Federal Gov’t Denies MTS Sale of Allstream Over Security Reasons

The federal government ruled that MTS cannot sell its Allstream division to Accelero Capital Holdings because it would violate national security. MTS had signed an agreement in May to sell the business for $520 million to the Egyptian investment firm, which had a previous ownership stake in WIND Mobile. James Moore, Minister of Industry, stated: […]

IPTV in Canada: An update

In 2005, cable companies began offering cable telephony , also known as VoIP or digital phone service, to its customers for the first time. Since that time, the big four cable companies – Cogeco, Rogers, Shaw, and Videotron have taken more than 386 million landline phone customers away from the big Canadian telephone companies.

To offset losses in telecommunications, Bell Canada, Bell Aliant, MTS, Sasktel, Tbaytel, and Telus have decided to take on the cable companies by offering cable customers IPTV or Internet Protocol television, a technology that enables telephone companies (Telcos) to deliver television programming through phones lines.

MTS continues roll-out of its fibre optic network to in Manitoba

Winnipeg based MTS announced today that it will deploy its fibre-to-the-home network (FiON) in the communities of Neepawa, Minnedosa, Killarney and Carberry Manitoba in early 2012.

MTS currently offers FiON in Waverly West, SElkir, Dauphin, and Steinbach Manitoba.

MTS TV rolls out new channels and line-up

MTS TV today began rolling out a large number of changes to its television line-up including the addtion of over 25 new channels, 18 of which are in high definition.

The IPTV television provider is also offering free previews for Sports TV Americas, the Miracle Channel, Tumble Books, Games 4TV and Hollywood Suite.

Hollywood Suite HD Movie Channels launch November 20th

Toronto based Hollywood Suite tweeted this week that it will launch its four new high definition (HD) movie channels in Canada beginning November 20th at noon ET on Eastlink, MTS, Sasktel and Telus.

The company has so far been unable to secure carriage on Canada’s four major cable companies (Rogers, Shaw, Cogeco or Videotron) or the nation’s two direct to home satellite services (Bell Satellite and Shaw Direct) which will severely limit the number of Canadians with access to the new channels.

MTS launching LTE sometime in 2012

Manitoba’s MTS today announced today that it had it has begun work on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology planning, infrastructure development and internal system work with a goal of starting deployment in 2012.

The company, which has almost half a million wireless customers in the province, did not provide any specific timeframe for the first phase of the rollout or where it might take place.

TSN Jets channels premieres tonight

TSN Jets, a new specialty channel dedicated to the Winnipeg Jets hockey team, premieres tonight when the Jets take on the Columbus Blue Jackets in front of a capacity crowd at the MTS Centre.

The pay channel will be available to almost half a million homes in the Winnipeg Jets broadcast region which includes Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, plus parts of Northwestern Ontario including Kenora, Dryden and Thunder Bay.

MTS TV now offering NHL Centre Ice package

MTS has announced that subscriptions to the NHL Centre Ice sports programming package are now available on its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service

For $200, MTS Ultimate TV subscribers will be able to view up to 40 out-of-market games a week throughout the 2011-12 regular season.

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