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We are the oldest interconnect company in Western Canada, operating since 1981.

Santel Communications was founded in 1981 as part of a national chain with locations in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec following CRTC deregulation hearings. In British Columbia, Santel maintained offices in Richmond and Victoria during the 1980's. During this time Santel was the exclusive dealer for Iwatsu of Japan and the original Samsung telephone systems. In 1990, Denis Lafreniere, the founder of Santel passed away. The Richmond branch was sold to the local management team; Gary Blagborne took over as President and General Manager. The early 1990's saw Santel begin to sell Nitsuko (NEC) products such as Onyx and Optima series.


In 1996, Santel was joined by the telecom division of Radio Service Engineers (RSE Telecom) as three prominent employees (Kevin Kondo, Chris Hunger, and Richard Wong) joined Santel. Santel purchased the assets and client base from Pacific Digital Communications in 1998, and then from Complete Technical Services in 2004 during a period of expansion.


In 2005, Gary Blagborne retired and sold his interest in Santel to Kevin Kondo, who then became President and General Manager. Later that year Santel moved to its new 3,000 sq. ft. location in South Richmond. In 2008, Santel purchased assets from RK Communications in Calgary, Alberta and began marketing the successful NEC SV8100 system Univerge 360 platform for small and medium sized business.


In 2010, we celebrated our 30 year anniversary and presently service over 1,800 clients in Western Canada.


Since our inception back in 1981, Santel has been committed to offering state-of-the-art technology, excellent installations, and personalized service. Currently we maintain over 1,800 clients in the Lower Mainland and have working relationships with firms in Victoria, Nanaimo, Kelowna, Calagary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Toronto for multi-site applications.


We offer a wide variety of products and services including business telephone systems (new and used), voicemail systems, network cabling, conference units, headsets, paging systems, closed circuit television, and access control systems. Our qualified sales engineers can help design a customized communication system for your organization. The technical staff is well-trained and averages 10 years experience in the industry. Find out why our clients choose Santel for all their communications needs, and contact us today.