca

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet PCS network now fully digital in Barrie

February 18, 1999

 

BARRIE, Ontario — Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today announced fully digital Clearnet PCS service in Barrie. Joining Clearnet's established digital Mike business network in Barrie, Clearnet PCS now offers consumer clients all the powerful benefits of affordable digital wireless.

 

“The launch of digital Clearnet PCS service in Barrie brings exciting advanced services to new clients, but it also means immediate benefits at no extra charge for our current Clearnet PCS clients in Barrie,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and Chief Executive Officer.

 

“Many of Barrie's large number of Toronto-bound commuters have been using Clearnet PCS since its launch – and they can now enjoy all the benefits of continuous digital service, including enhanced call clarity, greater privacy and security, much longer battery life and new digital services such as caller line ID, at no extra charge.”

 

With this expansion, Clearnet offers digital Clearnet PCS service within the Barrie area bounded approximately by the Highway 93/1st Line area to the east, the Highway 131/Regional Road 28 area to the west, the Highway 27/Midhurst area to the north, and south to the 10th Line/Victoria Street area. Digital coverage continues south along Highway 400 to Toronto, including Cookstown.

 

But Clearnet PCS phones also work everywhere traditional analogue cellular phones work across Canada. Clearnet's unique dual-mode PCS phone, built for Clearnet by Sony, operates as a digital phone in digital service areas and as a cellular phone in the rest of Clearnet's national service area, which now covers 94 per cent of the Canadian population. Digital Clearnet PCS service is also offered in Calgary, Edmonton, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Montréal, Niagara Falls, Oshawa, Ottawa-Hull, Québec City, St. Catharines, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria.

 

With the addition of Barrie, POPs covered by Clearnet PCS the number of people residing in a Clearnet coverage area with digital Clearnet PCS service) have increased by approximately 100,000 to total approximately 13.8 million.

 

Clearnet's Multiple Digital Solutions
Clearnet PCS joins Clearnet's all-digital Mike business communications network in Barrie. Like Clearnet PCS, Mike integrates digital phone, alphanumeric paging and fax capability in a single handset, but Mike also integrates Mike's Direct Connect service, offering business users unique instant-contact benefits – all in the smallest integrated digital phone in Canada.

 

“Clearnet is proud to be the only wireless company able to offer two complementary and state-of-the-art digital wireless systems in Barrie: Clearnet PCS for those that need a powerful personal phone, and Mike for the business power user,” said Cope.

 

With Clearnet PCS, there are no activation fees or contracts to sign. Clearnet PCS also includes calling features, such as toll-free voice mail access, call waiting and caller ID, at no extra charge and offers a 30-day money-back satisfaction phone guarantee. Just to make things more personal, Clearnet PCS clients also receive unlimited local calling on their birthdays every year.

 

The Clearnet PCS dual-mode Sony phone costs just $149.99 – and until March 31, 1999, all new Clearnet PCS clients can take advantage of a $50 airtime credit. Clients can choose from four straightforward and affordable airtime packages, two aimed at consumers and two for business users. Unlike some competitors, Clearnet always bills clients at one talk-time rate, no matter whether they use their phones in digital or cellular service areas across Canada. Clearnet is still the only wireless company in Canada to bill all calls by the second from the very first second.

 

Clearnet recently announced a flat-rate airtime option that allows Clearnet PCS clients to affordably add flat-rate local evening and weekend calling to their rate plans. The new option is so affordable, many clients could cancel their landline telephone service and use Clearnet PCS as their
only phone.

 

Clearnet PCS is also as easy to use across the United States as it is across Canada. Clearnet's fixed-rate, automatic US roaming service offers billing by the second in Canadian dollars and the use of additional features such as voice mail and call waiting at no extra charge.

 

In Barrie, Clearnet PCS is available at retail outlets operated by Blockbuster, Business Depot, Electronics Boutique, Future Shop, Grand & Toy, Sony Store, Wal-mart, A&P Food Stores, Hi Fi 2000, Office Depot, PrintPOST and 2001 Audio Video, at Georgian College, at independent dealers Telequip Systems, Wise Advantage Inc. and Point to Point Communications. Shop-at-home clients can order Clearnet PCS directly, from either the Clearnet Web Store, a secure and direct online system available at http://www.clearnet.com, or by calling 1-888-CLEARNET.

 

Clearnet added 65,770 new digital clients in its most recent reported fiscal quarter, ended December 31, 1998. That brought Clearnet's total number of digital clients across Canada to 308,473, a more than three-fold increase from 95,225 at the beginning of 1998.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: Clearnet PCS nationally, The Mike network in Ontario, Québec and British Columbia, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media relations
Mark Langton
Office: (416) 279-3454
Mike: (416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Greg Bewsh
Office: (416) 279-3041
Mike: (416) 684-3041
investorrelation@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Communications Inc. Raises Cdn. $100 million

February 16, 1999

 

Scarborough, Ontario – Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF)today announced that this morning it raised proceeds of Cdn. $100 million from the issue of 10.75% Senior Discount Notes due 2009 at 59.258% of the principal amount of Cdn. $169 million.

 

The underwriting syndicate in respect of the Senior Discount Notes due 2009 offering was led by TD Securities (USA) Inc. and co-managed by RBC Dominion Securities Inc., BT Alex. Brown Incorporated and CIBC Wood Gundy Securities Inc.

 

Clearnet is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: Clearnet PCS nationally, The Mike Network in British Columbia, Québec and Ontario, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company.

 

For more information, please contact:

Investor inquiries
Greg Bewsh
Office: (416) 279-3041
Mike: (416) 684-3041
investorrelations@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BC TEL warns customers of calling card fraud

February 10, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - BC TEL is reminding customers not to give out their BC TEL Calling Card Personal Identification Number (PIN) to anyone who asks for it.

 

The warning comes after a number of Richmond residents were called in the last week by someone claiming to be from BC TEL security. The caller claims someone has been fraudulently using the customer's calling card in Toronto. The caller says he needs the customer's calling card and PIN in order to cancel the card and prevent further fraud.

 

"Customers should treat their BC TEL Calling Card and personal identification number as they treat their credit card or bank card," said Vern Lillies, BC TEL's Director of Corporate Security. "You should never give anybody your calling card information."

 

If a caller obtains a customer's calling card and PIN, they can use the information to place long-distance calls anywhere in the world and the charges will appear on the customer's long-distance telephone bill. BC TEL will remove fraudulent BC TEL Calling Card calls from customers' bills.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
(604) 432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Debt Offering To Raise Cdn.$100 million

February 9, 1999

 

Scarborough, Ontario - Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) today announced it has entered into an underwriting agreement to raise net proceeds to Clearnet of approximately Cdn.$100 million from the sale of Canadian dollar denominated senior discount notes due February 15, 2009 (the "Notes"). The offering is being made in
Canada and the United States and is scheduled to close Tuesday, February 16, 1999.

 

The Notes are to be issued at a discount on February 16, 1999, were priced at 59.258% of the principal amount of Cdn.$ 169 million and will bear interest from February 15, 2004 at the rate of 10.75% per annum payable in cash commencing with the first semi-annual payment in arrears on August 15, 2004. No principal payments on the Notes are due prior to maturity in 2009.

 

Proceeds of the offering will be used to fund a portion of Clearnet's capital expenditures related to the expansion of its digital wireless networks, negative EBITDA requirements related to the expected future expansion of Clearnet's digital subscriber base, and for general corporate and working capital purposes, which may include selective acquisitions of complementary businesses and may be used to repay amounts outstanding under vendor financing arrangements.

 

The underwriting syndicate in respect of the Notes is being led by TD Securities (USA) Inc. and co-managed by RBC Dominion Securities Inc., BT Alex Brown Incorporated and CIBC Wood Gundy Securities Inc.

 

Clearnet is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: Clearnet PCS nationally, The Mike Network in British Columbia, Québec and Ontario, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. For more information, please visit Clearnet's Web site at http://www.clearnet.com

 

A copy of the prospectus supplement to the short form shelf prospectus may be obtained from the Underwriters.

 

For more information, please contact:

Investor inquiries
Greg Bewsh
Office: (416)279-3041
Mike: (416)684-3041
gbewsh@clearnet.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Plans to Raise Cdn. $100 Million of Senior Discount Notes

February 8, 1999

 

Scarborough, Ontario - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) today announced that it plans to raise proceeds to Clearnet of approximately Cdn. $ 100,000,000 from the sale of Canadian dollar denominated senior discount notes due 2009 (the "Notes"). The Notes are being offered in Canada and the United States under a shelf prospectus filed in both countries.

 

Proceeds of the offering will be used to fund a portion of Clearnet's capital expenditures related to the expansion of its digital wireless networks and negative EBITDA requirements related to the expected future expansion of Clearnet's digital subscriber base, and for general corporate and working capital purposes, which may include selective acquisitions of complementary businesses and may be used to repay amounts outstanding under vendor financing arrangements.

 

The underwriting syndicate in respect of the Notes is being led by TD Securities (USA) Inc. and co-managed by RBC Dominion Securities Corporation, BT Alex Brown Incorporated, and CIBC World Markets Inc.

 

 

For more information, please contact:
Investor inquiries
Greg Bewsh
Office: (416) 279-3041
Mike: (416) 684-3041
gbewsh@clearnet.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BC TEL provides a combined voice mail box for wireless and local telephone service

February 8, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - BC TEL customers can now have a single voice mailbox for their wireless and home or wireless and business telephone numbers.

 

With BC TEL's Combined Voice Mail, a customer can have incoming calls that go unanswered or encounter a busy signal routed to the same voice mailbox - whether the call was made to the customer's wireless or home phone. Alternatively, the customer can have the same voice mailbox for a wireless and office phone. This allows customers to use one voice mail access number to retrieve messages left by callers to either phone number.

 

In addition, customers can choose to be alerted by pager when new voice mail messages are left by callers to either phone number.

 

"With just one voice mailbox to manage, Combined Voice Mail saves money and time for BC TEL customers," said BC TEL's vice-president and general manager of Local and Enhanced Services Jim Brookes. "By next summer, we expect BC TEL customers will be able to route unanswered calls from as many as five different telephone numbers into a single voice mailbox."

 

Combined Voice Mail service is available to BC TEL Mobility customers in the Lower Mainland, Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops and Prince George.

Customers need to subscribe to Personal Voice Mail service for one phone number, but can eliminate Personal Voice Mail service for their second phone line. The price of $4 per month for residential and business customers is in addition to Personal Voice Mail service.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
1-604-432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

New mountaintop office keeps skiers in touch

February 1, 1999

 

Whistler/Blackcomb and BC TEL Open Guest Communications Centre for business travellers

 

Whistler, CANADA - Whistler/Blackcomb and BC TEL have opened an on-mountain business communications centre to help skiers and snowboarders stay in touch with the office while on vacation at North America's number one ski resort.

 

The new mountaintop communications centre is the first of its kind in Canada. Located in the new Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain (elevation 6,069 ft./1,850m), the Guest Communications Centre offers a wide array of business services, including:

  • Three IBM IntelliStation Pentium II computers with high resolution IBM 15" LCD flat panel screens with Microsoft software.
  • A high-speed (128k) Internet connection.
  • A real-time Bloomberg financial wire service - one of only six available to the public in North America - is available for guests to access all major markets in the world as well as current financial news stories.
  • Mobile telephones, cellular and PCS battery chargers.
  • Card swipe payphones for credit cards, calling cards or prepaid phone cards that are sold in the communications centre. All local telephone calls are free.
  • All other necessary office supplies including a Xerox Document Centre for photocopying, faxing, printing and scanning.

"Between runs, guests can check the financial markets on the Bloomberg, make business calls, or execute a transaction directly over the Internet," said David Perry, Vice President of Marketing & Sales, Whistler/Blackcomb. "Alternatively, they can join a phone conference call with clients around the world, check their voice mail, e-mail or send a fax to the office." Perry added, "Sometimes the best business ideas come together when sitting on the chairlift, and now these great ideas can be quickly turned into reality."

 

Whistler/Blackcomb and BC TEL put together the communications centre in response to frequent requests from guests wanting access to telephones and on-line communications.

 

"We're thrilled to be able to provide the BC TEL Guest Communications Centre to make it easier for those guests with busy schedules to fit in a day of skiing or snowboarding," said Bob Romanko, BC TEL's director of strategic customer relationships. "While there were some unique challenges in building and designing a mountaintop communications centre, we're very pleased that, working with Intrawest, we've been able to meet the needs of many skiers and boarders."

 

Only in its first month of operation, the BC TEL Guest Communication Centre is already receiving glowing reviews. The Centre's staff reports that some skiers stop by twice a day to check e-mail and the Bloomberg wire service.

 

The Guest Communications Centre is open to all guests of Whistler/Blackcomb. Guests can consult the Bloomberg wire service or use the computers on a complimentary basis. All local calls are free and prepaid phone cards can be purchased for long distance calls. The BC TEL Guest Communications Centre is open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Intrawest is the leading developer and operator of mountain resorts across North America. The company owns 10 mountain resorts, including Whistler/Blackcomb, rated North America's No. 1 resort. Intrawest also owns Sandestin, a golf and beach resort in Florida, and has a premier timeshare business. The company has a significant investment in Compagnie des Alpes, the largest ski company in the world in terms of skier visits and recently announced the acquisition of 45 per cent of Alpine Helicopters, Ltd., owner of the largest heli-skiing operation in the world. Intrawest Corporation's shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (IDR) and the Toronto and Montreal exchanges (ITW). The company is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

BC TELECOM is Canada's second largest telecommunications company. It offers a wide range of communications services to British Columbians through BC TEL - the province's largest provider of local and long-distance services - and through a group of businesses focused on related telecommunications services including wireless, high-speed data, the Internet and computer support systems.

 

BC TEL is the official telecommunications provider to Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains.

 

BC TEL Guest Communications Centre - Technology Fact Sheet

 

The BC TEL Guest Communications Centre is located in the Roundhouse Lodge (elevation 6069 ft/1,850 m) on Whistler Mountain. The spectacular Roundhouse Lodge opened to the public on November 25, 1998. It is the largest on-mountain lodge in North America. The BC TEL Guest Communications Centre has two private offices and one meeting room. The Guest Communications Centre is open daily 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Centre includes the following technology/telecommunications:

  • Computers - Three IBM IntelliStation Pentium II computers with high resolution IBM 15" LCD flat panel screens are available. Each computer features Microsoft software and a Xerox printer is networked to the computers.
  • Internet - The computers are equipped with a high-speed (128k) Internet connection. Guests will be able to access BC TEL Interactive's "mybc.com" which provides up to date weather, news, sports and entertainment specific to Whistler and all of British Columbia. As well, guests can browse the web or access a free web-based e-mail to stay in touch with work, family and friends while visiting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
  • Xerox Document Centre - The Xerox Document Centre boasts photocopying, faxing, printing and scanning capabilities. Initially it will be used as a stand-alone unit, but in the future we plan to use this machine to its intended design as a network device. At such time, a guest will be able to fax a document from their computer without having to print a paper copy and without leaving the computer.
  • Telephones - Both of the private offices have card swipe phones allowing guests to make long distance calls in a private, quiet environment with convenient payment using credit card, calling card or prepaid phone cards that are sold in the communications centre. All local telephone calls are free.
  • Cellular Phone Chargers - Cellular and PCS battery chargers for most popular mobile phones are also available for use behind the GCC concierge desk. Guests can now charge their cell phone batteries while they're skiing.
  • Bloomberg News Service - A real-time financial service Bloomberg - one of only six in North America - is available for guests to access all major markets in the world as well as current news stories in the world of high finance via the Bloomberg Financial News.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Doug Strachan
Media relations manager
1-604-432-2663 (office)
1-800-892-8250 (pager)
doug_strachan@bctel.com  

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BC TELECOM shareholders approve merger with TELUS

January 21, 1999

 

Burnaby, BC - BC TELECOM shareholders today voted 99.99 per cent in favor of a merger between BC TELECOM Inc. and TELUS Corporation. The vote took place this morning at a special meeting of shareholders in Vancouver. Earlier this week, TELUS shareholders voted 99.4 per cent in favor of the merger.

 

"Today's vote in support of a merger with TELUS changes the face of competition in the Canadian telecommunications industry," said Brian Canfield, chairman of BC TELECOM and chairman designate of BCT.TELUS Communications Inc., the company that will result from the merger of BC TELECOM and TELUS. "This merger brings together two great companies, each with a proud past, to create a dynamic new company with a bold future.

 

"The opportunities for growth this merger presents to our customers, to our employees and to our shareholders are significant. Our combined size and financial strength, along with the expertise and commitment of our people, position us to become a national communications provider of choice for Canadians."

 

The merger will close on January 31 pending final court approval. Shares of BCT.TELUS Communications Inc. will officially begin trading on Monday, February 1 on the Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Alberta stock exchanges. The trading symbol for the shares in the company is BTS.

 

More information about the two companies can be found on the BC TELECOM web site at www.bctel.com and the TELUS web site at www.telus.com.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Joanna Wyatt
BC TEL media relations manager
1-604-432-3853 (office)
1-800-892-4106 (pager)
joanna_wyatt@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BC TELECOM reports record earnings in 1998

January 21, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - BC TELECOM (BCT) today reported that consolidated net earnings for 1998 - before a previously announced extraordinary charge - were $353.7 million or $2.82 per share compared to $283.1 million or $2.26 per share in 1997. In the fourth quarter, ended December 31, 1998, net earnings were $87.4 million or 70 cents per share compared to $71.3 million or 58 cents per share in the same period of 1997.

