Allstream President Dean Prevost Unveils Vision for the Virtual Workplace of Today

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ - Today, in a keynote address to more than 2,200
key industry figures at the Cisco Networkers Solutions Forum in Toronto, Dean
Prevost, President, Enterprise Solutions division at MTS Allstream,
highlighted the leadership that Allstream is providing in the development and
delivery of virtual workplace solutions to businesses of all sizes across
    "The reasons to explore a virtual workplace strategy are numerous - and
compelling - in today's increasingly competitive world. Our solutions will
reduce costs, provide your people with more flexibility, strengthen
collaboration and expand your talent pool. They will also enable you to
develop better business continuity plans for emergencies and green your
business by reducing employee commuting and corporate travel," said Prevost.
"Creating a virtual workplace for a multi-site organization with hundreds or
thousands of employees, in different time zones, with many variables to juggle
is complicated and difficult to deliver. Allstream can make the virtual
workplace a reality. We've done it ourselves, and we're helping customers
across Canada realize the same benefits."
    Allstream is taking virtual workplace to heart, with over 600 workers in
the Greater Toronto Area and Montreal participating in an internal teleworking
initiative. The program has reduced green-house gas emissions by 550 metric
tones in 2008 alone, and 90% of the employees indicate that teleworking has
made them more productive. A lowered requirement for real estate has also
allowed Allstream to realize significant cost savings of about $1 million per
year. This figure continues to grow as the program expands and real estate
consolidation increases. It is these tangible results that are leading
businesses across Canada to consider virtual workplace solutions for
    "At Allstream, we have more than 160 years of experience in brining
innovation to enterprise customers across Canada. And today we're moving into
the exciting area of the virtual workplace, and the solutions that enable it,"
added Prevost.
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    About MTS Allstream

    MTS Allstream 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. 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 27,900 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
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