Manitoba's Strategic Advantages: Communications


The state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure in Manitoba provides ready access to the Internet in virtually all areas of the province, and is a particularly important advantage for technology-based businesses.

Manitoba firms are served by a competitive range of telecommunications providers, including: Bell MTS, Telus, Rogers, Shaw and a host of service resellers. Corporate alliances with major U.S. companies ensure seamless provision of cross-border products and services.

The competitive telecommunications environment, with several alternative long-distance carriers, keeps rates low in Manitoba and our location in the Central Time Zone gives Manitoba business-hours access to the east and west coasts.

Bell MTS -- one of Canada's leading national communication solutions companies with more than 100 years of experience, and 5,500 employees across Canada. Bell MTS has nearly two million total customer connections spanning business customers across Canada and residential consumers throughout the province of Manitoba. The Company's extensive national broadband and fibre optic network spans almost 30,000 kilometres and the company provides international connections through strategic alliances and interconnection agreements with other international service providers.

Telus - offers telephone service, wireless service, Internet and data, and other business services.

Rogers - offers telephone service, wireless service, Internet and data.

Shaw - offers Internet, digital telephone, data, and video services.

 

Broadband services are available to the majority of Manitobans, including fibre deployment to most major office buildings and industrial parks in the province. Manitoba has one of the world’s most advanced fibre optic networking and digital switching platforms, with 100% digital switching throughout the province and over 200 switches to support the network grid - the third largest concentration in Canada.

Broadband services are available to the majority of Manitobans, including fibre deployment to most major office buildings and industrial parks in the province. Manitoba has one of the world’s most advanced fibre optic networking and digital switching platforms, with 100% digital switching throughout the province and over 200 switches to support the network grid - the third largest concentration in Canada.

Broadband providers include Bell MTS, Shaw, Westman Communications Group, Telesat, and Manitoba Hydro Telecom. Bell MTS is the dominant provider and has an extensive broadband network infrastructure that connects all major communities in Manitoba. MTS has three fibre rings in Winnipeg and one in Brandon, and 100% digital switching throughout the province. Its network provides access to high-speed Internet to 85% of Manitoba households, making Manitoba one of the most broadband-enabled provinces in the country.

Bell MTS launched a 3G wireless network in Winnipeg and Brandon in 2006, and has recently launched a new, 4G wireless network, which provides high-speed data speeds of up to 21 Mbps. The new 4G network is available to 97 per cent of Manitobans and provides customers with extensive and reliable coverage and lightning fast data speeds.

 

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