HMV Selects MTS Allstream For Multiple Year Contract Extension

    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") announced
today the signing of a 40-month contract extension with HMV Canada ("HMV").
The contract extends a previous agreement between the two companies, providing
HMV with managed Multi Protocol Label Switching ("MPLS"), Internet, and voice
communications; including toll-free and long-distance services.
    With over 80 years of music retailing history, 379 stores worldwide (128
in Canada), HMV is the world's premier entertainment retailer. The first HMV
store was opened in 1921 at 363 Oxford Street, one of London's most prominent
shopping streets, and HMV has since developed into one of the world's leading
retailers of music, movies, videogames and more. HMV focuses on providing an
authoritative range and depth of product selection that is superior to that of
its competitors, including hard-to-find items and a large number of back
catalogue titles.
    "Our solid relationship with HMV is a testament to a national pride that
goes beyond business-two proud Canadian corporations coming together to
provide services that Canadians thrive on," said Dean Prevost, President,
Enterprise Solutions division, MTS Allstream. "We are happy to provide HMV
with our telecommunications services and look forward to continuing to grow
from our strong relationship with one of the world's greatest entertainment
    "Our strong history with MTS Allstream continues, due in large part to
its ability to deliver reliable services," said Dave Marien, Vice President,
Information Technology, HMV. "Under these new services, we have the capability
of maximizing performance beyond our current networking requirements. This
allows us to implement the latest technology and maintain our place as market
leader in Canada for music and further develop our DVD and games business."

    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 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
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For further information: Investor contact: Ian Chadsey, Vice-President
Investor Relations, (204) 941-8283,; Media
contact: Greg Burch, Manager Corporate Communications, (416) 345-3576 or (204)

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