MTS said today that it has launched an advanced Fibre to the Home (FTTH) network in Waverly West, a new neighbourhood of some 500 homes in Winnipeg's south-west quadrant.

FTTH connectivity is notable because it allows telecommunications providers to offer numerous services such as high definition television along with very fast internet speeds.

In addition to local telephone service, MTS will be offering Waverly homeowners Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), and high-speed Internet services with initial download speeds of up to 25 Mbps and potential for future speeds above 100 Mbps.

"Our existing Very High Speed DSL (VDSL) based broadband network already supports advanced high speed services" said Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS "but with Fibre To The Home we are looking to the future and even more advanced capabilities."

In addition to higher speeds and greater bandwidth, the company says FTTH is also more cost effective in servicing new home developments when compared to existing hybrid fibre/copper technologies, which helps to keep costs down in the future.

The FTTH Council, a trade group promoting the development of fibre connections in North America, recently reported that there are now more than 17 million homes passed by fibre in North American with 5.3 million subscribers.

In Canada, the biggest implementation of FTTH is in Frederiction and Saint John New Brunswick 70,000 homes are expected to be passed by Fibre by the middle of 2010.