Rogers and Fido going live with LTE in Manitoba on June 17th

Ian Hardy

June 13, 2013 11:18am

Manitoba-based MTS originally went live with their LTE network in Winnipeg and Brandon back in August 2012, then more recently in Grand Beach and Victoria Beach. Today they’ve announced an “extended network sharing agreement” with Rogers that will see the two companies share costs and expand LTE coverage in the province.

The press release noted that the goal is for LTE to reach over 90% Manitoba’s population over the next five years, but in the imminent future you’ll see Selkirk, Steinbach and Ste. Anne go live. As for Rogers, June 17th is the date that they’ll officially go live. Their LTE Max – which uses dual frequency 2100 MHz and 2600 MHz bands – will be available in Winnipeg, Brandon, Victoria Beach, Grand Beach, Selkirk, Steinbach and Ste. Anne.

In an email to us Rogers noted that “We thank our Manitoba customers for their patience and are very happy to finally have LTE available for them.”

Update: This news of LTE going live on June 17th is also for Fido’s customers.

Source: CNW (1) (2)

  • Frederick Edwards

    o/ omgawd!

  • Super_Deluxe

    Wooo!!! H3LL has finally froze over and we’re finally getting LTE! I think it’s worth the wait because we get province wide coverage rather than spotty coverage in the city. Thank you MTS for your great coverage. Its been decades but it’s finally here! 😀

    • Owen Finn

      I’ve had LTE since January…?

    • Super_Deluxe

      On Rogers in Manitoba?

    • Owen Finn

      No, with MTS of course.

    • Super_Deluxe

      Yeah but most of us are with Rogers and not MTS which is why we’re happy getting LTE after waiting a whole year.

    • Owen Finn

      Actually, most of you are *not* with Rogers – MTS has a 55% market share.

    • Brendon D

      is this just data users?

    • Guest

      is a type of data only for data users?

  • Chris

    What about AWS 900? are they just skipping that or what? Because Rogers offers exactly 3 phones that work on the 2100 and 2600 bands.

    • Adam

      AWS is 1700/2100. All their AWS phones are compatable with those. They don’t use 900 whatsoever. 850 is used for HSPA/GSM, but not LTE, that’s as close as it gets.

      LTE Max is a higher-speed LTE, which uses a higher bandwidth 20mhz band of 2100 and 2600. Most phones don’t support it, the ones that don’t will fall back to regular AWS-based LTE.

    • Chris

      thanks for the clarification

  • Henry

    This is fantastic news

  • Senk

    Finally! Only a year late.

  • Jayce

    Finally. I always thought it was dumb that my Rogers phone worked better in Regina than it does in my home city, which is 3x the size. Better late than never.

  • magesnz

    Like the Rock would say, finally the LTE has arrived in Manitoba lol

    • Sylvie

      Hi there. I work for MTS so I can confirm that LTE arrived in Manitoba last year.

  • MajikMonkie

    Anybody know if the Galaxy Note 2 will work on these bands?

    • Super_Deluxe

      Yup so will the S3.

  • Skazzberry 2.0

    I guess even the mosquitoes need LTE.

    • Super_Deluxe

      What is with your hate towards Manitoba troll? I just don’t get it.

  • allan

    Well it’s the 17th now. Waiting for LTE in Winnipeg. Stilllll….

    • Techie01

      You need to have an LTE Sim and phone for it to work.

  • allan

    Ok LTE is now live in Winnipeg.

  • allan

    What’s the point with LTE. Most of us won’t have enough data allowance to even last a month with Rogers. They should increase or offer a unlimited plan again.