MTS Allstream certified as Qualified Security Assessor by PCI Security Standards Council

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - With the recent announcement that it has become a
certified Qualified Security Assessor, MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream")
can now help its business customers comply with the Payment Card Industry
(PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) and help them better address their overall
security and networking needs.
    PCI DSS is an industry-wide standard developed by the major credit card
companies. It requires merchants and service providers who store, process or
transmit cardholder data to adopt information security controls and processes
to ensure data confidentiality. This comprehensive standard helps protect
cardholder data from fraud and identity theft.
    As a Qualified Security Assessor, MTS Allstream is certified to help
merchants adhere to PCI compliance standards by:

    -  Building and maintaining a secure network with appropriate firewall
       configurations and system passwords;
    -  Protecting cardholder data through encryption and other robust
       security measures;
    -  Maintaining a vulnerability-management program by regularly updating
       anti-virus software and developing secure systems and applications;
    -  Implementing strong access control measures that restrict access to
       cardholder data to authorized personnel;
    -  Regularly monitoring and testing networks to ensure ongoing
    -  Maintaining an information security policy to address the broad range
       of information security issues throughout their organization.

    "We have one of the largest security consulting practices in Canada with
Qualified Security Assessors across the country that have extensive experience
performing security assessments, vulnerability scanning, penetration testing
and identity and access management in complex, high reliability
infrastructures," said John MacDonald, President, Enterprise Solutions
division, MTS Allstream. "I am confident that with proven approach, security
expertise, and the use of state-of-the-art tools and technology, we can
address our customer's PCI requirements and act as a trusted advisor in
providing guidance on their security needs."

    About MTS Allstream Inc.

    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 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 - Internet protocol-based communications, unified
communications, 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 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

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For further information: Media: Greg Burch, Manager Corporate
Communications, (416) 345-3576, (204) 941-8576,; Investors: Ian Chadsey, Vice-President
Investor Relations, (204) 941-8283,

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