MTS To Launch High-Speed LTE Network In Manitoba Next Year

by Gaurav Kheterpal on September 30, 2011

There’s no doubt that LTE is the flavor of the season in Canada’s wireless industry these days. Rogers launched its LTE network in Ottawa in July and followed it up with Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver earlier this week. Earlier this month, Bell announced the launch of its next generation 4G LTE wireless network service in areas of Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph.

Though Telus’ LTE network in Western Canada won’t be available till early next year, the carrier stepped up the speed game by upgrading its wireless network to HSPA+ dual cell in Atlantic Canada earlier this month.

MTS is the latest Canadian wireless carrier to jump aboard the LTE bandwagon. The carrier yesterday announced its plans to deploy advanced Long Term Evolution (LTE), the world’s fastest mobile wireless network, beginning in 2012.

It’s interesting to note that MTS’ 4G network (HSPA+) was launched in March. The carrier claims that its 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. It says LTE deployment plans are on track, planning and infrastructure development is well underway and the carrier expects to turn on the first phase of its new LTE network in 2012.

“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.”

MTS had an impressive last quarter – profits increased by 58% and net earnings rose to $43.4 million, or 67 cents a share, from $27.4 million, or 42 cents a share, a year earlier. The company’s CEO Pierre Blouin says his company is focused on driving growth in wireless, IP television, broadband and IP-based services. In fact, the carrier witnessed a surge in number of subscriber additions largely due to the launch of its 4G wireless network and the iPhone 4.

With LTE, MTS would be hoping to make further inroads into the smartphone user fraternity in Manitoba. MTS’s high-speed LTE network will operate on the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum that it acquired in Industry Canada’s auction process in 2008. The carrier has given no indication of when it would launch LTE-enabled devices.

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Ron November 15, 2011 at 10:56 am

*MTS had an impressive last quarter – profits increased by 58% and net earnings rose to $43.4 million, or 67 cents a share, from $27.4 million, or 42 cents a share, a year earlier.*

Yes no doubt, after I purchased my Rodger Waters concert tickets it is easy to understand why, MTS is now legally scalping tickets. They held back the majority of tickets and sold them for heavily inflated prices not including *service charge* of $33.75 PER TICKET!!! and a 40 dollar ludicrous delivery charge. Some things never change especially corporate greed.

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