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Formerly called
  • O.N.Tel
  • O.N.Telcom
Industry Telecommunications
Founded c. 1902 (1902)
Headquarters North Bay, Ontario
Services DSL, wireless broadband, dial-up, landline, long-distance calling
Owner BCE Inc.
Parent Bell Aliant
Website www.ontera.ca

Ontera is a telecommunications company in Ontario, Canada. It is a subsidiary of Bell Aliant.

Ontera was founded as the Ontario Northland Telecommunications division of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, a Crown agency of the Government of Ontario. It was the exclusive provider of long-distance calling services in many rural Northeastern Ontario markets until the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved long-distance competition in 2000. The name was changed to O.N.Tel Inc. in the 1990s, then changed its trading name to O.N.Telcom in 2000, and then renamed to Ontera in 2004.[1]

Ontera provides local telephone service in the Northern Ontario towns of Bear Island, Iroquois Falls, Marten River, Moosonee, Moose Factory and Temagami, and also offers long-distance services in most of area code 705.

Ontera owns and operates an extensive fibre optic telecommunications network throughout most of Northeastern Ontario.

Ontera provides customer-premises LAN, VoIP and Internet security systems, DSL, fibre optic and wireless data services.

In September 2008, Ontera announced plans to install a ring network, to strengthen network reliability, which was completed by spring 2009.[2]

In April 2014, the Ontario government announced it would sell Ontera to Bell Aliant.[3][4] The acquisition was completed in October 2014.[5]


  1. ^ "History". About Us. Ontera. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ontera customers to Benefit from Investment in State-of-the-Art-Network". Ontera press release. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  3. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/ontera-sale-to-bell-aliant-leaves-questions-for-customers-employees-1.2601329
  4. ^ http://news.ontario.ca/mndmf/en/2014/04/transforming-the-ontario-northland-transportation-commission.html
  5. ^ Hamilton-McCharles, Jennifer (October 1, 2014). "Bell Aliant acquires Ontera". North Bay Nugget. Retrieved March 5, 2016. 

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