NORTH BAY, ON, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontera (O.N.Tel. Inc.) announced
today that it has purchased the telecommunication assets of PUC Telecom
This purchase was born out of a joint venture between the two companies.
Since 2001, Ontera and PUC Telecom Inc. have collaborated to provide
telecommunications services to Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma region.
In the joint venture, PUC Telecom Inc. provided the fibre optic network
within the city of Sault Ste. Marie, and Ontera provided connections to
its network throughout the Algoma District, Northeastern Ontario and to
"Consistent with our strategic vision, Ontera is now better positioned
to strengthen our presence in Sault Ste. Marie," stated Amedeo
Bernardi, Vice President and General Manager of Ontera. "We plan on
continuing to provide superior service to our existing customers,
identifying opportunities to grow our customer base, and providing
market leading telecommunications services and solutions to the area
and beyond." Paul Goulet, CEO and President of Ontera's parent company
Ontario Northland, stated "We are very proud and excited to be
increasing our presence in the Algoma region."
Brian Curran, President and C.E.O. of PUC Inc. stated, "PUC Telecom was
created to bring competitive high speed broadband telecommunication
service to Sault Ste. Marie. Over the past ten years PUC Telecom, in
partnership with Ontera, fulfilled that mandate and was a successful
telecommunications provider. We believe that the time is appropriate
for us to concentrate on our other core operations in the energy and
water sectors. We expect that our Telecom customers will continue to
receive excellent service with Ontera."
There is approximately 120 km of fibre in the City of Sault Ste. Marie
Ontera provides telecommunication service to 30,000 Northern Ontario
customers in a territory spanning 200,000 square km.
Ontera, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ontario Northland since 1902, is a
full service telecommunications company that offers Internet, local
telephone service, long distance, data, and mobile services in Northern
PUC Inc. is wholly owned by the City of Sault Ste. Marie. Through its
affiliates it provides electric and water distribution, water and
wastewater treatment services to Sault Ste. Marie and other Northern
For further information:
Rebecca McGlynn, Company Spokesperson, Ontario Northland and Ontera, 705.472.4500 or 1.800.363.7512 ext. 529, cell 705.845.8005, firstname.lastname@example.org