Quebecor Inc.

Quebecor Inc.

April 17, 2007 13:08 ET

Quebecor Calls for Faster Changes in Wireless to Keep Canada from Falling Further Behind

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 17, 2007) - The President and CEO of Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.A)(TSX:QBR.B), Pierre Karl Peladeau, called today for swifter government action in allocating frequencies for a new generation of wireless mobile devices after Canada has fallen behind most other industrialized countries.

Endorsing the government's review of the wireless sector, Mr. Peladeau stated: "We believe that the spectrum auction for new frequencies should happen more quickly than what the Industry department is calling for, which is January of 2008. Canada has already fallen too far behind. If we truly want to support Canadian culture and see it flourish, we have to equip ourselves very rapidly with the appropriate vehicles."

In a speech to the Canadian Club of Ottawa, Mr. Peladeau said Quebecor would make a major investment to create a third-generation mobile service in Quebec, assuming Industry Canada creates a playing field for reasonable competition against the "oligopoly of three companies - Bell, Telus and Rogers" whose dominance has resulted in Canada lagging behind other nations.

The average Canadian wireless user pays 33 per cent more than Americans for the same service and Canada has a wireless penetration rate well behind the U.S. and other nations, he said.

Canada is virtually the only industrialized country with no access to the third-generation or 3G wireless technologies. With high-speed wireless access equivalent to today's wired connections to the Internet, 3G will deliver a host of new content to mobile devices.

"3G devices are gradually becoming the new universal distribution backbone, for music, television, movies and much more," said Mr. Peladeau. "All of this will allow us to offer our customers a full range of products conceived and developed here in Canada. Our degree of integration and interactivity among our various components is more advanced than anyone in the country."

Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.A)(TSX:QBR.B) is a communications company with operations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. It has two operating subsidiaries, Quebecor World Inc. and Quebecor Media Inc. Quebecor World is one of the largest commercial print media services companies in the world. Quebecor Media owns operating companies in numerous media related businesses: Videotron Ltd., the largest cable operator in Quebec and a major Internet Service Provider and provider of telephone and business telecommunications services; Sun Media Corporation, Canada's largest national chain of tabloids and community newspapers; TVA Group Inc., operator of the largest French language over the air television network in Quebec, a number of specialty channels, and the English language over the air station Sun TV; Canoe Inc., operator of a network of English and French language Internet properties in Canada; Nurun Inc., a major interactive technologies and communications agency with offices in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia; companies engaged in book publishing and magazine publishing; and companies engaged in the production, distribution and retailing of cultural products, namely Archambault Group Inc., the largest chain of music stores in eastern Canada, TVA Films, and Le SuperClub Videotron Ltd., a chain of video and video game rental and retail stores. Quebecor Inc. has operations in 18 countries.

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    Luc Lavoie
    Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs
    Office: 514-380-1974
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