MTS Allstream entering into Professional Services agreement with Government of Newfoundland & Labrador

    Company forms consortium with Plato Group, Infotech Canada and Tamarack
    for Information Technology and Information Management Professional

    ST. JOHN'S, March 16 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream"), one of
Canada's leading national communication solutions providers, is pleased to
announce that it is entering into a three-year agreement with the Government
of Newfoundland & Labrador for Information Technology (IT) and Information
Management (IM) Professional Services. The initiative for the Government is a
multi-million dollar consortium project between MTS Allstream, Plato Group
Inc., Infotech Canada Inc. and Tamarack Geographic Technologies Ltd.
    "We are very pleased to be working with these local Newfoundland firms
that are recognized for providing high quality consulting services in their
areas of expertise," said John MacDonald, President, Enterprise Solutions, MTS
Allstream Inc. "Together with Plato Group, Infotech and Tamarack our team will
provide the Government with a superior mix of capabilities and organizational
depth in order to exceed expectations and deliver on the extensive
requirements of this critical IT initiative."
    "I am very pleased that our government is entering into this partnership
with MTS Allstream, Plato Group, Infotech and Tamarack as we continue to
reform the technology functions of the Provincial Government", said the
Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. "We firmly
believe that modern IT and IM services in this province will help to pave the
way to greater economic diversification, and we are proud to further invest in
this important industry."
    Beginning April 1st, 2007, the focus of the consortium will be to assist
the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador in achieving their IT goals through
top-tier resources and an experienced project team. Collectively, the team
delivers high performance and productivity, and represents a focused group of
professionals with over 24 years of IT/IM expertise. The consortium will
enable the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador to make wide use of its
current skills, capabilities, resources and methodologies in new models for
the delivery of IT/IM to its stakeholders.

    About MTS Allstream
    MTS Allstream Inc. is one of Canada's leading national communication
solutions providers, delivering innovative products and services through its
Consumer Markets and Enterprise Solutions divisions. Our Consumer Markets
division serves small business customers nationally and residential customers
in Manitoba with a full suite of wireline voice, high-speed Internet and data,
next generation wireless, digital television, security and alarm monitoring
services. Our Enterprise Solutions division provides national business
customers with a world-class portfolio of IP-based connectivity, managed
network services, and professional services. MTS Allstream's extensive
national broadband fibre optic network spans more than 24,300 kilometres, and
provides international connections through strategic partnerships and
interconnection agreements with other international service providers. The
company markets its consumer products and services in Manitoba under the MTS
brand, and its enterprise products and services nationally under the Allstream
brand. MTS Allstream is a subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. whose
common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT).
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    About Plato Group Inc.

    Plato is a Newfoundland & Labrador-based professional consulting and
software development firm. Established in 1997 in St. John's, the company
provides information management consulting and software development services
for government and healthcare organizations, public agencies and private
sector clients across North America. Plato's consulting services are focused
in the areas of project and information management, strategic IT planning,
organizational/technical reviews, business process re-engineering, security
and privacy legislation compliance and proprietary and custom software
development. To ensure the delivery of consistent and superior quality
service, Plato's Quality Management System is registered to ISO 9001:2000.
Plato's flagship software product is Camouflage(R). Designed specifically for
data masking, Camouflage exhibits leading-edge technology that facilitates an
organization's data privacy needs and compliance with privacy legislation.
Camouflage masks sensitive information, yet ensures accurate and quality test
data for a variety of environments including development, testing, quality
assurance, training, and data mining. As organizations shift towards a global
approach to business operations, Camouflage is also ideal for data sharing for
international outsourcing and offshoring initiatives. For more information,
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    About Infotech Canada Inc.

    Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Eastern Canada (St. John's),
Infotech provides productivity solutions for the workplace. Infotech is a
Microsoft Gold Certified Partner - with a highly qualified staff of system and
software architects, developers, designers, business analysts, project
managers, network engineers, and support personnel that represent a cohesive
and capable organization that delivers results. Infotech delivers
highly-scalable productivity solutions based on Microsoft Products and
Technologies including: Information Management Consulting (web, content
management, strategic planning); Knowledge Management Solutions; Collaboration
Portals (SharePoint Products and Technologies); Business Process Management
Solutions (BPMS); Web/Application Development; Software and Systems
Development; Information Architecture; Enterprise Project Management (EPM)
Consulting and Development; ISV/Software Solutions, and Infrastructure
Services. For more information, please visit:

    About Tamarack Geographic Technologies Ltd.

    Tamarack Geographic Technologies Ltd. is a Newfoundland and Labrador
company that delivers leading edge geographic information systems solutions
and technology. Established in 1996, Tamarack provides local, national and
international clients with a suite of enterprise integration services and
solutions, including: design and delivery of corporate GIS, online systems,
mobile data collection, integration of GIS with legacy systems, enterprise
architecture design and development, and planning and implementation of large
spatial database infrastructure. Tamarack Geographic Technologies is a growing
company that has built its reputation on providing a client focused commitment
to quality solutions, industry recognized expertise, continuous development of
knowledge and skills, and a strong desire to deliver spatial information
systems that work for its' clients and their people.
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For further information:

For further information: MTS Allstream Media: Greg Burch, MTS Allstream,
(204) 612-1747,; Investors: Ian Chadsey, MTS
Allstream, (204) 941-8283,

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