Company to help customers stay connected to loved ones with free
long-distance calling, TV channels
Stock Symbol: MBT
WINNIPEG and TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - In response to the
devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan, Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.
("MTS Allstream" or "the Company") today donated $20,000 to the
Canadian Red Cross, funded equally between the Company's regional and
national operations, MTS and Allstream, to support relief efforts in
"We hope our contribution will bring a measure of relief to those
directly affected by this tragedy," said MTS Allstream CEO Pierre
Blouin. "It's a privilege to connect our customers with loved ones
during these stressful circumstances."
With a large Filipino population extending across Canada, MTS Allstream
committed itself to a truly national response. "We knew we could create
a multi-faceted plan that engaged our entire company, both in Manitoba
and in major centres across the country," said Blouin. "It gives us an
opportunity to meet needs here in Canada and in the Philippines, too."
In Manitoba, MTS customers can keep up-to-date with developments in the
Philippines on GMA News TV International (Channel 44) and The Filipino
Channel (TFC) (Channel 42), which will be available as a free preview
on MTS TV starting November 13, 2013. MTS is also providing
residential and small business landline customers in Manitoba with free
long-distance calling to the Philippines from November 6, 2013 to
November 19, 2013, if used for personal purposes.
MTS wireless customers who would like to make a contribution can text to
donate to the Canadian Red Cross, the UN World Food Programme, and
World Vision Canada:
Canadian Red Cross: Text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $5.
UN World Food Programme: Text RELIEFNOW to 45678 to donate $10.
World Vision Canada: Text WORLD or AID to 45678 to donate $20.
"While the Company recognized and responded to the need for financial
aid, we also saw an opportunity to do more, to commit our services in
ways that will make a difference to our customers in crisis," added
Blouin. "It's more than our business to connect people, it's our
Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS Allstream)
MTS Allstream is one of Canada's leading national communication
solutions companies, providing innovative communications for the way
Canadians live and work today. The company has more than 100 years of
experience, with approximately 5,000 employees across Canada. MTS
Allstream's business is dynamic and consists of two operating
divisions. In Manitoba, MTS is the leading full-service
telecommunications provider for residential and business customers.
MTS's suite of services include the latest in wireless technology,
broadband services, IPTV, voice services, home security, and an
extensive range of business solutions. Across Canada, Allstream is a
leader in IP communications and is the only national provider that
focuses exclusively on the business telecommunications market.
MTS Allstream has nearly two million customer connections spanning
business customers across Canada and residential consumers throughout
the province of Manitoba. The Company's extensive national fibre optic
network spans more than 30,000 kilometres. MTS Allstream has spent 11
consecutive years on the Jantzi Social Index for leadership in social
responsibility and is the recipient of the 2011 Governance Gavel Award
from the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, recognizing clear and
effective public disclosure and leading governance practices. MTS
Allstream's common shares are listed on the TSX (trading symbol: MBT).
Customers, stakeholders and investors who want to learn more about MTS
Allstream are encouraged to visit: www.mtsallstream.com. For more information about MTS's products and services, please visit www.mts.ca. For more information about Allstream's products and services, please
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SOURCE: MTS Allstream
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