Ice Wireless announces new President


New era of competition dawns in Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut in bid to ease  “digital divide”

YELLOWKNIFE, NT, May 28, 2012 – Ice Wireless and Iristel have joined forces to expand the  range of telecommunications and Internet services available in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut.

“Northwestel’s monopoly is officially at an end,” said Iristel President Samer Bishay, who was  recently also named president of Ice Wireless. “We are proud to finally be able to give Northern  Canadian residents a choice when it comes to their local phone company while at the same  time launch an aggressive expansion of our cellular network across the North.

” Mr. Bishay added that healthy competition will go a long way toward ending the so-called “digital  divide” between Canada’s northern communities and populated areas in the south. “Competition  breeds innovation and choices for customers. Today’s new cost-effective technology is  changing the game and people in Canada’s North will receive the benefits.

In the past, Northwestel has been the only option for residents of Northern Canada when it  comes to their telephone provider. Northwestel is a Bell Canada subsidiary and has had a  monopoly in the region for decades. However, the Canadian Radio-television and  Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently ordered that other competitive telephone  companies be allowed to enter the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut markets starting  May 1, 2012.

Privately-held Iristel, which is a major shareholder in ICE, has been licensed by the CRTC as a  carrier since 2000. It is one of the largest VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service providers  in Canada with a coast-to-coast network. Iristel will now be competing with Northwestel in a  range of telephone services including VoIP and wholesale long distance.

Meanwhile, Ice Wireless’ network is set to expand dramatically in the coming months across the  North and compete aggressively with Bell Mobility. New data services will be rolled out,  including high-speed 3G data, in the coming months and local cellular coverage will be  expanded in larger communities.

Together, ICE and Iristel will provide a viable bundled communications solution to Canada’s  northern communities for a range of telephony services. Iristel has already received orders for  more than a million monthly wholesale long distance minutes into Northwestel’s service area  which will be delivered via ICE’s northern-based network. The two companies will also be  offering VoIP phones for purchase and installation from Ice Wireless retail stores and other authorized dealers in Yellowknife by July 1, 2012 and in select markets by the end of the  summer.

About Iristel

Established in 1999, Iristel Inc. (“Iristel”) was granted a carrier license by the Canadian RadioTelevision Commission (CRTC) in 2000 and is one of Canada’s largest VoIP service providers  with a 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

About ICE

Established in 1999, Ice Wireless (“ICE”) is a telephone and internet company that provides  service to rural and remote communities in northern Canada. ICE provides a full range of  affordable and leading edge voice, video and data services, including GSM cellular, to  Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River, Aklavik, Behchoko and Whitehorse. In terms of population, the  Ice Wireless network covers 70% of the Northwest Territories and 78% of the Yukon. ICE  cellular customers can use their phones across Canada through a roaming agreement with  Rogers Wireless and Fido. For more information please visit

For more information:

Bob Brehl

Media Relations

T: 416-800-0010

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