Vidéotron Ltée

March 03, 2005 11:20 ET

Videotron Internet Service: Still the Fastest in Every Way-Period


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MARCH 3, 2005 - 11:20 ET

Videotron Internet Service: Still the Fastest in Every
Way-Period

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 3, 2005) - In keeping with its
commitment to deliver the fastest service on the market, Videotron has
announced an increase in file transfer speeds on its Basic Cable
Internet service. With the change, Videotron's full line of Internet
products remains the speediest in its service area.

Basic Cable Internet: affordable service within everyone's reach

Starting March 7, 2005, download speeds on Videotron's Basic Cable
Internet service will be boosted by 134% from 128 kbps to 300 kbps and
upload speeds by 100% from 64 kbps to 128 kbps. Basic Cable Internet is
ideal for beginners or for Internet users who are fed up with dial-up
access and want greater convenience. It is five times faster than
dial-up access and does not tie up the phone line.

High-Speed Internet: travel at the speed of light

Since November 2004, subscribers to Videotron High-Speed Internet have
enjoyed download speeds of 5.1 mbps, the fastest for the service
category within Videotron's territory. They can also access exclusive
content, currently including the auditions for Star Academie 2005, at
zonehautevitesse.com.

Extreme High-Speed: experience extreme freedom

Videotron's Extreme High-speed Internet service supports download speeds
of 6.5 mbps and upload speeds of 900 kbps. It is the perfect solution
for Internet users who want to download large files without counting
kilobytes or enjoy playing online games.

Significant customer base growth

The combined customer base for Videotron's cable Internet access
services passed the half-million mark in 2004. At year's end, the number
of subscribers totalled 502,600, up 23.7% from 2003.

Network improvements

In 2004, Videotron invested approximately $40 million to enhance the
reliability and performance of its Internet access infrastructure and
its two-way broadband HFC (hybrid fibre-optic/coaxial cable) network. At
the same time, Videotron implemented one of the most effective virus
check / spam filter systems in the world. All the improvements were
designed to provide Videotron customers with the best possible
entertainment and telecommunications experience.

Videotron ltee (www.videotron.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in
cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access
services and residential telephone service. Videotron is a leader in new
technologies with its illico interactive television system and its
broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access,
analog and digital cable television, and other services. Videotron
serves 1,453,000 cable television customers in Quebec; including over
334,000 illico subscribers. Videotron is also the Quebec leader in
high-speed Internet access, with 527,000 subscribers to its cable modem
and dial-up services.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Videotron ltee
    Jean-Paul Galarneau
    Senior Manager, Communications
    (514) 380-7383
    (514) 824-0001 (Cell)