Chemawawin Cree Nation and MTS Allstream partner to provide digital wireless service to Easterville area



    Investment agreement brings cellular service to community

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    WINNIPEG, March 6 /CNW/ - The Chemawawin Cree Nation ("CCN") and MTS
Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") have announced an alliance agreement that
will provide the residents of Chemawawin and Easterville with wireless
service.
    The agreement - the second of its kind for MTS Allstream - sets out a
joint funding arrangement that improves the economics of providing service to
the community. Without this arrangement, the area may not have had cellular
service for a number of years.
    The cell tower, located in the town of Easterville, was up and running on
February 28. A second site, located on Highway 60 and scheduled to be
operational in early April, will extend the service area and provide coverage
to parts of Highways 6 and 60.
    MTS employees will be in the community in March to talk about hardware
and calling plans, answer questions, and activate wireless phones.
    "With this alliance, we have found a way to provide our customers in
Chemawawin with digital wireless coverage sooner than expected," said Kelvin
Shepherd, President Consumer Markets, MTS Allstream. "The residents of
Chemawawin now have access to the cellular services and content enjoyed by
other MTS Mobility customers throughout the province."
    With 97% of Manitoba's population covered, MTS Allstream has the widest
wireless coverage in the province and continues to explore innovative ways of
delivering digital wireless service to customers, including alliances with
groups such as First Nations and remote communities.

    About MTS Allstream

    MTS Allstream Inc. is one of Canada's leading national communication
solutions providers, delivering innovative products and services through its
Consumer Markets and Enterprise Solutions divisions. Our Consumer Markets
division serves small business customers nationally and residential customers
in Manitoba with a full suite of wireline voice, high-speed Internet and data,
next generation wireless, digital television, security and alarm monitoring
services. Our Enterprise Solutions division provides national business
customers with a world-class portfolio of IP-based connectivity, managed
network services, and professional services. MTS Allstream's extensive
national broadband fibre optic network spans more than 24,300 kilometres, and
provides international connections through strategic partnerships and
interconnection agreements with other international service providers. The
company markets its consumer products and services in Manitoba under the MTS
brand, and its enterprise products and services nationally under the Allstream
brand. MTS Allstream is a subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. whose
common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT).
For more information, please visit: www.mtsallstream.com.





For further information:

For further information: Media: Michael Bouliane, Public Affairs
Coordinator, media.relations@mtsallstream.com, (204) 941-7733; Investors: Hugh
Harley, Manager Investor Relations, investor.relations@mtsallstream.com, (204)
958-3587

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