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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2005

Eastlink's Sydney network upgrade nears completion

Sydney, Nova Scotia - Eastlink's $4.3 million dollar upgrade to its digital fiber network is nearing completion. The upgrade provides residential and business customers with the ability to choose Eastlink Telephone. Eastlink Telephone offers customers local calling and calling features for one monthly low price.

"The upgrade to our Sydney network is approximately 85 per cent complete," said Dan McKeen, Co-CEO, Eastlink. "A number of communities already have access to our telephone service including Westmount, Coxheath, downtown Sydney to name a few and the remaining upgrade areas will soon have choice in a telephone service provider."

With the expansion of Eastlink telephone into the area, it will mark the first time Cape Breton communities have enjoyed telephone competition.

"We know customers want a reliable and affordable telephone service for their home and businesses and we have answered the call for Sydney residents," said McKeen.

Upgrade construction began in the middle of May and will be completed in Winter 2006. Customers choosing to switch to Eastlink Telephone can enjoy free installation and are able to keep their existing phone number, jacks and directory listing. For a complete listing of communities where telephone service is currently available, please visit Eastlink.ca.

About Eastlink
Operating from its headquarters in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Eastlink is the fifth largest cable company in Canada and was the first to offer customers local telephone service over a state-of-the-art digital network. Eastlink's employees provide a range of communications, entertainment & advertising services to business and residential customers across the Maritimes. For more information on Eastlink and its products and services, visit www.eastlink.ca.

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Jill Laing
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Jill.Laing@corp.eastlink.ca