BellMTS says CDMA services are being replaced by the latest 4g LTE network.
New LTE technology is going to provide better safety and expanding coverage is part of the overall plan.
The transition to LTE for all remaining CDMA customers in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic region will be fully completed on April 30.
Bell is expanding wireless service in Manitoba as part of a $1 billion investment plan for the province.
“To change from old to new technology, it’s not something that happens overnight. I’m glad that the government is making a move to improve rural cellular coverage and communications. It’s something that I’m happy that the government is moving towards. It can’t happen fast enough for me, said Dauphin MLA Brad Michaleski. “There is gaps in this technology. I know I’m fairly aware of this across the constituency. And I know the government made a fairly significant investment and agreement with Bell over a five year period to increase and address some of these service gaps in the area.”
Michaleski says he brings this issue up with the responsible government department and they are aware of what’s going on.
Anyone in the CDMA coverage area will still have service. Although there may have been signals picked up in areas that were not formally part of the coverage area. Those customers will lose service.
All affected customers north of Dauphin have been notified and replacement phones have been sent free of charge.