MTS Allstream Completes Expansion of Telecom Services for Transat A.T. Inc.

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") today
announced that it has completed the implementation of expanded
telecommunications services for Quebec-based, Transat A.T. Inc. - valued at
more than $6 million over three years.
    These services include a Global Managed Data Network - Business IP
service based on MPLS technology, and toll-free, long distance and local voice
services for Transat's locations across Canada, the United States and France.
The network is provided by MTS Allstream in conjunction with its international
carrier partners.
    "We are very proud of our long and significant relationship with
Transat," said John MacDonald, President, Enterprise Solutions, MTS Allstream.
"We are pleased that we have once again been able to help a customer meet
their business goals by offering the value-added services and support they
have come to expect of our company."
    The solution provided by MTS Allstream helps Transat achieve its goal of
centralizing telecom services for its subsidiaries and affiliated companies.
Through these subsidiaries and affiliates, Transat is active in every aspect
of the organization's business and distribution of holiday travel.
    "As a long-time customer of MTS Allstream, we have developed a solid
appreciation for the quality of their network solutions, their expertise,
agility and the strong customer focus they bring to our business," said
Corinne Charette, Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, Transat. "With
this contract, MTS Allstream has helped us become more efficient in a
challenging travel market by providing a one-stop solution for our telecom

    About MTS Allstream

    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
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

    About Transat

    Transat A.T. Inc. is an integrated international tour operator with more
than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50
countries. A holiday travel specialist, Transat operates mainly in Canada and
Europe, as well as in the Caribbean, Mexico and the Mediterranean Basin.
Montreal-based Transat is also active in air transportation, destination
services and distribution. (TSX : TRZ.B, TRZ.A)

For further information:

For further information: MTS Allstream: Media: Michael Bouliane,
Corporate Communications, (204) 941-7733,;
Investors: Ian Chadsey, Vice-President, Investor Relations, (204) 941-8283,

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