Allstream Partners with Cisco to Expand the Capacity of its IP Fibre Network

Stock Symbol:  MBT

Allstream's national IP fibre network to get even faster

TORONTO, May 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Allstream (TO: MBT), Canada's all-business communications provider, today announced that it will partner with Cisco Canada to further enhance its 30,000-plus kilometre national IP fibre optic network.  The network enhancements will provide Allstream with increased capacity to adapt to meet any customer needs and offer an even greater range of industry-leading IP communications solutions and services to Canadian businesses for years to come.

"As more Canadian businesses take advantage of video and other data collaboration tools, demand for bandwidth continues to grow," said Allstream President Michael Strople.  "With these network enhancements, Allstream will be able to offer Canadian businesses even faster access to leading-edge IP services, and do so more cost effectively."

As part of its 2014 plan, Allstream will deploy a comprehensive IP Next Generation Network built on Cisco's latest technology which will help the company consolidate platforms, streamline its network and unleash faster provisioning to customers.   The upgrades will further strengthen Allstream's position in the marketplace as the only national competitor to Bell and TELUS exclusively serving business customers with a coast-to-coast national IP fibre network.

"Cisco is dedicated to helping Canadian enterprises succeed, and we were proud to work closely with Allstream to establish an end-to-end solution capable of meeting the needs for any business," said Mark Kummer, service provider senior vice president, Cisco Canada. "This resilient infrastructure is capable of delivering a scalable architecture that will place Allstream at the forefront of innovation across the industry."

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 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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This news release includes forward-looking statements and information (collectively, the "statements") about the Company's corporate direction, business opportunities, operations, financial objectives and future financial results and performance 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.

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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

For further information:

Media:
Keith Irish 
Corporate Communications 
416-644-6888 
media.relations@mtsallstream.com

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