Manitoba Telecom Services Holds Annual Meeting of Shareholders



    Stock Symbol: MBT

    WINNIPEG, May 6 /CNW/ - Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. held its annual
general meeting of shareholders today, where the Board of Directors announced
the election of directors, including one new director, and the retirement of
two directors. In addition, Pierre Blouin, Chief Executive Officer, MTS
Allstream, outlined the company's steady performance, positive growth in
Manitoba, and plans for the future.
    "MTS Allstream is well-positioned to weather the current economic
conditions and prosper in the years ahead," said CEO Pierre Blouin. "More
fundamentally, we have a strong balance sheet, a well-diversified business mix
with 70% of our revenues and profitability derived from Manitoba, a clear
track record of innovation and a reputation for superior customer service. We
will not be immune to a weak economy, but consumers and businesses alike will
continue to depend on - and, we believe, invest in - telecom, television,
wireless and Internet services throughout an economic downturn."
    Joining the Board of Directors is David G. Leith, who brings with him
more than 20 years of extensive experience in equity, debt, government
finance, and mergers and acquisition gained at CIBC World Markets. Mr. Leith
is a strong addition to the board, and will be joining 10 returning board
members. The returning directors are Pierre Blouin, Jocelyne M. Côté-O'Hara,
N. Ashleigh Everett, The Honourable Gary A. Filmon, Gregory J. Hanson, Kishore
Kapoor, Donald H. Penny, D. Samuel Schellenberg, Carol M. Stephenson, and
Thomas E. Stefanson.
    James S.A. MacDonald and Arthur R. Sawchuk both retired from the Board of
Directors at the annual general meeting. Mr. MacDonald and Mr. Sawchuk both
provided tremendous commitment and guidance to the Manitoba Telecom Services
Inc., and the company sincerely thanks them for their efforts.
    In addition, Deloitte & Touche LLP was reappointed as the auditors of the
company. Additional information on the business of the meeting is contained in
the company's Management Proxy Circular, which was filed and mailed to
shareholders on April 3, 2009.
    For more information on the annual general meeting and a copy of the
CEO's remarks, visit the investors section of www.mtsallstream.com.

    About MTS Allstream

    MTS Allstream is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services
Inc. and is one of Canada's leading national communication solutions
providers, delivering innovative products and services through the Enterprise
Solutions and Consumer Markets divisions. The Enterprise Solutions division,
which operates under the Allstream brand nationally and under the MTS
Allstream brand in Manitoba, is a leading competitor in the national business
and wholesale markets. This division offers customers a portfolio of solutions
tailored to the needs of medium and large businesses looking for success in a
world of rapidly evolving technology - IP connectivity, unified
communications, IT consulting and security services. The Consumer Markets
division leads every telecommunications market segment in Manitoba, delivering
a full suite of next generation wireless, high-speed Internet and data,
digital television and wireline voice services under the MTS brand, as well as
small business services in select markets across Canada under the Allstream
brand, and security and alarm monitoring services through AAA Alarm Systems
Ltd., an affiliate of MTS Allstream which also operates in other western
provinces. MTS Allstream's extensive national broadband fibre optic network
spans more than 27,900 kilometres, and provides international connections
through strategic alliances and interconnection agreements with other
international service providers. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s 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: Greg Burch, Manager Corporate
Communications, (416) 345-3576, (204) 941-8576,
media.relations@mtsallstream.com; Investors: Ian Chadsey, Vice-President
Investor Relations, (204) 941-8283, investor.relations@mtsallstream.com

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