Primus Telecommunications Canada is significantly expanding its business VoIP telephony footprint with availability in new markets of all sizes across the country, it announced in a press release. As a result, Primus has quadrupled its footprint with significant increases in regions and provinces such as Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Saskatchewan in an effort to reach more than 80% of businesses across the country with its VoIP offerings. Primus – the first telco in Canada to introduce VoIP services in 2004 – adds that as a result of the expansion, it will offer fixed number portability in every province for business customers. Primus offers a range of VoIP options for businesses including SIP Trunking and Hosted PBX (a cloud-based VoIP phone system which allows employees to work in the office, at home, or on mobile devices). Primus bills itself as the largest independent telecommunications service provider in Canada, offering consumer and business telecoms services nationwide including Home Phone, Internet, Long Distance, VoIP, Enterprise IP Voice Solutions, Hosted Phone Systems (Hosted PBX), Dedicated Data Access and IP connectivity solutions.
Another long-established alternative Canadian telecoms provider, Yak Communications (sister of cellco Wind Mobile), issued a press release last week announcing the launch of its upgraded ‘Yak Clear Voice’ service, which it claims provides Yak home phone users with ‘crystal-clear voice calls using enhanced noise reduction technologies’. CEO of Yak’s parent group Globalive, Anthony Lacavera, gave this statement on the latest technology launch: ‘Having a digital home phone or VoIP product in Canada, which has always beaten traditional home phone on price, and is now competing at the highest level with regard to voice quality, is sure to be a game-changer. In the coming months, this technology will also be integrated with Yak’s Mobile Calling App. I’m extremely proud of the progress we’ve made.’ Yak operates nationally, offering Internet, Home Phone, Mobile, Travel Card and Landline Long Distance services, with pricing that it claims ‘undercuts telecom competitors by margins up to 80%’. The firm has provided long-distance call services since the early 1990s.