Stock Symbol: MBT
WINNIPEG, May 8, 2013 /CNW/ - MTS, Manitoba's leading telecommunications
provider, today announced that as part of its overall 2013 network
spending program, more than $40 million will be invested in upgrades
and enhancements in its rural telecommunications infrastructure. Along
with normal operating investments to add capacity and service new
customers, part of the 2013 network program includes investments to
make the latest wireless and broadband technology available to more
Manitobans living in rural areas of the province.
"We're pleased to share our 2013 plans to expand and enhance
communication services in rural Manitoba," said MTS President Kelvin
Shepherd. "MTS is committed to bringing technology advancements to more
rural communities in 2013, with over 40 per cent of our network
spending program invested in supporting and expanding our rural
networks this year."
In 2013, MTS plans to enhance its wireless services in rural Manitoba by
investing in both additional capacity and new technology. MTS is
pleased to announce it is expanding its 4G LTE wireless network to six
more communities in 2013, including Portage la Prairie, Selkirk,
Steinbach, Ste. Anne, Victoria Beach and Grand Beach. MTS customers in
these communities will enjoy faster speeds while surfing the Internet,
downloading content and streaming videos and music. LTE is known as the
gold standard in wireless technology and is currently available to 60
per cent of Manitoba's population, including Winnipeg and Brandon.
LTE technology complements and builds on MTS's 4G HSPA+ wireless
network, which provides wireless coverage to 97 per cent of Manitoba's
population. This year MTS also plans to augment the capacity of its
extensive 4G HSPA+ wireless network throughout the province, ensuring
that customers continue to have access to fast and reliable wireless
data and voice services.
MTS is also bringing fibre-to-the-home technology, also known as the MTS
FiON® Network, to an additional 5,000 homes throughout the province. MTS has
launched fibre-to-the-home in nine rural communities and plans to
expand to three more communities in 2013, including Beausejour, Lorette
and Stonewall, with further communities planned for 2014. The MTS FiON
Network is the powerhouse behind the award-winning MTS Ultimate TV® service featuring over 420 channels, a wide variety of informative and
entertaining apps, and access to Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View
events. Approximately 20,000 homes in Manitoba outside of Winnipeg
currently have access to the MTS FiON Network.
MTS will also bring MTS's DSL-based high-speed Internet service to 20
new communities, adding to the 195 communities already connected. Some
of the communities that will benefit from this investment include
Wabowden, Buffalo Point, Roseau River First Nation, Fisher River,
Langruth, Victoria Beach, Grand Beach, West Hawk Lake, and Falcon Lake.
In addition to investing in advanced wireless and broadband services,
MTS continues to invest in basic telephone infrastructure, including
providing service to new customers and upgrades of equipment to ensure
MTS customers in rural and remote areas continue to receive reliable
and economical access to basic telephone services.
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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