The following was announced on MTS's site:
MTS Allstream Receives CRTC Approval to Offer TV Service in Portage la Prairie
Commission Amends Existing Broadcasting License for Winnipeg
BRANDON, MB, August 18, 2008 – MTS Allstream Inc. (“MTS Allstream”) announced today that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”) has amended the company’s existing broadcast distribution undertaking (“BDU”) license to include the community of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. This license change will provide regulatory clearance for MTS Allstream to offer MTS TV service in Portage la Prairie.
“We are very pleased with the CRTC’s decision, and we look forward to offering new services to the residents of Portage la Prairie,” said Kelvin Shepherd, President Consumer Markets, MTS Allstream. “MTS TV has been a tremendous success in Winnipeg, and we are excited to have the opportunity to bring a newer, more advanced version of this innovative product to a new location in Manitoba. We look forward to sharing more details with our customers as our development work progresses over the next several months.”
Earlier this year, MTS Allstream announced that it had entered into agreements with Microsoft and Alcatel-Lucent Canada Inc. to develop an evolved version of its MTS TV service, with the goal of launching a trial in 2008.
MTS Allstream also confirmed its intention to apply shortly to the CRTC to obtain a BDU license for the community of Brandon, Manitoba.
I wonder if there will be any announcements regarding their new MTS service that they are supposedly testing? Would any insiders like to comment?