Are you sure?
In a few places, including Kitchener-Waterloo, YAK has its own fiber network.
I have both YAK home phone and YAK DSL service. (Yak Pak Lite 5).
I asked YAK specifically, and the reply was that YAK does not rent or lease Bell facilities.
Okay, yes, they have their own colo'd DSLAMs in a few select markets, but they still use bell wiring to your home.
The OP is in MB, where they don't have wholesale running via belus, nor do they have their own equipment.
Yak may have fibre backbone (as do all wholesale ISPs), but its not FTTH.
They're using bell's wire to your house.
That reply is a stretch on the truth - they're going on the fact that the wire isn't a "facility" per se
I did work once for a company that was trying to get into this sort of business - they were going good ... growing slowly ... then suddenly *NEW* "UPPER MANAGEMENT" had delusional dreams, all of the sudden, of "GOING NATIONAL" right away - went public on the stock market - changed their company name - and then wankers went BANKRUPT (bunch of cronies ...).
What a SHAM that was ... What a scam ...
i.e. Evolving from a re-seller to offer services like this - home phone and internet - using the facilities of one of the other large incombants - plus building their own network backbone.
They'd better be committed ... and have deep pockets.
But YAK is related with Globealive and therefore Orascom Telecom from Egypt is it not ? I've read and done some research in the recent past ...
And those companies are offering competitive (reseller / agregator) wireless/cellular services in Canada are they not? (Virgin mobile?) (using Bell's Cellular network ???)
I use YAK for Calling card and Cellular LD calling product.
AND YAK is GREAT for these services. Very economical and handy.
Why give a cellular company like ROGERS 25c / min for LD ... or 30c / min for cellular airtime ... in today's age ... when you can just walk up to a pay-phone anywhere, dial a toll free number (no coins required), dial an access number, and away you go?
Dial a local access number - in the major cities - enter you access number ...
-or- (YAK's cellular product)
Dial the local access number or Toll free number, from your cellular phone, YAK's system recognizes you / your caller ID, and gives you return dial tone for LD dialling.
All billed at a very reasonable and cheap rate ( 3c or 5c per minute ) - and no monthly fees, or plan fees, whatsoever - straight usage.
What the heck did we go through all that LD competition for? ... in the mid 1990's ... to have what we have now ???
What a Crock ! What a Crock the industry is today in Canada!
Yak was one of the biggest resellers of long-distance in Canada. I used them for a dial-around service over using BC Tel's LD around 10 years ago as their rates were much lower than Telus. Then I found out that BC Tel(us) offered a basic LD plan (at no extra charge) that allowed me to call LD in N. America + a lot of Europe and Asia for 4 cents a minute while Yak wanted 7 cents (or more). Haven't used Yak for some 4 years as a result.
Also tried a YAK VoIP product some 8 years ago. It was o.k. but I never used it too much. They discontinued it after a year or so.
Maybe now but it was a lot higher. I have a dial around sticker on one of my old phones. 10-10-Yak dialaround rates are 5 cents in N. America and 9 cents to Europe where Telus is 4 cents. Singapore is 2 cents on telus where yak is 9. The subscription LD service is slightly cheaper for N. America but more expensive for int'l.
YAK was (and technically still is) my long distance provider for the phone landline (videotron is my phone provider). It worked smoothly for 3 years. But then, suddenly and without any warning, they stopped their service, which meant that their "competitive" prices did not apply anymore. They continued, however, to bill me, but at much higher prices (29 cents/min). I have been trying to correct the situation, but their service is absolutely incompetent and/or dishonest. At this point I seek the advice of a lawyer. It is a shame that such companies are allowed to do business in Canada.
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