I live in the Grande Pointe area. South on highway 59, just passed the perimeter and floodway. ( https://goo.gl/maps/b6lXa ) . We have limited services out there. Just basic phone line and basic internet(7mbit or less). I know that MTS is upgrading services in the surrounding areas (Lorette & Ile Des Chen) . I was wondering if MTS will be upgrading the services in our area anytime soon? We aren't that far from the city and higher internet speeds would be greatly appreciated!
It still comes down to needing to cross a certain population density. For higher speeds expensive equipment needs to be used on shorter distances (loop length). To provide some level of service in rural areas with less dense populations equipment is configured to work over a longer distance but the trade of is the maximum speed takes a significant hit.
The upside, shortly before Christmas the CRTC issued a new policy on broadband in Canada classifying it as a basic telecom service, the same as a wired voice line. The details still have to be filled in on how it plays out. On a high level the broad strokes say every Canadian will have access to 50/10 broadband from some provider, not necessarily every provider. The targets are 90% of Canadians within 5 years (end of 2021) and all Canadians within 15 (2031). Funding for this does not start for two years though. Also the next five years is going to focus on areas that will both boost the number of residents served *AND* those likely to have the highest revenue (ARPU).
The short answer, Grande Pointe is likely at least five years out from any changes now and could be 15 years from any meaningful change.
With the exception of certain stat holidays or major public events there is a list of hamlets, villages, towns and cities getting service upgrades on a fairly regular basis.
For example today Jan 10 there were around 22 locations in west MB scheduled for some sort of network upgrade over a 6 hour outage Window.
The biggest upgrade problem, by far, has to do with mts’s severely lacking network capacity and there is no indication that this will be addressed any time soon. Attempting to feed several communities or even an entire route(s) from the same source is almost always the weak link! Here come the back haul upgrade costs are too expensive comments... Most any other so called upgrades are just a sugar coating! They are very minor in nature and will have very little, if any, real world effect to the average user!
I am sorry but I am really not seeing a whole lot of measurable improvement with the upgrades that have been done to date, nor at much of any appreciable pace. The list of communities/ areas in Manitoba that have been paying and waiting years, and even decades, to have a decent working service, never mind decent speeds, has not changed significantly. We are still very, very far away from the CRTC’s mandate of 50/10 speeds, in 5 years’ time...
Voyageur Internet has a tower located in Grande Pointe, and the whole area appears to be eligible for their 25 MBPS package. Based on proximity, the service would likely be fairly good as well. Now...this plan costs $200 per month with no throttling or data limit ($150 with a 480 GB limit, $0.99/GB overage)...but it is still available as an alternative.
Rogers also offers LTE based "Mobile Internet" hubs, with a 100 GB allotment for $145 per month (plus $5 per GB over). Reliable LTE is available in Grande Pointe as well (with an outdoor antenna at minimum). Since LTE is capable of speeds in excess of 50Mbps/10Mbps Grande Pointe may already technically meet the requirements imposed by the CRTC. (The Rogers service isn't marketed a "home service" per say.)
Now...these alternatives aren't as desirable, since they come with much higher monthly costs, and require far more equipment to be installed in ones home to work. I simply listed them to show that there are in fact alternatives to MTS DSL that are available in the area right now... including one can technically surpass the minimum speeds imposed by the CRTC.
Your co-operation is appreciated.
Have a great day! :)