FiON Coverage?

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The FiON coverage map here: http://www.mts.ca/mts/personal/mts+fibre+optic+network seems to be missing a few places. I have been reading some other posts and see that Winkler has some FiON coverage but is not listed in that link at all. Would MTS be able to update the list to show current and planned coverage please?

I was also wondering if there is any news on new FiON communities or neighborhoods? Also what the policy is for new developments in communities without FiON, will there be fiber installed?
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That list is rather comical as it is clearly not maintained. Kildonan Meadow, in Winnipeg, has had FiON service since 2010. Most developments started around 2009/2010 in Winnipeg would also have FiON service.

In terms of future rollouts to other communities, to my knowledge there is no publically published policy. That said, the rollouts would be based around potential economic gain. This would take a form of the projected increase in monthly service costs times the projected number of subscribers minus the costs of providing those services. Generally speaking if MTS projection is not that they will increase revenue the network upgrade is not scored high enough on the priority list to occur. Generally the community needs to have a relatively high average household income as you need Lighting25 or Lighting50 and an larger MTS Ultimate TV package to start covering the costs, and not just at one house but most houses in the community. A lack of direct competition definitely helps. Also if you are currently a rural customer with Lighting Reach and planning to move to the similarly cost Lighting10 with better service after a FiON upgrade the change in revenue just isn't there.

There are always exceptions but a general guide is if your aren't in an urban (city) neighbourhood, are not currently eligible to Lighting Reach or Lighting 10 and not in a newly constructed home yet to be service by MTS you won't be on their radar for FiON coverage.

It is worth noting that a lot of that list is also the old Urban Unlimited areas which had trunk cables replaced by fiber in the 90s and the larger urban centers of the province.

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Thank you for the detailed answer, seems like we will be waiting a while then.
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My answer isn't the final say on the issue but is the pattern. The key is every mile of cable costs the same and it doesn't matter if you have 50 customers (urban) or 5 customers (rural) on it. While I don't have access to the exact threshold with Lighting Reach (rural) service you can see the cost to the customer doesn't increase as quickly as the cost of the infrastructure does.
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Hello RuralCustomer, 

That list in the link  http://www.mts.ca/mts/personal/mts+fibre+optic+network lists communities that would have FiON coverage. Some towns and cities only have a few areas with FiON, such as Winnipeg and Winkler, where only new communities are deployed with FiON technology. 
Which is described for Winnipeg in this blurb, "Current plans are to launch the new network in the majority of new housing developments within the City of Winnipeg. The timing of these deployments has not yet been finalized." 
Any communities that already have services would not be deployed with fibre. If the community is currently being built and brand new services are being installed they would use fibre since that is the newest technology. 
There will be plans for fibre of course, but they're concentrating on areas that have no equipment, installing in newly built developments.  

Does that help answer your questions? 

Tennille 
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Thank you for your reply.