Dial-up speeds in Northern Manitoba

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I see so many in cities complain about wireless speeds. Live up North like Norway House and then you can complain. This is the current speed, 0.06Mbps. From 10am to about 11pm, this is our speed on our quite recent "4G" network they've been marketing. It's 3G I guess.... Just equal to dial-up. Good news of course, it goes up to a whopping 0.22-0.40Mbps at night. I live near the MTS tower, so my signal strength is superb. Wish I could say the same about their service.

Hey MTS, I'll take 0.22Mbps than nothing at all. Just make it usable to justify paying $67 a month. $134 total for my wife's phone I'm also paying too. You make so much money from us up North because we have limited choices if any at all. Your "award winning service" is Winnipeg only and they're can't even be happy with what you offer them. Do something for us, please! It's incredibly frustrating when i can't even open up the weather app or when even something like Opera Mini which compresses data can't even work.
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There are two issues at play:

1. The speed from your phone to the tower.

2. The speed and traffic load from the tower to the next link (ie Winnipeg, Brandon, etc)

Chances are you have a great speed between your phone and the tower but the second stage is near or over capacity. This limits how much can be pushed over the Internet to any single device. If that is the issue the solution is normally not easy as it often involved digging new cables into the ground over many, many kms.

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I think it was James Lindsay, mayor of Lynn Lake, who posted something (on here or the Digitalhome forum) about how the isolated northern communities use microwave links for the hop to the nearest gateway (?)
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Paying full price for this disgrace of a service is a absolute crime. This has all the signs of an under powered, oversold network. If a provider is unable or unwilling to provide a reasonable level of service, then a discount is in order!
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I'm aware that it's over capacitated. When we first got it a few years ago, we literally had 15Mbps or more. A 50-60MB file could be downloaded in mere minutes. Then Christmas came and people got cellphones. Sure, it bogged the network down a bit. Another Christmas came, network bogs down even more. Last Christmas came, that's now how slow it's become. Largely unusable unless someone wants to stay up until 2-3am to get anything meaningful out of it. I know it's over capacitated, it's obvious. A great majority in this town uses MTS, no choices. MTS could do us a favour by increasing capacity. I'm sure they're aware of our network issue. Does it make economic sense for them? No, it doesn't. And we're screwed because of that. My money goes to upgrading Winnipeg and other major places. But at least we'd appreciate any upgrade others simply don't.