The BC Lottery Corporation has awarded a contract to iTel Networks of Kamloops for provincewide internet services.
Under a three-year contract with BCLC, iTel will provide the internet connection needed for lottery retailers in remote and rural areas of the province. ITel is the largest network aggregator in Canada, connecting all Canadian telecom providers to create a single, continent-spanning network, with one point of contact for every location.
“Given the breadth of our network, iTel checked off all the boxes we had on our list,” said Pat Davis, BCLC’s vice-president of business technology and chief information officer. “Its unique ability to support our remote network requirements provided an efficient solution to meet our business needs. We’re pleased to work with an organization that shares our support for expanding the local tech business.”
ITel CEO Danny Rink said the deal is another example of the growth of the tech sector in Kamloops.
"Having lived in Kamloops for most of my life, I am deeply invested in this community, both personally and professionally,” Rink said. “I am excited that we have built iTel over the last 12 years to be an organization that can support the vast and robust network needs of an enterprise organization like BCLC.”
Both BCLC and iTel support the Kamloops Innovation Centre (KIC), a non-profit agency in North Kamloops that helps technology start-ups. Rink helped found KIC in 2012 and BCLC has since created an on-site innovation lab in partnership with KIC.
“Diversification into technology for B.C.’s regional economies requires the active participation of its large technology employers,” said KIC executive director Lincoln Smith. “ITel Networks and BCLC have proven themselves to be those catalysts in our community.”