North Bay is one of the major centres on several high capacity fibre optic networks that link the national service provider across Canada and, in turn, connect to international carriers. North Bay connects Northern Ontario to southern centres and also provides a northern bridge between the eastern and western-most points of the province. This east-west link offers redundant connectivity to major carriers in the south, further ensuring consistent, world-class telecommunications services to businesses and residents in the city.
Telecommunications services currently available in North Bay include ISDN, (Microlink and Megalink), Centrex voice and data, call management services, custom calling features and voice mail. North Bay is part of Bell Canada's Special Services Digital Network which provides services such as frame relay, Megaroute, Megastream and Advanced Intelligent Network Services.
Excellence in information technology is just one of North Bay’s historical advantages. The technological resources put in place to support military installations during the Cold War are now working to the City's advantage. They continue to be required by the military for its ongoing joint U.S./Canada NORAD role and responsibility, and ensure the ongoing presence of contractors with skilled technical personnel. These resources are readily harnessed by business, government and education to achieve a range of competitive advantages.