MTS Allstream Endorses CRTC Definition of Essential Facilities

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    OTTAWA, March 3 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream announced that it endorses the
definition of essential facilities released today by the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ("CRTC"). MTS Allstream has
worked to make the case that a robust definition of essential facilities is
necessary to spur competition and innovation in the Canadian
telecommunications sector, particularly in the business space.
    "This decision recognizes that fair wholesale access is crucial to
delivering the competitive benefits of choice, innovation and competitive
pricing," said Chris Peirce, Chief Regulatory Officer, MTS Allstream. "The
three fold test of: is the network element required by a competitor; is it
controlled by a company with market power; and is it feasibly duplicated by a
competitor, is exactly the right test. We look forward to working with the
Commission to ensure the appropriate application of the test to the network
services required by Competitors."
    MTS Allstream said today's ruling has no material impact on our financial
results and as a result we are maintaining our outlook as previously

    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
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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