 

"I'm extremely pleased with our 1998 results," said Ken Crump, BC TELECOM's chief financial officer. "We overcame a sluggish economy and stiff competition to post strong performances in key market segments. At the same time, we were successful in containing our core operating expenses.

 

"One important indicator of our success is market share. BC TEL Mobility added more than 71,000 customers last year, and continues to attract nearly one out of every two new wireless customers in the province. And despite fierce price competition in long distance, we increased our market share a full percentage point to 73 per cent last year.

 

"We also continue to be the market leader in B.C.'s emerging high-speed data and Internet services for business customers, and we're the leading residential Internet service provider with more than 91,000 Sympatico customers."

 

Revenues and expenses

BC TELECOM's operating revenues for 1998 increased 7.3 per cent to $3,183.8 million from $2,968.2 million in 1997. Operating revenues in the fourth quarter increased 5.8 per cent to $817.4 million from $772.8 million in 1997. BC TEL's local-service revenues increased $21 million in the fourth quarter, reflecting higher revenues from Personal Call Management Services - such as Personal Voice Mail and Call Waiting - and higher local-service rates. Long-distance revenues declined $26 million in the quarter compared to the same period in 1997. Revenues from BC TEL Mobility increased $7 million. Revenues from ISM-BC, an information systems management company owned 75 per cent by BC TELECOM, increased $17 million in the fourth quarter. The increase in BC TELECOM's operating revenues also includes $11 million from changes in accounting methodology.

 

BC TELECOM's operating expenses for 1998 increased 5.3 per cent to $2,389.7 million from $2,269.2 million in 1997. Fourth-quarter expenses increased 4.3 per cent to $615.3 million from $590.1 million for the same period in 1997. This increase reflects primarily higher costs associated with revenue growth at BC TEL Mobility and ISM-BC, as well as the $11 million from changes in accounting methodology. Partially offsetting these costs were lower depreciation expenses and the continuing decline in BC TEL's core operating expenses compared to the same period last year. For the year, core operating expenses were $19 million lower compared to 1997.

 

BC TELECOM invested approximately $570 million last year in communities throughout the province. In the fourth quarter, BC TEL added 12,000 new customer access lines and now serves more than 2.5 million customer access lines. BC TEL Mobility added 23,000 cellular customers in the quarter and now serves more than 475,000 customers.

 

For more information, please contact:

Joanna Wyatt
External communications director
1-604-432-3853 (office)
1-800-892-4106 (pager)
joanna_wyatt@bctel.com  

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

TWU ratifies new contract with BC TELECOM

January 18, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - The Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) advised BC TELECOM today that its members have approved a new two-year collective agreement. At a series of ratification meetings held over the last few weeks around the province, TWU members voted 89.4 per cent in favor of the tentative agreement reached between the union and company negotiating committees on December 20.

 

The new contract is effective from January 1, 1999 through to December 31, 2000. It provides wage increases of two per cent in each year, as well as an increase in the company's contribution to the bargaining-unit employees' pension plan of .25 per cent per year. The contract also includes enhancements to extended health and dental benefits.

 

This is the eighth consecutive collective agreement negotiated between BC TELECOM and the TWU without a disruption in operations. It was negotiated prior to the expiry of the existing contract.

 

"Negotiating this new contract before the existing one expired allows us to now concentrate our efforts on our proposed merger with TELUS," said Paul Smith, BC TEL senior vice-president of human resources.

 

Shareholders of TELUS Corporation and BC TELECOM Inc. will vote January 19 and January 21 respectively on a proposed merger between the two companies.

 

The TWU represents 10,500 unionized employees at BC TELECOM. The company has 14,000 employees in all.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Joanna Wyatt
Media Relations manager
1-604-432-3853 (office)
1-800-892-4106 (pager)
joanna_wyatt@bctel.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

All-inclusive wireless calling means many clients could unplug their landline phones

January 15, 1999

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario — Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today announced a Flat Rate Optional Add-On airtime package that allows Clearnet PCS clients to affordably add flat-rate local evening and weekend calling to their consumer or business rate plans. The new add-on option makes wireless calling so affordable that many clients could cancel their landline telephone service and use Clearnet PCS as their only phone.

 

“Clearnet has always believed that the affordability, enhanced features and ease-of-use offered by digital PCS phones make them a viable alternative to traditional wired phones. Now Clearnet's new flat-rate local airtime option, combined with the voice mail, caller ID and call waiting already included at no extra charge, means more Clearnet PCS clients can afford to drop their landline phones altogether,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and Chief Executive Officer.

 

For those clients who need only a single phone and for whom Clearnet PCS works everywhere they need it to, using Clearnet PCS as their only phone is an attractive option. The entry-level Clearnet PCS price plan is just $20 per month plus licensing fees. For an additional $10, clients can add unlimited weekend calling and for a further $15, unlimited evening calling as well. So for as little as $45 per month, clients receive flat rate local evening and weekend calling, voice mail, caller ID, call waiting, 100 minutes of peak local airtime and features like *69 at no extra charge.

 

By comparison, local phone rates (including voice mail, caller ID and call waiting) in Clearnet's digital calling areas range from $32 to $45 per month, plus installation charges of between $31 and $55. With Clearnet PCS, there are no activation fees to pay and no contracts to sign, all calls are billed by the second, and Clearnet PCS offers a 30-day money-back satisfaction phone guarantee.

 

“The beauty of this plan is that by spending more with Clearnet, a client's total telephone costs can actually decrease. All Clearnet PCS clients can benefit from the new add-on plan, which gives them greater freedom to make more calls more often – wherever they might be,” said Cope. “Even if a client decides to keep a landline phone, to use as a dedicated Internet access line for example, the freedom and affordability offered by Clearnet's new flat rate plan is very attractive.”

 

Clearnet's $149.99 dual-mode PCS phone, built for Clearnet by Sony, works coast to coast, operating as a digital phone in digital service areas and as an analogue cellular phone in the rest of Clearnet's national service area, which now covers 94 per cent of the Canadian population. Clearnet PCS digital service areas include Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal, Québec City, Ottawa-Hull, Toronto, the Kitchener-Waterloo region, London, and Southern Ontario's Golden Horseshoe.

 

Clearnet PCS is available at more than 1,700 outlets, including major retailers, specialty electronics suppliers, college and university book and computer stores, independent dealers and Clearnet Business Communications Centres. Shop-at-home clients can order Clearnet PCS directly from either the Clearnet Web Store, a secure and direct online system available at http://www.clearnet.com, or by calling 1-888-CLEARNET.

 

Clearnet added 58,000 new clients in the most recent reported quarter, ended December 31, 1998. That brought Clearnet's total number of clients across Canada to approximately 350,000, up from 152,000 at the beginning of 1998.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: Clearnet PCS nationally, The Mike Network in British Columbia, Québec and Ontario, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media relations
Mark Langton
Office: (416) 279-3454
Mike: (416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Greg Bewsh
Office: (416) 279-3041
Mike: (416) 684-3041
investorrelation@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

9-1-1 service charge to appear on telephone bill for Upper Fraser Valley customers

January 5, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. -- Most BC TEL customers between Mission and Boston Bar will notice a new charge for 9-1-1 emergency services on their telephone bill beginning next month.

 

The Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) has chosen to have BC TEL collect part of the cost of providing the 9-1-1 network directly from those served by the district's 9-1-1 system. Beginning February 1, this charge will appear on BC TEL telephone bills as "BC TEL 9-1-1 Service".

 

The monthly charge for residential and business customers is 23 cents for each telephone line. For business customers with Centrex service, the monthly charge is eight cents per line. BC TEL customers affected by the billing change are being informed through a BC TEL bill insert this month.

 

A decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) last August gave local government 9-1-1 service administrators the option of using BC TEL telephone bills to collect partial funding for 9-1-1 service. This option can reduce costs for local governments - particularly in areas of sparse population. Also, by using this billing option, 9-1-1 service is funded by those who have access to it.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Kevin Noel
Media Relations manager
1-604-432-2949 (office)
1-800-405-8293 (pager)
kevin_noel@bctel.com  

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BC TEL Sympatico Internet service now available in Salmon Arm

January 4, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - BC TEL Interactive has introduced British Columbia's most popular Internet service in Salmon Arm.

 

BC TEL Sympatico Internet service is now available to customers in the Salmon Arm area with telephone numbers that begin with 675, 804, 832, 833, 835 and 836.

 

Launched in February 1996, Sympatico has more than 90,000 customers in 22 communities throughout the province, including Prince George, Penticton and Victoria. About 88 per cent of British Columbians now have access to this Internet service.

 

"We're excited to introduce Sympatico in Salmon Arm," said Mark Schnarr, vice-president and general manager of BC TEL Interactive. "We're confident Internet users in this area will find our service reliable, easy to use and affordable."

 

Sympatico offers two monthly service packages. The regular surfer package costs $24.95 per month and includes 60 hours of Internet access. The monthly package for occasional users costs $9.95 and includes five hours of Internet access. Each additional hour costs $1.50. The service includes one megabyte of storage to develop a personal Web site and toll-free technical support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Web-based e-mail and multiple e-mail addresses are also available.

 

BC TEL long distance customers can obtain 100 hours of Internet access for $20.75 per month or five hours for $8.75. These special packages include two megabytes of Web site storage.

 

Consumers can get more information or sign up for Sympatico by calling 1-800-663-1440.

 

BC TEL Interactive, a division of BC TELECOM, develops and markets a wide range of interactive and multimedia services in British Columbia, including Sympatico, interactive voice response systems and electronic commerce applications.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Michelle Gagné
Communications manager
BC TEL Interactive

604-482-2820

michelle_gagne@bc.sympatico.ca

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

BC TEL Sympatico Internet service now available in Campbell River

January 4, 1999

 

Burnaby, B.C. - BC TEL Interactive has introduced British Columbia's most popular Internet service in Campbell River.

 

BC TEL Sympatico Internet service is now available to customers in the Campbell River area with telephone numbers that begin with 282, 283, 285, 286, 287, 337, 830, 850, 923, 926 and 935.

 

Launched in February 1996, Sympatico has more than 90,000 customers in 22 communities throughout the province, including Prince George, Penticton and Victoria. About 88 per cent of British Columbians now have access to this Internet service.

 

"We're excited to introduce Sympatico in Campbell River," said Mark Schnarr, vice-president and general manager of BC TEL Interactive. "We're confident Internet users in this area will find our service reliable, easy to use and affordable."

 

Sympatico offers two monthly service packages. The regular surfer package costs $24.95 per month and includes 60 hours of Internet access. The monthly package for occasional users costs $9.95 and includes five hours of Internet access. Each additional hour costs $1.50. The service includes one megabyte of storage to develop a personal Web site and toll-free technical support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Web-based e-mail and multiple e-mail addresses are also available.

 

BC TEL long distance customers can obtain 100 hours of Internet access for $20.75 per month or five hours for $8.75. These special packages include two megabytes of Web site storage.

 

Consumers can get more information or sign up for Sympatico by calling 1-800-663-1440 or visiting BC TEL's PhoneMart store at 1385 16th Avenue.

BC TEL Interactive, a division of BC TELECOM, develops and markets a wide range of interactive and multimedia services in British Columbia, including Sympatico, interactive voice response systems and electronic commerce applications.

 

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Gagne
Communications manager
BC TEL Interactive
604-482-2820

michelle_gagne@bc.sympatico.ca

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet brings all-inclusive digital PCS service to Victoria

December 1, 1998

 

VICTORIA, B.C. - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") today turned on fully digital Clearnet PCS service in Victoria, offering clients an array of all-inclusive, enhanced digital calling features and services at far less than the cost of traditional cellular.

"Digital Clearnet PCS service brings our current clients in Victoria immediate benefits at no extra charge, including greater call clarity, enhanced security, longer battery life and new information services," said David Christie, Clearnet's Vice President, Western Region. "New clients will find that Clearnet PCS is one of the easiest PCS products to buy and own in Canada - all the extras, such as voice mail, call waiting and caller ID, are standard with Clearnet PCS. Clients need only add voice."

 

Clearnet brought its digital PCS service to BC with the launch of Clearnet PCS in the Lower Mainland last year, launching analogue cellular service in Victoria at the same time.

 

With this expansion, Clearnet now offers digital Clearnet PCS service throughout the Victoria area, north along Pat Bay Highway to Royal Oak Drive, east and south along the Juan de Fuca Strait and west along the Island Highway to Colwood.

 

Clearnet PCS phones work everywhere analogue cellular phones work across Canada. Clearnet's unique dual-mode PCS phone, built for Clearnet by Sony, operates as a digital phone in digital service areas and as an analogue cellular phone in the rest of Clearnet's national service area, which now covers 94 per cent of the Canadian population. Digital service is also offered in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal, Québec City, Ottawa-Hull, Toronto, the Kitchener- Waterloo region, London, and Southern Ontario's Golden Horseshoe.

 

In Victoria, Clearnet PCS is available at retail outlets operated by London Drugs, Future Shop, Office Depot, Staples, Toys "R" Us, The Sony Store, Grand & Toy, Speedy Auto Glass, Save-On-Foods, CompuCentre, CompuSmart, The University of Victoria computer store, and at Clearnet authorized dealers Glentel Wireless Wave and Sprint Radio Systems. Shop-at-home clients can order Clearnet PCS directly from either the Clearnet Web Store, a secure and direct online system available at http://www.clearnet.com, or by calling 1-888-CLEARNET.

 

"There has been record-breaking response in the marketplace to the launch of Clearnet PCS across Canada. We're delighted we can now offer the full functionality of digital PCS to the people of Victoria," said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO.

 

Clearnet added 48,148 new digital clients in the most recent reported quarter, ended September 30, 1998. That brought Clearnet's total number of clients across Canada to more than 290,000, up from 152,000 at the beginning of 1998. With the addition of Victoria, POPs covered by Clearnet PCS (the number of people residing in a Clearnet coverage area with digital Clearnet PCS service) have increased to approximately 13.41 million.

 

Clearnet PCS: Easy to Buy, Easy to Own
With Clearnet PCS, there are no activation fees or contracts to sign. Clearnet PCS also offers included calling features, such as toll-free voice mail access, call waiting and caller ID, at no extra charge and offers a 30-day money-back satisfaction phone guarantee. And just to make things more personal, Clearnet gives all its PCS clients unlimited local calling on their birthdays every year.

 

The Clearnet PCS dual-mode Sony phone costs $149.99. Clients can choose from four straightforward and affordable airtime packages, two aimed at consumers and two for business users. Unlike some competitors, Clearnet always bills clients at one talk-time rate, no matter whether they use their phones in digital or analogue cellular service areas across Canada. And Clearnet is still the only wireless company in Canada to bill all calls by the second from the very first second.

Clearnet PCS is also as easy to use across the United States as it is across Canada. Clearnet's fixed-rate, automatic US roaming service offers billing by the second and the use of additional features such as voice mail and call waiting at no extra charge.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: digital Clearnet PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Greater Vancouver, Québec and Ontario, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. For more, please visit Clearnet's Web site at http://www.clearnet.com

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media inquiries
Tracy Josling
Mobile: (250) 882-0045
Office: (604) 415-2554
tjosling@clearnet.com 

 

Investor inquiries
Greg Bewsh
Mike: (416) 684-3041
Office: (416) 279-3041
gbewsh@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet PCS network now fully digital in London

#November 13, 1998

 

LONDON, Ontario — Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today announced fully digital Clearnet PCS service in London. Clearnet PCS joins Clearnet's digital Mike business network in offering Londoners all the powerful benefits of affordable PCS service.

 

“Digital Clearnet PCS service brings our clients in London immediate benefits at no extra charge, including greater call clarity, enhanced security, longer battery life and new information services,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. “And new clients will find that Clearnet PCS is one of the easiest PCS products to buy and own in Canada – all the extras, such as voice mail, call waiting and caller ID, are standard with Clearnet PCS. Clients need only add voice.”

 

With this expansion, Clearnet now offers digital Clearnet PCS throughout the London area, from the London Airport/Nissouri Road to the east, Sunningdale Road to the north, Boler Road to the West, and south to below Highway 401.

 

Clearnet PCS phones also work everywhere traditional analogue cellular phones work across Canada. Clearnet's unique dual-mode PCS phone, built for Clearnet by Sony, operates as a digital phone in digital service areas and as a cellular phone in the rest of Clearnet's national service area, which now covers 94 per cent of the Canadian population. Digital Clearnet PCS service is also offered in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal, Québec City, Ottawa-Hull, Toronto, the Kitchener-Waterloo region and Southern Ontario's Golden Horseshoe.

 

With the addition of London, POPs covered by Clearnet PCS (the number of people residing in a Clearnet coverage area with digital Clearnet PCS service) have increased by 331,000 to approximately 13.21 million.

 

Clearnet's Multiple Digital Solutions
Clearnet PCS joins Clearnet's all-digital Mike business communications network in London. Like Clearnet PCS, Mike integrates phone and alphanumeric paging in a single handset, but Mike also integrates Mike's Direct Connect service, offering business users unique instant-contact benefits – all in the smallest digital flip- phone in Canada.

 

“Clearnet is proud to operate two complementary and state-of-the-art digital wireless systems in London: Clearnet PCS for those that need a powerful personal phone, and Mike for the business power user,” said Cope. “We have the right digital wireless solution for any requirement. With Clearnet, one size does not have to fit all.”

