Iristel is a Canadian provider of telecommunication services that is a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC).[1] The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Markham, Ontario.

Iristel Inc.
HeadquartersMarkham, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Samer Bishay
President & CEO

Number of employees
SubsidiariesIce Wireless Edit this at Wikidata

Iristel has deployed multiple redundant switching facilities and points of presence (PoPs) nationally. Iristel has coverage in all ten provinces,[citation needed] Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.[citation needed]


Iristel was established in 1999 by Samer Bishay.[2] The company was granted a carrier license by the Canadian Radio-Television Commission in 2000.[1] Iristel has domestic operator licenses in Algeria, Dominica, and Romania, with an additional 20 locations.[citation needed]

Iristel launched its High Definition (HD) VoIP Telephone Service in February 2007.[3]


By May 2007, the company added Domestic and Global SIP Trunking and Hosted PBX to their enterprise VoIP services.

In December 2007, Iristel began to offer dual mode Wi-Fi-enabled GSM to mobile phones.[citation needed]

In June 2008, Iristel began offering Iristel IP Mobility, a wireless IP service that combines VoIP over Wi-Fi/GSM, Single Number Reach and Fixed Mobile Convergence.[4]

Iristel IP Mobility provides users with a single point of contact for fixed, mobile, and Wi-Fi calls. Users have a single phone number for both inbound and outbound calling across multiple devices. They can also switch calls back and forth between the mobile network and the VoIP network, without interruption to reduce cellular charges. Settings are configurable through an online portal.[5]

In January 2009, Iristel and Algeria Telecom announced an exclusive agreement to offer Inbound Direct Inward Dialling (DID) services to subscribers around the world who want an Algerian number for their existing phone line [6][7]

In February 2009, MTS Allstream, a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. and a communication solutions provider in Canada, chose Iristel to convert its Time-division multiplexing (TDM) voice traffic to Internet Protocol (IP).[8]

In August 2011, Gogii Inc, the makers of textPlus, announced the app can be now used with free Canadian telephone numbers, provided by Iristel.[9][10] textPlus is an app supported by iPhone, iPod touch and Android which allows users to send free unlimited group text messages [11]

Iristel has performed various interoperability tests with the most important VoIP hardware & software manufacturers: Polycom, Mediatrix, Avaya,[12][13] Grandstream,[14] Toshiba,[15] 3CX Phone System,[16] Snom[17] and Yealink.[18]

In May 2012, Iristel became a major shareholder in Ice Wireless.[19]

In October 2018, Iristel purchased Telecommunications de l'est (TDE), a company located in Eastern Quebec. TDE now integrates ImobileCa, an Iristel subsidiary created in May 2018 with the acquisition of ImobileCa by the Ontario company. The latter had a non-operating cellular license in eastern Quebec.

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  1. ^ a b "Competitive Local Exchange Carriers – CLEC List". Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission. Archived from the original on 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  2. ^ Gardiner, Rebecca (September 2005). "Business, African style". Profit Magazine. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  3. ^ Kretkowski, Paul D. (March 5, 2007). "The Truth About HD VoIP". VoIP News. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  4. ^ Stevenson, Ted (July 16, 2008). "F/MC Watch: A Consumer-Oriented Approach". Voip Planet. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  5. ^ Solomon, Howard (June 24, 2008). "Iristel adds fixed mobile convergence". IT World Canada. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  6. ^ "Algeria Telecom Partners with Iristel to Offer Algeria Connect".
  7. ^ "Algeria Telecom Partners With Iristel to Offer Algeria Connect".
  8. ^ "MTS Allstream Selects Iristel for IP Conversion of TDM Phone Traffic".
  9. ^ "textPlus Brings Free Phone Numbers to Canada". Bloomberg.
  10. ^ "S.O.S. for SMS: Never pay for text messages again". 24 August 2011.
  11. ^ "textPlus – About us".
  12. ^ "Iristel Selected for Membership in Avaya DevConnect Program".
  13. ^ "Iristel SIP-Based Solution Now Avaya Compliant".
  14. ^ "Iristel and Grandstream complete Interoperability Tests".
  15. ^ "Iristel Grows Solutions Portfolio with Toshiba IP PBX Products; Completes Network Interoperability Testing".
  16. ^ "Iristel SIP Trunking Service Now Compatible with Software-based IP PBX from 3CX".
  17. ^ "snom Teams With Iristel to Deliver Hosted VoIP solutions".
  18. ^ "Iristel and Yealink Complete Successful Interoperability Tests".
  19. ^ "Ice Wireless and Iristel partner to end North America's last telephone monopoly".

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