Distributel and Eeyou Communications Celebrate one-year anniversary of serving the James Bay Eeyou Istchee Region

Delivering High-Speed Internet, Full-Service TV and Home Phone to the Quebec Cree of Eeyou Istchee and the communities of James Bay region in northern Quebec

MONTREAL, June 19, 2019 – Distributel Communications Limited and Eeyou Communications are celebrating their one-year anniversary today with the opening of the ECN Experience Centre in Chibougamau, Quebec. This formidable partnership marks the start of a significant opportunity to bring advanced communications services to the remote areas of northern Quebec and its underserved communities.

Over this last year, Distributel provided its leading High-Speed Internet, TV and Home Phone services to thousands of homes in the region, leveraging Eeyou Communication’s regional fibre network, and offered a significantly improved customer experience versus costly and unreliable satellite TV and slower speed DSL Internet services that were previously the only options available to consumers in this area.

“The impact that Distributel has in this region is vital to improving the quality of life and enhancing economic prospects all while bridging the digital divide – a critical issue in Canada,” comments Matt Stein, CEO of Distributel. “We are proud to be a part of this community and are inspired by the growth that has taken place in one year’s time. With network expansion continuing, we’re incredibly excited to see where we’ll be in one year from now.”

One-year highlights include:
  • 3,794 fibre installations made in the areas of Mistissini, Oujé-Bougoumou, Waswanipi, Waskaganish, Radisson, Wemindji, Eastmain and Nemaska.
  • 1,500 homes subscribed to ECN/Distributel Fibre services in this first year.
  • 80x faster Internet speeds than previously available.
  • Over 110 TV channels available and phone service standard with 12 calling features.

It’s expected that by 2020, the number of homes that join the network will double – with one in three people taking more than one Distributel service – raising the number of fibre installs from 3,794 to approximately 9,000. The future will see Distributel expand into new areas in which to connect people; with ever improving services and technologies brought into homes through expert installations and support to distinct communities for years to come

“We understood our community’s needs for higher Internet speeds and took matters in our own hands, deploying more than 3000 kilometers of fibre optic cable and cutting-edge telecommunications technologies so that our region benefits from modern telecommunication services. We are amazed how it has radically changed the lives of so many,” says Alfred Loon, President of EEYOU Communications. “With these higher Internet speeds, people can now better connect with family across the country, children can do their schoolwork at a faster rate and everyone can enjoy a larger variety of TV shows whenever they like. The future is looking bright!”

To celebrate Distributel and Eeyou Communications will be hosting a celebratory event on Wednesday, June 19 at the Eeyou Communications Experience Centre located in Chibougamau beginning at 12:30pm.

About Distributel Communications Limited

Established in 1988, Distributel is a leading national, independent communications provider offering a wide range of business and residential communications services. 100% Canadian-owned, with offices across the country and a national network, Distributel continues to forge new partnerships and bring innovative solutions to market directly and through a thriving wholesale division. ThinkTel, the Business Services Division of Distributel, is a provider of advanced voice and data services for the SMB and Enterprise markets throughout Canada. TV services provided through Zazeen Inc., an IPTV service provider that operates in Ontario and Quebec. As a top Microsoft Solutions Partner and a Cisco PMP, the Business Services division is focused on driving industry innovation. For more information, visit: www.distributel.ca

About Eeyou Communications

A not-for-profit corporation founded in 2004, the Eeyou Communications is the result of an initiative of the Cree Nation Government, the Administration régionale Baie James, the Comission Scolaire de la Baie James and the Cree School Board. ECN was established to provide modern telecommunications services and to develop the social economy within the 14 communities of Eeyou Istchee and James Bay for the benefit of the population, institutions and local businesses, including hospitals, schools and municipal administrations. For more information, visit: www.eeyou.ca.

For further information:

Shaun Randall, Distributel
T: 647-567-0871
E: shaun.randall@distributel.ca