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

Tbaytel, formerly the Thunder Bay Telephone Company, is a municipally-owned telecommunications company operating in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, and the surrounding area. Tbaytel's services include data, voice, wireless, internet, digital TV and security. The company was established in 1902, when Thunder Bay Telephone was formed to connect the then-independent communities of Port Arthur and Fort William.[1]

Tbaytel claims to have 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] TBayTel operates HSPA+ and LTE networks. TBayTel does not offer VoLTE service.

Tbaytel has domestic roaming agreements with providers Rogers and MTS. Tbaytel's CDMA network shut down on October 1, 2014.[3]

On November 23, 2010, Tbaytel launched their Digital TV Service. 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) wireless subscriber base. The DMTS wireless network was shut down in December 2012.[4]


  1. 1 2 Tbaytel. "Company History".
  2. Tbaytel. "Corporate Governance".
  3. Tbaytel. "Alerts".
  4. http://www.tbaytel.net/Portals/0/Media/Media%20Releases/Tbaytel_MediaRelease_DMTS_100312.pdf
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