Westman High Speed Internet Coming to Minitonas

Westman Communications Group is building upon its $1 Million investment made last year that brought high speed Internet services to Swan River. An additional $300,000 investment was made to expand the fibre network in the Swan Valley area, extending its network facilities to Minitonas.

Upon completion of the fibre extension and network facilities upgrade, Minitonas residents and businesses will have access to Westman’s high speed Internet options, enhanced video services and for the first time, choice for phone services.

Minitonas households will have Internet download speed options ranging from 12 Mbps to 60 Mbps, the fastest Internet available in town. This makes the Internet experiencemore enjoyable from streaming movies, to downloading music, to interactive gaming and online shopping. “Westman has evolved from being a cable company to being a broadband company with our Internet speeds providing tremendous value to the residents of Western Manitoba. Our entry level Wave Internet service is twice as fast as that of our major competitor in Minitonas and our service is also lower in price,” said

Dave Baxter, President and Chief Executive Officer of Westman Communications Group. Westman will be bringing more video choices to Minitonas as customers will now have access to over 300 TV channels including over 100 in high definition, as well as our Video On Demand service with over 5,000 titles. Baxter adds, “Perhaps the most exciting aspect of our video portfolio is that Minitonas residents will have access to Westman’s award winning whole-home entertainment service, Westman PRISM.”

“Westman PRISM includes the most advanced multi-room HD-DVR available in Manitoba that will connect your entire home,” continues Baxter. “With the capability of watching and recording up to six programs at once, TV viewing will now be on your schedule, anytime, anywhere in your home.”

The addition of Home Phone to Westman’s services in Minitonas means for the first time ever, Minitonas residents can choose which company provides their phone service.

Westman’s Phone service includes free features such as Call Display, Voicemail and Call Waiting. Additionally, customers can keep their current phone number. Baxter points out, “Based on our experience in Swan River where we have launched home phone service last year, we expect it to be very popular. It’s easy to switch – just call our office and we’ll take care of all the details.”

These services will be available starting on July 12th and Westman will be hosting an Open House at the Town Hall in Minitonas on Tuesday, July 12th and Wednesday, July 13th so residents will have an opportunity to see firsthand their new entertainment options.

About Westman Communications Group
Westman Communications Group is the operating name for Westman Media Cooperative Ltd., which provides service throughout Western Manitoba. Westman is a customer-owned cooperative, which operates cable systems in 36 communities.

Westman is a leader in communication services including Internet, cable TV and phone.

Westman also owns and operates local radio stations 880 CKLQ and 94.7 STAR FM, which broadcast throughout Western Manitoba. Westman is proud of its strong commitment to its customers and the communities it serves.