MTS Allstream to spend $125 million for FTTH in Manitoba

AUGUST 6, 2010 -- Canadian carrier MTS Allstream says it plans to invest CAN$125 million over the next five years as part of an accelerated deployment of its fiber to the home (FTTH) network, named FiON, in Manitoba.

AUGUST 6, 2010 -- Canadian carrier MTS Allstream says it plans to invest CAN$125 million over the next five years as part of an accelerated deployment of its fiber to the home (FTTH) network, named FiON, in Manitoba. By the end of 2015, MTS expects to deploy fiber to about 120,000 homes in close to 20 Manitoba communities such as Steinbach, Thompson, The Pas, and in areas of Winnipeg.

FiON will enable MTS to provide its MTS Ultimate TV service and very high-speed Internet services in those communities.

Said Kelvin Shepherd, president of MTS, "Together with our existing high speed VDSL networks in Winnipeg, Brandon, and Portage, this expanded fiber deployment is expected to make available advanced broadband and television capabilities to about 65% of Manitoba homes."

MTS was the first in Manitoba to launch an FTTH network this January in the Waverley West neighborhood of Winnipeg and announced in April that it would be expanding the initiative to include the City of Selkirk along with an adjacent portion of St. Andrews and St. Clements. Teams will continue to convert Selkirk residential customers to the new network throughout 2010 with plans to have the network fully deployed by 2011.

Additional details on specific communities to receive FiON service under this expanded program will be announced as deployment plans are finalized for each community.

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