Allstream partners with Cisco to provide industry leading integrated IP service

New capability simplifies the customer experience through integration and single-point-of-contact service

Stock Symbol:  MBT

TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Allstream continues to be a Canadian leader in Internet Protocol (IP) communications with the launch of Integrated Service Management (ISM) - a fully managed, end-to-end voice and data infrastructure for connectivity, IP Telephony, and other Cisco Unified Communications (UC) applications.

Using Cisco's Call Manager, IP PBX, Allstream offers its Managed Business IP services in combination with its Managed UC services, making Allstream the first national network provider to bring this seamlessly integrated service to market.

"ISM is about giving customers what they want - an integrated service that will increase the efficiency of their IT operations," said Dean Prevost, President, Allstream. "Allstream's new service is designed and built to operate UC and IP network solutions together, simplifying the customer experience"

Allstream is the single and only point of contact for the customer, for both MPLS connectivity and UC components, and provides 24/7 network monitoring, saving the customer money on in-house tech support and reducing downtime. ISM is also interoperable and flexible, allowing for adjustments in bandwidth, prioritization of voice and data traffic, infrastructure upgrades and the implementation of new applications.

"We congratulate Allstream on the launch of its ISM service. Allstream's investment in Cisco's Master Managed Services  Certification ranks Allstream among an elite group of channel partners who have the resources to deploy, manage and support services for multiple technologies," said Mike Ansley, Vice President, Partner Organization, Cisco Canada.

As a certified Cisco Managed Services Master Partner, Allstream's has been authorized to sell and deliver Cisco-based managed services via Cisco's ISRG2 product line, while receiving Cisco's support through enhanced management and shared best practices.

For more information on Allstream's ISM capability, visit: www.allstream.com/ism.

About Allstream

Allstream is a Canadian leader in IP communications and the only national provider that works exclusively with business customers of all sizes. For more information on Allstream services and solutions, please visit www.allstream.com.

Allstream is a division of MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. As one of Canada's leading national communication solutions companies, MTS Allstream provides innovative communications for the way Canadians want to live and work today. The Company has more than 100 years of experience, with 5,500 employees across Canada dedicated to a mission of delivering true value as seen through the eyes of our customers. MTS Allstream has nearly two million total customer connections spanning business customers across Canada and residential consumers throughout the province of Manitoba. The Company's extensive national broadband and fibre optic network spans almost 30,000 kilometres. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common shares are listed on Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). Customers, stakeholders and investors who want to learn more about MTS Allstream are encouraged to visit: www.mtsallstream.com.

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SOURCE MTS Allstream Inc.

For further information:

Media:
Kristin Foster
Corporate Communications
(416) 644-2411
media.relations@mtsallstream.com

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