New fibre optic network delivers world class technology to Northern community
Stock Symbol: MBT
WINNIPEG, Feb. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - MTS today announces the launch of its industry-leading MTS Ultimate TV service in Thompson, MB. The award winning MTS Ultimate TV service provides Manitobans with one of the most feature rich television experiences in Canada, and is made available over MTS's new fibre optic network called FiON®. The MTS FiON fiber to the home network provides access to today's most advanced telecommunications services and lays the groundwork for the services of the future.
"All of us at MTS are excited to bring the many benefits of our FiON Network to the community of Thompson," said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd. "Beginning today, residents in Thompson have a new, innovative choice for their television service."
MTS's Ultimate TV offers a variety of channel packages, high quality 100 per cent digital picture and sound, as well as a Whole Home PVR feature which enables customers to pause a recorded show in one room and finish watching it in another room. MTS My Picks and Ultimate Picks applications allow customers to keep track of six different channels at the same time, while TV Call Display lets them see who is calling on their MTS Home Phone. MTS Ultimate TV also offers an extensive lineup of over 350 digital TV and music channels, over 100 HD channels, and access to Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View events.
Thompson is the latest community in Manitoba to be connected to MTS's new fibre optic network. The MTS FiON Network connects directly into people's homes, delivering a huge amount of bandwidth which enables faster speeds and lays the groundwork for delivering new services such as MTS Ultimate TV. Customers on this new network will also have access to an exciting suite of high-speed Internet products, with speeds up to 32 Mbps and potential future speeds of over 100 Mbps.
MTS is investing $125 million over five years to deploy its fiber-to-the-home network to 120,000 homes and enable MTS Ultimate TV service in more than 20 communities in Manitoba. MTS Ultimate TV is currently available to over 95 per cent of Winnipeg households, and in Brandon, Portage La Prairie and a growing number of homes in Selkirk, Steinbach and Dauphin.
Over 1,600 homes in Thompson are now eligible for fibre connection and MTS's Ultimate TV service. MTS plans to have FiON fully deployed in Thompson by late 2012.
For more information on MTS's FiON Network and MTS Ultimate TV please visit www.mts.ca.
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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