Manitoba-based MTS has announced their Q1 2012 results this morning. They too have increased subscriber numbers. Wireless revenue increased $5.8 million to $89.9 million, representing a growth of 6.9%. This surge was slightly attributed to data as it saw a whopping 45.1% increase in revenue, thus taking data ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) up 5.4% to $18.09. MTS stated in their press release that “48% of all postpaid wireless subscribers had data plans” and that postpaid subscribers now total 391,997 (up 4% from last year). Total wireless subs is now 488,571, up 1% from Q1 2011.
Looking forward to “later in 2012” is the deployment of their LTE (Long Term Evolution) network. This is “expected to drive continued strong demand for wireless data services” and will be available first in Winnipeg and Brandon.