MTS Allstream Achieves Cisco Powered Designation for Unified Communications Solutions and Managed Business IP Services

    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") announced
today that it has achieved a Cisco Powered designation for services by
establishing the resources and procedures to deploy, manage and support Cisco
Powered unified communications solutions and managed business Internet
protocol ("IP") services.
    "MTS Allstream is pleased to have achieved the Cisco Powered designation
for our unified communications solutions and managed business IP services,"
said Dean Prevost, President Enterprise Solutions, MTS Allstream. "This
recognition means that we will be able to improve on the high level of service
we offer, which ultimately means that MTS Allstream customers will be able to
cut costs and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their
    MTS Allstream's Cisco Powered designation means that the company has been
recognized for its investment in the tools and processes necessary to provide
high-quality network-based managed services. This designation not only
acknowledges that MTS Allstream has invested in industry-leading Cisco
solutions, but also entitles the company to take advantage of Cisco resources
to envision, build, market and sell its managed services, which will
contribute to market acceptance and adoption.
    "Managed services allow companies to align IT and business goals,
enabling them to focus scarce internal resources on their core competencies,
while servicing day-to-day IT infrastructure and operational needs through
technology delivered as a service," said Jeff Spagnola, vice president of
worldwide managed services for Cisco. "By becoming a member of the Cisco
Powered Program, MTS Allstream has made an investment in obtaining the
training, skills and knowledge necessary to play a pivotal role in meeting
this increasing demand."
    MTS Allstream's participation in the Cisco Managed Services Channel
Program also indicates that its Cisco Powered unified communications solutions
and business IP services have undergone a rigorous third-party assessment, and
have met requirements based on the Information Technology Infrastructure
Library(R) (ITIL) framework of best practices and market and industry

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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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