MTS enhances wireless service through extended network sharing agreement with Rogers

MTS customers to benefit from faster speeds and improved roaming experience

Stock Symbol:  MBT

WINNIPEG, June 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Building on the successful joint deployment of its 4G HSPA+ wireless network in Manitoba, MTS Inc. (MTS), Manitoba's leading wireless provider, today announced the extension of its wireless network sharing arrangement with Rogers Communications Partnership (Rogers). Under this enhanced arrangement, MTS and Rogers will share the costs of deploying and operating 4G LTE technology in Manitoba.

MTS previously announced plans to expand 4G LTE coverage to six additional communities in 2013 and plans to continue to expand its 4G LTE network to reach more than 90 per cent of Manitoba's population over the next five years.

"MTS was the first to launch LTE in Manitoba and now we're finding innovative ways to economically expand and make our 4G LTE service even better," said Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS. "We will continue to deliver exceptional wireless coverage and plans for Manitobans while competing vigorously with all market participants, including Rogers."

MTS's 4G LTE Wireless Network will be able to support peak data speeds of up to 150 Mbps, doubling its previous capability. MTS customers will also benefit from an improved roaming experience when travelling outside of Manitoba, with faster connection times and future access to LTE roaming. MTS will continue to obtain competitive roaming rates as part of a long-term agreement with Rogers that enables MTS to cost effectively support the growing national and international roaming requirements of its customers.  MTS will also improve its ability to offer an even larger range of wireless devices.

MTS's 4G LTE Wireless Network has been available in Winnipeg and Brandon since August 2012 and complements MTS's 4G HSPA+ Wireless services. To learn more about MTS's 4G LTE Wireless Network, visit mts.ca/4GLTE.

About MTS
MTS is the leading full-service communications provider for residential and business customers in Manitoba. The company's suite of products and services include the latest in wireless technology, high-speed Internet, an award-winning IPTV service, voice services, home security, and an extensive range of business solutions.  A technology leader, MTS operates advanced wireless networks delivering the best coverage for Manitobans with its 4G, CDMA and Wi-Fi wireless networks and is investing to build out its extensive fibre-to-the-home network in multiple Manitoba communities. MTS's momentum is fuelled by the knowledge, skills and spirit of its 3,000 Manitoba-based employees. With over 100 years of operations, MTS is rooted firmly in the community and is a proud sponsor of the MTS Centre, home to the NHL's Winnipeg Jets. MTS is wholly owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. which is listed on the TSX (trading symbol: MBT). For information on MTS's products and services, please visit www.mts.ca.

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SOURCE: MTS Allstream

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