Acquisition strengthens MTS Allstream's Unified Communications delivery
and service capabilities in Quebec
Stock Symbol: MBT
TORONTO, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") today
announced that it has acquired Multinet Communications Services Inc., a
Montreal-based telephony systems and customer network solutions provider.
Multinet strengthens MTS Allstream's competitive position by expanding its
Unified Communications solutions delivery and service capabilities on a
national basis, and particularly in the Province of Quebec - one of the key
business markets and areas of investment for the Company.
"The Multinet acquisition demonstrates an ongoing commitment to growing
our Unified Communications portfolio capabilities," said Pierre Blouin, Chief
Executive Officer, MTS Allstream. "Similarly, the fact that Multinet was
chosen for its skilled workforce and strong Quebec presence shows a true
commitment to our success in that province."
"The acquisition of Multinet is complementary to MTS Allstream's existing
business, and is consistent with our ongoing strategy to grow nationally,"
continued Blouin. "MTS Allstream has a long track record of prudently
investing in businesses that leverage our core competencies - the Multinet
acquisition is consistent with that approach."
Established more than 20 years ago, Multinet has a solid base of more
than 7,000 customers nationally, primarily in the retail and hospitality
industries. More than 50% of their customers are Quebec-based companies and
the majority of Multinet's 80 employees are located in Montreal and Quebec
"We are very excited to join forces with MTS Allstream," said Leslie
Greenberg, President, Multinet Communications. "By combining the expertise and
resources of our companies, we will be able to offer our customers a broader
range of IP Connectivity, Unified Communications, IT Services and Security
Solutions - all backed up by the financial strength of MTS Allstream."
About MTS Allstream Inc.
MTS Allstream Inc. 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 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 - Internet protocol-based communications, unified
communications, voice and data connectivity 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 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
24,300 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
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