MTS launches 4G LTE Wireless Network in Ste. Anne

Manitoba's fastest wireless network technology comes to Dawson Trail Country

Stock Symbol:  MBT

STE. ANNE, MB, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - MTS, Manitoba's leading full-service telecommunications provider, today announced the launch of its 4G LTE Wireless Network in Ste. Anne, the sixth Manitoban community to receive the service this year. Residents can now experience faster-than-ever wireless download and upload speeds on the latest LTE-enabled wireless devices.

"MTS committed to connecting six more Manitoba communities to its 4G LTE wireless network before the end of 2013, and with the addition of Ste. Anne, we completed our goal," said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd.  "More than 800,000 Manitobans now have access to blazing-fast LTE wireless coverage from MTS."

Long Term Evolution (LTE) is recognized as the gold standard in wireless technologies and provides superior performance while surfing the Internet, downloading content, and streaming videos and music. MTS's 4G LTE Wireless Network supports average user speeds that are up to 10 times faster than MTS's 4G HSPA+ Wireless Network.  MTS customers can experience the full speed capabilities LTE offers on some of the latest LTE-enabled devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4™, BlackBerry ® Q10, and Sony Xperia™ ZL.

MTS was the first to bring 4G LTE technology to Winnipeg and Brandon in 2012. MTS has since launched 4G LTE wireless service in Victoria Beach, Grand Beach, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Steinbach and now Ste. Anne. Customers using LTE-enabled devices outside of MTS's 4G LTE Wireless Network coverage area will transfer to MTS's 4G HSPA+ Wireless Network, which covers 97 per cent of the Manitoba population.

The expansion of the MTS 4G LTE Wireless Network is part of a $40 million investment MTS is making in its rural Manitoba networks in 2013.  In addition to 4G LTE, the investment includes launching MTS's DSL-based high-speed Internet service in 20 new communities, and an expansion of MTS's fibre-to-the-home technology, also known as the MTS FiON® Network, to an additional 5,000 homes throughout the province.

For more information about MTS's 4G LTE Wireless Network, please visit www.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 over 20 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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Chelsea Ross Corporate Communications
204 958-3230
media.relations@mtsallstream.com

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