Bell acquires internet service provider EBOX
In a press release issued today, Bell announced that it has acquired Internet service provider EBOX. Bell wishes to keep the brand and the activities of EBOX and let the company continue to operate independently while remaining based in Longueuil. In this article, we will attempt to explain why Bell is buying the Internet provider EBOX!
Internet provider Montreal: This purchase will allow Bell to strengthen its presence in Quebec and Ontario while gaining more market share.
Jean-Philippe Béïque and Dominic Letourneau are both retiring from the company they founded 25 years ago leaving Isis Thiago De Souza to take over the management of the Longueuil-based company.
“We are delighted to join the Bell family and continue the great work that Jean-Philippe and Dominic started 25 years ago to provide excellent Internet service to customers in Quebec and Ontario. This acquisition will allow EBOX to continue to provide exceptional value and service to our customers. The added benefit of Bell’s scale and technology will help us grow our business and make EBOX accessible to even more residents and businesses in the years to come,” said Ms. Thiago De Souza.
Note that this is the first time that a big player like Bell acquires a TPIA (Third Party ISP Access), that is to say, a third-party reseller like EBOX. This raises several questions, especially in relation to the agreements of EBOX with competitors of Bell. EBOX has several agreements with the following operators: Videotron, Cogeco, Cablevision and Rogers. These arrangements give EBOX access to a significant amount of sensitive information such as the coverage of their network or their customer acquisition process.