Advanced high-speed wireless technology to deliver data speeds up to
five times faster in Manitoba
WINNIPEG, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Building on its position as the leading
wireless service provider in Manitoba, MTS today announced plans to
deploy advanced Long Term Evolution (LTE), the world's fastest mobile
wireless network, beginning in 2012. LTE will provide superior
performance for high-speed data, video and multi-media applications and
will complement MTS's current advanced 4G wireless services.
"With the deployment of LTE technology, MTS expects to continue to offer
the best overall wireless data experience in the most locations within
Manitoba," said Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS. "LTE will further
improve our customers' wireless service experience by providing
increased data speeds, access to exciting new wireless devices and by
increasing their ability to access converged multi-media services
across MTS high-speed Internet, Wi-Fi, and mobile wireless networks."
LTE technology is expected to feature initial peak data rates as fast as
75 megabits per second (Mbps) with future data rates of 150 Mbps and
beyond. The new LTE network will support average user speeds that are
up to five times faster than MTS's current 4G HSPA+ wireless network
and will enable MTS to expand its handset options as new LTE enabled
devices are introduced in the market.
Planning and infrastructure development is well underway and MTS will
turn on the first phase of its new LTE network in 2012. MTS customers
with LTE devices have access to MTS's extensive 4G network and roaming
capabilities in locations where LTE is not yet available.
"MTS is committed to providing best-in-class telecommunication services
in Manitoba and MTS customers will be among the first in the province
to experience this world leading technology," added Shepherd. "We
expect the cost of our initial LTE investment will be lower than our
previous HSPA+ network deployment, and that it will be accommodated
within our normal capital funding."
MTS has a strong history of technical leadership and is the first and
only carrier in Manitoba to specifically announce its commitment to
providing Manitobans with the world's fastest mobile wireless network.
MTS's LTE network will operate on the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS)
spectrum that MTS acquired in Industry Canada's auction process in
MTS is a division of MTS Allstream Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. As one of Canada's leading national
communication solutions companies, MTS Allstream provides innovative
communications for the way Canadians want to live and work today. The
Company has more than 100 years of experience, with 5,500 employees
across Canada dedicated to a mission of delivering true value as seen
through the eyes of our customers. MTS Allstream has nearly two million
total customer connections spanning business customers across Canada
and residential consumers throughout the province of Manitoba. The
Company's extensive national broadband and fibre optic network spans
almost 30,000 kilometres. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common
shares are listed on Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT).
Customers, stakeholders and investors who want to learn more about MTS
Allstream are encouraged to visit: www.mtsallstream.com.
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