MTS company named CRN Triple Crown Award Winner

WINNIPEG, Oct. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - (TSX:MBT) MTS, Manitoba's leading full-service telecommunications provider, announced today that its information solutions company Epic has been honoured with the esteemed 2016 Triple Crown Award by CRN, a brand of The Channel Company.

The award is given annually to North American solutions providers who excel in areas such as revenue, growth and technical expertise. Fewer than 60 North American solution providers – and only three in Canada – earned the distinction this year, and Epic is the only Manitoba-based company to ever receive the award.

"Since its inception over twenty years ago, Epic has been recognized by customers, colleagues and trade magazines as a world class IT professional services organization – and this award further cements that sterling reputation," said MTS president and CEO Jay Forbes. "We are extremely proud to receive this recognition and look forward to continuing to provide our partners and customers with the best consulting, managed services, cloud solutions, project services and resale support possible."

MTS acquired the Winnipeg-based Epic Information Solutions in 2013, expanding its ability to offer Manitoba businesses the most comprehensive suite of IP communications services in the province, including voice, data, wireless and IT infrastructure services. Epic provides IT infrastructure and managed services to approximately 700 businesses across Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

CRN assembles lists and rankings each year to recognize solution providers who are setting the bar in the IT industry, including the Solution Provider 500, which lists the largest solution providers in North America by revenue; the Fast Growth 150, which ranks the fastest-growing solution providers; and the Tech Elite 250, which recognizes solution providers that have received the highest-level certifications from leading vendors. It is a considerable achievement for a solution provider to make any one of these lists; to make it onto all three, however—as this year's Triple Crown Award winners have done—is a big achievement. A company must simultaneously have enough revenue to be ranked on the Solution Provider 500 list, record double- or triple-digit growth for recognition on the Fast Growth 150, and invest heavily in top certifications to attain Tech Elite 250 status.

"The solution provider organizations receiving CRN's 2016 Triple Crown Award have risen to the top of their class in not one or two, but three major categories: They are channel leaders in certification, revenue and growth," said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. "We commend the extraordinary series of achievements that earned each of them a spot on CRN's premier solution provider lists and look forward to their continued innovation and leadership." 

The 2016 Triple Crown Award winners will be featured in the October issue of CRN and can be viewed online at www.crn.com/triplecrown.

About MTS 

At MTS, we're proud to be Manitoba's leading information and communications technology provider. We're dedicated to delivering a full suite of services for Manitobans – Internet, Wireless, TV, Phone Service and Security Systems plus a full suite of Information Solutions, including Unified Cloud and Managed Services. You can count on MTS to make connecting your world easy. We're with you.

We live where we work and actively give back to organizations that strengthen our communities. Through MTS Future First, we provide sponsorships, grants and scholarships, value-in-kind support and volunteer commitment in Manitoba.

MTS Inc. is wholly owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (TSX: MBT). For more on MTS' products and services, visit mts.ca. For investor information, visit www.mts.ca/aboutus.

About The Channel Company 

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. For more information, visit www.thechannelco.com.

SOURCE MTS

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For further information: Media: Jeremy Sawatzky, Corporate Communications, MTS Inc., 204-958-3230, media.relations@mts.ca; Melanie Turpin, The Channel Company, (508) 416-1195, mturpin@thechannelco.com

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