 

Clearnet PCS: Easy to Buy, Easy to Own
With Clearnet PCS, there are no activation fees or contracts to sign. Clearnet PCS also offers calling features, such as toll-free voice mail access, call waiting and caller ID, at no extra charge and offers a 30-day money-back satisfaction phone guarantee. And just to make things more personal, Clearnet gives all its PCS clients unlimited local calling on their birthdays every year. The Clearnet PCS dual-mode Sony phone costs just $149.99. Clients can choose from four straightforward and affordable airtime packages, two aimed at consumers and two for business users. Unlike some competitors, Clearnet always bills clients at one talk-time rate, no matter whether they use their phones in digital or cellular service areas across Canada. And Clearnet is still the only wireless company in Canada to bill all calls by the second from the very first second.

 

Clearnet PCS is also as easy to use across the United States as it is across Canada. Clearnet's fixed-rate, automatic US roaming service offers billing by the second and the use of additional features such as voice mail and call waiting at no extra charge.

 

In London, Clearnet PCS is available at retail outlets operated by Adventure Electronics, Blockbuster, Business Depot, Compucentre, CompuSmart, Electronics Boutique, Future Shop, Grand & Toy, Home Hardware, Sony Store, Wal-mart, Zellers and 2001 Audio Video, as well as at independent dealers London Wireless and Wireless Concepts. Shop-at-home clients can order Clearnet PCS directly, from either the Clearnet Web Store, a secure and direct online system available at http://www.clearnet.com, or by calling 1-888-CLEARNET.

 

Clearnet added 48,148 new digital clients in the most recent reported quarter, ended September 30, 1998. That brought Clearnet's total number of clients across Canada to more than 290,000, up from 152,000 at the beginning of 1998.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: digital Clearnet PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario, Québec and British Columbia and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. For more, please visit Clearnet's Web site at http://www.clearnet.com

 

For more information, please contact:

Media inquiries
Mark Langton
Mike: (416) 684-3620
Office: (416) 279-3620
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Announces $350,000,000 Bank Facility

November 12, 1998

 

Toronto, Ontario - Clearnet Inc. (“Clearnet”) (TSE, ME - NET.A; NASDAQ - CLNTF), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Clearnet Communications Inc., today entered into an underwriting agreement with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce for $350,000,000 in senior secured credit facilities. The transaction is expected to close by January 31, 1999. Proceeds of loans will be used to refinance existing bank debt up to the amount of $75,000,000 and finance or refinance vendor financing arrangements amongst other purposes.

 

For more information, please contact:

Clearnet investors relations
Greg Bewsh
Mike:(416) 684-3041
Office:(416) 279-3041
investorrelations@clearnet.com 

 

Clearnet Media:
Mark Langton
Mike:(416) 684-3454
Office:(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet PCS TM now fully digital in Québec City

October 20, 1998

 

Québec City, Québec — Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today announced the launch of fully digital Clearnet PCS service in Québec City, offering all the powerful benefits of affordable digital PCS service to current and new clients across the city.

 

“Our Clearnet PCS clients in Québec automatically received fully digital service this morning,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. “The enhancement of our service to pure digital in Québec City means our current and new PCS clients immediately benefit from the greater call clarity, enhanced security, longer battery life and new information services made possible by digital PCS.”

 

With this expansion, Clearnet now offers digital Clearnet PCS throughout the Québec City area, bordered by Charlesbourg to the North, Beauport to the East, St-Jean-Chrysostome to the South and St-Nicholas to the West. Clearnet PCS also offers digital service in Montréal, Ottawa-Hull, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Southern Ontario. Clearnet is in the midst of a major capital buildout program that will convert more metropolitan areas to its digital PCS service footprint across Canada in the next few years. With the addition of Québec City, POPs covered by Clearnet PCS (the number of people residing in a Clearnet coverage area with digital Clearnet PCS service) have increased by more than 560,000 to approximately 12.84 million.

 

Clearnet has invested more than $200 million in Québec through the build-out of its Clearnet PCS and Mike networks, office complexes, a switching centre, and retail operations across the province. Clearnet now employs more than 300 people directly in Québec. Clearnet also operates Mobilair Integration, which provides emergency 911 products to municipalities across Québec.

 

Immediate National Coverage
Clearnet PCS phones also work everywhere traditional analogue cellular phones work across Canada. Clearnet's unique dual-mode PCS phone, built for Clearnet by Sony, operates as a digital phone in digital service areas and as a cellular phone in the rest of Clearnet's national service area.

 

With Clearnet PCS, there are no activation fees or contracts to sign. Clearnet PCS also offers calling features, such as toll-free voice mail access, call waiting and caller-line ID, at no extra charge and offers a 30-day money-back satisfaction phone guarantee. And just to make things more personal, Clearnet gives all its PCS clients unlimited local calling on their birthdays every year.

 

The Clearnet PCS dual-mode Sony phone costs just $149.99. Clients can choose from four straightforward and affordable airtime packages, two aimed at consumers and two for business users. Unlike some competitors, Clearnet always bills clients at one talk-time rate, no matter whether they use their phones in digital or cellular service areas across Canada. And Clearnet is still the only wireless company in Canada to bill all calls by the second from the very first second.

 

“Clearnet has delivered on its promise to bring affordable wireless communications to the people of Québec,” said George Cope. “Our clients can get up and running with Clearnet PCS at the best price in the least time, with none of the activation fees or contracts to sign that other providers demand.”

 

Clearnet PCS is also as easy to use across the United States as it is across Canada. Clearnet's fixed-rate, automatic US roaming service offers billing by the second and the use of additional features such as voice mail and call waiting at no extra charge.

 

In Québec City, Clearnet PCS is available at retail outlets operated by Aventure Electronique, La Cabine Telephonique, Bureau en Gros, Future Shop, Canadian Tire, Maison Sony, Compucentre, Lebeau Vitres d'Autos, Duro and Walmart. Clearnet PCS is also available at independent specialty retailers and the Clearnet Business Communications Centre in Québec City. Shop-at-home clients can order Clearnet PCS directly, from either the Clearnet Web Store, a secure and direct online system available at http://www.clearnet.com, or by calling 1-888-CLEARNET.

 

Multiple Digital Solutions
Clearnet PCS joins Clearnet's all-digital Mike business communications network. Like Clearnet PCS, Mike integrates phone and alphanumeric paging in a single handset, but Mike also integrates Mike's Direct Connect service, offering business users unique instant-contact benefits. Mike service is available in the busy Windsor-to-Québec City corridor and in British Columbia, as well as across the United States – with no U.S. roaming surcharges.

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: digital Clearnet PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario, Québec and British Columbia and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Clearnet added 48,148 new digital clients in the most recent reported quarter, ended September 30, 1998, bringing its total number of clients across Canada to more than 290,000. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media inquiries
Anne-Marie LaBerge
Mike: (514) 977-2053
Office: (514) 832-2053
amlaberge@clearnet.com 

 

Clearnet investor relations
Greg Bewsh
Mike: (416) 684-3041
Office: (416) 279-3041
gbewsh@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet brings Canada's most powerful digital wireless network to Vancouver

September 28, 1998

 

Clearnet investment in British Columbia Mike network expansion tops $50 million

 

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today announced the Greater Vancouver launch of The Mike Network, a revolutionary all-in-one digital wireless phone service that will profoundly change the way business in Vancouver will communicate and compete.

 

“By integrating digital phone technology with the unique instant- contact capability of Mike's Direct Connect, Mike offers business users a communications power tool that no other wireless company in Canada can match,” said David Christie, Clearnet's Vice President, Western Region. “With more than 2 million users across North America, the technology behind Mike is one of the fastest-growing wireless technologies in the world for one reason: Mike can save business users more time and more money than any other phone available. Nothing lets business communicate faster.”

 

While Mike offers all the benefits of digital Clearnet PCS – per-second billing, services such as caller ID and call waiting included at no extra charge, and enhanced call clarity, security and battery life – Mike also integrates Mike's Direct Connect, allowing users to communicate instantly via a unique digital feature for far less than the cost of a cellular phone call. Business efficiency gains are dramatic when the full functionality of Mike is deployed.

 

“As the only company operating two digital wireless networks in Vancouver – Clearnet PCS for consumers and now Mike for business clients – Clearnet is able to offer the best wireless solution for any requirement,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO.

 

Canada's Smallest Digital Flip-Phone
Not only does The Mike Network offer business users more communications power than any other wireless phone, it integrates those benefits in the smallest all-in-one digital flip-phone in the world. The palm-sized Mike i1000 phone, built by Motorola Inc. for Clearnet's use in Canada, offers advanced features simply not available in any other digital wireless phone in Canada:

 

  • a built-in speakerphone function that allows full hands-free conversations
    a see-through clam shell window that allows viewing of a four-line, full graphic display
  • a Lithium Ion battery providing up to 180 minutes of talk time or up to 60 hours of standby
  • VibraCall vibration alert for incoming phone calls, Mike's Direct Connect alerts and messages

 

The standard Mike i1000 bundle retails for $299 (including phone, charger and carrying holster), with airtime packages starting as low as $35 per month. Other Mike phones are available from $199.

 

Clearnet Growth and Investment
Clearnet has invested some $50 million in its buildout of The Mike Network in British Columbia, bringing its total investment in the province to more than $100 million in the last year. Clearnet employs more than 125 people directly in B.C., while Clearnet Mike dealers in B.C. employ more than 250 people.

 

With the addition of Vancouver to The Mike Network, 16.3 million people are covered by digital Mike service in British Columbia, Ontario and Québec.

 

Continuous Vancouver-Seattle Coverage
Clearnet's Mike network in Vancouver is also seamlessly integrated with the Nextel National Network in the United States, offering Mike clients a continuous coverage corridor from Vancouver to Seattle as well as coverage in most major cities across the U.S. Uniquely in Canadian wireless, all Mike clients are billed for U.S. service at their home rates (as low as 15 cents per minute) in Canadian dollars.

 

“Mike's ability to provide cost-effective coverage in the important Vancouver-Seattle trading corridor and the rest of the U.S. will significantly enhance the value of Mike to Vancouver's business community,” said Christie.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME:NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: digital Clearnet PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

 

Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. Clearnet's employee roster has grown tenfold since 1994 to approximately 2,000 people in Clearnet offices, switch centres and dealerships nationwide.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Clearnet media relations
Tracy Josling
Office: (604) 415-2554
Mobile: (604) 836-2560
tjosling@clearnet.com 

 

Clearnet investor relations
Greg Bewsh
Mike: (416) 684-3041
Office: (416) 279-3041
gbewsh@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Introduces Canada's Smallest, Most Powerful Integrated Digital Phone

September 2, 1998

 

Pocket-sized Mike i1000 the fastest way for business professionals to communicate

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") today introduced the Mike i1000, a tiny wireless flip-phone that offers business professionals all the multiple communication services of The Mike Network in the smallest fully integrated digital phone in Canada.

 

Like other Mike handsets, the digital Mike i1000 integrates PCS phone, Mike's Direct Connect, alphanumeric paging and a variety of other communications services that no other wireless phone in Canada can offer. In addition, the Mike i1000 introduces several remarkable new features never before seen in a wireless phone in Canada.

 

"The Mike i1000 is a brilliant technological achievement by Motorola, incorporating both the advanced features of The Mike Network and unique capabilities such as a built-in speakerphone and see-through clam shell, all in a pocket-sized package," said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO.

 

The Mike i1000's small size, extended battery life and advanced features make it the fastest and most convenient way for mobile professionals to communicate. While The Mike Network has become the wireless service of choice for business sectors such as construction, field services, utilities, manufacturing and transportation, the Mike i1000 greatly expands the potential client base to business professionals in consulting, financial services, banking, real estate and many other professional sectors.

 

"The Mike i1000 will be embraced not only by traditional Mike clients but by white collar professionals looking for the advanced features, digital power and compact size offered by this new phone," said Cope. "At the same time, they can enjoy the unique instant contact capability of Mike's Direct Connect, Canada's only no-surcharge US roaming service, and very competitive Mike airtime pricing."

Built by Motorola, Inc. for Clearnet's use in Canada, the Mike i1000 offers advanced features simply not available in any other digital wireless phone in Canada:

  • a small (11.5 cm tall) and lightweight (under 150 grams) "clam shell"
    design that makes it a truly "wearable" digital handset
  • a built-in speakerphone function that allows full hands-free conversations
  • a see-through clam shell window that allows viewing of a four-line, full graphic display
  • a miniature Lithium Ion battery providing 180 minutes of talk time or 60 hours of standby
  • VibraCall vibration alert for incoming phone calls, Mike's Direct Connect alerts and messages
  • Multi-language display prompts in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese

 

The standard Mike i1000 bundle retails for $299 and includes phone, charger and carrying holster with belt clip. Optional accessories, including desktop and vehicle chargers, headset and earpieces, and leather carrying cases, are available from authorized Clearnet Mike dealers and Clearnet Business Communications Centres.

 

Mike's Competitive Rate Plans
The launch of the Mike i1000, combined with Mike's airtime pricing plans, means Mike is even more competitive with other digital PCS phone offerings. For instance, entry-level Mike phone plans start at just 20 cents per minute. And only Mike offers unlimited evening and weekend calling packages, account pooling and automatic volume discounts. As with Clearnet PCS, all Mike airtime is billed by the second - in fact, Clearnet is the only Canadian wireless company to bill all calls by the second from the very first second.

 

Clearnet's Mike also offers the only no-surcharge US roaming service available in Canadian wireless. Mike's Green Card Service allows Mike clients to roam in most major cities across the United States - and be billed at their regular home airtime rates, by the second and in Canadian dollars.

 

Clearnet operates The Mike Network in Ontario and Québec, and will launch Mike service in British Columbia this fall. Mike has been adopted by thousands of Canadian businesses that use the all-in-one wireless tool to save them time and money. Like other digital PCS phones, Mike integrates digital phone, paging and other telecommunications services in a single handset. But Mike also integrates Mike's Direct Connect service, offering business workgroups unique instant-contact benefits.

 

Clearnet Growth
Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: digital Clearnet PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario and Québec, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

 

Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. Clearnet's employee roster has increased tenfold since 1994 to approximately 2,000 people in Clearnet offices, switch centres and dealerships nationwide. With its two state-of-the-art and complementary digital networks, Clearnet PCS and The Mike Network, Clearnet is uniquely positioned to offer the best wireless solution for any requirement.

 

For more information, please contact:
Media inquiries
Mark Langton
Office: (416) 279-3454
Mike: (416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor inquiries
Greg Bewsh
Mike: (416) 684-3041
Office: (416) 279-3041
gbewsh@clearnet.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet PCS TM now fully digital in Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge

August 13, 1998

 

KITCHENER, Ontario - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") today announced the launch of digital PCS service in Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge, offering all the powerful benefits of pure digital Clearnet PCS service to clients in the burgeoning Southwestern Ontario region.

 

"The enhancement of Clearnet PCS to pure digital in Southwestern Ontario means our clients benefit immediately from the greater call clarity and security, longer battery life and information services made possible by digital PCS," said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. "And it means greater opportunity for Clearnet's current and future partners in the Golden Triangle to leverage the power of digital wireless in their product and research and development initiatives."

 

With this expansion, Clearnet now offers totally digital Clearnet PCS service throughout the Golden Triangle area (Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge) and in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal, Ottawa-Hull, Toronto and Southern Ontario, including Oshawa, Hamilton and Niagara Falls. Clearnet is in the midst of a major capital buildout program, which will convert more metropolitan areas to its digital PCS service footprint across Canada in the next few years.

 

Clearnet PCS phones work everywhere traditional analogue cellular phones work across Canada. Clearnet's unique dual-mode PCS phone, built exclusively for Clearnet by Sony, operates as a digital phone in digital service areas and as a cellular phone in the rest of Clearnet's national service area.

 

"Clearnet PCS phones work nationwide, from Victoria to St. John's,"said Cope. "Our clients always get one bill at one talk-time rate, no matter where they use their phones in Canada. And they'll always be billed by the second - in fact, Clearnet is still the only  wireless carrier in Canada to bill all calls by the second from the very first second."

 

Clearnet PCS Pricing: Happy Birthday!
Buying Clearnet PCS is the simplest purchasing experience ever known in wireless communications. Clearnet demands no activation fees and no long-term service contracts, and offers a 30-day money-back satisfaction phone guarantee. Clearnet PCS also includes calling features, such as toll-free voice mail access, call waiting and caller-line ID, at no extra charge. The Sony Clearnet PCS phone costs just $149.99, and clients can choose from four straightforward and affordable airtime packages, two aimed at consumers and two for business users. And just to make things more personal, Clearnet gives all its PCS clients unlimited local calling on their birthdays every year.

 

"Clearnet has delivered on its promise to bring affordable wireless communications to Canadians," said Cope. "Our clients can get up
and running with Clearnet PCS at the best price in the least time,with none of the activation fees and contracts other providers demand."

 

Clearnet PCS is also as easy to use across the United States as it is across Canada. Clearnet's fixed-rate, automatic US roaming service offers billing by the second and the use of additional features such as voice mail and call waiting at no extra charge.

 

Clearnet PCS Phones Widely Available
In Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge, Clearnet PCS is available at retail outlets operated by Adventure Electronics, Business Depot, Canadian Tire, Compucentre, Future Shop, Grand & Toy, Office Place, Sony, Steve's TV & Appliances, Telephone Booth, 2001 Audio Video and Zellers.

 

Clearnet PCS is also available at independent dealers, such as MCW Business Systems and Telnet Communications; at Clearnet Business Communications Centres; and at campus book and computer stores at University of Guelph, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. Shop-at-home clients can order Clearnet PCS directly, from either the Clearnet Web Store, a secure and direct online system available at http://www.clearnet.com, or by calling 1-888-CLEARNET.

