MTS accelerates Fibre to the Home deployment in Manitoba

Winnipeg based MTS has announced plans to spend $125 million over the next five years as part of an accelerated deployment of its fibre to the home (FTTH) network, named FiON, in Manitoba.

By the end of 2015, MTS expects to deploy fibre to about 120,000 homes in close to 20 Manitoba communities such as Steinbach, Thompson, The Pas and in areas of Winnipeg.

MTS was the first in Manitoba to launch a fibre to the home network this January in the Waverley West neighbourhood of Winnipeg and announced in April that it would be expanding the initiative to include the City of Selkirk along with an adjacent portion of St. Andrews and St. Clements. Teams will continue to convert Selkirk residential customers to the new network throughout 2010 with plans to have the network fully deployed by 2011.

FTTH connectivity is notable because it allows telecommunications providers to offer numerous and profitable digital home services such as high definition television, very high speed internet alongside traditional landline phone service.

“MTS already delivers some of the most advanced Internet and television services in Canada, and this investment will position us to continue that leadership.” said Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS. “This expanded fibre deployment is expected to make available advanced broadband and television capabilities to about 65% of Manitoba homes.”

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