Bell and MTS have just given another reason to think positively about the $3.9 billion acquisition they announced in May. Back then, Bell said it planned to invest $1 billion in the area over five years to accelerate broadband communications services across Manitoba, with the details of that investment being shared in various press releases.
The first joint announcement by Bell and MTS promised to cover the province’s main transportation route, Highway 75, with LTE wireless. The latest component of that billion-dollar investment was shared today and promises to have full LTE and HSPA+ wireless coverage for the Highway 6 corridor to Thompson, Manitoba’s Hub of the North; new wireless and wireline broadband services for Easterville, Gods Lake Narrows, Gods River, Grand Rapids, and Red Sucker Lake; and an enhanced broadband service for key mining centre Flin Flon.
The press release reinforced how much value the Bell-MTS merger brings to the province – just in case you had doubts about it – claiming that the billion-dollar investment plan will “place Manitoba at the forefront of Canadian broadband communications, with innovative new services and enhanced coverage for small communities, key traffic corridors, and big cities alike.”
“The Bell MTS broadband service improvements unveiled today will be the largest capital investment in wireless and wireline networks in Northern Manitoba in many years,” said Pat Solman, Senior VP Network & Field Services for MTS. “This announcement is another example of how critical Bell’s scale, resources and experience are to ensuring Manitobans everywhere can benefit from the economic and social opportunities offered by investment in state-of-the art broadband communications.”
As for Flin Flon, Bell promises to boost Internet speeds from the current maximum of 5 Mbps.