 

Two Digital Clearnet Solutions
Clearnet PCS joins Clearnet's all-digital MikeTM business communications network, which was the first digital wireless serviceavailable in Southwestern Ontario. Like Clearnet PCS, Mike integrates phone and alphanumeric paging in a single handset, but Mike also integrates Mike Direct ConnectTM service, offering business users unique instant-contact benefits. Mike operates throughout the busy Windsor-to-Quebéc City corridor, and will launchin Western Canada in 1998.

 

Clearnet added some 52,000 new digital clients in the most recent quarter, ended June 30, 1998, bringing its total number of subscribers across Canada to some 250,000.

 

Clearnet Growth
Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three wireless networks: digital Clearnet PCSTM nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario and Québec, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

 

Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. Clearnet's employee roster has grown tenfold since 1994 to some 2,000 people in Clearnet offices, switch centres and dealerships nationwide.

 

For more information, please contact:

Media inquiries
Mark Langton
Office: (416) 279-3454
Mike: (416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor inquiries
Greg Bewsh
Mike: (416) 684-3041
Office: (416) 279-3041
gbewsh@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet expands MikeTM Industrynet to new business sectors

August 6, 1998

 

Six more industries join Construction Net as instant-contact "wireless communities"

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario - Clearnet Communications Inc. today added six new MikeTM Industrynet services, allowing Mike clients in a variety of business sectors to connect instantly with other Mike-equipped clients, suppliers and business partners at the push of a button.

 

Mike Industrynet services connect "wireless communities" of companies with similar business interests on single interconnected wireless fleets, allowing those Mike clients to communicate instantly with clients at other companies via Mike's Direct ConnectTM two-way radio.

 

Industrynet services are available exclusively to Clearnet clients who use Mike, Clearnet's unique wireless business communications tool. Mike integrates digital phone, data services, alphanumeric paging and Mike's Direct Connect service in a single handset on a single network.

 

"From accountants to construction workers to insurance adjusters, Industrynet clients can enjoy direct access to their clients, suppliers and subcontractors at the push of a single Mike button," said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. "Inter-company communication via Mike is instantaneous, and that means our Industrynet clients save both time and money."

 

New Industrynet services Join Mike Construction Net
Mike Industrynet services have been created to connect Mike clients in six new sectors: Professional Services, Health & Social Services, Hospitality & Travel, Transportation & Automotive, Media & Entertainment, and Friends & Family.

 

The six new Industrynet services complement Clearnet's successful Construction Net, which has grown to include more than 650 construction businesses, 4,000 subscribers, and associations such as the Ontario Road Builders Association and the Greater Toronto Home Builders Association.

 

"Construction Net has been embraced by the construction sector, which has realized the value of instant contact not only within company workgroups, but across the entire industry," said Cope. "It's clear that construction companies looking to operate at top efficiency have to be a part of Construction Net. Now we're looking to bring that success to other industry sectors."

 

Mike has been adopted by some 75,000 subscribers across Ontario and Québec. With the introduction of Mike in late 1996, Clearnet was the first company in Canada to introduce per-second billing and do away with binding long-term contracts and activation fees. Currently operating throughout the busy Windsor-to-Québec City corridor, Mike will launch in Western Canada in the fall of 1998.

 

Clearnet Growth
Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: digital Clearnet PCSTM nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario and Québec, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

 

Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. Clearnet's employee roster has grown tenfold since 1994 to some 2,000 people in Clearnet offices, switch centres and dealerships nationwide. For more information, please visit Clearnet's Web site at http://www.clearnet.com

 

Industrynet is a trademark of Motorola, Inc. Mike, Mike's Direct Connect, Mike's and Clearnet PCS are trademarks used under licence from Clearnet Communications Inc.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media relations
Mark Langton
Office: (416) 279-3454
Mike: (416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet launches straightforward, fixed-rate US roaming service for PCS clients

July 8, 1998

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario — Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") today launched an automatic roaming service that provides Clearnet PCSTM clients with extensive digital coverage across the United States, without the confusion of inconsistent airtime and long distance charges or fluctuating exchange rates.

 

"Our goal was to ensure that Clearnet PCS is as simple and straightforward to use in the US as it is in Canada. The last thing people need when traveling south of the border are unexpected communications costs, confusing rate plans or varying airtime charges," said George Cope, Clearnet's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our fixed-rate, automatic Clearnet PCS US roaming service means clients using their phones in the US face no surprises when they get their bills."

 

Clearnet PCS clients needn't worry about fluctuating exchange rates or surcharges when roaming in the US. All Clearnet PCS local calls made in the US are billed by the second at Cdn. 95¢ per minute. Roaming charges appear on clients' regular Clearnet PCS invoices.

 

"US roaming is a valuable enhanced service for Clearnet PCS clients, as well as a significant new source of revenue for Clearnet," said Robert McFarlane, Clearnet's Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

 

All Clearnet PCS clients are able to roam in the US without the need to "sign up" in advance, and their Clearnet PCS phones are ready to travel, complete with features such as voice mail and call waiting at no extra charge.

 

Partnerships with PrimeCo Personal Communications L.P. of Dallas, Sprint PCS of Kansas City, Missouri and WirelessNorth of Plymouth, Minnesota enable Clearnet to provide automatic digital PCS roaming in hundreds of major US cities, including: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Worth, Honolulu, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Tampa, Tucson, Tulsa and Washington, D.C.

 

"Partnering with several American leaders in digital PCS allows Clearnet to immediately offer clients roaming services not only in top business destinations such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago but also in states heavily frequented by Canadian vacation travelers, including Florida, California, Texas and Arizona," added Cope.

 

In Canada, Clearnet has launched digital Clearnet PCS service in the greater metropolitan areas of Montréal, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa-Hull, Vancouver, Toronto and Ontario's Golden Horseshoe.

 

Clearnet PCS phones actually work everywhere traditional cellular phones work in Canada. Clearnet's unique dual-mode phone, built exclusively for Clearnet by Sony, operates as a digital phone in digital service areas and as a cellular phone in the balance of Clearnet's national service area.

 

Clearnet's PCS roaming service joins another simple and straightforward US roaming plan: Mike's Green Card ServiceTM. Introduced last year, Mike's Green Card Service allows clients on Clearnet's digital MikeTM network to roam across the United States and be billed at their regular home airtime rates.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: digital Clearnet PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario and Québec (and Western Canada later in 1998), and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

 

Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. Clearnet's employee roster has grown tenfold since 1994 to almost 2,000 people in Clearnet's offices, switch centres and dealerships nationwide. To learn more about Clearnet, please visit the company's Web site at www.clearnet.com

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media relations
Mark Langton
Office: (416) 279-3454
Mike: (416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Greg Bewsh
Office: (905) 837-3041
Mike: (416) 684-3041
investorrelation@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet launches direct Internet sales of PCS at www.clearnet.com

June 15, 1998

 

Clearnet Web Store a North American first for a wireless phone company

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario — Clearnet Communications Inc. today launched the Clearnet Web Store, allowing Canadians to easily and securely purchase Clearnet PCS phones and accessories online for direct home delivery.

 

“The Internet is a natural addition to Clearnet's already extensive national Clearnet PCS distribution network — it fits perfectly with our goal of ensuring that buying digital PCS is as easy and affordable as possible,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. “And it's another in a series of Future Friendly innovations Clearnet has brought to the Canadian wireless industry, such as introducing per-second billing and Internet phone messaging, and doing away with binding long- term contracts and activation fees.”

 

Clearnet believes it is the first wireless communications company in North America to achieve direct, secure electronic commerce capability on the Internet. Clearnet's Web site at www.clearnet.com is already heavily used by Clearnet clients and potential clients as an interactive information tool and text messaging system for the company's digital phone products.

 

The Internet is the latest and perhaps most innovative addition to Clearnet's roster of distribution channels, and one with great potential. Market research firm The Yankee Group estimates the consumer online market in North America will grow to more than US$10 billion by 2000. Clients are already able to purchase Clearnet PCS phones by visiting one of the more than 1,400 retailer, dealership, university and Clearnet PCS store locations across Canada or by calling 1-888- CLEARNET.

 

To buy a Clearnet PCS phone online, clients simply visit Clearnet's Web site and click on the Web Store hotlink. Clients can then select Clearnet PCS phones and accessories, such as cases, chargers and car kits, and add them to a virtual “shopping cart.” At the store's “check out,” shoppers are connected to InternetSecure Inc., Clearnet's electronic-commerce partner, where credit card payment information is collected and verified within seconds. InternetSecure has been approved by the top five Canadian banks to provide secure, on-line, real-time credit card processing to certified Internet merchants.

 

Clearnet PCS Growth
Clearnet has launched digital PCS service in the greater metropolitan areas of Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa-Hull, Montréal, Toronto and Ontario's Golden Horseshoe. Clearnet announced in May that it had added 100,000 Clearnet PCS clients in the seven months since the company launched PCS service in October, 1997, bringing the company's total number of clients across Canada to more than 200,000.

 

Clearnet PCS phones actually work everywhere traditional analogue cellular phones work in Canada. Clearnet's unique dual-mode PCS phone, built exclusively for Clearnet by Sony, operates as a digital phone in digital service areas and as a cellular phone in the balance of Clearnet's national service area.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: digital Clearnet PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario and Québec (and Western Canada later in 1998), and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

 

Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. Clearnet's employee roster has grown tenfold since 1994 to almost 2,000 people in Clearnet offices, switch centers and dealerships nationwide. To learn more about Clearnet, please visit the company's Web site at www.clearnet.com

 

For more information, please contact:

Media:
Mark Langton
Manager, Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Endorses Improvements by Industry Canada in Assessing Wireless Companies' R&D Contributions

May 21, 1998

 

SCARBOROUGH, Ontario – Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) announced that it had reviewed the new procedures issued today by the Minister of Industry, the Honourable John Manley, for assessing the contributions that wireless companies make toward research and development (R&D) in Canada. Clearnet is pleased with these improved procedures, which give Clearnet and other wireless service providers more flexibility in funding R&D projects and allows wireless companies to deal with a wider range companies and institutions conducting R&D initiatives.

 

“The changes in the R&D expenditure procedures are just the type of improvements that we need to support Clearnet's national wireless R&D plans,” said Robert Simmonds, Clearnet's Chairman and Vice President, Regulatory & Technology. “We're pleased that Mr. Manley has supported both the wireless industry and the organizations that do Canada's R&D by giving us this needed flexibility.” said Robert Simmonds, Clearnet's Chairman and Vice President, Regulatory & Technology.

 

In Canada, all wireless carriers have traditionally been required to commit to invest 2% of their adjusted gross revenue into R&D as a condition of licence under the Radiocommunication Act. Minister Manley continued this practice when he licensed Clearnet and the other three Canadian Personal Communications Services (PCS) companies.

 

“While these changes do not increase Clearnet's R&D spending commitments, the flexibility they allow are just the type of improvement that we need to make our investments in R&D far more effective in achieveing not only Clearnet's national wireless R&D plans but also the goals envisioned by the government, including improved ‘connectiveness' for all Canadiansinitiatives are not designed to increase the amount of wireless providers' commitment to R&D, the flexibility they allow will make our R&D investments far more effective,” added Simmonds.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is unique in offering Canadians two state-of-the-art digital wireless communication services, MikeTM and Clearnet PCSTM. For more information, please visit the Clearnet Web site at http://www.clearnet.com

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media relations
Mark Langton
Office: (416) 279-3454
Mike: (416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Greg Bewsh
Office: (905) 837-3041
Mike: (416) 684-3041
investorrelation@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Communications Inc. Raises Cdn.$497,200,000

May 15, 1998

 

Pickering, Ontario - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) today announced that this morning it completed the note and share issues raising proceeds of Cdn.$497,200,000 including, respectively:

Cdn.$300, 550,000 gross proceeds from the issue of 10.4% Senior Discount Notes due 2008, issued at 60.11% of the principal amount of Cdn.$ 500,000,000; and (ii) Cdn.$196,650,000 gross proceeds from the issue of Class A Non-Voting shares issued at a price of Cdn.$18.00 (US$12.50) per share, including the underwriters' over-allotment option to acquire 1,425,000 Class A Non-Voting Shares in addition to the initially allotted 9,500,000 shares.

The underwriting syndicate in respect of the Senior Discount Notes due 2008 offering was led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and co-managed by Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated, CIBC Wood Gundy Securities Inc., Chase Securities Inc. and TD Securities Inc.

 

The underwriting syndicate in respect of the Class A Non-Voting Shares offering was co-led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated and co-managed by BT Alex. Brown Incorporated, HSBC James Capel Canada Inc., Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. and ScotiaMcLeod Inc.

 

Clearnet is unique in offering Canadians two state-of-the-art digital wireless communication services, MikeTM for business people and Clearnet PCSTM for consumers.

 

For more information, please contact:

Investor Relations:
Greg Bewsh
Office: (905) 837-3041
Mike: (416) 684-304
investorrelation@clearnet.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Communications Inc. Equity Offering Now To Raise Cdn. $196,650,000

May 14, 1998

 

Pickering, Ontario - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) today announced that pursuant to the underwriting agreement entered into on May 7,1998, the underwriters have exercised an option to acquire an additional 1,425,000 Class A Non-Voting Shares, bringing the aggregate number of shares to be sold in this issue to 10,925,000 Class A Non-Voting Shares for gross proceeds of approximately Cdn.$196,650,000 at a price of Cdn.$18.00 (US$12.50) per Class A Non-Voting Share. The offering is being made in Canada, the United States and elsewhere and is scheduled to close Friday, May 15, 1998.

 

Proceeds of the offering will be used to fund a portion of Clearnet's capital expenditures related to the expansion of its digital wireless networks, negative EBITDA requirements related to the expected future expansion of Clearnet's digital subscriber base, and for general corporate and working capital purposes, which may include selective acquisitions of complementary businesses.

 

The underwriting syndicate in respect of this offering is co-led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated and co-managed by BT Alex. Brown Incorporated, HSBC James Capel Canada Inc., Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. and ScotiaMcLeod Inc.

 

Clearnet is unique in offering Canadians two state-of-the-art digital wireless communication services, MikeTM for business people and Clearnet PCSTM for consumers.

 

A copy of the prospectus supplement to the amended and restated short form shelf prospectus may be obtained from the underwriters.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

Media relations
Mark Langton
Office: (416) 279-3454
Mike: (416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Greg Bewsh
Office: (905) 837-3041
Mike: (416) 684-3041
investorrelation@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet introduces PCS airtime plans, fax services for the business market

May 14, 1998

 

Clearnet PCS joins the Mike network as a powerful digital wireless business solution

 

TORONTO - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") today announced new high-usage airtime rate plans and advanced voice mail and fax services that make Clearnet PCS a very attractive choice for business users seeking an affordable, powerful and easy-to-use PCS phone.

 

"Our straightforward new business-oriented rate plans and services mean Clearnet is now the only wireless company in Canada that offers a full suite of digital wireless solutions for business users," said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. "Business clients requiring\ affordable high-usage talktime plans can now choose either the personal communications power of Clearnet PCS or the instant-contact workgroup capability of Mike, Clearnet's all-business digital PCS phone system."

 

Clearnet's WORKTM plan costs $60 and includes 300 minutes per month of weekday airtime, and unlimited weekend calling. Extra minutes are 20 cents. The WORK-A-LOTTM plan costs $120 per month and includes 600 minutes of weekday airtime and unlimited weekend calling. Extra minutes are just 15 cents. Both plans include voice mail (and advanced voice mail with fax on WORK-A-LOT), calling line ID and call waiting, and all calls are billed by the second from the very first second.

 

Clearnet's new advanced voice mail with fax service provides increased messaging capabilities and handset fax services. The fax service allows clients to receive and store faxes for subsequent forwarding to any facsimile machine in Canada or the United States. Advanced Voice Mail with Fax is included with the WORK-A-LOT plan, and is available to all other Clearnet PCS clients for $8 per month.

 

The new business plans join Clearnet's original consumer-oriented airtime packages, TALKTM ($20 for 100 minutes of airtime per month) and TALK-A-LOTTM ($30 for 100 minutes of airtime per month and unlimited weekend calling). Both consumer plans include voice mail, calling lineID and call waiting services. Additional airtime costs 20 cents per minute and long distance anywhere in North America is 20 cents per minute on all Clearnet talktime plans, including WORK and WORK-A-LOT.

 

Clearnet has launched digital PCS service in the greater metropolitan areas of Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Ontario's Golden Horseshoe, but Clearnet PCS phones actually work everywhere traditional analogue cellular phones work in Canada. Clearnet's unique dual-mode PCS phone, built exclusively for Clearnet by Sony, operates as a digital phone in digital service areas and as a cellular phone in the balance of Clearnet's national service area.

 

Clearnet PCS is available at more than 1,200 locations across Canada, including more than 900 retail locations, approximately 250 independent dealer locations, 48 university computer stores and bookstores, at 19 of the company's own Clearnet Business Communications Centres nationwide and at Clearnet's PCS retail stores in Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Toronto.

 

Clearnet's MikeTM Network
The Mike network is a separate digital wireless communications network operated by Clearnet in Ontario and Qu‚bec, and set for launch in British Columbia this fall. Mike has been adopted by thousands of Canadian businesses that use the all-in-one wireless tool to save them time and money. Like Clearnet PCS, Mike integrates digital phone, alphanumeric paging and other telecommunications services in a single handset. Unlike PCS, Mike also integrates Mike Direct ConnectTM two-way radio, offering business workgroups unique instant-contact benefits.

