Rogers Communications has made an agreement with fellow full-service operator Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) to share costs of deploying UMTS/HSPA network infrastructure in MTS’s wireless operating region of Manitoba province. The agreement also allows MTS to leverage Rogers’ purchasing scope and scale to gain cost-effective access to new network technology and HSPA handsets, whilst giving its customers access to national and international roaming via Rogers’ network. MTS may also launch a national HSPA mobile offering under its Allstream brand through a wholesale arrangement. MTS is planning to spend up to CAD70 million to build the HSPA network in its home province over a period ending early 2011, whilst it has also budgeted around CAD40 million to implement a new integrated billing platform to support multiple services over three years. MTS currently provides wireless services based on CDMA2000 technology, whilst Rogers remains Canada’s sole GSM/W-CDMA/HSPA provider. National CDMA-based cellular rivals Bell and Telus are in the process of rolling out their own HSPA-based networks, under a nationwide cost-sharing agreement.
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