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AOL Canada Alliance to Offer DSL Trial

AOL Canada, Bell Nexxia and UUNET Canada have more than tripled the coverage of AOL Canada's dial-up access network through a strategic alliance.

Stephen Bartkiw, CEO of AOL Canada said that the alliance with Bell Nexxia and UUNET Canada delivers on his firm's commitment to provide a convenient interactive online service for Canadians from coast to coast.

Through this alliance, AOL Canada and Bell Nexxia will conduct a market trial of DSL access to AOL Plus, AOL Canada's broadband product, with AOL Canada members this winter in Toronto. This DSL access will provide a direct connection to the Internet up to 30 times faster than traditional dial-up access.

Bell Nexxias broadband network support is to ensure that AOL Canada can provide service to its members with local access numbers in every province.

The agreement also extends UUNET's commitment to AOL Canada, and accelerates expansion of its shared network infrastructure in Canada, according to Chris Scatliff, president and CEO of UUNETs Canadian operations. UUNET owns and operates a global Internet network throughout North America, and in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

AOL Canada Inc. is a strategic alliance between America Online, Inc. and Royal Bank, a Canadian financial services group.