MTS celebrates 25 years of wireless service in Manitoba, announces LTE expansion plans

Ian Hardy

May 6, 2013 4:07pm

Today, May 6th, marks the 25th anniversary of regional carrier MTS placing their first wireless call in Manitoba. Kelvin Shepherd, President of MTS, said that “Since the first cell phone call was placed in 1988, MTS’s wireless network has grown to encompass over 200 cell sites that simultaneously support over one million calls, millions of texts, and terabytes of data every day.”

MTS launched their LTE network this year in Winnipeg and Brandon, but declared that they’ll be expanding to Selkirk, Portage la Prairie, Steinbach, Ste. Anne, Grand Beach and Victoria Beach. MTS’ LTE coverage map currently reaches 60% of the population and “over the next five years” they are “poised to become substantially larger and reach even more Manitobans.”

MTS, according to their Q4 2012 results, currently has 497,367 wireless subscribers.

Source: MTS

  • EvanKrosney

    Interesting how MTS can expand so quickly throughout Manitoba yet Robelus can’t even get LTE to Winnipeg…

    • Guest



      Almost as if one has to cover 553,556km² and the other significantly more.

  • Dave

    MTS – 25 Years = 497,367 wireless subscribers.
    Wind Mobile – 3 Years = 600,000 wireless subscribers.

    Don’t bother Robellus guys with facts…

  • EvanKrosney

    Perhaps they were in the past, especially with HSPA, but they’ve been the first in the province to offer LTE, and as of right now they’re still the only provider.

    • Savannah

      MTS actually controls all the coverage in Manitoba as their cellular network is Province run. Similar to Sasktel in Saskatchewan etc. In order for Robelus to add more towers they need to get permission from them first. Telus and Bell actually use their towers for their devices, and rogers uses outdated towers for their clients. Just an FYI 🙂

    • Owen Finn

      That’s actually not true at all – Rogers uses MTS towers as of 2008.

    • Savannah Summers

      I new that, I just meant that they have older towers that they had prior to the provincial take over that they use. 😛 So technically Rogers gets more coverage then all said evil trio 🙂

  • mdram

    Looks like he’s showing off the latest in Manitoba mobile technology 😛

  • Owen Finn

    MTS has a wider LTE coverage area than Belus has total coverage area.