Rural broadband service provider Xplornet is ramping up plans to launch its LTE wireless network, noting “new competition is coming.”
On the heels of the Bell-MTS acquisition approval, Xplornet says it is “finalizing its plans” that will give “more mobile choice to all Manitobans.”
As part of the agreement by the Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) and the Competition Bureau, Bell MTS will transfer various spectrum (40 MHz of 700 MHz, AWS-1 and 2500 MHz) to Xplornet, and also shift six retail locations in the province. In addition, Xplornet is receiving a significant jumping off point as the company will immediately have 24,700 MTS wireless customers “once Xplornet launches its mobile wireless service.”
“This advancement in our business is an important milestone in Xplornet’s mission to connect Canadians, regardless of where they live, with fast, affordable wireless services,” said Allison Lenehan, president and CEO of Xplornet. “We believe there is an opportunity to provide more value to consumers in Manitoba. In the months ahead, we look forward to introducing Xplornet to new mobile customers while building on our long-standing heritage in Manitoba.”
The specifics of how Xplornet will come to market are not yet known and neither is its upcoming device lineup, or the specifics regarding the prices and plans it intends to offer customers.
Bell released the following statement regarding the shift, saying the company “will maintain current MTS wireless price plans for at least 12 months after the closing of the acquisition.”