Bell MTS Inc. (formerly Manitoba Communications Services) is a subsidiary of BCE, which operates telecommunications services in the Canadian province of Manitoba. The company's head office is located at MTS Place at 333 Main Street, in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba. originally established as Manitoba government telephones after the Manitoba government purchased Manitoba assets from Canada Bell, the company was privatized in 1996. On March 17, 2017, Bell retook mts after Bell Group Group's BCE Inc. closed its $3.9 billion acquisition of the service provider. For regulatory reasons, Bell ceded nearly one-third of MTS's wireless business (including subscribers and retail outlets) to Telus, and a smaller part of the new Xplornet. Under Bell's ownership, Bell MTS will operate as a headquarters for telecommunications companies in Bell, western Canada. was one of the first phone subscribers in Manitoba and Winnipeg businessman James H. Ashdown in 1881.