MTS expands LTE coverage into Steinbach, offers 2-year contract terms

Ian Hardy

August 15, 2013 11:54am

MTS, Manitoba’s regional carrier, has continued its LTE build-out. Today, it was announced that LTE speeds have been expanded into Steinbach – which brings their total coverage to reach 60% of the population and inches closer to achieving its goal to reach 90% in the next five years. According to the press release, MTS, with the assistance from Rogers, has “doubled its 4G LTE wireless network speeds, now supporting unbeatable peak speeds of up to 150 Mbps.” Average speeds you can expect are between 12 Mbps – 40 Mbps.

MTS’ LTE (Long Term Evolution) network launched in late 2012 and is also available to those in Winnipeg, Brandon, Victoria Beach, Grand Beach, Portage la Prairie and Selkirk. MTS will bring the LTE service to Ste. Anne sometime ‘later this year.’

“MTS is significantly expanding its 4G LTE wireless footprint in 2013,” said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd. “The launch of this technology in Manitoba’s third-largest city is part of our commitment to support the latest wireless devices and deliver lightning-fast access to the Internet to more Manitobans in more places across the province.”

Update: In addition to MTS expanding their LTE coverage, the regional carrier has also updated thier 2-year contract terms. The pricing model is similar to what we’ve seen with all the competing carriers. Depending on the device, say the Galaxy S4, starts off at $249.99 on a 2-year.

  • Brian

    MTS is charging $249.99 for a Galaxy S4 in a 2-year contract, with the minimum monthly plan being $48.50; the Big 3 could really learn from them.

    • Dakkon

      >the Big 3 could really learn from them.

      No, not really.

      Their 1 GB plan is $55 with 1000 local minutes, but doesn’t come with caller ID, an extra 9 dollars

      Right now, Rogers is charging $55 with unlimited local and a bonus of Nation-wide calling and caller ID with the same 1 GB plan.

      MTS sucks and is hardly any better than the big 3.

    • Brian

      That Rogers plan is a Manitoba special, something that the rest of the country has. I’m saying that MTS or Rogers Manitoba pricing should be the standard nation-wide.

    • MapleHoney

      My buddy just got a S4 from Rogers for $149.99 with 2 years contract.

  • theeye30

    It’s also worth noting that they offer $60 for 5GB with call display and voicemail lite.

    If you live in Manitoba, this deal sure is a hell of a lot better than the big 3’s.

    • theeye30

      nevermind. they changed it.

  • Kurt

    Decent new plans, too. $95 for unlimited calling, data, and tethering. Slightly better value than the big 3…

    • Twonald

      how do they justify charging for tethering?

  • Samuel Gomez Recuero

    See, even if this one is not in QC I love to see regional carriers succeed. Now Robelus, why can’t you do the same if you have so many clients?

    I guess they are more focused on more revenue per customer than to offer more to them.

  • Ken Wiebe

    Just a note, even though MTS claims that LTE coverage has been expanded into Steinbach, the truth of the matter is that it is available only in certain areas of Steinbach. Complete coverage for the City is still not available…typical MTS hype 🙁

    • Twonald

      yup, just like their “fiber” internet

    • Owen Finn

      Well, if you don’t like the hype, you are welcome to try Telus or Bell for their LTE coverage in Steinbach…

    • Ken Wiebe

      The point Owen is not which provider has the best coverage, but rather
      press releases and advertising that make you think one thing, when its
      really quite another. MTS should say, we have recently begun rolling out
      LTE services in Steinbach and hope to have it completed city-wide over
      the next 5 years.

    • Jay

      Haha Ken! As a retailer in Steinbach, it’s been interesting watching the LTE roll-out with Telus in Winnipeg and Rogers/MTS in Steinbach. I’m with you on the half truth nature of MTS. Yes, they have launched LTE. But, can you use it? That’s a press release for another day.