Increasing accessibility an MTS priority
WINNIPEG, June 5, 2014 /CNW/ - MTS, Manitoba's leading
telecommunications provider, today announced that members of the deaf,
deafened, hard of hearing or speech impaired (DHHSI) community now have
the ability to communicate with 9-1-1 call centres in Manitoba using
wireless text messaging through the Text with 9-1-1 service (T9-1-1).
"MTS is proud to offer Text with 9-1-1 across Manitoba," said MTS
President Kelvin Shepherd. "We encourage all members of the DHSSI
community to register their wireless devices so they can access this
T9-1-1 is supported by all wireless service providers and is now
available in areas of Manitoba with Enhanced 9-1-1 capability. Enhanced
9-1-1 provides emergency operators with the caller's wireless phone
number and the location of the cellular tower handling the call.
Customers must also be in their wireless service provider's coverage
area to access T9-1-1.
MTS has a long track record of initiatives to improve accessibility. The
MTS Accessibility Centre, located in the MTS Connect store at
Winnipeg's Portage Place Mall, is a comprehensive source of information
on the many ways MTS improves access for customers. The Centre offers
visually impaired customers contracts written in Braille or large font,
and has an employee on staff who uses American Sign Language.
Customers can register for a number of programs and services at the
Accessibility Centre such as TTY and IP Relay. MTS also offers an
Accessibility Credit, a $15.00 monthly discount on many of MTS's
current 4G smartphone plans available exclusively to customers with
speech, vision, hearing, cognitive, or physical and motor skills
MTS was recently acknowledged with a 2014 Best in Class Marketing Award
from the Broadband Multimedia Marketing Association for MTS TV's
MyRemote, which can be used by hearing and visually impaired customers
to customize their MTS Ultimate TV® remote to turn on Closed Captioning
or Described Video Service with the touch of a single button.
Information on the many ways MTS offers improved access to its products
and services can be found at www.mts.ca/accessibility.
The launch of T9-1-1 in Manitoba was made possible through the
collaboration of the provincial Public Safety Answering Points and the
Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. Visit www.textwith911.ca for general information about how to use T9-1-1 and service
availability across Canada. MTS wireless customers who are members of
the DHHSI community must register their approved wireless devices for
T9-1-1 either at www.mts.ca/t911 or at an MTS Dealer.
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
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(collectively, the "statements") about MTS's products and services that
are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. As a consequence,
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and 2013 Annual Information Form, both of which are available on SEDAR www.sedar.com.
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SOURCE: MTS Allstream
For further information:
Chelsea Ross, Corporate Communications