MTS bags regulatory approval for shared-cost UMTS/HSPA deployment

14 Sep 2009

Canadian mobile network operator Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) has announced that it has received regulatory approval for its proposal to share the costs of deploying a new UMTS/HSPA network with Rogers Wireless, the Canadian Press reports. Under the agreement between the two cellcos, which was first announced in July 2009, MTS and Rogers will deploy a UMTS/HSPA network in the regional area where MTS already has a presence. In addition, it has been revealed that MTS’s Allstream subsidiary will be granted access to Roger’s national network as a roaming partner, and will be given an opportunity to launch a nationwide wireless business offering through a wholesale arrangement. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, MTS is planning to spend up to CAD70 million (USD65 million) to build the network in its home province over a period ending early 2011, whilst it has also budgeted around CAD40 million to implement a new integrated billing platform to support multiple services over three years.