TELUS announced today that it has expanded its HSPA+ network into Brandon, MB, and now reaches 73% of Manitobans. The network is part of a $7 million expansion into Manitoba this year, and brings 42Mbps service to Brandon and its surrounding areas, including Carberry, Austin and MacGregor.
According to a press release issued today, TELUS’ HSPA+ network is available in “Winnipeg, Highway 59 from Winnipeg to Victoria Beach, and Highway 1 from Winnipeg to Portage La Prairie on the way to Brandon.”
The move into Brandon comes days after MTS, the incumbent in Manitoba, launched its LTE network in Winnipeg and Brandon. MTS reaches 97% of Manitobans with its DC-HSPA+ network, and launched the iPhone 5 last week. MTS has a partnership with Rogers on its HSPA+ network, and combined make up 85% of the province’s wireless market share. Bell has also recently launched its network in Manitoba. Like Bell, TELUS has no fallback in case a user goes out of his or her coverage area; neither company has a roaming agreement with Rogers, so moving outside the greater Winnipeg or Brandon area will result in “No Service.”
That being said, TELUS is a national provider and for those who travel outside Manitoba, having access to the company’s voice and data network may be an advantage to some.