Fire at Notigi Lake Tower Site Affecting Service in Northern Manitoba including Lynn Lake, Leaf Rapids and South Indian Lake



    Stock Symbol: MBT

    WINNIPEG, June 29 /CNW/ - A fire at an MTS Allstream radio communications
site at Notigi Lake, 110 kilometres north-west of Thompson, is impacting
telecommunications services for several communities in north-western Manitoba
including Leaf Rapids, Lynn Lake and South Indian Lake.
    The fire has destroyed the buildings, diesel generators and microwave
equipment at the site. This damage has blocked calling services in and out of
the affected communities, as well as FleetNet 800(TM) digital radio services
in the affected communities. Local calling in each community will still be
functioning.
    MTS Allstream has engaged emergency network recovery processes, is
engaging stakeholders with communications assets in the affected areas to
explore potential for mitigation, and is reviewing the damage at the Notigi
Lake site to carry out expedited repairs. Based on the preliminary assessment
of the circumstances it is anticipated at this time that restoration will take
at least two weeks. MTS Allstream will provide further updates on the progress
of the restoration once they are available.

    About MTS Allstream

    MTS Allstream is 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
6,000 employees across Canada dedicated to a mission of delivering true value
as seen through the eyes of our customers. In 2008, MTS Allstream had 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. MTS Allstream is a proud sponsor of Cindy Klassen, 2006
World Champion and Canada's greatest Olympian, and a proud contributor to the
Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common
shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT).
Customers, stakeholders and investors who want learn more about MTS Allstream
services, markets, community commitments and record of creating shareholder
value are encouraged to visit: www.mtsallstream.com.





For further information:

For further information: Media: Greg Burch, MTS Allstream Corporate
Communications, (204) 941-8576, media.relations@mtsallstream.com

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