Why is the Norwayhouse tower not shared between MTS and Rogers? It looks like it's MTS only there.

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Possibly because the Norway House band paid the upfront site costs to MTS to bring cell service to the First Nation Area back in around 2003.  MTS covered the transport segment to the network and the ongoing operating costs

The First Nation was repaid by MTS based on the number of MTS subscribers in the area.  I would not be surprised that Rogers sales dept  figures that the MTS market penetration is too great to try and market to the small number of remaining potential customers.
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So all this talk about how Rogers and MTS share the network isn't 100% true. But just was reading a post from someone back in 2011 and they said their Rogers phone worked on 3G in Norwayhouse.
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Or maybe it worked when the network was first deployed and was locked out later.
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It was at one time I remember seeing it on their coverage map! Oh well anyways not too happy at the moment but chances of me going there are not very likely.
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It is also possible that the the First Nation started requesting money from Rogers since they were now providing service out there, and rather than paying up, they opted to cease providing coverage.  
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Maybe it was picking up the signal from the Rogers coverage in Cross Lake which is sort of close.  Rogers coverage map though does not show any coverage in Norway House.
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From previous official posts I've gleaned that there isn't 100% sharing. There is some picking and choosing and negotiating over which get shared or not.
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I would imagine when a third party has funded the installation of a tower and the agreement includes a cost recovery component that Rogers is not automatically included, regardless of the location.
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the final payout  of  the cost recovery was sent the First Nation in the fall of  2012 if my memory is correct
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Oh well, I will remain a Rogers customer.
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I'll add to this thread that I did some looking in the older MTS press releases and Easterville is the 2nd First Nation that has done the joint venture with MTS for cell service.  I checked coverage maps and  Rogers has coverage at that site
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I checked the rogers site earlier today and it didnt show coverage in easterville.

That being said...i could have sworn that Graham mentionned in the past that the Easterville tower isnt actually a full fledged cell site, but just a repeater. To me, that would imply that if Rogers customers have access to donor site...they would have access to the repeated signal as well.
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You could be right, at the high level of the  Rogers map it looks like it has actual  Rogers coverage, drilling  down it looks like parts of it only have ext coverage.  Also the Canadian Cell tower map shows Rogers in the same location as MTS there but that map could have bad data.

And looking back about 11 months  Graham did say in a reply to Dan   that there are large HPSA repeaters on the towers in the area.
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Hello Dan, 

I checked in with our wireless managers.  We worked closely with community leaders in Norway House to build wireless towers to provide coverage to the residents and visitors of Norway House. This resulted in a community that is currently only serviced by MTS.  

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