WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 6-K

                        REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

                     Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 under
                       the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

          For the month of February 2003 Commission File Number 1-8481

                                    BCE Inc.
                 (Translation of Registrant's name into English)

 1000, rue de La Gauchetiere Ouest, Bureau 3700, Montreal, Quebec H3B 4Y7,
                                (514) 397-7000
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant files or will file annual reports
under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

             Form 20-F                               Form 40-F     X
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Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant by furnishing the information
contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the
Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

              Yes                                     No     X
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If "Yes" is marked, indicate below the file number assigned to the Registrant
in connection with Rule 12g3-2(b): 82-           .

Notwithstanding any reference to BCE's Web site on the World Wide Web in the
documents attached hereto, the information contained in BCE's site or any other
site on the World Wide Web referred to in BCE's site is not a part of this Form
6-K and, therefore, is not filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

BCE Offers Series AC Preferred Shares

    MONTREAL, Feb. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE) today
announced that it has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of investment
dealers under which the syndicate has agreed to purchase for resale to the
public 6,000,000 Cumulative Redeemable First Preferred Shares, Series AC at a
price of $25.50 per share. The syndicate consists of RBC Capital Markets as
lead manager and book-runner, Scotia Capital Inc., TD Securities Inc., BMO
Nesbitt Burns Inc., CIBC World Markets Inc., National Bank Financial Inc. and
Merrill Lynch Canada Inc.
    BCE may also issue a further 14,000,000 Series AC Preferred Shares at the
same price to the holders of its currently issued and outstanding 14,000,000
Cumulative Redeemable First Preferred Shares, Series U, if BCE exercises its
option to purchase for cancellation its Series U Preferred Shares.
    The preliminary short form prospectus, covering the issue of the Series AC
Preferred Shares, is expected to be filed on February 12, 2003 with Canadian
securities regulatory authorities. The offering is scheduled to close on or
about February 28, 2003.
    This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation
of an offer to buy the securities in any jurisdiction. The Series AC Preferred
Shares will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and may not
be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit
of, U.S. persons.

    BCE is Canada's largest communications company. It has 25 million customer
connections through the wireline, wireless, data/Internet and satellite services
it provides, largely under the Bell brand. As well, BCE has e-commerce
capabilities provided under the BCE Emergis brand. BCE's media interests are
held by Bell Globemedia, including CTV and The Globe and Mail. BCE shares are
listed in Canada, the United States and Europe.


For further information: Nick Kaminaris, Communications, (514) 786-3908,


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                            BCE Inc.

                                  (Signed Michael T. Boychuk)
                                        Michael T. Boychuk
                         Senior Vice-President and Corporate Treasurer

                                    Date: February 12, 2003