 

Clearnet Growth
Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: digital Clearnet PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario and Quebec, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

 

Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company. Clearnet's employee roster has increased tenfold since 1994 to more than 1,800 people in Clearnet offices, switch centres and dealerships nationwide. With its two state-of-the-art and complementary digital networks, Clearnet PCS and the Mike network, Clearnet is uniquely positioned to offer the best wireless solution for any requirement.

 

For more information, please contact: 

 

Media relations
Mark Langton
Office: (416) 279-3454
Mike: (416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Greg Bewsh
Office: (905) 837-3041
Mike: (416) 684-3041
investorrelation@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Communications Inc. Equity Offering To Raise Cdn.$171,000,000

May 8, 1998

 

Pickering, Ontario -- Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) today announced it has entered into an underwriting agreement to raise gross proceeds of approximately Cdn.$171,000,000 from a sale of 9,500,000 Class A Non-Voting Shares at a price of Cdn.$18.00 (US$12.50) per Class A Non-Voting Share. The offering is being made in Canada, the United States and elsewhere and is scheduled to close Friday, May 15, 1998.

 

Clearnet has granted the underwriters an option to acquire 1,425,000 Class A Non-Voting Shares, representing Cdn.$25,650,000, exercisable for 30 days from the date of filing the final prospectus supplement to cover over-allotments, if any.

 

Proceeds of the offering will be used to fund a portion of Clearnet's capital expenditures related to the expansion of its digital wireless network, negative EBITDA requirements related to the expected future expansion of Clearnet's digital subscriber base, and for general corporate and working capital purposes, which may include selective acquisitions of complementary businesses.

 

The underwriting syndicate in respect of this offering is co-led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated and co-managed by BT Alex. Brown Incorporated, HSBC James Capel Canada Inc., Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. and ScotiaMcLeod Inc.

 

Clearnet is unique in offering Canadians two state-of-the-art digital wireless communication services, MikeTM for business people and Clearnet PCSTM for consumers.

 

A copy of the prospectus supplement to the amended and restated short form shelf prospectus may be obtained from the underwriters.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media relations
Mark Langton
Office:(416)279-3454
Mike: (416)684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations
Greg Bewsh
Office:(905)837-3041
Mike:(416)684-3041
investorrelation@clearnet.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Announces Equity and Debt Offerings

April 16, 1998

 

PICKERING, ONTARIO - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") announced today that it has appointed two underwriting syndicates in connection with concurrent public offerings of Senior Discount Notes due 2008 and Class A Non-Voting Shares.

 

The underwriting syndicate in respect of Senior Discount Notes due 2008 is being led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and co-managed by Morgan Stanley Canada Limited, CIBC Wood Gundy Securities Inc., Chase Securities Inc. and TD Securities Inc. Clearnet intends to raise Cdn. $300 million gross proceeds from the issue of the Senior Discount Notes due 2008. Such notes will rank pari passu with Clearnet's outstanding senior discount notes due 2005 and  2007, respectively issued in December 1995 and August 1997, and,  like them, will have a 10 year term, cash interest not payable  until after the fifth year and be issued at a discount from the  face amount.

 

The underwriting syndicate in respect of Class A Non-Voting Shares is being co-led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and Morgan Stanley Canada Limited and co-managed by BT Alex. Brown Canada  Incorporated, HSBC James Capel Canada Inc., Merrill Lynch Canada  Inc. and ScotiaMcLeod Inc.

 

Both offerings will be made under Clearnet's existing shelf prospectuses.

 

Clearnet is unique in offering Canadians two state-of-the-art  digital wireless communication services, MikeTM for business  people and Clearnet PCSTM for consumers.

 

This announcement is provided for your information only and does  not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy the  securities referred to herein.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media relations
Mark Langton
Office: (416) 279-3454
Mike: (416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Greg Bewsh
Office: (905) 837-3041
Mike: (416) 684-3041
investorrelation@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet introduces fully digital PCS phone service to Calgary

March 31, 1998

 

Clearnet PCSTM offers Albertans powerful new digital services at no extra charge

 

CALGARY, Alberta — Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today turned on fully digital Clearnet PCS service in Calgary, offering clients throughout the metropolitan area an array of enhanced digital calling features and services at far less than the cost of traditional cellular.

 

Clearnet brought its digital PCS service to Alberta with the launch of Clearnet PCS in Edmonton last fall. While the company launched analogue service in Calgary at the same time, Clearnet PCS clients in Calgary can now enjoy all the calling benefits offered by fully digital Clearnet PCS, including unsurpassed call clarity, enhanced call security, e-mail messaging, longer battery life and no-charge services such as calling line ID. Both current and future clients automatically receive all those digital benefits at no additional charge using the existing Clearnet PCS dual-mode phone.

 

“Clearnet has made owning a wireless phone in Alberta more affordable, straightforward and fair than ever before,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. “With our all-digital capability in both Calgary and Edmonton, Clearnet PCS clients pay far less for far better service than they ever did with analogue cellular. The functionality, security and affordability of Clearnet PCS has made analogue cellular phones obsolete.”

 

Clearnet now offers fully digital PCS service to 11.4 million Canadians in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto and Ontario's Golden Horseshoe area. But Clearnet's service area actually covers more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population. Thanks to Clearnet's remarkable dual-mode phone, built exclusively for Clearnet by Sony, Clearnet PCS works everywhere in Canada that cellular does. In Alberta, Clearnet PCS dual-mode phones operate in a long list of centres beyond Calgary and Edmonton, including Cold Lake, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Jasper, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat and Red Deer.

 

Record-setting PCS Launch

 

“There has been record-breaking response in the marketplace to the launch of Clearnet PCS across Canada. We're delighted we can now offer the full functionality of digital PCS to the people of Calgary,” said David Christie, Clearnet's Vice President, Western Region. In what is believed to be the most successful PCS launch ever recorded by a North American wireless operator, Clearnet recorded more than 50,000 new PCS subscribers in the 75 days between the October 15 launch of Clearnet PCS and the Company's December 31 year-end, giving Clearnet more than 150,000 total subscribers at the end of 1997.

Buying Clearnet PCS is the fairest purchasing experience ever known in wireless communications. In addition to doing away with activation fees and long-term contracts, Clearnet also offers a 30-day money-back phone guarantee and no-charge digital features such as calling line ID and call waiting services, and voice mail at no extra charge. And Clearnet is the only wireless operator in Canada that bills all calls, both local and long distance, in one-second increments from the very first second.

 

The suggested retail price for a Clearnet PCS phone is $149.99 and talktime plans are both affordable and straightforward. The TALKTM plan costs just $20 per month and includes 100 minutes per month of airtime anytime day or night. The TALK-A-LOTTM plan costs just $30 per month and offers unlimited weekend calling, plus 100 minutes per month of airtime any other time day or night.

 

Additional talk time on both plans is just 20 cents a minute and long-distance in Canada and the US is an additional 20 cents per minute. Each is charged by the second from the very first second, resulting in savings of approximately 20 per cent compared to per-minute billing. And just to make things more personal, Clearnet gives all clients unlimited local calling on their birthdays every year — a world first in wireless.

 

Activating a Clearnet PCS phone couldn't be easier. Clients need only visit a Clearnet PCS retailer or dealer, buy their phone, take it home and call Clearnet's activations centre to set up an account. In Alberta, Clearnet PCS is available at retail outlets operated by Batteries & Beyond, Battery Depot, Canadian Tire, Computer City, Doppler Computer Superstores, Future Shop, Grand & Toy, London Drugs, Sony Stores, Staples and Wireless Wave. Clearnet PCS is also available at independent wireless dealerships, consumer-oriented Clearnet retail stores and Clearnet Business Communications Centre (CBCC) dealerships in both Calgary and Edmonton.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that has increased its employee roster tenfold since 1994 to more than 1,800 people in locations across Canada, including more than 200 employees in offices, retail locations and switch centres in Calgary and across Western Canada.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media Relations
Mark Langton
Office: (416) 279-3454
Mike: (416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Greg Bewsh
Office: (905) 837-3041
Mike: (416) 684-3041
investorrelation@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Amends Credit Agreement to Increase to C$50 million

January 9, 1998

 

PICKERING, Ontario — Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today announced that a wholly owned operating subsidiary, Clearnet Inc., recently amended its Credit Agreement with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce to increase availability under its working capital facility by C$25 million to C$45 million in addition to the existing $5 million working capital facility for aggregate credit facilities of C$50 million. Other amendments include new minimum network revenue and minimum network subscriber covenants, increased flexibility for permitted acquisitions and the extension of the maturity date to December 31, 1998.

 

Clearnet currently has approximately $3 million of outstanding borrowings or letters of credit drawn under the Credit Agreement. The credit agreement was originally established in November 1995 and has been amended subsequently on three previous occasions. Prior amendments included pricing reductions and new or increased credit facilities which were subsequently refinanced with proceeds of public debt and equity issues.

 

Clearnet Inc. operates the digital Mike network in Ontario and Québec as well as analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Proceeds from the working capital facility will finance, among others, the acquisition of Motorola and non-Motorola equipment and services and sites and may be used for permitted acquisitions, and for general corporate purposes. Clearnet expects to use a significant portion of the proceeds of the CIBC credit facilities in 1998 to re-finance on an interim basis vendor financing arrangements provided by Motorola for its supply to Clearnet Inc. of iDEN infrastructure related to the implementation of Mike service in western Canada and the expansion of the Mike network in Ontario- Québec.

 

Robert McFarlane, Clearnet's Vice President & Chief Financial Officer commented that “ we are pleased with the confidence which our commercial banking partner, CIBC, has in Clearnet's future Mike business plan as we move forward in 1998 to build on the successful results since the October 1996 Mike commercial launch. It is refreshing to experience such a professional and cooperative process whereby we can quickly implement financial solutions with our funding partner to address our evolving and specialized financing requirements.”

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company with two wholly owned operating subsidiaries, Clearnet Inc. and Clearnet PCS Inc. Clearnet PCS Inc. provides digital Clearnet PCS service nationally.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media relations
Mark Langton
Office: (416) 279-3454
Mike: (416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Greg Bewsh
Office: (905) 837-3041
Mike: (416) 684-3041
investorrelation@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Announces Record Subscriber Growth

January 8, 1998

 

Clearnet PCS Launch Sets North American Record

 

PICKERING, Ontario — Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today announced that the Company ended 1997 with over 150,000 subscribers including approximately 95,000 digital (Mike and Clearnet PCS) subscribers. The Company also reports 1997 segmented subscriber results which indicate that Clearnet experienced what is believed to be the most successful launch quarter of PCS subscriber additions ever reported by any North American operator as well as another record quarter for Mike subscriber growth. Total Mike and Clearnet PCS digital subscriber net additions for the fourth quarter of 1997 were 65,575.

 

1997 PCS Subscriber Results

 

Clearnet PCS service commercially launched in certain Canadian metropolitan areas on October 15th, 1997 and accordingly fourth quarter results represent only 75 days of results and there are no comparable prior period results. Net Clearnet PCS subscriber additions for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 1997 were 50,676. POPs covered by Clearnet PCS service (the population residing in a Clearnet coverage area with digital Clearnet PCS service) was approximately 10.5 million at December 31, 1997.

 

George Cope, Clearnet's President & Chief Executive Officer, commented that “Clearnet's fourth quarter subscriber results indicate that Canadians agreed that it is finally time to buy a wireless phone and for a record number their choice was Clearnet. Not only were Clearnet PCS subscriber results a North American launch record despite selling for less than a full quarter, but also this tremendous success was achieved despite difficulties in obtaining sufficient handset quantities to satisfy market demand which greatly exceeded expectations. Clearnet PCS subscriber additions for the launch quarter were more than twice the results expected for Clearnet PCS by the vast majority of investment analysts and Clearnet itself prior to the October service launch. The entire Clearnet launch team should feel proud of this record accomplishment. This early success bodes extremely well for Clearnet in 1998 as the Company expects to be adequately supplied with its dual-mode PCS handsets to meet demand throughout the year.”

 

1997 Mike Subscriber Results

 

Net Mike subscriber additions were 14,899 in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 1997 bringing total Mike subscribers to 44,549. The fourth quarter net Mike subscriber additions represented a 50% increase in the total number of Mike subscribers as compared to the 29,650 at September 30, 1997; (ii) a 33% increase over the 11,175 net additions in the third quarter of 1997, (iii) a 194% increase over the 5,065 net additions for the fourth quarter of 1996; and (iv) the largest quarterly number of net subscriber additions since launching the Mike network 15 months ago. POPs covered by Mike service was approximately 14 million at December 31, 1997.

 

George Cope commented that “Mike subscriber growth in the fourth quarter was another record result. It was particularly noteworthy that Mike demand for Clearnet's business communications service accelerated since the time of launching our Clearnet PCS service in mid-October. This affirms the unique Clearnet advantage of offering two complementary state of the art digital wireless services which satisfy the specialized needs of both the commercial and mass consumer applications for wireless service. No other wireless company in the world benefits from this advantage.”

 

Analogue SMR

 

Analogue SMR net subscriber additions were negative 2,983 in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 1997 reducing total analogue SMR subscribers to approximately 56,687 at December 31, 1997 as compared to 59,670 at September 30, 1997. 1,985 analogue SMR subscribers migrated to the Mike network in the fourth quarter.

 

As disclosed in Clearnet's 1996 annual report, the Company's objective for 1997 was to exceed 100,000 total subscribers by December 1997. Total Clearnet subscribers (including analogue SMR, Clearnet PCS and Mike) were 151,912 at December 31, 1997 representing an increase of 92,609 or 156% as compared to 59,303 at December 31, 1996.

 

The subscriber results disclosed in this release are subject to possible adjustment per Clearnet's normal period end review and annual audit process. Clearnet expects to announce complete fourth quarter financial results per its normal release schedule on February 20th, 1998.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: the digital Clearnet PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario andQuébec as well as analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media relations
Mark Langton
Office: (416) 279-3454
Mike: (416) 684-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Greg Bewsh
Office: (905) 837-3041
Mike: (416) 684-3041
investorrelation@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet roaming agreement with digital PCS provider PrimeCo expands U.S. coverage

December 9, 1997

 

PICKERING, Ontario — Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today announced a reciprocal roaming agreement with PrimeCo Personal Communications L.P. (“PrimeCo”) of Dallas that will provide Clearnet PCS clients with extensive digital PCS roaming in the United States. Clearnet will also receive roaming revenues from PrimeCo as PrimeCo subscribers travel to Canada and access service on Clearnet's digital PCS network.

 

“Our roaming arrangement with PrimeCo is part of our strategy to ensure Clearnet PCS is as easy to use across the United States as it is across Canada,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. “Clearnet PCS clients will ultimately have access to the power, security and affordability of digital PCS across all 50 U.S. states. Our agreement with PrimeCo is a major component of our plan for continental Clearnet PCS coverage.”

 

“Clearnet operates one of the most extensive digital networks in Canada,” said Lowell McAdam, PrimeCo's President and CEO. “We recently signed roaming agreements that give PrimeCo customers access to three of the largest wireless networks in the U.S. We are delighted to extend their ability to roam in Canada.”

 

PrimeCo already provides digital wireless service in 20 major U.S. cities: Chicago, Ill.; Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa, Fla.; Norfolk and Richmond, Va.; Madison, Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wis..; Mobile, Ala.; New Orleans, La.; Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, Tex.; and Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii.

 

PrimeCo, which is owned by an alliance of AirTouch Communications, Bell Atlantic and U S WEST Media Group, owns PCS licenses covering 19 states and 61 million potential customers in 11 MTAs and has more than 2,800 employees. PrimeCo sells its phones and service through its own direct sales force, the company's 57 stores, more than 2,000 indirect retail outlets and a toll-free telephone sales line. The address for PrimeCo's interactive Web site is www.primeco.com

 

Clearnet PCS covers more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population thanks to the company's use of “dual-mode” phones, which operate as digital phones in Clearnet digital service areas and as cellular phones in the balance of Clearnet's national service area.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: digital PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario and Québec, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

 

Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company with assets which exceed $1 billion. Clearnet's employee roster has increased by over 10 times since 1994 to more than 1,600 people in Clearnet offices, switch centres and dealerships nationwide.

 

With its two state-of-the-art and complementary digital networks, Clearnet PCS for consumers and the Mike network for business users, Clearnet is uniquely positioned to offer the best wireless solution for any requirement. For further information, please visit the Clearnet Web site at www.clearnet.com

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media relations
Mark Langton
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Greg Bewsh
(905) 837-3041
gbewsh@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

National Clearnet PCSTM phone service goes all-digital in Ottawa-Hull

December 1, 1997

 

Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today launched all-digital Clearnet PCS service in Ottawa-Hull, offering the enhanced security, call clarity and other powerful benefits of Clearnet digital PCS service to clients across the National Capital Region.

 

“Our enhancement of Clearnet PCS to pure digital in Ottawa-Hull means our clients here benefit from the enhanced call security, extended battery life, unsurpassed call clarity and information services, such as the ability to receive e-mail, made possible by digital Clearnet PCS,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO.

 

Clearnet PCS joins Clearnet's other digital communications service, the MikeTM network, in Ottawa-Hull. Launched here in September, Mike is aimed specifically at business and government workgroup users. While Mike offers all the capabilities of a PCS phone, Mike is the only digital phone in Canada that offers the instant contact capability of digital two-way radio (known as Mike's Direct ConnectTM) in the same handset.

