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Agency overview
Formed 1902
Jurisdiction Thunder Bay and surrounding area
Headquarters Thunder Bay
Employees Over 420[1]
Agency executive Dan Topatigh, Interim President & CEO
Website tbaytel.net

Tbaytel , formerly the Thunder Bay Telephone Company, is a municipally owned telecommunications company operating in Thunder Bay, OntarioCanada, and the surrounding area. 

Tbaytel has grown to become the largest independently owned telecommunications provider in Canada and offers products and services that include Data, Voice, Wireless, Internet, Digital TV and Security.

Tbaytel positions itself as having Northern Ontario’s largest 4G Network within a 300,000 km2 area providing coverage along major highway corridors from just west of Sault Ste. Marie to the Manitoba border and north to Red Lake and Geraldton to the US border.[2]

From 2004 to 2012, Tbaytel has contributed over $170 million in dividends to the City of Thunder Bay.[3]

The first phone call in Thunder Bay took place in 1902, and Tbaytel was formed to connect the communities of Port Arthur and Fort William.[4]

Tbaytel announced on March 24, 2010 that they will be launching their own 4G HSPA network in the second half of 2010. This announcement came at the same time as their planned agreement with Rogers Communications to provide Canada-wide roaming.

Tbaytel has domestic roaming agreements with providers Rogers, MTS Allstream, TELUS (CDMA only), Bell (CDMA only), Bell Aliant (CDMA only) and SaskTel (CDMA only).

Tbaytel launched Digital TV Service on November 23, 2010. At launch, the service provided HDTV, whole-home PVR and web-based scheduling of recordings using Motorola VIP2262 set-top boxes.

In November 2012, Tbaytel purchased Dryden Municipal Telephone Service's (DMTS) the wireless subscriber base. The DMTS wireless network was shut down in December 2012.[5]


  1. ^ http://www.tbaytel.net/community/ourbrand/companyhistory
  2. ^ http://www.tbaytel.net/corporate/abouttbaytel
  3. ^ http://www.tbaytel.net/Portals/0/Media/Media%20Releases/Tbaytel_AGM_0513.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.tbaytel.net/community/ourbrand/companyhistory
  5. ^ http://www.tbaytel.net/Portals/0/Media/Media%20Releases/Tbaytel_MediaRelease_DMTS_100312.pdf

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