Established in 1999, Iristel is a leading global provider of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services with its headquarters in Toronto, Canada. The company delivers the highest quality Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) network and services and is the largest IP Trunking and Hosted PBX Provider in Canada. Iristel is a pioneer in the Canadian VoIP market.
Iristel was granted a carrier license by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 2000, and today it is a national VoIP service provider with the CRTC’s Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) designation, spanning multiple rate centers across Canada. Iristel also has an additional 20 points of presence (POPs) around the globe. Iristel’s CLEC network spans Canada from coast to coast and is being utilized by many residential, commercial and carrier clients. Iristel’s carrier client base utilizes the Iristel network as a carrier’s carrier resource for local connectivity across Canada.
The Iristel VoIP network in Canada is a stable, redundant and highly sophisticated network offering coast-to-coast coverage to its Canadian subscriber base. It provides high quality service for billions of minutes of international calls and averages over 1 billion minutes per month of voice and fax traffic. In addition to many of Canada’s major metropolitan cities, Iristel’s coverage areas include many of the harder to reach rate and smaller centers.
In addition, Iristel offers hosted IP PBX, virtual faxing, virtual roaming, and global IP Trunking products and services through its three corporate divisions: Wholesale Carrier; Retail Services; and Enterprise Solutions. Its customers include, but are not limited to, residential, commercial customers and ILECs (Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier) CLECs and other international PTTs with Canadian local access requirements.
Iristel has consistently been ranked among the largest carriers of international voice traffic in Canada; in fact, Iristel has been named to the Profit 100, Profit magazine’s list of the top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Canada for two years in a row (2005 and 2006). Iristel’s coverage areas across Canada include major metropolitan centers in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and soon Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Iristel’s success is based on the vision, experience and expertise of its founder, Samer Bishay. Under Bishay’s leadership, Iristel has evolved from a small start-up to an international telecommunications service provider with domestic infrastructure licenses on three continents. Today, it is an industry leader setting the course for tomorrow’s new and exciting wireless IP services.
As an innovator in the VoIP market, Iristel announced in December 2007 it was offering dual mode Wi-Fi enabled GSM mobile phones for Canadian customers. These hybrid phones offer users increased accessibility and reduced cost by allowing connections using a local wireless Internet access point to seamlessly switch over to a cell phone network whenever necessary.