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Bell Canada drops Expertech as network installer

Briefs | 03/13/2007 5:52 pm EDT

Bell Canada has announced that it will not renew its service agreement with Expertech and will now transition its network installation services to an alternative supplier. Bell, the country’s largest incumbent telephone company, was notified by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union that Expertech rejected an offer to restructure its operations, and as result couldn’t tender a competitive offer for the long-term contract with Bell. According to a Bell Canada news release, Expertech’s prices were on average 25% higher than other tenders that Bell received. "We would have preferred to continue working with Expertech, but the disappointing result of [the February 26] vote means that the company will not able to restructure and offer its service at a competitive price," Bell Canada’s president of operations Patrick Pichette said in a news release.

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