 

“Clearnet is the only company that can offer Ottawa-Hull two distinct digital communications options, Clearnet PCS for consumers and small business clients, and Mike for business workgroup power users,” said Cope. “Clearnet demands no long-term contracts or activation fees with either product, and we're still the only company in Canada to bill all calls on all our products by the second from the very first second, on both local and long distance calls.”

 

Clearnet now offers digital Clearnet PCS service in the greater metropolitan areas of Ottawa-Hull (covering close to 850,000 people), Montréal, Toronto and Ontario's Golden Horseshoe region (including Oshawa, Hamilton and Niagara Falls), Vancouver and Edmonton. Calgary will be fully digital in spring 1998.

 

National Clearnet PCS Coverage Now

 

Clearnet PCS covers more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population thanks to the company's use of “dual-mode” phones, which operate as digital phones in Clearnet digital service areas and as cellular phones in the balance of Clearnet's national service area.

 

“Clearnet PCS phones work from Victoria to St. John's,” said Cope. “Our clients always get one bill at one talk-time rate, no matter where they use their phones in Canada. And they'll always be billed by the second, even in cellular mode — a first in Canada.” Clearnet is in the midst of a $650 million capital buildout program for PCS, which will add more metropolitan areas to its digital PCS service area across Canada in the next few years.

 

Clearnet PCS Pricing: Happy Birthday!

Buying Clearnet PCS is the simplest purchasing experience ever known in wireless communications. Clearnet demands no activation fees and no long-term service contracts, and offers a 30-day money-back satisfaction phone guarantee. And unlike other PCS providers, Clearnet bills all calls, both local and long distance, by the second from the very first second (in fact, Clearnet was the first wireless provider in North America to introduce per-second billing). Clearnet PCS also includes calling features, such as toll-free Voice Mail access, at no extra charge.

 

The suggested retail price for a Clearnet PCS phone is $149.99. Talk time plans are straightforward and affordable. The TALKTM plan costs $20 per month and includes 100 minutes per month of airtime anytime day or night. The TALK-A-LOTTM plan costs $30 per month and includes 100 minutes airtime per month anytime day or night, and unlimited weekend calling. Additional talk time on both plans is just 20 cents a minute and long-distance in Canada and the US is an additional 20 cents per minute. Just to make things more personal, Clearnet gives all its PCS clients unlimited local calling on their birthdays every year — a world first in wireless.

 

“Clearnet has delivered on its promise to deliver affordable wireless communications to Canadians,” said Cope. “Our clients can get up and running with Clearnet PCS at the best price in the least time, with none of the activation fees and multi-year ‘free phone' contracts other providers demand.”

 

Clearnet PCS will also be as easy to use across the United States as it is across Canada. Clearnet has concluded US roaming agreements with both Sprint PCS of Kansas City, Missouri, and WirelessNorth of Minneapolis, Minnesota, which will allow Clearnet clients to use their phones across the U.S. in early 1998. Clearnet expects ultimately to offer its clients the ability to use their phones in all 50 US states, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

 

Clearnet PCS Phones Widely Available

 

Clients looking to buy Clearnet PCS need only visit an authorized retailer or dealer, buy their Clearnet PCS phone, take it home and call Clearnet's activations centre to set up an account and activate their phone — all in the comfort of their own home or office. This previously unknown simplicity appeals not only to clients, but to the more than 750 Clearnet PCS retailers, dealers and university outlets across the country.

 

In Ottawa-Hull, Clearnet PCS is available at retail outlets operated by Business Depot, Canadian Tire, Future Shop, Grand & Toy and The Telephone Booth. Clearnet PCS is also available at independent dealers and Clearnet Business Communications Centres in both Ottawa and Hull, and at campus bookstores and computer stores at Algonquin College, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

 

Clearnet Growth

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company operating three separate wireless networks: digital PCS nationally, the digital Mike business communications network in Ontario and Québec, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

 

Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company that has amassed more mobile wireless spectrum than any other company in Canada. Clearnet's employee roster has increased by over 10 times since 1994 to more than 1,600 people in Clearnet offices, switch centres and dealerships nationwide, including multiple locations in Ottawa-Hull.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media relations
Mark Langton
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Greg Bewsh
(905) 837-3041
gbewsh@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet brings Canada's fairest wireless phone service to Alberta National Clearnet PCSTM service now available in both Edmonton and Calgary

November 28, 1997

 

EDMONTON, Alberta — Clearnet Communications Inc.(“Clearnet”) today launched Clearnet PCS in Alberta, offering clients in Edmonton digital PCS service, and Calgary clients a digital-ready phone that is also the easiest-to-use cellular phone they can buy and own now. Digital service in Calgary is set for spring 1998.

 

“Owning a powerful wireless phone in Alberta is more fair and affordable than ever before. With Clearnet PCS, Albertans will not be forced to sign long-term wireless contracts, pay activation fees or read the fine print associated with many wireless phone offers,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. “We've made PCS Future Friendly.”

 

Clearnet PCS now offers pure digital service in the metropolitan areas of Edmonton (covering some 600,000 people now), as well as Vancouver, Montréal, Toronto and, soon, Ottawa-Hull. Full digital service will debut in Calgary in spring 1998, covering almost 800,000 people.

 

“There has been tremendous response in the marketplace to our recent launches of Clearnet PCS in Vancouver, Toronto and Montréal, and we are delighted we can now offer the Phone with a Future to the people of Alberta,” Cope said.

 

National Service Covers Calgary Now

 

Clearnet PCS phones are fully digital and work everywhere cell phones do in Canada, meaning Calgarians can buy and use Clearnet PCS now, and be digital-ready for 1998. And unlike many traditional cell phone providers, Clearnet demands no long-term contracts and no activation fees, and bills all calls by the second from the first second, a first in Canada.


Employing unique “dual mode” PCS phones that operate as digital phones in digital service areas and as cellular phones in the balance of Clearnet's national service area, Clearnet PCS phones work in centres across Alberta, including Cold Lake, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Jasper, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat and Red Deer, and across Canada.

 

Clearnet is launching Clearnet PCS service in Calgary now rather than waiting for pure digital service because the holiday season is a peak buying time for wireless phones. Rather being forced to purchase an obsolete analogue cell phone, which will never be able to access digital service, Calgarians can start calling with Clearnet PCS now and be ready for full digital service. Clearnet PCS is the only wireless phone clients will ever need to buy.

 

“The Clearnet PCS network covers more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population, from Victoria to St. John's, ” said Cope. “Our clients always get one bill at one talk-time rate from Clearnet, no matter where they use their phone in Canada. And for the first time, they'll always be billed by the second on local and long distance calls, from the very first second.”

 

Buying Clearnet PCS is the fairest purchasing experience ever known in wireless communications. In addition to not demanding activation fees or long term contracts, Clearnet offers a 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee on the phone. Clearnet also includes calling features, such as toll-free Voice Mail access, at no extra charge.

 

The suggested retail price for a Clearnet PCS phone is $149.99. Talk time plans are straightforward. The TALKTM plan costs $20 per month and includes 100 minutes per month of airtime anytime day or night. The TALK-A-LOTTM plan costs $30 per month and includes 100 minutes airtime per month anytime day or night, plus unlimited weekend calling. Additional talk time on both plans is just 20 cents a minute and long-distance in Canada and the US is just an additional 20 cents per minute. To make things more personal, Clearnet gives all clients unlimited local calling on their birthdays every year — a world first in wireless.

 

Clearnet PCS will also be as easy to use across the United States as it is across Canada. Clearnet has concluded US roaming agreements with both Sprint PCS of Kansas City, Missouri, and WirelessNorth of Minneapolis, Minnesota, which will allow Clearnet clients to use their phones across the U.S. in early 1998.

 

Activating a Clearnet PCS phone couldn't be easier. Clients need only visit a Clearnet PCS retailer or dealer, buy their phone, take it home and call Clearnet's activations centre to set up an account. Clearnet PCS is available at more than 750 locations across Canada. In Alberta, Clearnet PCS is available at retail outlets operated by Battery Depot, Canadian Tire, Computer City, Doppler Computer Superstores, Future Shop, Grand & Toy, London Drugs, Sony Stores and Staples. Clearnet PCS is also available at independent dealers and at Clearnet Business Communications Centres in both cities.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company operating three separate wireless networks: digital PCS nationally, the digital Mike business communications network in Ontario and Québec, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company that has amassed more mobile wireless spectrum than any other company in Canada. Clearnet's employee roster has increased by over seven times since 1994 to more than 1,600 people in offices, switch centres and dealerships across Canada.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media relations
Mark Langton
(416)279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com

 

Investor Relations
Greg Bewsh
(905)837-3041
gbewsh@clearnet

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet's PCS cdmaONE digital network first to integrate with existing analogue AMPS networks

November 3, 1997

 

TORONTO, Ontario - Clearnet Communications Inc. has successfully demonstrated the ability to hand off calls from its PCS (x)cdmaOne(TM) network at 1.9 GHz to an existing analogue AMPS infrastructure which utilized another vendor's equipment. Clearnet debuted this major breakthrough on PCS network equipment provided exclusively by Lucent Technologies.

 

CdmaOne is a universal term for IS-95 based CDMA (code division multiple access) specifications established by the CDMA Development Group (CDG). With its choice of cdmaOne, Clearnet was able to employ the true advantages of adhering to North American standards, launching with a seamless nationwide footprint on day one. ``Our phones will work from Victoria to St. John's, covering more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population. Our clients can depend on their phones to work when they travel across Canada, both now and in the future,'' said George Cope, President and CEO of Clearnet.

 

``This breakthrough represents real time to market advantages for service providers choosing cdmaOne. It provides new PCS network operators the coverage benefits of existing wireless incumbents. By eliminating the need to physically construct a nationwide network, cdmaOne service providers can market nationwide capabilities to their customers from day one,'' said Scott Erickson, Lucent's Vice President of Marketing for Wireless Systems. ``In addition, this new capability helps protect the operator's investment in existing AMPS networks by providing a natural migration path to cdmaOne services.''

 

Clearnet has launched pure digital PCS service in the greater metropolitan areas of Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, but Clearnet PCS phones actually work everywhere traditional analogue phones work in Canada. The company's network operates in a seamless manner to its clients' base. Calls are transferred from digital to analogue automatically and clients pay the same low Clearnet rate, no matter where they use their phone in Canada.

 

Clearnet is in the midst of a $550 million capital buildout program for PCS, which will add more metropolitan areas to its digital PCS service area across Canada over the next few years.

 

``We congratulate Clearnet on its monumental achievement,'' commented Bob Sellinger, PCS Marketing Director for Lucent. ``Proving that the most flexible and robust market entry strategy for new PCS carriers is one which exploits all of the interoperability virtues of North American standards, they have helped secure cdmaOne's place in the big leagues.''

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: digital PCS nationally, the digital Mike(TM) network in Ontario and Quebec, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company that has amassed more mobile wireless spectrum than any other company in Canada. Clearnet employs over 1,600 people nationwide. More information about Clearnet can be found on the Internet at www.clearnet.com.

 

Lucent Technologies designs, builds and delivers a wide range of public and private networks, communications systems and software, data networking systems, business telephone systems, and microelectronic components. Bell Laboratories is the research and development arm for the company. More information is available at the company's website at www.lucent.com.

 

(x) The term cdmaOne serves as an umbrella for the worldwide family of products that are based on the IS-95 air interface including wireless local loop, Personal Communications Systems (PCS) and cellular technology. It is a registered trademark of the CDMA Development Group.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media:
Mark Langton, Manager, Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette, Manager, Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Announces Strong Third Quarter Subscriber Results

October 6, 1997

 

TORONTO, Ontario — Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today announced that net Mike subscriber additions were 11,175 in the third quarter ended September 30, 1997 bringing total Mike subscribers to 29,650. The third quarter net Mike subscriber additions represented a 60% increase in the total number of Mike subscribers as compared to the 18,475 at June 30, 1997; (ii) an approximate 30% increase over the 8,631 net additions in the second quarter; and represented the largest quarterly number of net subscriber additions since launching the Mike network just over one year ago.

 

Analogue SMR net subscriber additions were approximately negative 1,800 in the third quarter ended September 30, 1997 reducing total analogue SMR subscribers to approximately 59,670 at September 30, 1997 as compared to 61,470 at June 30, 1997. Approximately 2,900 analogue SMR subscribers migrated to the Mike network in the third quarter. Excluding subscribers who migrated to Mike, the analogue SMR subscriber base would have increased by 1,100 subscribers.

 

Total Clearnet subscribers (including both analogue SMR and Mike) were 89,320 at September 30, 1997 representing an increase of 34,847 or 64% as compared to 54,473 one year earlier. The Company is launching commercial Clearnet PCS service in October 1997 and therefore there are no PCS subscribers to report.

 

The subscriber results disclosed in this release are subject to possible adjustment per Clearnet's normal period end review process.
Clearnet expects to announce complete third quarter financial results per its normal release schedule on November 13, 1997.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: digital PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario and Québec, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media:
Mark Langton, Manager, Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette, Manager, Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Announces Launch of PCS Service Providing National Coverage

October 1, 1997

 

Clearnet PCSTM offers true wireless affordability and unique Future Friendly approach

 

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") today officially launched Clearnet PCS, a national Personal Communications Services network that will provide Canadians with a truly affordable digital phone that is the easiest wireless product to buy and own in the nation.

 

"Clearnet PCS makes digital PCS easy, affordable and available through hundreds of brand-name retailers and dealers across the country. No longer will people be forced to sign restrictive contracts, make long-term commitments, pay activation fees or be puzzled by fine print when they go to buy a wireless phone," said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. "With our straightforward pricing and terms, extensive distribution and national coverage at launch, Clearnet has taken the guesswork and frustration out of buying wireless technology. We've made PCS Future Friendly."

 

Clearnet's Future Friendly ideal means Clearnet strives to ensure that all its products, services and interactions with clients, employees, partners and suppliers are straightforward and fair. With Clearnet PCS, Future Friendly has resulted in:

 

  • The Phone with a Future, an easy-to-use "dual-mode" digital Clearnet PCS phone that works everywhere in Canada that cellular does

 

  • Affordable airtime plans, calling features included without additional charge and fair per-second billing (Clearnet was the first wireless provider in North America to introduce per-second billing with its MikeTMservice and is the only provider to bill all calls by the second from the very first second on both local and long-distance calls)

 

  • None of the binding long-term contracts and hidden costs associated with so-called "free phones"

 

  • None of the activation fees demanded by other providers

 

  • A 30-day money-back satisfaction phone guarantee

 

  • Easy availability at hundreds of Clearnet PCS retail, dealer and other locations

 

  • 24-hour multilingual Client Care

 

 

 

 

  • Special benefits such as free local calling on clients' birthdays and a variety of free client premiums, called Clearnet Perks, provided by partners such as Blockbuster Video.

 

Clearnet PCS phones will be available in more than 600 sales outlets across Canada by mid-month.

 

National Coverage From Day One

 

Clearnet has launched pure digital PCS service in the greater metropolitan areas of Vancouver, Montréal and Toronto, but Clearnet PCS phones actually work everywhere traditional analogue cellular phones work in Canada. Clearnet's unique dual mode PCS phones operate as digital phones in digital service areas and as cellular phones in the balance of Clearnet's national service area.

 

"Our phones will work from Victoria to St. John's, covering more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population. Our clients can always depend on their phones to work when they travel across Canada, both now and in the future," said Cope.

 

Clearnet PCS clients always get one bill at one talk-time rate from Clearnet, no matter where they use their phone in Canada. Clearnet is in the midst of a $550 million capital buildout program for PCS, which will add more metropolitan areas to its digital PCS service area across Canada over the next few years.

 

National US Roaming Coverage

 

Clearnet PCS will be as easy to use across the United States as it is across Canada. As previously announced, Clearnet has concluded a US roaming agreement with Sprint PCS of Kansas City, Missouri. Sprint PCS has the largest 100 per cent digital, 100 per cent PCS nationwide wireless network in the United States. Clearnet expects to ultimately offer its clients the ability to roam and use their PCS phones in all 50 US states, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

 

Clearnet PCS Pricing: Happy Birthday!

 

Buying Clearnet PCS will be the simplest purchasing experience ever known in wireless communications. Clearnet demands no activation fees and no long-term service contracts, and offers a 30-day money-back satisfaction phone guarantee. And unlike other PCS providers, Clearnet bills all calls, both local and long distance, by the second from the very first second, and includes calling features such as Caller ID, Call Waiting and toll-free Voice Mail access at no extra charge.

 

The suggested retail price for a Clearnet PCS phone is just $149.99. Talk time plans are both straightforward and affordable. The Clearnet PCS TALKTM plan costs $20 and includes 100 minutes per month of airtime anytime day or night. The TALK-A-LOTTMplan costs $30 and includes 100 minutes airtime per month anytime day or night, as well as unlimited weekend calling. Additional talk time on both plans is just 20 cents a minute and long-distance in Canada and the US is an additional 20 cents per minute. Just to make things more personal, Clearnet also gives all its clients unlimited local calling on their birthdays, every year - a world first in wireless.

 

"Clients can get up and running with Clearnet PCS at the best price in the least time, with none of the activation fees and multi-year 'free phone' contracts other providers demand. Those contracts have penalties for early withdrawal that can actually be far more than the cost of a phone," said Cope. "Clearnet has delivered on its promise to deliver affordable wireless communications to Canadians."

