CLEC's in Ottawa area?


I have a client in the ottawa ontario canada area who is looking at DSL for
a secondary connection. I am pretty unfamiliar with the state of telecom
industry in Canada, I googled around and found this rather lengthy list of

Does anyone have any good experiences with any of these carriers that
service the Ottawa they could share?

Also would be an added plus if they supported MLPPP as the client mentioned
they were concerned with the lower speeds of DSL, so we would love to do
two circuits with MLPPP if possible


I recommend TekSavvy ( as a DSL reseller pretty much anywhere in Ontario (and any other provinces they can get service in). Not sure why they're not on that CLEC list, but they're a pretty big (and awesome) provider up here. For bonus points, if you have to call their support line, you get someone who actually knows something about networking. We have some DSL lines through them at work, and my personal home cable connection is through them as well.

- Pete

I can second the recommendation of Teksavvy (
I've been very happy with them, even though I sometimes have periods
of painful outage due to the woeful shape of the copper plant in my
neighbourhood. (Bell is sure not the company I knew growing up.
Bureaucratic and monopolistic still, yes, but the wires are now in
terrible shape.)

Also, Teksavvy will do MLPPP. Look under "add ons" on the Teksavvy
Looks like it's $4.00 a month.

Note that, in some areas, there's no copper, so you need to check.
Bell has been known to remove the copper where they installed their
fibre to the customer premises. I think this is within the bounds of
the CRTC rules, but I haven't been bothered to check.

Note that in some markets, Teksavvy also offers service over cable, so
that might be another option. (You said that it was for redundancy,
though, so the cable might be in use already.)