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MTS expanding CDMA wireless network in Manitoba


February 16, 2010
By Anthony Capkun

16 February 2010

MTS Allstream Inc. is expanding its CDMA wireless network, bringing coverage to eight rural Manitoba communities this year—including the Port of Churchill in northern Manitoba.

“Wireless communications are a great enabler, and this announcement is
great news for the First Nations communities who will receive wireless
coverage,” said Ron Evans, Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba
Chiefs. “I want to thank MTS for making this investment and helping to
connect even more Manitobans with advanced services.”

New wireless coverage will be provided to approximately 11,000 people in
the following communities: Churchill; Split Lake; Oxford House; Snow
Lake; Bisset; Middlebro; Ebb and Flow; and Fisher River.

“Our wireless network already provides the widest coverage available in
Manitoba, with over 97% of the province’s population enjoying cellular
coverage,” said Kelvin Shepherd, MTS president. “Expanding to eight more
communities, including Churchill, is part of our commitment as
Manitoba’s leading wireless service provider to continue to invest in
our network and services.”

These new cellular sites, which represent an initial investment by MTS
of about $2 million, will bring the ability to make phone calls, access
email and browse the internet using a mobile device in these
communities, and will allow existing MTS Mobility customers to use their
phones in more places.

Work on installing the sites is already underway in several locations,
and MTS expects wireless services to come online throughout the first
half of 2010.

MTS ALLSTREAM