Choice now available in Yellowknife, Whitehorse and Inuvik for customers
to switch while keeping their phone number; more to come with advanced
Internet-based services for smaller communities slated for 2013
YELLOWKNIFE, Dec. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Consumers and businesses in
Yellowknife, Whitehorse and Inuvik can now keep their existing phone
numbers and move to Iristel's advanced phone network for significantly
less than they are paying currently for local phone service.
"Our network is fired up, connected to the south and ready to go for
people in Canada's North who are tired of high monopoly prices for
landline phone service," said Samer Bishay, President and CEO of
Iristel Inc. "We're offering more advanced services at lower prices
than the incumbent phone company."
The new local phone service is being sold in Yellowknife through ICE
Wireless (toll-free at 855-474-7423) and Global Storm (867-873-8611),
and in Whitehorse through Midarctic Technology Services (867-668-6024)
and Polar Group ICT (867-668-2546) and in Inuvik New North Networks
"Residential and business customers can cut their local service phone
bill in half, keep their existing phone numbers, not have to buy new
equipment or change anything in the way they make calls now. It's
simple to change, simple to use and simply more affordable," Mr. Bishay
The CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission)
last year broke the final phone monopoly in North America and set in
place regulations allowing competition in Canada's North. Connecting
its VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) network to the rest of Canada
and the world via the Internet was the last piece of the puzzle for
local phone choice in Canada's North.
"We just completed our final tests and our network now reaches the North
with cutting-edge technology and advanced 21st century services," said Maged Bishara, Iristel's Vice-President
Operations. "This is significant, not only for consumers and businesses
in the North but for all of Canada because it is the first step in
bridging the digital divide that has separated Canada's North from the
rest of the country."
VoIP technology is more flexible and more affordable than the plain old
telephone service offered by the incumbent phone company. For example,
a business can get a multiline PBX phone system hosted by Iristel in
the cloud and avoid paying up to $20,000 in upfront costs for office
phone equipment and never pay long-distance charges for internal
company calls from one office to another.
Iristel, which has been licensed since 2000 by the CRTC as a CLEC
(Competitive Local Exchange Carrier), now brings its many other VoIP
telecom services to the North, including Virtual Faxing that
automatically converts paper faxes to digital and delivers them as
email, Video Conferencing, Hosted Auto Attendant, IP Trunking and
"We are a pro-competition company," Mr. Bishay said. "If a reseller
wishes to compete against the incumbent and us, that's fine. We will
provide them with the necessary resources at affordable wholesale
rates. We do this because we believe competition brings innovation and
fairer prices for consumers and business."
Other consumer benefits include features like Call Waiting, 3-Way
Calling and Voicemail for $2 month. Iristel service includes free
Visual Call Display, free Caller ID and free Caller ID blocking with no
activation fees, hidden charges or contracts. For a limited time only,
Iristel is offering extended local calling that enables customers to
call all 867 numbers for free, not only the ones residing in their
Through its partner company ICE Wireless, customers switching to
Iristel's landline CLEC services can also get mobility phone service in
Established in 1999, Iristel Inc. ("Iristel") was granted a carrier
license by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) in 2000 and is one of Canada's largest VoIP service
providers with a coast-to-coast-to-coast network. Iristel offers a
complete portfolio of IP services in Canada, including hosted IP PBX,
virtual faxing, virtual roaming, and global IP trunking products and
services. For more information please visit www.iristel.ca.
SOURCE: Iristel Inc.
For further information: