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Tony Tomae new Birch CEO

telecom | 05/03/2016 5:57 pm EDT

Birch Communications Inc. has named Tony Tomae as its new president and CEO, the company said in a press release Tuesday. "In the short term, we will continue to expand our Metro-Fiber footprint, working with our business customers with operations across the U.S.-Canada border to consolidate services to a single provider, and we will deepen our feature set within our [cloud] portfolio to supply the enterprise-class features our customers need," Tomae said in the press release. Birch recently acquired Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc....

Sale of Primus’ Canadian assets to U.S. company completed

telecom | 04/04/2016 6:33 pm EDT

Atlanta-based Birch Communications Inc. said Monday it has completed the Canadian component of its acquisition of Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. “Birch plans to continue to use the Primus brand for its consumer business and will expand the Birch brand into Canada for business customers,” the company said in a press release. “Both Birch and Primus provide complementary product portfolios, each offering industry-leading broadband internet, cloud-hosted PBX, dedicated data access, local phone, long distance and a variety of wholesale...

Service restored to NetTalk customers through Primus

Media | 01/21/2016 8:52 pm EST

NetTalk.com Inc. announced Wednesday evening that its VoIP service has been restored to all its customers in Canada. The Florida-based company said in a Facebook post that all Canadian telephone numbers and services are...

Dependence on landline-phone services put Primus in creditor protection: CEO

telecom | 01/21/2016 4:02 pm EST

Too much reliance on landline-phone-service revenue, combined with a heavy debt load, has resulted in Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. being placed in creditor protection and awaiting court...

Primus to lobby against Bell’s FTTH access appeal

telecom | 10/28/2015 4:37 pm EDT

Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. was set to make its case against BCE Inc.’s appeal of the CRTC’s wholesale wireline decision to officials with Industry Canada on Thursday. Michael Nowlan, CEO of the independent...

Almost half of small businesses use cloud services: survey

Media | 10/07/2015 3:17 pm EDT

A newly released survey shows 46 per cent of Canadian small businesses polled are using cloud-based services, and most of those that do are seeing benefits. Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. said...

Gerry Vanderpost joins Distributel as CFO

telecom | 08/20/2015 3:08 pm EDT

Distributel Communications Ltd. on Thursday announced that it has hired Gerry Vanderpost as its chief financial officer. Vanderpost had been vice-president of financial at Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc., and joined Distributel earlier this month, the company said in a press release. “Distributel is taking strategic and progressive steps to both strengthen its senior management team and grow the company’s opportunities within Canada,” Distributel CEO Matt Stein said in the release. “The move to bring Gerry Vanderpost to Distributel should send a strong signal to...

Business market growth elusive for some telecoms

telecom | 02/03/2015 9:31 pm EST

Canadian telecommunications providers are looking to the business market to pick up the slack from the increasingly competitive consumer space, yet financial data from the incumbent service providers shows, in the opinion of one...

Small ISPs tell CRTC they want to invest in ‘middle mile’

telecom | 11/25/2014 10:17 pm EST

GATINEAU, Que. — Representatives from Canada’s small Internet service providers on Tuesday asked the CRTC to open up more of the incumbents’ broadband networks, mandating wholesale...

Primus Canada names new slate of VPs

telecom | 07/03/2014 4:39 pm EDT

Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. on Thursday named four new vice-presidents that it said will help lead "the transformation of Canada's largest alternative telecommunications service provider." It said in a...

Primus Canada names Michael Nowlan CEO

telecom | 01/09/2014 7:53 pm EST

Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. said Thursday that Michael Nowlan is its new chief executive officer. In a release, the provider of phone and Internet services said Nowlan spent 12 years as CEO of Marketwire L.P., where he “transformed the company from a traditional newswire service in a slow-growth industry to a high-growth social media...

CRTC rejects Primus complaint on CDN deregulation

telecom | 02/01/2013 8:37 pm EST

The pending deregulation of a series of network transport services will move ahead as scheduled, the CRTC said Friday as it rejected a complaint by Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. The “competitor digital network” services—which allow smaller, third-party Internet service providers (ISPs) to pay for access and expand their...