MTS Allstream Receives CRTC Approval to Offer TV Service in Portage la Prairie



    
    Commission Amends Existing Broadcasting License for Winnipeg

    Stock Symbol:  MBT
    

    BRANDON, MB, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream")
announced today that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission ("CRTC") has amended the company's existing broadcast distribution
undertaking ("BDU") license to include the community of Portage la Prairie,
Manitoba. This license change will provide regulatory clearance for MTS
Allstream to offer MTS TV service in Portage la Prairie.
    "We are very pleased with the CRTC's decision, and we look forward to
offering new services to the residents of Portage la Prairie," said Kelvin
Shepherd, President Consumer Markets, MTS Allstream. "MTS TV has been a
tremendous success in Winnipeg, and we are excited to have the opportunity to
bring a newer, more advanced version of this innovative product to a new
location in Manitoba. We look forward to sharing more details with our
customers as our development work progresses over the next several months."
    Earlier this year, MTS Allstream announced that it had entered into
agreements with Microsoft and Alcatel-Lucent Canada Inc. to develop an evolved
version of its MTS TV service, with the goal of launching a trial in 2008.
    MTS Allstream also confirmed its intention to apply shortly to the CRTC
to obtain a BDU license for the community of Brandon, Manitoba.

    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
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 - Internet protocol connectivity, unified
communications, IT consulting and security services, and 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 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
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: Jill Gibson, Corporate Communications
Coordinator, (204) 958-3392, (204) 226-3836, jill.gibson@mtsallstream.com;
Investors: Ian Chadsey, Vice-President Investor Relations, (204) 941-8283,
investor.relations@mtsallstream.com

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