Bell Canada will extend its agreement with equipment maker Alcatel for another four years and buy more DSL (digital subscriber line) Internet gear, the companies announced Wednesday. The agreement is worth about $400 million to Alcatel according to Jim White, vice president of marketing for the company's broadband networking division. Bell Canada estimates that the equipment will allow the telecom carrier to offer high-speed Internet service to 85 percent of its customers by the end of 2002. Bell Canada reported 757,000 DSL customers at the end of 2001, an increase of 125 percent from the previous year.
The equipment in the deal includes Alcatel's 7300 Advanced Services Access Manager box, which supports widely used DSL standards such as ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) technology as well as , a more advanced protocol.