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Primus expands Residential VoIP footprint to achieve extensive national coverage

Canada’s VoIP pioneer now offering award-winning Digital Home Phone service to 85 per cent of Canadian market

TORONTO – DECEMBER 15, 2015Primus Telecommunications (Primus) has now significantly expanded its residential VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) footprint across Canada, increasing its national coverage to 85 per cent of Canadian households. With this expansion of its service area, Primus is able to deliver award winning, flexible and innovative phone services to more Canadians than ever before. This service expansion includes small and mid-sized urban centres in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

An industry pioneer, Primus was the first telecommunications company in Canada to introduce VoIP services. Since this groundbreaking launch in 2004, the technology’s evolution and adoption in Canada has been significant. Driven by growth in broadband networks, continued advances in technology and cost effectiveness for customers, VoIP is now widely accepted by businesses and consumers alike.

“Our goal has always been to provide consumers and businesses with a real alternative to the large incumbent telephone companies by providing high quality, innovative services at attractive prices, and this expansion represents a major step forward,” says Brad Fisher, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product at Primus. “We’ve earned the business of thousands of Canadians over the past decade by delivering a compelling choice and now we’re proud to introduce our services to even more communities from coast-to-coast.”

Fisher adds that Primus’ VoIP home phone services provide residential customers with a number of valuable features, such as low rates for domestic and international long distance calls, unlimited local calling, unlimited ‘anywhere’ calling to other Primus Digital Home Phone customers, and the ability to manage the service from any location via Primus’ Digital Home Phone Online Portal.

All VoIP home phone services also include at no additional charge, Telemarketing Guard™, a patented feature that automatically identifies phone calls from frequent telemarketers and allows the phone line subscriber to block them, send them to voice mail or accept the call. This easy-to-use feature provides an added layer of screening and blocking capabilities for incoming calls over and above the federal government’s Do-Not-Call list.

Primus recognized for delivering exceptional VoIP services
Primus’ service expansion means that more Canadians will be able to access its award-winning services. For the third year in a row, Primus won the Consumer Choice Award (CCA) for Best Digital Phone Service in Hamilton. The CCAs are considered the most distinguished award for business excellence in Canada, and winners are selected through an independent research survey rather than by a panel of judges. In total, Primus as earned five CCA awards, including twice in the Greater Toronto Area.

About Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc.
Primus is the largest national independent telecommunications service provider in Canada. Primus offers a wide selection of consumer and business telecommunications services including Internet, Home Phone, Long Distance, VoIP, Cloud-Based Business Phone Systems (Hosted PBX), Dedicated Data Access and IP connectivity solutions. In the United States, Primus provides reliable and affordable digital home phone (VoIP) service under the Lingo brand. Primus was founded in 1997 and has over 600 employees located in offices across Canada including Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, London and Edmundston. For further information, visit primus.ca.

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