MTS Allstream Honored as 2008 Microsoft Partner of the Year for Information Worker Solutions, Unified Communications



    Stock Symbol: MBT

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - Today, MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream")
announced it has won the 2008 Microsoft Partner of the Year award for
Information Worker Solutions, Unified Communications. The company was chosen
out of an international field of top Microsoft partners as delivering a
market-leading customer solution built on Microsoft technology.
    MTS Allstream was recognized for superior technology and innovation in
Information Worker Solutions, Unified Communications. The Information Worker
Solutions, Unified Communications Partner of the Year award recognizes
exceptional partners that have excelled in offering breakthrough Microsoft
Office system-based communications solutions. Awards were presented in a
number of categories, with winners chosen from a pool of more than 2,000
entrants worldwide.
    "We are very pleased to have been chosen by Microsoft for this award,"
said John MacDonald, President, Enterprise Solutions division, MTS Allstream.
"The solutions we provide for our customers using Microsoft Office
system-based communications, including our Real-time Collaboration and Unified
Communications solutions, help businesses collaborate effectively and securely
across dispersed work locations and through a wide array of communication
tools. It is precisely these types of solutions that are helping bring MTS
Allstream closer to our vision of delivering true value as seen through the
eyes of the customer."
    MTS Allstream's professional services in Information Management,
Enterprise Applications, Security and Project Management help organizations
drive growth, increase employee productivity, and empower them with an
effective workforce. MTS Allstream shares the strength of connectivity and
communication in its enterprise-wide business applications allowing its
expertise across e-mail, IM, voice, data, video, and web conferencing to add
unique value to its customers' business.
    "Today's healthcare providers face numerous challenges. Through MTS
Allstream's integration of the Microsoft Unified Communications platform and
2007 Microsoft Office system collaboration technologies, healthcare
organizations can now track staff effectively and provide mobile workers with
virtually anywhere access. MTS Allstream's hard work is truly helping to
improve healthcare in Canada," says Lora Gernon, Senior Director, Partner
Group, Microsoft Canada.
    The Microsoft Partner Program Awards recognize Microsoft partners that
have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the
last year.

    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 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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