About CCI: An internet service provider built by rural Albertans, for rural Albertans.
CCI Wireless is an innovative communications technology company that delivers custom connectivity solutions to under-served and under-connected, made possible by Canadian ingenuity and customer-first attitude.
CCI Wireless (Corridor Communications Inc.) is an Internet Service Provider specializing in innovative wireless connectivity solutions for hard-to-reach places. Our purpose is to power communities to their potential, by providing high speed internet to the under-served and under-connected areas of our country.
As of 2019, CCI is Canada’s second-largest WISP (Wireless Internet Service Provider), which a network footprint stretching across B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In our home province of Alberta, we cover 200,000+ square kilometers, and we reach 110,000 rural and remote households and businesses, including more than 7,000 households across 17 Indigenous Peoples’ reserves.
Our Grassroots Story
CCI is the product of nine visionary Alberta natural gas co-ops who, in 2007, realized that broadband internet was “the next essential service.” Still fully Alberta-Owned and true to our grassroots ownership, we are governed by 16 shareholders – including 12 natural gas co-ops, two municipalities and one REA (Rural Electrification Association).
Becoming operational in 2010 with just 33 customers, CCI has grown in leaps and bounds from humble beginnings.
We are proud to have deployed Canada’s first ever 4G network, providing improved coverage not only to rural residents, but also for enterprise applications. We have enabled “city-like” utilities, including utility meter reading systems, Alberta First Responders’ Radio Communication System (AFRRCS) and municipal communication systems.
Today, our residential footprint in Alberta is supported by 200+ carrier-grade towers across the province.
The acquisition of WiBand Communications Corp. in 2019 marked a new phase in CCI’s story: where CCI was previously focused only on rural and remote Alberta, with WiBand, we now have competitive presences in every urban centre across the four western provinces, backed by a robust transport network. The acquisition supports CCI Wireless’ long-term vision and strategy of connecting the under-connected by enhancing its product offering and expanding its coverage area to encompass Western Canada.
CCI powers communities to their potential, by connecting them to the world via the internet and enabling long-term sustainability and viability.
Launched in 2016, CCI Wired was our sister company, and is now a fully-owned subsidiary of CCI Wireless. Unlike our traditional wireless internet solutions, this service delivery method (DSL or Digital Subscriber Line) uses existing phone line infrastructure in small towns to deliver hard-wired internet to a growing number of Alberta communities.
Founded in 1998, WiBand Communications Corp. was one of the first wireless broadband companies in Canada. WiBand is the provider of choice for commercial internet and networking services to thousands of business customers and government organizations throughout B.C, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. CCI Wireless acquired WiBand in May 2019.
One Nation Networks
As WiBand’s network construction division, One Nation Networks designs and constructs turnkey wireless broadband and fibre networks for business, government, and rural areas. One Nation Networks is proud to partner with Indigenous communities to build Nation-owned-and-operated ISPs, delivering internet, phone and television service.
Connection to reliable, high-speed internet is key to sustaining thriving rural communities and strong economies. The goal is to eliminate the digital divide for all rural Albertans who struggle with poor or no broadband services, thereby powering economic development and enabling long-term sustainability for rural life.
By increasing rural connectivity, the resulting jobs help diversity and grow our economy. To date, we have directly created well over 100 Alberta-based jobs, and our grassroots partnership structure ensures that more of the resulting economic benefits will stay in our province. The potential exists to expand the CCI Wireless offerings outside of Alberta, to other rural regions of Canada in need of better connectivity.
CCI is committed to constantly monitoring and upgrading our equipment, developing innovative solutions, investing in new types of wireless technologies. We will expand our service area and maintain high quality services to meet the rural demand for service without city infrastructure.
Why “Corridor” Communications?
We named ourselves after the “corridor” of prairie between Calgary and Edmonton, an area that needed better connectivity.
What We Value
Our entrepreneurial approach to providing internet to rural and remote regions will allow us to make a business case for affordable connectivity solutions where others cannot.
We will maintain a work environment where all our team members flourish, where we can create powerful products and be inspired by the impact we have on our customers.
To secure our future and the vitality of communities we serve, we’ll provide innovative solutions that are not defined by current rules or norms.
Connectivity upholds togetherness, in the way communities relate, grow, behave and govern themselves. We’re committed to enhance our communities through philanthropic efforts.