MTS announces plans to expand fibre optic network to Lorette

Stock Symbol:  MBT

MTS Ultimate TV® and super-fast Internet services coming soon

LORETTE, MB, May 1, 2013 /CNW/ - MTS announced today that Lorette will join a growing list of rural Manitoba communities that have access to industry-leading telecommunications and entertainment services courtesy of the MTS FiON® Network. MTS crews will begin deploying the MTS FiON Network in Lorette this summer, with plans to launch new services later this year.

"Since 2010, MTS has invested several million dollars to bring this world-class technology to communities throughout Manitoba," said Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS. "I'm pleased that residents in Lorette will soon enjoy MTS Ultimate TV, as well as the many other benefits the MTS FiON Network has to offer."

"The news that MTS will be bringing this impressive technology to Lorette was received very enthusiastically," said RM of Tache Mayor William Danylchuk. "People are looking forward to what this fibre optic network will mean for our community in terms of more entertainment choices and significantly faster Internet speeds."

MTS Ultimate TV features over 120 HD channels and a wide variety of informative and entertaining apps. With MTS's Whole Home PVR, viewers can also pause and rewind live TV on any connected television in their house. MTS's newest and fastest high-speed Internet plans offer unlimited usage and are exclusively available in communities where MTS has launched its fibre optic network. By bundling MTS Ultimate TV and MTS high-speed Internet services with home phone and wireless services, MTS customers can save over $40 a month.

This expansion to Lorette is part of a multi-year program to deploy MTS's fibre-to-the-home network to over 20 communities in Manitoba. MTS launched the MTS FiON Network in 2010 and has since covered over 25,000 homes in Selkirk, Steinbach, Dauphin, Thompson, The Pas, Neepawa, Carberry, Minnedosa, Killarney, and in select areas of Winnipeg and Brandon.

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 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.

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 below, the "Risks and uncertainties" section, elsewhere in the Company's 2012 Annual MD&A and 2012 Annual Information Form, all of which are available on SEDAR at 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

For further information:

Media:  

Chelsea Ross
Corporate Communications
(204) 958-3230
media.relations@mtsallstream.com

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