Our wireless network covers 98 percent of Manitobans and we invest over $200 million in home and wireless network infrastructure each year across our province. When MTS looks at a community or area there are a number of factors considered before we commit to expand of our service reach: Existing infrastructure analysis and network upgrade costs, capital investment required, market size and opportunity, and economic feasibility. Where we cannot economically expand our network we are open to community partnerships to enable us to do so.
That is correct! There are many factors that need to be considered! There is the initial cost to buy the land and build the tower. The operating costs of the cell tower, and I know they use hundreds of dollars of electricity a month. Also, Manitoba Hydro service needs to be available in the area where the tower is looked at being built. For example, there is a dead spot on highway #6 to Thompson, the reason for this is because there is no electric service for a wide area along that highway, also because no one lives there.
Of course no one discusses the fact the fleet net towers were in existence for decades before the popularity of cellular phones became common place. Just because MTS has decided to break itself into different divisions shouldn't mean the company in general shouldn't be hanging antenna's from the existing fleet net towers. There was a fleet net tower at Jessica lake in the Whiteshell for more than a decade. When I inquired about why MTS wasn't using that existing infrastructure to hang a cell antenna you'd have thought the tower was owned by a different company. Sadly for the consumers these smoke and mirror tactics are used to tell customers they need to pay more for services that could have been in place easily. An antenna is an antenna and a tower is a tower. Whether MTS chooses to try to differentiate their holdings by calling them different names doesn't mean you can't hang a variety of systems off one. I do agree where there is no population and no source of power a tower should not be considered but if there is a fleet net tower then a cellular antenna should be hanging off it as well.
I've been living in Marchand, MB for over 10 years. My family has been constantly trying to get MTS or other service providers to bring their service out this way for a very long time however, they all state there isn't enough people. The population of my area in general has been increasing vastly these past few years and still there doesn't seem to be an inclination of any developement in our area. We have to resort to satelite and radio frequency internet to get even a semblance of high-speed internet, and that in itself tells me that they don't listen to their customers. My community is one of 10 i know of for certain that have this dilemma and the reasoning behind this from what i've been told when i have asked is simply that the services we are asking for won't work for the amount of people living in the area. I know of about 100+ households that would benefit from these services, and that's just from what i know. Now how about the approximate 700+ that would definitely get these services simply for the convienience of not having to pay thousands in installation fees and hundreds a month for sub-par service as it is.