Can no longer use Welcome Channel TBAYTEL tower since Feb. Why?

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Hi Reg,
Sorry for the delayed response, I was trying to find some more explanatory answers for you.  Basically from what I have been able to find is that we no longer have a roaming agreement with TBayTel.  Unfortunately I have not been able to discover why or what action is being taken to address the gaps this may cause but I can assure you that it is being discussed and there are folks looking into it.  I apologize for the inconvenience this may be causing and hope we have a viable solution for you in the near future. 
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I believe before the Bell take over, MTS roamed on Rogers, and TbayTel. Now I believe from what I've been told and comparing the new coverage maps that MTS customers now roam on Bell and Telus outside of Manitoba. I guess they have locked access to TbayTel and possibly Rogers too.
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Yet Tbay can roam on MTS not fair really lol.
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TbayTels roaming agreement is with Rogers. So yes they can roam on the shared Rogers/MTS network here in MB. Although if Rogers and MTS break the shared network agreement then I don't believe they would have access to MTS. If you look at Saskatchewan TbayTel only has access to Rogers so fairly spotty coverage there for them.
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Im not sure Bell is going to unravel the agreement between MTS and Rogers in MB any time soon. If you look at the Bell coverage map, they now show the MTS/ Rogers LTE coverage area as being future coverage. A couple areas that I know receive LTE coverage from a Rogers site, and are outside of the Telus coverage area are showing virtually identical coverage contours as the Rogers/MTS maps. Telus also states that their coverage will be indentical to that of BellMTS come the time that customers start getting moved over to them.

Makes me wonder if all the major providers are going to share the wireless network in MB.
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Yes they are, the Rogers and BellMTS network sharing agreement was renewed with the CRTC when the BCE deal went though.
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So the only way to get service in kenora area now is to switch to rogers? I had full lte last year and this year zero service. My sister in law is rogers and enjoyed full lte this past weekend.
Thanks
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Wow...I totally missed that.  I looked at the Bell maps a couple weeks ago and it showed literally the exact same coverage in those areas as Rogers, so I just made the assumption.  Looking at it now, it shows that whole area as future coverage.
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It shows the whole area as future LTE coverage yes
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Thanks for the info. Guess I will wait and see.
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Bell take over big mistake.
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It just shows that Bell is not the greatest network in Canada. It shows Rogers/TbayTel has a better coverage footprint in Northwestern Ontario. Keep in mind to this will be this way all over the rest of Canada. If an MTS customer goes to say Toronto, they may notices stronger and weaker coverage in areas now, due to no longer roaming on the Rogers network and roaming on Bell/Telus.
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