 

Clearnet PCS Distribution

 

Clients looking to buy Clearnet PCS need only visit an authorized retailer or dealer, buy their Clearnet PCS phone, take it home and call Clearnet anytime day or night to set up an account, activate the phone and start calling - all at their leisure. This previously unknown simplicity appeals not only to clients, but to Clearnet's more than 600 retailers, dealers and university outlets across the country.

 

Clearnet's retailers include the most respected names in the categories of consumer electronics, office supplies and specialty electronics. Clearnet PCS will be available at more than 500 retail outlets including those operated by Blockbuster Video, Business Depot, Future Shop, Grand & Toy, London Drugs, Battery Depot, Doppler Computer Superstores, New Page Telecom, Powerful Stuff, The Telephone Booth, Bay-Bloor Radio and Electric Bean.

 

Clearnet PCS will also be available at more than 100 independent dealers, at 25 university computer stores and bookstores, at 20 of the company's own Clearnet Business Communications Centres and at Clearnet's own PCS retail stores in Vancouver, Montréal and Toronto.

 

Clearnet's MikeTMNetwork

 

The Mike network is a separate digital wireless communications network offered by Clearnet. Launched in the fall of 1996, Mike has been adopted by thousands of Canadian businesses that have used the all-in-one wireless tool to save them time and money. Like PCS, Mike integrates digital phone and alphanumeric paging in a single handset on a single integrated network. Unlike PCS, Mike also integrates Mike Direct ConnectTMtwo-way radio, offering business users unique instant-contact benefits.

 

Mike operates throughout the busy Windsor-to-Quebéc City corridor and will launch in Western Canada in 1998. While Mike is aimed at business users rather than consumers, Mike, like Clearnet PCS, is digital, offers advanced wireless telecom features and makes traditional analogue cellular phones obsolete. Clearnet is the only company in Canada that can offer both Mike and Clearnet PCS.

 

Clearnet Growth

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that operates three separate wireless networks: digital PCS nationally, the digital Mike network in Ontario and Québec, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

 

Founded in 1984 and a public company since 1994, Clearnet is an independent Canadian controlled and managed company that has amassed more mobile wireless spectrum than any other company in Canada. Clearnet's employee roster has increased by over seven times since 1994 to more than 1,400 people in Clearnet offices, switch centres and dealerships nationwide. With its two state-of-the-art and complementary digital networks, Clearnet PCS for consumers and the Mike network for business users, Clearnet is uniquely positioned to offer the best wireless solution for any requirement.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media:
Mark Langton, Manager, Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette, Manager, Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Announces PCS Roaming Agreement Providing National United States Coverage

September 30, 1997

 

PICKERING, Ontario — In preparation for its upcoming PCS service launch, Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today announced a roaming agreement with Sprint PCS of Kansas City, Missouri, which will provide Clearnet PCS clients with extensive digital PCS coverage across the United States. The PCS licenses owned by Sprint PCS means that Clearnet will ultimately be able to offer its clients the ability to roam and use their PCS handsets across all 50 US states, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

 

“Clearnet PCS will be the easiest PCS product to buy and to own in Canada. We wanted to ensure it was just as easy for our clients to take their phones with them to the United States,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. “The roaming arrangement announced today means that Clearnet PCS clients will not only enjoy national coverage in Canada, but ultimately across the entire United States.”

 

Sprint PCS has the largest 100 per cent digital, 100 per cent PCS nationwide wireless network in the United States, already serving 65 metropolitan markets, which include more than 500 major cities. Sprint PCS is scheduled to offer service in 40 of the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas by year-end 1997 with plans to serve the top 100 US metropolitan areas over the next two years. Sprint PCS, together with its affiliates and Sprint Corporation, has licensed PCS coverage of nearly 260 million people in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Sprint PCS is a partnership of Sprint Corporation, Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI), Cox Communications, Inc. and Comcast Corporation.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) plans to launch its new PCS network in Canada's largest urban centres shortly. Clearnet is a leading Canadian wireless communications company that also operates the MikeTMdigital network in Ontario and Québec, as well as analogue dispatch communication services across Canada.

 

For more information, please contact:

Media:
Mark Langton, Manager
Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette
Manager, Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet announces extensive national distribution network for digital PCS

September 24, 1997

 

Plans to sell Clearnet PCS phones in more than 600 locations at launch

 

PICKERING, Ontario— In preparation for its upcoming service launch, Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today announced a national distribution network for its digital PCS product that includes major national retailers, independent dealers, universities, and Clearnet locations across Canada. In total, the company expects to have more than 600 outlets selling Clearnet PCS at launch.

 

“Clearnet's vision is all about making PCS easy, affordable and available to as many Canadians as possible,” said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. “Buying Clearnet PCS will be the simplest purchasing experience ever known in wireless communications. That straightforward approach appeals not only to Clearnet PCS clients, but obviously has appeal for our retailers and other distribution partners as well.”

 

The roster of Clearnet PCS outlets includes the most respected retailer names in the categories of consumer electronics, office supplies and specialty electronics in the nation. Details on specific retailers included in Clearnet's distribution plan will be announced at Clearnet's PCS launch in early October.

 

“Our retail partners are both dominant and diverse, reflecting the cosmopolitan national client base we're after with Clearnet PCS,” said Cope. “While people obviously want the inherent power of digital PCS technology, they also want to be able to buy it easily from a variety of accessible locations. Our distribution strategy gives Clearnet PCS a clear advantage.”

 

Clearnet PCS will offer immediate national coverage via leading-edge “dual-mode” PCS handsets, which can operate as both fully digital PCS phones or as cellular phones when necessary. The Clearnet PCS servicearea covers more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population, and offersclients the same coast-to-coast coverage as current national cellular providers.The dual-mode capability of Clearnet PCS phones ensures they're theonly wireless phone clients will ever need to buy.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) plans to launch its new PCS networkin Canada's largest urban centres shortly. Clearnet is a leading Canadianwireless communications company that also operates the MikeTMdigital networkin Ontario and Québec, as well as analogue dispatch communicationservices across Canada.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media:
Mark Langton, Manager
Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette
Manager, Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Canada's only all-in-one digital wireless phone goes to work in Ottawa-Hull

September 15, 1997

 

Clearnet's MikeTM network brings instant contact, digital phone and unmatched US roaming capabilities to business and government workgroups

 

OTTAWA-HULL — Clearnet Communications Inc. (“Clearnet”) today launched the MikeTMnetwork in Ottawa-Hull, putting the digital power of Mike's integrated phone, two-way radio and alphanumeric paging services into the hands of business and government workgroup users across the National Capital Region.

 

“Mike's arrival in Ottawa-Hull means business users here have access to a digital wireless tool that does more to save them time and money than any other communications device in Canada,” said Clearnet Chairman Robert Simmonds. “In less than a year since the launch of the Mike network, more than 25,000 business users in Ontario and Québec have already taken advantage of Mike's Direct Connect radio, digital phone, paging, fax-mail and Internet e-mail capabilities.”

 

The Mike network now covers almost a million people throughout the Ottawa-Hull region, including Aylmer, Barrhaven, Chelsea, Cumberland, Gatineau, Gloucester, Kanata, Manotick, Nepean, Orleans, St. Onge, Stittsville, and Vanier, and corridors such as Highway 416/16 (to Highway 401) and Highway 417 (to Montréal).

 

Launched in the fall of 1996, Mike is a digital wireless communications network that has transformed the way business workgroups communicate throughout the 1,200-kilometre Windsor-to-Québec City corridor. Ottawa-Hull joins a contiguous coverage area totaling close to 14 million people.

 

The all-digital Mike offers clients greatly enhanced call privacy and account security, advanced digital phone features such as caller display, voice mail and guaranteed text messaging, one-second billing, and rates as low as 15 cents per minute on its digital phone service. Yet the Mike network takes digital communication far beyond standard PCS. Only Clearnet offers Mike's Direct ConnectTMradio capability, which allows for instantaneous, affordable individual or group communication at the press of a button. And Direct Connect costs as little as 10 cents a minute per caller.

 

“Mike's Direct Connect makes Mike a power tool for the workforce of the '90s,” said Simmonds. “Mike offers the capabilities of digital PCS, while Direct Connect adds the ability to reach workmates, partners and suppliers instantaneously. Mike's Direct Connect puts PCS to work.”

 

Mike offers another unique capability that will appeal particularly to business and government clients that spend time in the United States. Mike's Green CardTMservice allows all Mike clients to make calls at their local airtime rates (as low as Cdn 15 cents per minute) in more than 275 cities across the United States, without the inconveniences, roaming surcharges and security concerns associated with analogue cellular phones.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a Canadian wireless communications company that operates the Mike digital network in Ontario and Québec, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Clearnet also plans to launch a new Personal Communications Services (PCS) network in Canada's largest urban centres shortly.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media:
Mark Langton, Manager
Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette
Manager, Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Debt and Equity Offerings To Raise Cdn.$373,360,000

July 31, 1997

 

Pickering, Ontario - Clearnet Communications Inc. (TSE, ME - NET.A: NASDAQ - CLNTF) announced today it has entered into underwriting commitments to raise proceeds to Clearnet of approximately Cdn.$320 million from the sale of Canadian dollar denominated senior discount notes due August 13, 2007 (the "Notes") and gross proceeds of Cdn.$53,360,000 from a concurrent sale of 2,900,000 Class A Non-Voting Shares at a price of Cdn.$18.40 per Class A Non-Voting Share.Proceeds to Clearnet from the issue of the Notes were increased by Cdn.$100 million, from that previously announced, due to significant market demand. Both the debt and the equity issues are being offered to the public in Canada and the United States and both issues are scheduled to close on Tuesday, August 12, 1997.

 

The Notes were priced at 56.478% of the principal amount of Cdn.$566 million to yield 11¾% per annum. The Notes provide for the payment of cash interest to commence with the first semi-annual payment in arrears on February 13, 2003. No principal payments on the Notes are due prior to maturity in 2007.

 

Proceeds of the offerings will be used to fund a portion of the Company's capital expenditures, marketing expenditures, working capital and operating losses in connection with the construction and commercial implementation of the Company's PCS system and expansion of the Mike network as well as to repay certain bank indebtedness.

 

According to Robert McFarlane, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Clearnet, "The capital markets have made a strong positive statement about the future of Clearnet. We believe the debt financing represents the first discount note, and largest, Canadian dollar denominated high yield offering completed to date. Clearnet expects to invest over $1.2 billion in 1997 and 1998 towards the build out and operation of its national PCS network and expansion of its Mike network. These offerings combined with Clearnet's existing capital resources and commitments substantially pre-fund Clearnet's capital requirements for the next 18 months."

 

The lead underwriter for both offerings is RBC Dominion Securities Inc. CIBC Wood Gundy Securities Inc., Morgan Stanley Canada Limited and Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. are participating in both underwritings.

 

Clearnet is a Canadian wireless communications company that operates the Mike digital network throughout the Windsor-to-Québec City corridor and analogue dispatch communications services across Canada. Awarded a national 30 MHz Personal Communications Services (PCS) licence, Clearnet plans to launch PCS in Canada's largest urban centres in the fall of 1997.

 

Copies of the prospectuses in respect of each offering may be obtained from the Underwriters.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media:
Mark Langton
Manager, Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette
Manager, Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Files Prospectus For Debt Offering

July 21, 1997

 

 

PICKERING, ONTARIO - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") announced today that it has appointed an underwriting syndicate in connection with a cross-border public offering of Senior Discount Notes due 2007 in Canada and the United States. The underwriting syndicate is being lead-managed by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and co-managed by CIBC Wood Gundy Securities Inc., Morgan Stanley Canada Limited and Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. Clearnet intends to raise Cdn. $ 220 million gross proceeds from the issue of the Senior Discount Notes due 2007. Such notes will rank pari passu with Clearnet's outstanding senior discount notes due 2005 issued in December 1995 and, like them, will have a 10 year term, interest payable only after the fifth year and be issued at a discount from the face amount.

 

Clearnet is a Canadian wireless communications company that operates the Mike digital network throughout the Windsor-to-Quebec City corridor and analogue dispatch communications services across Canada. Awarded a national 30 MHz Personal Communications Services (PCS) licence, Clearnet plans to launch PCS in Canada's largest urban centres in the fall of 1997.

 

This announcement is provided for your information only and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy the securities referred to herein.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media:
Mark Langton
Manager, Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette
Manager, Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet to Cover Over 90 Percent of the Canadian Population at PCS Launch

May 22, 1997

 

Dual-mode handsets will let Clearnet clients travel coast to coast with one wireless phone

 

TORONTO, ONTARIO - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") today announced an agreement that will offer Canada-wide coverage to Clearnet PCS (Personal Communications Services) clients when the company launches digital wireless PCS service this fall.

 

"This announcement confirms Clearnet's status as one of Canada's truly national wireless providers, covering over 90 per cent of the Canadian population and providing access in all 10 provinces from the moment we begin PCS service," said George Cope, Clearnet President and CEO. "We will offer clients call coverage that matches the service area offered by the largest cellular phone operators and in our digital PCS zones, clients will receive superior call quality, privacy and ease of use."

 

Clients will use Clearnet's leading-edge "dual-mode" PCS handsets, which function as full digital PCS phones in Clearnet PCS zones, yet switch seamlessly to traditional cellular phone service when the client travels outside those zones.

 

"What this means is that no one should buy a plain old cellular or single-mode PCS handset again, especially if users have to lock in to the long-term contracts demanded by traditional wireless providers," said Cope. "Buying a phone that isn't dual mode is like buying an obsolete black and white TV when full-colour sets are available." Clearnet's dual-mode handset functionality will be transparent, meaning clients shouldn't experience dropped calls even as they travel outside a PCS zone during a conversation.

 

"Clearnet's vision is all about making the wireless experience affordable, practical and easy, and this agreement ensures our clients will only ever need one wireless supplier and one PCS handset," said Cope. "They'll never worry about roaming charges wherever they go in Canada, never worry they have less coverage than the next person, and never worry about having to trade in their PCS handset." Other PCS providers have launched with single-mode phones, meaning people who buy them must upgrade to a dual-mode phone to receive national coverage.

 

Clearnet will launch full digital PCS service in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto this fall, and by the end of 1998 will provide digital PCS service in areas where approximately 20 million Canadians reside. The terms of Clearnet's Canadian roaming agreement, signed recently with Rogers Cantel Inc., were not disclosed.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a Canadian wireless communications company that operates the MikeTM digital network in Ontario and Quebec, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Awarded a national 30 MHz Personal Communications Services (PCS) licence, Clearnet plans to launch PCS in Canada's largest urban centres in 1997.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media:
Mark Langton, Manager, Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette, Manager, Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Announces MikeTM Roaming Across The USA - With No Roaming Charges

May 22, 1997

 

Mike Green CardTM service lets clients use their all-in-one Mike phone on North America's largest guaranteed all-digital network for the same airtime rate they get at home

 

TORONTO, ONTARIO - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") today announced a world-first integrated wireless services roaming agreement with strategic partner Nextel Communications, Inc. ("Nextel") that will offer MikeTM clients unprecedented roaming freedom, convenience and economy. Mike Green CardTM service allows Clearnet clients to use their all-in-one wireless telecommunications phone across the vast Nextel digital network in the United States for the same airtime rate they pay at home, while minimizing the inconveniences and fraud threats encountered by traditional cellular phone users.

 

"This agreement is a key part of our commitment to offer Mike clients the maximum in digital mobility, convenience and affordability," said George Cope, Clearnet President and Chief Executive Officer. "We called our new service Mike Green Card because our clients can now put Mike's mobile phone capability to work in the USA, with the same security, calling ease and mobile phone airtime rates they get at home."

 

Cellular companies typically charge customers traveling in the United States for the ability to use, or "roam" onto a U.S. cellular company's system. Those users are often charged expensive system access fees and higher per-minute airtime rates when roaming, may be charged for incomplete calls and some systems require special access codes for customers roaming outside their home areas. In cities hit heavily by cell phone fraud, such as New York, analogue roamers must often even offer their credit card numbers before being allowed to make calls.

 

But with Mike Green Card service, Clearnet clients need only to bring their Mike handset - they don't have to register with carriers in the cities they are visiting, they need no special access codes and their Mike home phone number is all that need be dialed in order to reach them wherever they travel across the Clearnet and Nextel networks. And because the Clearnet and Nextel networks, and the Mike handset, are all-digital, they feature the latest technology to protect against cellular-style "cloning," handset fraud and eavesdropping.

 

Mike offers digital phone service for as low as 20 cents per minute, and all local and long-distance calling is billed by the second, rather than in the full minutes charged by traditional cellular phone providers. Mike Green Card service will be available commencing in July for Mike digital phone, Message Mail and voice mail services.

 

"Cellular phone users often come home to shocking roaming bills after they travel in the U.S., and many of them now simply leave their phones at home rather than face those charges," Cope said. "With Mike Green Card service, our clients get the same low rate for airtime as they do at home, whether they're in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Montreal, Windsor or Washington."

 

The Nextel National Network is the largest guaranteed all-digital network in the United States, now covering more than 200 cities. By the end of 1998, Nextel plans to provide digital service to 85 per cent of the areas where the American population lives or works.

"Our customers throughout the United States have embraced the benefits of the all-digital Nextel National Network," said Tom Kelly, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "This agreement means Clearnet clients will enjoy the quality, value and simplicity of digital roaming on both sides of the border."

