MTS just launched their new “4G”, really HSPA+ network, on March 31st but expansion plans are already in the works. The regional carrier says LTE (Long Term Evolution) will be coming to Manitoba in 2012. They give no definite date but do say that “planning and infrastructure development is well underway”. MTS says customers will be able to get peak speeds up to 75Mbps “with future data rates of 150 Mbps and beyond”. In addition, there was no indication of the devices, but reading the press release says they might have a few at launch, probably what Rogers has with the LTE Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Jetstream and internet sticks.
There are a couple interesting points in the release. First, it states they will have a roaming partner, probably Rogers. “LTE devices have access to MTS’s extensive 4G network and roaming capabilities in locations where LTE is not yet available”. Then, MTS notes that “MTS customers will be among the first in the province to experience this world leading technology”… which could possibly mean that LTE might be in place in Manitoba before MTS launches, perhaps Rogers, Bell or TELUS has plans.
The good news is that LTE is coming to Manitoba.