Consumers and businesses in the far northern Canadian communities of Yellowknife, Whitehorse and Inuvik now have the option of moving to Iristel’s VoIP-based local telephone service, whilst keeping their existing fixed phone numbers. The new local phone service is being sold in Yellowknife through ICE Wireless and Global Storm; in Whitehorse through Midarctic Technology Services and Polar Group ICT; and in Inuvik by New North Networks. Samer Bishay, CEO of Iristel, announced: ‘We’re offering more advanced services at lower prices than the incumbent [Bell group] phone company… Residential and business customers can cut their local service phone bill in half.’ The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) last year broke the final phone monopoly in North America and set in place regulations allowing competition in Canada’s North. Through its partner company ICE Wireless, customers switching to Iristel’s landline competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) services can also get mobile services in the North.
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