Kelvin Shepherd, president of Manitoba-based MTS Allstream, says he is ‘incredibly excited’ to confirm that the full-service operator’s new HSPA+ mobile network will launch on 31 March 2011. The HSPA+ network will provide voice and high speed wireless data coverage at peak speeds of up to 21Mbps to 97% of the province’s population. Shepherd added that MTS has invested more than CAD100 million (USD101 million) in its W-CDMA/HSPA+ rollout, whilst it will continue to support its existing CDMA-based province-wide network for its own subscribers and roaming users. Users of the new HSPA+ services will be able to roam nationally via a tie-up with Rogers Communications, as well as in more than 200 other countries. MTS says it will also launch ‘new, exclusive bundled service offerings’ in the near future.
Meanwhile, rival Telus is reported to be nearing an expansion of its national HSPA+ network (rolled out via infrastructure sharing with Bell) into Manitoba, with a soft launch vaunted to take place in Winnipeg this month.