Bell Canada - BCE Inc. (NYSE:BCE) (TSE:BCE) - , which is now simply referred to as Bell, is one of the largest telecommunications companies in Canada. Founded as The Bell Telephone Company of Canada Ltd. In 1880 by Alexander Graham Bell the company developed from Bell’s master patent for the telephone that was granted in 1876. With a government granted monopoly in hand, the company expanded into Ontario and later the United States. The company officially became known simply as Bell Canada in 1868.
Bell Canada has a number of subsidiary companies that offer both phone and internet services across Canada. They include:
- Northern Tel
- Bell Aliant
Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE)
Today, Bell Canada is one cog in the wheel of a major Canadian conglomerate. The main asset of Bell Canada Enterprises, it is just one of many telecommunications and media operations that now include:
- Bell Media and the CTV TV network
- A stake in the Montreal Canadiens
- A stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Marlies, Raptors and Toronto FC)
In terms of telecommunications, in addition to its core telephone services, Bell owns a number of additional subsidiaries including:
- Bell Mobility (this includes Solo Mobile and Virgin Mobile Canada)
- Bell TV – home satellite television
- Bell DSL internet for home and business
Bell Canada Residential Services
Bell offers a wide variety of services to both home and business users. Here is an outline of the services they offer:
- Voice services: In addition to traditional phone services, Bell also offers VoIP services called Digital Voice.
- Mobile phone services: Bells wireless network runs across Canada and has a number of subsidiary providers for customers to choose from (Solo and Virgin).
- Voicemail and messaging: Both home phone and mobile services come with voicemail as a service option for customers.
- Internet: Bell offers high speed DSL internet services for its customers.
- Television: Bell TV is a satellite service provider that offers customers home television. Bell has also recently introduced Bell Fibe TV in Toronto and Montreal.
Bell Canada Business Services
Here are some of the business related services offered by Bell Canada:
- Business internet services: The type of internet connection and the features companies select can vary widely. However, there are a number of great options for companies to select based on the type of business they operate.
- Business phone line: Bell offers high quality service with many traditional and more modern phone system options. They also offer hosted IP voice services if you want to go the VoIP route.
- Single number reach: Since business owners are always on the go, and tend to be a jack of all trades, having a single number they can be reached at is ideal. This service allows businesses to publish one number and have it ring on multiple devices. Therefore, regardless if you are in the office, on a sales call or at home, you can answer the call.
- Domain name: A less traditional service offered by a telecom, Bell is now helping small business register a domain for their websites. They offer flexible terms and will also help with the transfer of you current domain to their platform.
- Web essentials bundle: When you think about Bell, people often think in terms of internet services, not hosting. This bundle helps business owners develop, design, host and maintain their website. While the website is a basic 3 page site, it will give business owners an instant presence until they can invest in a more comprehensive website. However, the most surprising aspect of this bundle is that Bell also offers search engine optimization and submissions to search engine and directories.
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Friday, December 11, 2009Cabinet agrees with CRTC on Ethernet Industry Minister Tony Clement decreed Friday that the CRTC was correct in not categorizing Ethernet services from incumbent telcos as essential service subject to regulation. But it asked the CRTC to re-visit the decision on fibre to the node.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009Vancouver 2010 to run entirely on Bell IP network The upcoming 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver will run on a 285-km fibre optic network built by Bell Canada, connecting the Games’ 130 venues