Canadian telco Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) has signed up over 50,000 subscribers to its digital television service, delivered over DSL connections in the Winnipeg area. The company launched MTS TV in January 2003 after winning a broadcast distribution licence the previous August. It deployed a multi-service access platform supplied by Motorola in 2003 to support triple-play TV, internet and voice telephony applications, and says it passed the latest TV subscriber landmark in November 2005. MTS TV currently reaches more than 87% of homes in Winnipeg, exceeding a target of 85% coverage of the city by the end of 2005. The service offers over 180 channels, including local channels, three simultaneous fully digital video signals, TV Call Display, and call management capabilities.
In June 2004 MTS completed a CAD1.5 billion (USD1.293 billion) acquisition of Allstream, giving it a much stronger presence on the national stage and making it the third largest telco in Canada. At the end of 2004 MTS claimed 701,000 telephone lines in service, of which 450,800 were residential.