Summer music festival goers can look forward to an improved cellular
WINNIPEG, June 26, 2014 /CNW/ - (TSX:MBT) Just in time for two of this
summer's most popular music festivals, MTS, Manitoba's leading
telecommunications provider, announced today that it will deploy small
cell wireless service at Dauphin's Countryfest and the Winnipeg Folk
Festival. This is the first time this innovative wireless technology
will be used in Manitoba and it will give people attending these
festivals a superior 4G LTE cellular experience.
These permanent installations will support 4G LTE wireless service for
the duration of the music festivals every year. With speeds of up to
150 Mbps, small cell wireless technology provides distributed coverage
and capacity to areas of high population density. Customers can expect
a 4G LTE wireless experience on par with what they would expect in
Winnipeg or Brandon. LTE devices will have the power to stream movies;
download music, pictures and apps faster than ever before; play
multi-player games; and quickly access emails and business documents.
"These festivals have approximately 15,000 people in attendance at any
given time, and MTS is pleased to provide this technology to help them
stay connected," said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd.
Each year, Dauphin's Countryfest and the Winnipeg Folk Festival attract
thousands of people, resulting in a huge demand for wireless data
services. Over the past two years at Countryfest, MTS addressed this
demand by employing mobile cell sites that provided temporary cellular
service during the Festival weekend. Now, with small cell wireless
technology, Countryfest and Folk Fest can look forward to a permanent,
efficient solution that provides even better coverage and capacity.
MTS was the first to bring 4G LTE technology to Winnipeg and Brandon in
2012. Last year, MTS launched the service in Victoria Beach, Grand
Beach, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Steinbach, and Ste. Anne. Since its
introduction, MTS has doubled 4G LTE wireless network speeds, and now
supports lab-verified peak download speeds of up to 150 Mbps.
LTE technology complements MTS's 4G HSPA+ wireless network, which
reaches 97 per cent of the province's population. For more information
about MTS's 4G LTE Wireless Network, please visit www.mts.ca/4glte.
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 using the latest 4G and Wi-Fi
technologies, delivering the best coverage for Manitobans. MTS also
continues to expand its world-class fibre-to-the-home network, making
MTS's fastest Internet plans and Ultimate TV service available to more
communities across Manitoba. 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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expectations as at the date hereof. The Company disclaims any intention
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whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise,
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SOURCE: MTS Allstream
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Media: Craig Lawrence, Corporate Communications