Bell MTS will invest $1 billion over the next five years to increase broadband communications services in northern Manitoba.
The plan calls for complete LTE and HSPA+ wireless coverage for the Highway 6 corridor to Thompson, and new wireless and wireline broadband services for five indigenous communities: Easterville, Gods Lake Narrows, Gods River, Grand Rapids and Red Sucker Lake.
The company will also enhance broadband service in Flin Flon from the current maximum of 5 Mbps.
“The billion-dollar Bell MTS 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,” said Wade Oosterman, Bell group president and chief brand officer.
Bell plans to purchase MTS in a $3.9 billion deal announced on May 2, pending regulatory approval. The acquisition is expected to close in late 2016 or early 2017.