Bell Aliant is a Canadian communications company which offers services in many locations in eastern Canada, Atlantic Canada and in the rural areas of Quebec and Ontario. The company is traded on TSX under the ticker symbol BA. The main competitors of Bell Aliant are Rogers Communications Inc., MTS Allstream Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., and others.
Bell Aliant is a successor to a company, which was established through the merger of Bruncor, Island Telecom, Maritime Telephone and Telegraph Company, NewTel Enterprises, which took place in 1999. They were the major phone companies in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia. In 2006, Aliant and Bell announced a proposed merger of Aliant’s operations into the operations of Bell. In particular, the retail and wireless networks of Aliant would be managed by the Bell World and Bell Mobility operations, which are wholly owned by Bell. Bell Alliant acquired 63.5 percent interest in Telebec and Northern Tell. Both companies are wholly owned by Bell Aliant since 2007 but manage and operate their wireless networks.
Today, Bell Aliant is a major internet access provider in Canada, offering products and services to individual and business clients. Individual clients of the company can choose from phone services, fiberOP Internet, digital TV, and other services. Business clients of Bell Aliant are offered business bundles, fiberOP internet and internet, phone services, and more. Managed by Bell Mobility, the wireless service is a good option for business clients who want to choose the rate plan and phone that works best for their business. Business bundles are offered with a variety of features, including yellow pages listing, Centrex phone service, calling features such as voicemail to email, optional unlimited long distance plans, and others. Business clients who take advantage of the company’s phone services also benefit from phone lines and systems (e.g. multi-line and phone systems), long distance plans, and calling features such as call director, call return, visual call waiting, and others. Conferencing services offered by the company include online conference booking and video and telephone conferencing. The video conferencing service offers interactive audio and video as an alternative way to communicate with business partners.