MTS announces plans to expand 4G LTE network in 2013
Stock Symbol: MBT
WINNIPEG, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - From analog in 1988 to today's
blazing-fast 4G LTE, MTS has proudly introduced Manitobans to
ground-breaking wireless technologies. MTS held an event today at MTS's
Connect Store in Winnipeg Square to celebrate the Company's 25th anniversary of providing wireless service in Manitoba. As part of
today's festivities, Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS announced plans to
expand MTS's 4G LTE Wireless Network to six new communities in 2013.
"MTS's 4G LTE Wireless Network currently covers more than 60 per cent of
Manitoba's population, and we're pleased to be expanding to six more
communities in 2013," said Mr. Shepherd. "Over the next five years,
MTS's 4G LTE Wireless Network is poised to become substantially larger
and reach even more Manitobans."
MTS expects to launch 4G LTE wireless services later this year in
Selkirk, Portage la Prairie, Steinbach, Ste. Anne, Grand Beach and
Victoria Beach. MTS was the first to bring 4G LTE Wireless services to
Winnipeg and Brandon in 2012.
"Since the first cell phone call was placed in 1988, MTS's wireless
network has grown to encompass over 200 cell sites that simultaneously
support over one million calls, millions of texts, and terabytes of
data every day," added Mr. Shepherd. "We have been a pioneer for
communications technology in Manitoba and continue to invest in our
province to deliver the most trusted and reliable wireless service."
MTS launched cellular service on May 6, 1988. Since then, MTS has made
revolutionary new wireless technologies available to Manitobans. MTS
became the first Canadian company to offer Internet and e-mail service
for PDA devices in 2001. Five years later, MTS was the first to offer
high-speed wireless Internet access in Winnipeg and Brandon. In 2011,
MTS launched its 4G HSPA+ Wireless Network and made high-speed wireless
data available to 97 per cent of Manitoba's population.
MTS customers enjoyed cake and coffee at MTS Connect stores across the
province today in celebration. MTS customers were also invited to enter
a draw for the chance to win a Samsung Galaxy S4 plus 25 weeks of free
MTS wireless service.
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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