Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New Man. wireless network pitched

Rogers Wireless announced Tuesday it has partnered with MTS Allstream to develop and operate a new high-speed wireless network in Manitoba.

The two will share the costs of deployment, and MTS high-speed customers will get access to Rogers's Canada-wide service as a roaming partner.

The network-building agreement will provide customers of Rogers and MTS Allstream with expanded 3.5G High Speed Packet Access wireless network services in Manitoba.

Partnering to build the high-speed wireless network is a cost-effective way to increase Rogers mobile coverage in Manitoba by the end of 2010, said Rob Bruce, president of Rogers Wireless.

The agreement between the companies also provides MTS with the chance to launch a national wireless offering under the Allstream brand. No further details were provided on what that offering might be.

The various agreements will enable Rogers Wireless and MTS Allstream to offer more wireless customers across the country access to innovative mobile products and a wide variety of choice in network services, Bruce said.

The agreements are still subject to approval by regulatory authorities.

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