Allstream Wins Award for Innovative Blog

Stock Symbol:  MBT

TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Allstream, Canada's all-business communications provider, is pleased to announce that its blog, called expertIP, has won a Boomerang Award, one of Quebec's most prestigious marketing and communications prizes. Allstream's expertIP blog won the award in the business-to-business category.

"We are thrilled to be recognized by industry peers and experts in the field," said Jim DeMerlis, Vice-President Marketing, Allstream. "The expertIP online community provides a forum for business and IT professionals to discuss hot topics, industry news and events that will help them find the right solutions for their network services challenges."

Allstream is a Canadian leader in IP communications that focuses on helping customers simplify their IT operations in ways that improve productivity and maximize network performance, all while managing costs. The expertIP online community addresses these topics and helps Canadian businesses keep ahead of the latest trends and information.

The Boomerang Awards, presented by Infopresse, celebrate excellence in digital marketing and production and are presented at a gala event in Montreal every year.

For more information on expertIP, please visit: http://blog.allstream.com.

About Allstream

Allstream is a Canadian leader in IP communications and the only national communications provider that works exclusively with business customers of all sizes. With nearly 600,000 customer connections, Allstream's momentum is fuelled by the knowledge, skills and entrepreneurial spirit of its 2,500 employees across the country who collaborate with customers to determine their unique communications solutions needs. Supported by its more than 30,000-kilometre nationwide high-performance fibre-optic network, Allstream's broad portfolio of business solutions are built from an array of advanced communications technologies and services including a wide range of innovative, highly-scalable IP-based solutions to help organizations communicate more efficiently and profitably. Allstream takes pride in its commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience, and has long been recognized by its technology partners for the contributions made to their businesses. Allstream is wholly-owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., which is listed on the TSX (trading symbol: MBT). For information on Allstream's products and solutions, please visit www.allstream.com.

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SOURCE: MTS Allstream

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