Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility are partnering to extend advanced mobile phone coverage in Alberta, B.C., Ontario and Quebec. The wireless carriers in November said they would share infrastructure costs in certain places to ensure customers have “1X” connectivity wherever they roam. The deal means Bell Mobility’s 1X clients should expect to get a signal in rural Alberta and B.C., and Telus Mobility’s users win 1X access in outlying parts of Ontario and Quebec. In a press release, Bell Mobility says it plans to “continue to compete vigorously with Telus Mobility.”

AT&T gets breathing room

AT&T Canada Inc. has been granted extended creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCRA), according to a November statement from the company. The extension, courtesy of the Ontario Superior Court, gives the voice and data service provider room to get its house in order following the restructuring plan it embarked on earlier this year. AT&T Canada originally requested creditor protection in October. The company in November said it was severing ties with AT&T Corp., adding that the move would likely mean fewer funds from the U.S. parent company.

Let’s back up here

Aliant Telecom has two new initiatives for businesses in Atlantic Canada. The telco said last month that it was testing with customers in Saint John, N.B. a “PC Backup” product that stores data saved on clients’ computers. The system lets users select their own backup schedules and restore data easily, according to a statement. It also launched, a portal offering stats on e-business trends, a B2B marketplace and a suite of e-business applications. Access the site via Aliant Telecom encourages businesses interested in participating in the PC Backup trial to call 1-800-874-6333 or e-mail