MTS Allstream Announces Winner of BMW Advanced Diesel Two Year Lease

Stock Symbol: MBT

TORONTO, Dec. 30 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") announced today the winner of a new BMW 335d Advanced Diesel vehicle two year lease from the Greater Toronto Area BMW Retailers - the official green transportation partner for the 2009 Allstream Global Forum: An Evening with Vice President Al Gore. As an attendee of the Allstream Global Forum, guest ballots were automatically entered into the contest. The winner of the two year lease is Vay Tham from Toronto, Ontario.

The BMW 335d is powered by BMW's two-time International Engine of the Year Award winning 3.0 litre Twin Turbo in-line six-cylinder Advanced Diesel engine, the cleanest diesel engine BMW has ever produced. BMW's Advanced Diesels are 25% more fuel efficient and produce significantly less CO(2) emissions than a comparable gasoline engine.

"MTS Allstream congratulates Mr. Tham for winning a two year lease on the most advanced diesel vehicle BMW offers," said Dean Prevost, President, Allstream. "It's exciting to be partnered with BMW Canada and I can't thank them enough for sponsoring the 2009 Allstream Global Forum. The Forum was an extraordinary opportunity for sponsors and guests to share and learn about the world's most leading-edge innovation."

The Greater Toronto Area BMW retailers are the official green transportation partner of the 2009 Allstream Global Forum. This group includes BMW Autohaus (Thornhill), BMW Durham (Ajax), BMW of Mississauga, BMW Toronto, Budds' BMW (Oakville), Maranello BMW (Vaughan), Open Road BMW (Newmarket), Parkview BMW (Toronto) and Town + Country BMW (Markham). These retailers graciously donated the two year lease of a BMW 335d Advanced Diesel vehicle.

"We were pleased to be a part of the 2009 Allstream Global Forum and demonstrate how BMW Advanced Diesel and ActiveHybrid vehicles can provide the Ultimate efficient Driving Experience. Congratulations to the winner of the two year lease," said Michael Ferreira, Regional Manager, Central Region, BMW Group Canada.

The Allstream Global Forum is one of Canada's premier thought-leadership events and is staged every year by MTS Allstream, one of Canada's leading national telecommunications companies. Special thanks to the 2009 Allstream Global Forum partners: Cisco, Mitel, Checkpoint, Microsoft, Ericsson, RIM, HP/EDS, Tandberg, Ricoh, CIENA, BMW Canada, AARFID, Two Technologies, VMC Group, MaRS, Board of Trade, IT World, David Suzuki Foundation, Sleemans, Imagin8, Toronto Star, Mike Weir Wine, Indigo, CTV, and Sony.

For information on the Allstream Global Forum, visit www.allstream.com/globalforum. Contest rules can be found at www.allstream.com/globalforum/bmw. For more information on the Greater Toronto Area BMW retailers, visit www.gtaretailers.bmw.ca.

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 to learn more about MTS Allstream services, markets, community commitments and record of creating shareholder value are encouraged to visit: www.mtsallstream.com.

SOURCE MTS Allstream

For further information: For further information: Media: Jill Gibson, MTS Allstream Corporate Communications, (416) 640-7011, media.relations@mtsallstream.com

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