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MTS launches 4G LTE Wireless Network in Steinbach

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

MTS launches 4G LTE Wireless Network in Steinbach

10:31 EDT Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Province's most advanced wireless network is now available in Manitoba's third-largest city

Stock Symbol:  MBT  

STEINBACH, MB, Aug. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - MTS, Manitoba's leading telecommunications provider, announced today that it has completed its 4G LTE wireless network expansion to Steinbach, the fifth of six Manitoban communities where the MTS 4G LTE Wireless service will launch in 2013. Residents can now experience faster-than-ever wireless download and upload speeds on the latest LTE-enabled wireless devices.

"MTS is significantly expanding its 4G LTE wireless footprint in 2013," said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd.  "The launch of this technology in Manitoba's third-largest city is part of our commitment to support the latest wireless devices and deliver lightning-fast access to the Internet to more Manitobans in more places across the province."

Long Term Evolution (LTE) is recognized as the gold standard in wireless technologies and provides superior performance while surfing the Internet, downloading content, and streaming videos and music. MTS's 4G LTE Wireless Network supports average user speeds that are up to ten times faster than MTS's 4G HSPA+ Wireless Network.  MTS customers can experience the full speed capabilities LTE offers on some of the latest LTE-enabled devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4™, BlackBerry® Q10, and Sony Xperia™ ZL.

MTS was the first to bring 4G LTE technology to Winnipeg and Brandon in 2012. MTS has since doubled its 4G LTE wireless network speeds, now supporting unbeatable peak speeds of up to 150 Mbps. MTS has launched 4G LTE wireless service in Victoria Beach, Grand Beach, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk and now Steinbach, and will bring the service to Ste. Anne later this year. Customers using LTE-enabled devices outside of MTS's 4G LTE Wireless Network coverage area will transfer to MTS's 4G HSPA+ Wireless Network, which covers 97 per cent of the Manitoba population.

The expansion of the MTS 4G LTE Wireless Network is part of a $40-million investment MTS is making in its rural Manitoba networks in 2013.  In addition to 4G LTE wireless technology, MTS is also investing this year to bring DSL-based high-speed Internet service to 20 new communities, and expanding MTS's fibre-to-the-home technology to an additional 5,000 homes throughout the province.  Since 2010, MTS has launched fibre to the home in 11 communities throughout the province, including Steinbach.

For more information about MTS's 4G LTE Wireless Network, please visit www.mts.ca/4glte.

About MTS
MTS is the leading full-service communications provider for residential and business customers in Manitoba. The company's suite of products and services include the latest in wireless technology, high-speed Internet, an award-winning IPTV service, voice services, home security, and an extensive range of business solutions.  A technology leader, MTS operates advanced wireless networks delivering the best coverage for Manitobans with its 4G, CDMA and Wi-Fi wireless networks and is investing to build out its extensive fibre-to-the-home network in over 20 Manitoba communities. MTS's momentum is fuelled by the knowledge, skills and spirit of its 3,000 Manitoba-based employees. With over 100 years of operations, MTS is rooted firmly in the community and is a proud sponsor of the MTS Centre, home to the NHL's Winnipeg Jets. MTS is wholly owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. which is listed on the TSX (trading symbol: MBT). For information on MTS's products and services, please visit www.mts.ca.

Forward-looking Statements Disclaimer
This news release includes forward-looking statements and information (collectively, the "statements") about the Company's corporate direction, business opportunities, operations, financial objectives and future financial results and performance that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. As a consequence, actual results in the future may differ materially from any conclusion, forecast or projection in such forward-looking statements. Therefore, forward-looking statements should be considered carefully and undue reliance should not be placed on them. Examples of statements that constitute forward-looking information may be identified by words such as "believe", "expect", "project", "should", "anticipate", "could", "target", "forecast", "intend", "plan", "outlook", "see", "set", "pending", and other similar terms.

Factors that could cause anticipated opportunities and actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, matters identified in the "Material assumptions" section, the "Risks and uncertainties" section, and elsewhere in the Company's 2012 Annual MD&A and 2012 Annual Information Form, all of which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Please note that forward-looking statements reflect Management's expectations as at the date hereof. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

SOURCE: MTS Allstream

For further information:

Media:  

Chelsea Ross
Corporate Communications
204 958-3230
media.relations@mtsallstream.com

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