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Rural infrastructure getting $40-M upgrade from MTS

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MTS has announced it will spend more than $40 million to upgrade its rural telecommunications infrastructure this year.

MTS President Kelvin Shepherd said the company will devote 40 per cent of its network spending program to support and expand its rural networks in 2013.

Earlier in the week Shepherd announced the company is expanding its 4G LTE wireless network to six more communities in 2013, including Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Steinbach, Ste. Anne, Victoria Beach and Grand Beach.

MTS is also bringing fibre-to-the-home technology to 5,000 more homes throughout the province this year in three communities - Beausejour, Lorette and Stonewall - with further communities planned for 2014. Known as MTS FiON Network, it is the infrastructure behind MTS Ultimate TV® service. Approximately 20,000 homes in Manitoba outside of Winnipeg currently have access to the MTS FiON Network.

MTS will also bring MTS’s DSL-based high-speed Internet service to 20 new communities, adding to the 195 communities already connected. Some of the communities that will benefit from this investment include Wabowden, Buffalo Point, Roseau River First Nation, Fisher River, Langruth, Victoria Beach, Grand Beach, West Hawk Lake, and Falcon Lake.

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