MTS Named One of Top 20 Employers in Manitoba



    Stock Symbol: MBT

    WINNIPEG, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - MTS is pleased to announce that it has been
named one of Manitoba's Top 20 Employers for 2009. This special designation
recognizes Manitoba employers that lead in their respective industries in
offering exceptional places to work with the most progressive and
forward-thinking programs.
    Employers are evaluated on eight criteria: physical workplace, work
atmosphere and social, health, financial and family benefits, vacation and
time off, employee communications, performance management, training and skills
development, and community involvement.
    "MTS is proud to achieve this mark of distinction as we celebrate our
second century of connecting Canadians this year. There are many top
businesses in Manitoba and it's an honour to be recognized among the
province's 20 best," said Pierre Blouin, CEO, MTS Allstream. "This recognition
highlights our commitment to telecommunications excellence and the importance
of our employees to succeed in a challenging and high-technology industry."
    The company recognizes employee engagement as a critical business success
factor. As part of this approach, a multi-faceted strategy has been
implemented to measure employee opinions about the work environment, set
measurable goals to improve engagement and customer service, and ensure
continuous improvement on an ongoing basis.
    "Our long term goal is to foster a work environment of continuous
learning and career growth and ensure that our corporate values - courage,
empathy, commitment and passion - are the DNA of our organization," said
Aliana Rozenek, Chief Human Resources Officer, MTS Allstream. "Our employees
are team-oriented individuals, people with an appetite for the excitement and
constant change of the telecommunications industry. Our objective is to
provide a work environment that promotes creativity and allows people to think
and act beyond the ordinary."
    In addition to being a strong leader in a competitive industry, the
company has a positive economic impact in Manitoba. Not only is it, home to
3,000 employees, but it has the number one market share in all
telecommunications products, generates $180 million in salaries in Manitoba
each year and its operations in Manitoba contribute approximately $1 billion
to the gross domestic product on an annual basis.
    For more information on employment opportunities at MTS Allstream, go to
www.mtsallstream.com/careers.

    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 - IP 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 www.mtsallstream.com.





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For further information: Jill Gibson, Corporate Communications
Coordinator, (204) 958-3392, media.relations@mtsallstream.com

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