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April 1, 2011

Eastlink gives Burin Peninsula a telecommunications makeover

St. John's, NL – Customers on the Burin Peninsula now have the advantage of Eastlink’s full suite of advanced video, internet and phone services.

Residential and business customers in 42 communities across the Peninsula can now enjoy world class video services including OnDemand, exclusive to Eastlink, enhanced High Definition (HD) programming, an Internet speed advantage with 15 Megabits per second (Mbps) and competitive telephone service.

“Delivering telecommunications services that compare to those in urban centres can be challenging and technically complex but we’re doing it,” says Arthur Taylor, Regional Manager.

“We’re proud to continue our investment in Newfoundland as we roll out even more advanced services to communities on the Burin Peninsula. We have invested over two million dollars to upgrade our systems to a world class fibre network on the Burin Peninsula taking customers in communities like Winterland from basic cable only to a full suite of products including Digital, HD, Internet (15 Mbps), and telephone virtually overnight.”

With Eastlink’s multi-million dollar investments, the vast majority of Newfoundlanders can live in non-urban areas and still enjoy the same advanced telecommunications services available in larger urban centers.

More about Eastlink’s upgrade on the Burin Peninsula:

• Addition of 49 HD channels including AMC (American Movie Classics) HD; Sportsnet One HD; Family HD; OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) HD and History HD to name a few

o With Eastlink HD customers get unparalleled rich, vibrant colours via HD 1080 technology, exceptional sound with the true cinematic experience of Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, and the widescreen experience.

• Access to OnDemand, exclusive to Eastlink customers

o Eastlink OnDemand offers Eastlink Digital TV Customers access to a vast library of free programs including prime time TV shows like the very popular Glee and Hawaii Five-O, Eastlink TV community programming including episodes of “My Town”, as well as Treehouse and YTV children’s programs, music videos and even Karaoke. OnDemand also allows customers to choose from New Releases and Old Favourites Movie Rentals; The Movie Network (TMN); HBO; and access to major events including UFC. Eastlink offers live and OnDemand exclusive coverage of amateur sports including Quebec Major Junior Hockey and Atlantic University Sports football, hockey and basketball.

• Eastlink High Speed Extreme 15

o Eastlink High Speed Extreme 15 Mbps is the fastest Internet available, compared to 7 Mbps Internet.
o An Eastlink High Speed Extreme 15 customer can download a GB in less than 10 minutes. That compares to over 20 minutes with 7 Mbps Internet.
o Customers can download an MP3 audio file (approx. 4 MB) in less than a 5 seconds, and upload a 100 MB video to YouTube in approximately 14 minutes.

• Competitive Telephone
o Installation is free
o Customers can keep their current phone number, jacks, wiring and directory listing.

“This upgrade is an example of just how hard we're working to deliver more,” noted Mr. Taylor.

Eastlink’s Burin Peninsula upgrade is the latest in a series of Eastlink investments in Newfoundland. To learn more, visit

About Eastlink
Headquartered in Nova Scotia with more than 1,600 employees from coast to coast, Eastlink delivers world-class video entertainment, internet and telephone services to residential, business and public-sector customers across Canada.

Using its state-of-the-art fibre network, Eastlink offers advanced services including the best OnDemand and HD programming, High Speed Internet including our Internet 100 Mbps, competitive local telephone services, and exclusive locally produced programming via Eastlink TV.

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Jill Laing
Public and Media Relations
(902) 446-1939