MTS to provide Shared Services Canada network

Shared Services Canada, which is integrating a number of IT and telecommunications services across the federal government, has picked Manitoba’s phone company as its IP backbone carrier.

Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. said Friday it has signed a multi-year contract to provide business IP and switched Ethernet services to SSC.
“It’s a nice present for our sales team before the holdiay,” Chris Peirce, MTS’ Ottawa-based chief corporate officer, said in an interview.
He said the three-year deal could be worth $55 million over the life of the contract, which has an optional three-year extension.

MTS said the Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) managed service will help SSC deliver on its mandate to improve the efficiency, reliability and security of the government’s IT infrastructure.

It will connect up to 850 sites across the country through IP routing via a converged high performance network that will offer voice, video and data services. 
Until recently departments had been contracting with carriers separately, but Shared Services Canada has a mandate to unify a number of IT services. Peirce said MTS is already serving a number of departments; with this deal it will serve them all. Work will start almost immidiately in switching those departments not with MTS to its network, he said.

By implementing an IP-based solution, voice, data and multimedia applications can be converged onto a single private network, simplifying the ability for network development and providing a higher overall return on infrastructure investment, the carrier said.

This, combined with the benefits of a switched Ethernet solution, will allow smooth and dependable sharing of information and applications across multiple LANs,  it added.

“We have a long history of working with the federal government and will now have an even bigger role in creating greater efficiency in their network environment,”  Dean Prevost, president of MTS’ Allstream division, which offers business services and will actually be the federal provider. “We’re very pleased that our solutions fit the government’s objective of efficiently using technology to increase productivity.”

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Howard Solomon
Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]

Featured Articles

Cybersecurity in 2024: Priorities and challenges for Canadian organizations 

By Derek Manky As predictions for 2024 point to the continued expansion...

Survey shows generative AI is a top priority for Canadian corporate leaders.

Leaders are devoting significant budget to generative AI for 2024 Canadian corporate...

Related Tech News

Tech Jobs

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

Tech Companies Hiring Right Now