As part of the deal one third of the post paid wireless customers will be transfered to Telus.
Thanks for all the years of service MTS.
This is interesting:
"Gigabit Fibe Internet availability, delivering Internet speeds on average up to 20 times faster than those currently offered to MTS customers, within 12 months after the transaction closes."
That suggests a rapid build out of what MTS calls FiON, most likely with a heavy focus on urban markets (Winnipeg, Brandon, etc) in the first 12 months after the deal closes. This would mean rural communities begging for service upgrades would likely remain heavily untouched until at least 2018. Yikes!
The flip side of what I read on Bell's fiber plans it would likely mean the higher speed tiers, aka 50 and higher, would become more affordable and the lower tiers, 10 and 25, would be largely unchanged.
If Bell keeps MTS and Bell separate that would in my opinion mean they would likely keep all products the same as before the merger if it goes through. So same customer care centre same website everything. This is just my thinking of what might happen but if it would be like this then maybe it wouldnt be as bad as some people think.
Have a great weekend!
Huge ruling out of Ottawa today on BCE separate from the MTS proposal.
On a high level, the CRTC ruled that BCE must allow third party ISP to resell high speed Internet access to end customers over Bell's fiber network. BCE appealed and lost. This would mean that if the BCE purchase went through the MTS fiber network would need to be open to independent companies to offer internet service, something Manitoba has not seen in over a decade!
Manitobans pay some of the cheapest rates for wireless services in Canada. The low prices have been attributed to more competition, buoyed by that strong regional player, MTS.
The Consumers' Association of Canada predicts Bell's acquisition will lead to higher prices in the province.
"That is an absolutely disgusting move. It limits competition," says president Bruce Cran. His association made a submission this week to Canada's Competition Bureau, opposing the sale.
"Manitobans are very nervous," he says. "It doesn't make any sense at all from a consumer point of view."