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Encyclopedia > Bell Canada Enterprises

Bell Canada Enterprises is a major telecommunications company and a provider of telephone services in Canada. It is traded on the TSX as "BCE".


Alexander Graham Bell, who resided most of his life in Nova Scotia, Canada, was granted a US patent (#7,789) for the telephone in 1877. Graham Bell assigned 75% of the Canadian patent rights to his father, Melville Bell, who, with a friend, Reverend Thomas Henderson, started up a business of leasing pairs of wooden hand telephones for use on private lines constructed by the client from, for example, store to warehouse or home to office. The Bell Telephone Company of Canada Ltd. (known as "The Bell", or "Bell Canada" for short) was founded in 1880 and granted a government monopoly on Canadian long distance telephone service. By 1914, the Bell Telephone Company serviced 237,000 subscribers.

Eventually there were two main companies in the telephone industry in Canada -- Bell Canada selling services and a division of AT&T, Northern Electric, making equipment. There was a parallel setup in the US -- AT&T selling phone services and Western Electric making the equipment.

In recent decades there have been a number of changes. Between 1980 and 1997, the telcommunications industry was fully deregulated and Bell Canada's monopoly ended, leaving it to provide local phone service only in Ontario and Quebec, not the rest of Canada. Because of the breakup of AT&T in the United States, Northern Electric became Northern Telecom, later renamed Nortel. Bell Canada currently services over 13 million phonelines, and functions under the brandname umbrella, "Bell".

The Future

Bell Canada has moved into new industries like Bell Sympatico, an Internet service provider, Bell Mobility, a cellular wireless service, and Bell ExpressVu, one of Canada's two national satellite television providers. The BCE corporation also owns the CTV television network and The Globe and Mail, a national newspaper as well as other media assets in what is known as Bell Globemedia, Canada's largest media corporation.

Other assets include satellite systems integrator Telesat Canada, Western Canada CLEC Bell West, and minority stakes in Aliant and IT service provider CGI. All in all, BCE partially or fully owns sixteen companies in the fields of telecommunications, media, and information technology.

Shifting their focus on IP, Bell has in recent years deployed MPLS on their nationwide fibre ring network in anticipation of upcoming consumer and enterprise_level IP applications, such as IPTV and VoIP.

External links

  • Bell Canada Official Website (http://www.bell.ca)
  • Bell Canada Enterprises (http://www.bce.ca)

  Results from FactBites:
Bell Canada Enterprises Inc (581 words)
Bell Canada Enterprises Inc (BCE) is a communications company best known for its Bell Canada brand under which it provides local and long-distance service.
What is known today as BCE was created in 1983 through a corporate reorganization whereby BCE became parent to over 80 companies previously known as the Bell Group, of which Bell Canada, the country's largest telephone company, had been head.
BCE and other providers of telecommunications services have moved beyond the traditional range of voice-to-voice services and will continue to do so, subject to consumer acceptance and the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission).
Bell Canada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1077 words)
Bell Canada Enterprises, legally BCE Inc., is, through its subsidiaries including Bell Canada and Aliant, a major telecommunications company as the incumbent local exchange carrier for telephone services in most of Canada east of Manitoba.
Bell Canada sold its 22 exchanges in the eastern region of the NWT to NorthwesTel in 1992, and BCE transferred ownership of the company to Bell Canada in 1999.
BCE also owns the CTV television network and The Globe and Mail, a national newspaper, as well as other media assets in what is known as Bell Globemedia, Canada's largest media corporation.
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