New MTS fibre-optic network coming to Oakbank

Residents to benefit from MTS Ultimate TV and ultra-fast Internet speeds

OAKBANK, MB, April 17, 2014 /CNW/ - MTS today announced that it will be expanding its fibre-to-the-home network, the MTS FiON® Network, to Oakbank, Manitoba later this year.  This fibre-optic technology provides customers with the most advanced services MTS currently offers, including MTS Ultimate TV® and ultra-fast high-speed Internet.

"We are excited to bring the MTS FiON Network to Oakbank," said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd.  "With this advanced fibre-optic technology, customers in Oakbank will gain access to premium MTS services including MTS Ultimate TV and incredibly fast Internet plans."

MTS Ultimate TV features nearly 400 channels including 146 HD channels, a wide variety of informative and entertaining apps, and access to Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View events. Subscribers can pause and rewind live TV from any room in their house with the Whole Home PVR. Customers on the MTS FiON Network have exclusive access to MTS's newest and fastest high-speed Internet plans which offer download speeds of up to 250 Mbps.

"MTS understands how important investments like this are for rural communities," said Jim McCarthy, Reeve of the RM of Springfield.  "This is very exciting news for Oakbank, and we're thankful MTS is making it happen."

This expansion to Oakbank is part of a multi-year program to deploy MTS's fibre-to-the-home network to more communities in Manitoba. Since 2010, MTS has launched the MTS FiON Network in Selkirk, Steinbach, Dauphin, Thompson, The Pas, Neepawa, Carberry, Minnedosa, Killarney, Beausejour, Lorette, Stonewall and select areas of Winnipeg and Brandon.

MTS offers a variety of home phone, high-speed Internet, TV and Wireless plans tailored to suit individual customer needs.  MTS residential customers can enjoy significant bundle discounts when they subscribe to multiple services. For more information on the MTS FiON Network and MTS Ultimate TV service, please visit mts.ca.

About MTS
MTS is the leading full-service communications provider for residential and business customers in Manitoba. The company's suite of products and services include the latest in wireless technology, high-speed Internet, an award-winning IPTV service, voice services, home security, and an extensive range of business solutions. A technology leader, MTS operates advanced wireless networks delivering the best coverage for Manitobans with its 4G, CDMA and Wi-Fi wireless networks and is investing to build out its extensive fibre-to-the-home network in over 20 Manitoba communities. MTS's momentum is fuelled by the knowledge, skills and spirit of its 3,000 Manitoba-based employees. With over 100 years of operations, MTS is rooted firmly in the community and is a proud sponsor of the MTS Centre, home to the NHL's Winnipeg Jets. MTS is wholly owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. which is listed on the TSX (trading symbol: MBT). For information on MTS's products and services, please visit www.mts.ca.

Forward-looking Statements Disclaimer
This news release includes forward-looking statements and information (collectively, the "statements") about MTS's future network expansion plans that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. As a consequence, actual results in the future may differ materially from any conclusion, forecast or projection in such forward-looking statements. Therefore, forward-looking statements should be considered carefully and undue reliance should not be placed on them. Examples of statements that constitute forward-looking information may be identified by words such as "believe", "expect", "project", "should", "anticipate", "could", "target", "forecast", "intend", "plan", "outlook", "see", "set", "pending", and other similar terms.

Factors that could cause anticipated opportunities and actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, matters identified in the "Material assumptions" section and the "Risks and uncertainties" section of the Company's 2013 Annual Management's Discussion & Analysis and 2013 Annual Information Form, both of which are available on SEDAR www.sedar.com.

Please note that forward-looking statements reflect Management's expectations as at the date hereof. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

SOURCE MTS Allstream

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