Comwave

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Comwave
Industry Service
Founded 1999
Number of locations 1600+
Area served Canada
United States
Products Telephone services
Voice over Internet Protocol
High-Speed Internet
Owner(s) Yuval Barzakay
Employees 200[1]
Website Comwave's Official Web Page

Comwave is Canada’s largest privately owned telecommunications company. Based in Toronto and run by president and CEO, Yuval Barzakay, Comwave was established in 1999 and it serves over 500 cities in Canada and over 1,100 in the United States. Comwave claims to be an industry leader in Voice over IP (VoIP) and offer home phone services,[2] small business phone lines,[3] mobile calling, and high-speed internet.[4] Comwave offers number portability, to keep your number when you change carriers, and has been battling other carriers to protect this right for Canadians.[5]

In September 2012, the company launched the ePhone app for Android [6] (now available on iOS as well). This VoIP Softphone app helps users avoid roaming and long distance fees by providing a free alternate telephone number in the North American market of their choice.

In May 2012, Comwave launched its Hosted PBX platform.[7] Comwave Hosted PBX is a cloud based phone system for business that bundles together Polycom telephones, phone lines, over 40 business class features, long distance and a private digital secure connection, for a fixed monthly fee. Comwave Hosted PBX phone systems are managed by Comwave 24x7 on a secure private connection.

Predating Apple’s iPhone, beginning in 2004, Comwave offered a bundle of hardware and services, sold as an alternative to traditional phone service known as the iPhone.[8] They no longer offer this service under the iPhone name.

In April 2013, Comwave launched its high speed internet services across Canada. Their plans are all inclusive and include your modem, dry loop, and in-home installation.[9]

Management[edit]

  • Yuval Barzakay - President & CEO

Telemarketing Issue[edit]

In April 2013, Comwave Telenetworks paid a $100,000 fine by the CRTC. The fine was a result of 33 calls made between April 1, 2011, and March 18, 2013 to people who had registered their phone numbers on the do-not-call list by independent telemarketers hired by Comwave. The company has voluntarily agreed to stop telemarketing and report any customer complaints it to the regulator yearly.[10]



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