MTS Allstream Confirms Call for Greater Wireless Competition



    Stock Symbol:  MBT

    OTTAWA, June 27 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") today has
filed its reply in relation to the federal government's consultation on the
auction framework for Advanced Wireless Services ("AWS") spectrum. This reply
responds to first round submissions, and again demonstrates the need for
greater competition and innovation in the nation's wireless industry and the
crucial role of government in enabling entry by new wireless competitors.
    "Wireless trends in Canada are not going in the right direction. Canada
should aspire to take its rightful place as a global leader in wireless
communications. Yet prices are high and wireless adoption is weak by any
international standard, and the three large national providers are more
profitable than any of their global peers. We think Canada can do better,"
said Chris Peirce, Chief Regulatory Officer, MTS Allstream. "The public policy
goals of the government must be to ensure that this scarce resource, spectrum,
is issued in a manner that promotes competitive entry, innovation and choice
for Canadians and Canadian business. The expert material we are filing today
supports this position."
    The material filed by MTS Allstream clearly demonstrates that designated
spectrum for new entrants, mandated roaming and tower sharing, are the
internationally-accepted and proven conditions for new wireless entry and
truly competitive market forces.
    "Given recent developments in the industry, including the potential
combination of the country's two largest wireless carriers, the need for new
entry to spur competition is more important than ever," added Peirce. "Canada
will benefit from more wireless competition, and a responsible AWS auction
process is critical to helping Canadians get it."
    More information on MTS Allstream's submission, including the expert
reports supporting the case for further wireless competition in Canada, will
be available at www.mtsallstream.com.

    About MTS Allstream

    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
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
visit: www.mtsallstream.com.




For further information:

For further information: Media: Greg Burch, Public Affairs Coordinator,
(204) 941-8576, (416) 345-3576, media.relations@mtsallstream.com; Investors:
Ian Chadsey, Vice-President Investor Relations, (204) 941-8283,
investor.relations@mtsallstream.com

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