Canada's MTS Allstream to Enhance IPTV Services

Canadian telecommunications provider MTS Allstream will expand its Internet Protocol TV service -- introducing more high-definition programming, digital video recorder features and improved guide features -- using network equipment provided by Alcatel-Lucent Canada and Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV platform.

MTS Allstream is entering into agreements with both Microsoft and Alcatel-Lucent that will enable the telco to introduce an initial set of services "on a limited basis" in 2008. The company said it is considering a trial location outside of Winnipeg.

“This is an evolution of our existing Internet and MTS TV services, and positions MTS Allstream to continue its success as Manitoba’s telecommunications provider of choice, be it local service, high-speed Internet, television or wireless,” said Kelvin Shepherd, president of MTS Allstream's consumer markets division, in a prepared statement.

MTS Allstream said further details on the introduction of these new services will be provided over the next several months.

MTS Allstream, a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services, operates a broadband fiber-optic network spanning more than 24,300 kilometers.