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MTS marks 25 years of wireless service

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When the first wireless phone call was made on the MTS network 25 years ago today, there was a limit of about 15 calls at a time.

At the time there were only two cell towers and only about 25,000 customers.

Now wireless is the most lucrative piece of MTS’s businesses. There are more than 200 towers across the province and 500,000 subscribers and about one million calls and texts per day on the network.

And who knew 25 years ago that those handheld devices — the size of a shoe at the time — could be used for anything other than talking.

Now wireless data usage is the fastest growing piece of MTS’s business, with revenues growing at a rate of about 30 per cent per year.

That’s why the company continues to invest in expanding its wireless network.

MTS announced today that it would be expanding its 4G-LTE network, currently only available in Winnipeg and Brandon to six more communities — Steinbach, Selkirk, Portage la Prairie, St. Anne’s, Grand Beach and Victoria Beach.

The 4G-LTE network allows more data to be carried within the same amount of radio spectrum.

MTS offers high-speed wireless service to 97 per cent of the province’s population. In addition to the six communities that will be added this year to the higher-capacity 4G-LTE network, the company plans further expansion in 2014.

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