 

Nextel, a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: NXTL) based in McLean, VA, is the nation's leading provider of fully integrated wireless communications and has built the largest guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the United States.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) is a Canadian wireless communications company that operates the Mike digital network throughout the busy Windsor-to-Quebec corridor, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Awarded a national 30 MHz Personal Communications Services (PCS) licence, Clearnet plans to launch PCS in Canada's largest urban centres in 1997.

 

Mike and Mike Green Card are trademarks of Clearnet Communications Inc. licensed to Clearnet Inc. Nextel and Nextel Direct Connect are trademarks and/or service marks of Nextel Communications, Inc.

 

For more information, please contact: 

 

Media:
Mark Langton, Manager, Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette, Manager, Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Endorses CRTC's Bold Moves to Advance Local Telephone Competition New Rules Position PCS as Viable Local Phone Alternative

May 2, 1997

 

PICKERING, ONTARIO - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") welcomes yesterday's Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's ("CRTC's") decision regarding local telecom competition as a major step in opening-up the local telephone market to competition. In particular, the CRTC's decision creates a regulatory framework that enhances the potential for Clearnet's soon-to-be-launched Personal Communications Services ("PCS") to be a competitive wireless alternative for local telephone service. Until now, local phone service has been provided on a monopoly basis using traditional wireline technology.

 

The CRTC's landmark decision was issued after a thorough public process involving some 30 interested parties and almost three years of deliberation. The decision sets the conditions governing the introduction of local phone service by competitive service providers across Canada and is substantially in accordance with Clearnet's comprehensive recommendations to the CRTC.

 

In particular, Clearnet is pleased by the CRTC's decision to make local subsidies portable. Local subsidies belong to subscribers who will now be able to take these subsidies with them to help pay their local phone bill - no matter which local service provider they choose. Additionally, the CRTC rejected the proposal that new entrants such as Clearnet pay new "local contribution taxes" and now has included wireless carriers in the toll contribution regime.

 

"The CRTC's decision marks the beginning of the end of the telephone company monopoly and opens the door for real consumer choice," said Robert C. Simmonds, Clearnet's Chairman and Vice-President, Regulatory and Technology. "Clearnet will be able to realize its potential as a full-service telecommunications carrier by offering Canadians the ability to choose digital wireless as their one and only telephone service. What you will ultimately see is people ripping the phone off the kitchen wall, throwing it away and then turning to wireless PCS. You will call people, you won't call a home or a place."

 

"The CRTC decision offers us true co-carrier status and clearly rewards facilities-based operators such as Clearnet," said Simmonds. "The CRTC decision effectively broadens Clearnet's potential opportunity to include the $7 billion local phone service segment along with traditional mobile applications of wireless."

 

Clearnet is a publicly traded (TSE, ME: NET.A; NASDAQ: CLNTF) Canadian wireless communications company that operates the Mike(TM) digital network in Ontario and Quebec, and analogue dispatch communication services in more than 40 cities across Canada. Awarded a national 30 MHz PCS licence, Clearnet plans to launch PCS service in Canada's largest urban centres in 1997.

 

Mike is a trademark of Clearnet Communications Inc. licensed to Clearnet Inc.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media:
Mark Langton, Manager, Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette, Manager, Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet and the Canadian Library Association Helping Connect Canadian libraries to the Information Highway

April 23, 1997

MikeTM company offers high-speed Internet connection in return for rooftop rights

 

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") and the Canadian Library Association (CLA) today announced an agreement that will see Clearnet offer selected local libraries high-speed Internet access in exchange for the right to use library rooftops as cell sites for Clearnet's MikeTM and Personal Communications Services (PCS) digital networks.

 

Clearnet requires substantial numbers of new sites for its network of digital cells, or radio transmission systems, as it extends its digital wireless telecom services across Canada. There are almost 3,500 local Canadian libraries, and those that fit Clearnet's buildout plan will be offered either industry-standard payments for rooftop use or high-speed Internet access for library connections and community networking.

 

Clearnet will offer libraries use of a portion of its super-fast T1 lines, and in future will offer conversion to a wireless microwave radio Internet connection. Either solution will allow library users and staff to surf the "Information Highway" at unprecedented speed.

 

"Clearnet is growing by leaps and bounds as we prepare to offer PCS service in cities across Canada and expand our established Mike network. We're delighted we can help support community institutions such as libraries with payments or, better yet, a high-speed 'on ramp' to the Information Highway," said George A. Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO.

 

"We were intrigued when presented with the Clearnet proposal, because we had never appreciated that the roofs of our libraries could be such valuable resources," said CLA President Karen Harrison. "This welcome opportunity with Clearnet comes at a time when CLA and other public-interest organizations have just formed a steering group to search for new sources of support for the development of new community networking, public access and library interconnectivity."

 

The Canadian Library Association was incorporated in 1947 as a non-profit, voluntary association governed by an elected Executive Council, which is advised by more than 30 interest groups and committees. The mission of the CLA is to provide leadership in the promotion, development and support of library and information services in Canada for the benefit of Canadian society, CLA members and the profession.

 

Clearnet is a publicly traded (TSE, ME-NET.A; NASDAQ-CLNTF) Canadian wireless communications company that operates the Mike digital network in Ontario and Quebec, and analog dispatch communication services across Canada. Awarded a national 30 MHz PCS licence, Clearnet plans to launch PCS service in Canada's largest urban centres in mid-1997.

For more information, please contact:

 

Media:
Mark Langton, Manager, Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette, Manager, Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Obtains Consent For Amendment Of Senior Discount

February 7, 1997

 

Notes - Major Condition Precedent To Vendor Financing Now Satisfied

 

PICKERING, ONTARIO - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") announced today that it has received the required consents from its noteholders to permit its wholly-owned subsidiary, Clearnet PCS Inc. ("CPI") to borrow under certain vendor financing arrangements which have been arranged to enable CPI to construct and operate its new PCS ("Personal Communications Services) network.

 

The previously announced Cdn. $475 million in vendor financing has been arranged and will be provided initially by Lucent Technologies Inc. and/or its Canadian subsidiary, Lucent Technologies Canada Inc. (collectively "Lucent"). In that regard, the noteholders have consented to an amendment to the definition of the term "Vendor Financing Arrangements" and certain restrictive covenants in the Indenture to permit the loan and security arrangements contemplated by the transaction between Lucent and CPI. The Notes were issued in December 1995 prior to Clearnet being awarded a national PCS license. The noteholders have consented to certain other amendments of the Indenture to provide additional flexibility to Clearnet with respect to other financing arrangements.

 

The terms of the Senior Discount Note Indenture require that a majority in principal amount consent to amend any provision of the Indenture. This requirement was met, as in fact, over 90% consented to the amendments.

 

Robert G. McFarlane, Clearnet's Vice President & Chief Financial Officer commented that "we are very pleased that our Noteholders have so overwhelmingly supported this consent request. As a result of the amendments, Clearnet has the necessary flexibility to incur the Lucent vendor financing as well as other financing arrangements necessary to fund the Company's future debt requirements."

 

Clearnet is a publicly traded Canadian wireless communications company that operates the Mike digital network in Ontario and Quebec, and analog dispatch communication services in more than 40 cities across Canada. Awarded a national 30 MHz PCS licence last year, Clearnet plans to launch PCS service in Canada's largest urban centres in mid-1997.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media:
Mark Langton, Manager, Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette, Manager, Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Mike Network to Expand in Quebec with Clearnet Acquisition of Mobilair

February 5, 1997

 

PICKERING, ONTARIO - Clearnet Communications Inc. (TSE, ME - NET.A; NASDAQ - CLNTF) today announces that through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Clearnet Inc., it has entered into an agreement in principle to purchase the wireless communication business of Autostock Inc. (ME, TSE - OTO) known as the Mobilair Communications division (collectively "Mobilair"). Autostock's primary business is automotive after-market sales. Its Mobilair wireless communications business is carried on separately and represents about 15 percent of Autostock's consolidated revenues.


Mobilair operates entirely in the province of Quebec. Mobilair is believed to be the largest distributor of wireless two-way radio product in Quebec with 14 sales and service outlets and over 130 employees, all of whom will be offered employment with Clearnet. Mobilair also provides wireless dispatch communications over an analog SMR ("specialized mobile radio") network of approximately 100 transmission sites utilizing over 300 radio channels (including 3.5 MHz in Montreal) to approximately 10,000 subscribers. Mobilair is also an integration specialist in the field of mobility and public safety. Mobilair has annual combined revenue of approximately $18 million.

 

Clearnet will be purchasing assets of Mobilair from Autostock based on values determined as of the closing date which is expected to be on or about February 28, 1997. The purchase price is expected to be approximately $19.5 million and is payable substantially in cash. Clearnet expects to fund the purchase out of existing cash on hand. The completion of the agreement is subject to due diligence, regulatory and boards of directors approvals and various other usual conditions.

 

According to Clearnet's President & Chief Executive Officer, George A. Cope, "this transaction represents a major increase in Clearnet's presence in Quebec. Clearnet has effectively tripled its direct distribution capability in this very important market. Unlike the situation with Autostock, wireless communications is Clearnet's entire business focus. We are excited about introducing the unique and all-digital Mike" network to the Mobilair sales channel. Recently we made the decision to invest millions of dollars in significantly expanding the coverage of the Mike network in Quebec. With the addition of Mobilair's distribution and service strength as well as subscriber base, we look forward to a very successful future for the Mike network in Quebec."

 

David Wells, Clearnet's Vice President, Employee Services, commented that "the Mobilair purchase is yet another component in Clearnet's significant ongoing expansion in Quebec. Clearnet will now employ about 200 employees in 19 locations throughout the province. As a result of this purchase and new positions created this year, total employment in Quebec is expected to increase to over 250 by December 1997. Moreover, Clearnet has or is budgeted to invest over $240 million in Quebec by mid 1998. Clearly the Company is dedicated to becoming the largest wireless communications provider in Quebec through the provision of the recently launched digital Mike business communication services as well as PCS (Personal Communications Services) which will be launched later this year.

 

Clearnet is a publicly traded Canadian wireless communications company that operates the Mike digital network in Ontario and Quebec, and analog dispatch communication services in more than 40 cities across Canada. Awarded a national 30 MHz PCS licence last year, Clearnet plans to launch PCS service in Canada's largest urban centres in mid-1997.

 

Mike is a trademark of Clearnet Communications Inc. licensed to Clearnet Inc.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Mark Langton, Manager
Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette, Manager
Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet to Amalgamate Head Office Operations with Move to Scarborough

January 22, 1997

 

The Mike company is set to add more than 300 employees in Toronto area in 1997

 

PICKERING, ONTARIO - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") today announced that in the fall of 1997 it will consolidate its fast-growing national headquarters into a single 220,000-square-foot operation in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough.

 

Clearnet has entered into a 10-year lease for the space in Scarborough's prestigious Consilium Place office complex. The deal represents an approximate $45 million commitment over the entire lease term. The new space is more than four times the size of Clearnet's existing Pickering head-office space and will allow the wireless-communications company to consolidate employees from four Toronto-area locations into the facility at 200 Consilium Place.

 

"Clearnet is growing by leaps and bounds, and we're delighted we could find a single, high-profile location like Consilium to house our burgeoning head office," said George A. Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. "Our staff has more than quadrupled in the last two years as we've launched our Mike business-communications network and will continue to grow significantly as we prepare for the introduction of Clearnet PCS (Personal Communications Services) this year. Consilium's prime location and amenities make it a natural choice for our people in the Toronto region."

 

Those amenities include in-complex restaurants, banks and shops, a Toronto Transit Commission LRT stop, ample parking and shuttle service to the nearby Scarborough Town Centre. But location was the key: Consilium is at Highway 401 and McCowan, allowing a convenient commute for the more than 450 Clearnet employees living in Toronto and surrounding regions. Clearnet expects to add more than 300 new staff to the Consilium Place location in 1997, which has room to accommodate as many as 1,200 employees as Clearnet continues to expand over the coming years.

 

Clearnet currently has more than 750 employees in offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal, and Clearnet Business Communications Centre (CBCC) dealerships in 19 locations across Canada. Clearnet expects to create approximately 400 new positions across Canada in 1997 alone.

 

Clearnet is a publicly traded (TSE, ME - NET.A; NASDAQ - CLNTF) Canadian wireless communications company that operates the Mike digital network in Ontario and Quebec, and analog dispatch communication services in more than 40 cities across Canada. Awarded a national 30 MHz PCS licence last year, Clearnet plans to launch PCS service in Canada's largest urban centres in mid-1997.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Media:
Mark Langton, Manager, Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette, Manager, Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com 

  • Posted on 1/1/2000

Clearnet Turns On Canada's Most Economic and Convenient US Roaming Service

January 18, 1997

 

Hassle-Free Mike(TM) Roaming Costs a Fraction of What Closest Cellular Competitor Charges

 

PICKERING, ONTARIO - Clearnet Communications Inc. ("Clearnet") today began offering a wireless roaming service that lets Mike(TM) clients use their portable digital phones across the United States, free from the roaming surcharges, inflated "simplified roaming rates," usage inconveniences and fraud threats long faced by analogue cell phone users.

 

Mike's Green Card(TM) Service is the result of an agreement between Clearnet and strategic partner Nextel Communications Inc. ("Nextel"). Mike clients can now take their phones to more than 250 US cities served by the Nextel all-digital National Network, and start making calls for the exactly same price they pay at home - which is as low as 15 cents per minute.

 

"No other wireless company in Canada can come even close to matching the ease and economy of Mike's Green Card," said George Cope, Clearnet's President and CEO. "Mike is a traveling companion of the best kind - he works when and where you need him to, and he won't hit you with unexpected charges or unnecessary stress when you're on the road."

 

Cellular users have often been shocked by the roaming charges and multiple inconveniences they face when they use their phones in the United States. Cellular roamers can be charged expensive access fees and higher airtime rates, or be obliged to register with US cellular carriers or input special access codes when they use their phones outside their home areas. In cities hit heavily by cell phone fraud, cellular roamers must often offer their credit card numbers before being allowed to make calls.

 

Mike's Green Card service changes all that, and is automatically part of Clearnet's standard Mike service - with no activation fees, surcharges or registration required. Clients will find Mike's Green Card service offers them true US roaming freedom in several ways:

 

  • Freedom from extra roaming charges - When Mike clients make a local call in the US, they simply pay the same airtime rate they pay at home, which is as low as 15 cents Canadian per minute off-peak; it's the simplest and fairest roaming deal on the continent
  • Freedom from exorbitant "simplified" roaming rates - Mike clients are billed at their home airtime rates, not at a "simplified price" that is many times a user's regular airtime rate. For example, one traditional wireless provider recently announced a "simplified roaming rate" of 99 cents US per minute (plus whatever long-distance charges are added by local US cellular providers). That's almost 10 times Mike's off-peak airtime rate of 15 cents (Cdn) a minute. Long-distance on Mike's Green Card service is a standard 41 cents (Cdn) a minute, so even Mike long-distance calls in the US are less expensive than local US calls made with the competition

 

  • Freedom from inconvenience - Many cellular companies charge roaming users extra setup fees and surcharges, charge for incomplete calls, and require their customers to input special access codes or offer their credit cards to an operator before they can make calls; with Mike's Green Card, you simply dial the number you're calling and start talking
  • Freedom from account fraud worries - Analogue cellular account fraud costs North American cell phone users some $1.5 million (US) a day in fraud charges, according to the Cellular Telecom

 

Industry Association, and account "cloning" is rampant in popular US business destinations such as New York City. Because the Mike network is all-digital, Mike clients are far better protected against cellular-style cloning, handset fraud and eavesdropping wherever they travel in the US.

 

Why Analogue Cellular Can Never Match Mike's Green Service Because Clearnet and Nextel operate similar wireless networks based on Motorola iDEN technology, Mike clients can easily roam across both all-digital networks. The Nextel National Network is a guaranteed all-digital network covering more than 250 US cities, including major business destinations such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, DC.

 

Traditional cellular networks in the US, by contrast, are operated by a variety of companies in different cities and regions, meaning cellular roamers may be serviced by many different carriers. That wide variety of different cellular providers has lead to a corresponding jumble of roaming surcharges, long-distance prices, registration requirements and other inconveniences - which Mike clients will never have to worry about.

 

"The hassles and high cost of using a cellular phone in the US has often meant that roaming just wasn't worth it for many travelers. Many who have roamed vowed they'd never do it again after they opened their cell phone bill," said Clearnet's Cope. "With Mike, all of the unfortunate connotations associated in the past with wireless roaming have disappeared."

 

Nextel, a publicly traded company (NASDAQ-NXTL) based in McLean, VA, is the nation's leading provider of fully integrated wireless communications and has built the largest guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the United States. By the end of 1998, Nextel plans to provide digital service to 85 per cent of the areas where the American population lives or works.

 

Clearnet (TSE, ME-NET.A; NASDAQ-CLNTF) is a Canadian wireless communications company that operates the Mike digital network throughout the busy Windsor-to-Quebec corridor, and analogue dispatch communication services across Canada. Awarded a national 30 MHz Personal Communications Services (PCS) licence, Clearnet plans to launch PCS in Canada's largest urban centres in 1997.

 

Mike and Mike's Green Card service are trademarks of Clearnet Communications Inc. licensed to Clearnet Inc. Nextel is a registered trade-mark of Nextel Communications, Inc. Motorola and iDEN are registered trade-marks of Motorola, Inc.

For more information, please contact:

 

Media:
Mark Langton, Manager, Public Relations
(416) 279-3454
mlangton@clearnet.com 

 

Investor Relations:
Vincent Surette, Manager, Finance & Treasury
(905) 837-3041
vsurette@clearnet.com