MTS Allstream Completes Expansion of Fibre-Optic Network to Newfoundland

    Company extends next generation IP-based services to Newfoundland

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream, one of Canada's leading national
communication solutions providers, recently announced that it has expanded its
facility-based IP broadband network to Newfoundland. This expansion was the
final leg of a coast-to-coast national fibre-optic network designed to provide
MTS Allstream customers with cost effective, advanced IP-based products and
    MTS Allstream participated in a consortium led by Persona Communications
Corp., now owned by Eastlink, in this major redundant fibre optic build
stretching from Halifax, Nova Scotia to St. John's, Newfoundland. The
expansion enables MTS Allstream to bring new competitive alternatives and
solutions to the businesses of Newfoundland, including the company's
innovative next-generation IP-based services.
    "This achievement marks a significant milestone for MTS Allstream and the
people of Newfoundland, and forever changes the landscape of the telecom
industry in Atlantic Canada. The door is now open for new services, and more
choice for businesses. We are proud to be the first telecommunications
provider to leverage this new alternative fibre-based route to bring
competitive services to Newfoundland," said Paul Frizado, Chief Technology
Information Officer, MTS Allstream. "With this network investment, we extended
our national, coast-to-coast fibre-optic network to multiple communities in
Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, which will allow us to meet the ever-increasing
needs of customers for bandwidth and innovative services in Newfoundland, and
    The network expansion, most importantly, establishes two new and diverse
submarine cables connecting Newfoundland to the mainland, with over 3,000
kilometres of new fibre infrastructure, and delivers the robustness and
reliability that is increasingly important in all businesses and communities.

    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
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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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