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2014-10-16 02:59 PM
MTS Brings 4G HSPA Wireless Service to Churchill

In addition to yesterday's launch in Churchill, MTS has turned up its 4G HSPA network in Snow Lake and Ebb & Flow First Nation, and will bring the service to Bissett, Fisher River First Nation and Middlebro in the coming weeks. More than 4,000 people living and working in these communities will benefit from this investment.

Full Press Release.
2014-07-18 01:33 AM
Mozza I had fantastic coverage at the Bomber game last night - too bad the team sucked.
2014-07-17 05:57 PM
ertyu Coverage around the campus area has been suffering for years.

Both Rogers and MTS do report a new site at IGF though (

Performance around the stadium during events doesn't seem to change, so I'm guessing they've captured the event crowds to only that site to allow the others to continue serving the area.
2014-07-17 03:38 PM
mbhydro For the few times a year IGF is used it may not pay MTS to upgrade, but on the other hand being the named sponsor of the MTS Center and all the use it gets they definitely should upgrade
2014-07-17 11:51 AM
CoryB if MTS is trying to improve their coverage hopefully they will be doing further enhancements at Investors Group Field and MTS Centre as those areas become practically unusable when they have crowd, and no the WiFi at MTS Centre is not a solution.
2014-07-17 11:00 AM
mbhydro I realized last night that MTS was a sponsor of both the Dauphin Country Fest and the Winnipeg Folk Festival so that's why there was probably a Microcell at both locations.
2014-07-16 08:51 AM
Macman I'm surprised that microcells aren't more widespread by now. I thought they've been out for a while? Is it cost? I get so frustrated whenever I'm in certain parts of my city that have terrible coverage. I hope the new My Network app from MTS is there to help determine where they plan on upgrading or installing microcells or something to remedy this situation.
2014-07-14 03:26 PM
mbhydro Was anybody at Dauphin Countryfest or the Folk Festival and notice an improvement in MTS Service?

Apparently MTS has put in permanent small cell sites in these locations to improve service.
2014-07-14 03:21 PM
mbhydro From MTS's Facebook page on July 14/14

As part of our continued commitment to offering Manitobans the best coverage across all of our Wireless technologies, we’re pleased to announce the rollout of 4G LTE service to Swan River. Residents and visitors will now be able to experience faster-than-ever download and upload speeds on the latest LTE-enabled wireless devices.
2014-03-07 03:16 PM
mbhydro I was just thinking over lunch that there is a MTS tower about 7 KM n/e of Piney that I think was used by the CBC for their old analog TV service before it shut down in 2012.

I wonder if they might be using that one for the new HSAP service? If so that would fill in the coverage gap somewhat.
2014-03-07 03:00 PM
Dr.Dave CoryB, HSPA isn't necessarily a replacement for CDMA. The 2 networks will coexist, just as they do in the rest of Manitoba.

I don't know if they will just mount the HSPA+ gear on the same towers as the CDMA or if they have to do a lot of re-engineering to get adequate coverage.
2014-03-07 11:34 AM
CoryB As this seems like a conversion/replacement of the old CDMA gear with HSPA gear the coverage is likely very similar. If the service expansion included LTE then there might be hope as that would be adding additional frequencies.
2014-03-06 11:14 PM
mbhydro Under CDMA there is a gap in coverage between Steinbach and Middlebro just outside of Piney on Hwy 12 north. Looks like the tower at Vita does not reach that area either.

When they add 4G HSPA+ will it be strong enough to fill that gap or does MTS or Rogers still have to build another tower in the future to give that coverage.
2014-03-06 10:01 AM
MTS to launch faster 4G HSPA+ network in six new communities

MTS today announced plans to expand its 4G HSPA+ wireless network to six new rural Manitoba communities in 2014, including the town of Churchill. More than 4,000 people living and working in the following communities will benefit from this investment:
  • Ebb and Flow First Nation
  • Fisher River First Nation
  • Churchill
  • Snow Lake
  • Bissett
  • Middlebro
News Release.
2013-11-04 01:06 PM
CoryB CDMA is essentially dead, and not just in Manitoba, with almost no new handsets coming out. I think long term MTS has few choices but to upgrade to HSP/LTE at these sites. It might be a matter of things like cost and access that has been preventing them.
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