MTS Allstream exclusive telecom sponsor of Clean Air Commute

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    Company engages employees to help fight climate change

    TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ - As the official telecom sponsor of Pollution
Probe's 2008 Clean Air Commute, MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") is
challenging its employees to find cleaner and more environmentally friendly
ways to commute to work every day.
    This campaign, which takes place from June 23 to 27, 2008, is Canada's
longest standing commuter challenge, and aims to encourage Greater Toronto
Area (GTA) residents to reduce their personal greenhouse gas emissions by
choosing environmentally friendly commuting options.
    Last year, more than 550 MTS Allstream employees in the GTA participated
in the Clean Air Commute, reducing their travel by 260,000 km and saving
54 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, while placing the company 2nd in
the challenge's "Over 1,000 Employees" category.
    "We are pleased to have MTS Allstream on board as the telecommunications
sponsor for the Clean Air Commute," said Patty Chilton, Deputy Executive
Director, Pollution Probe. "As air pollution becomes a growing concern among
Canadians, we need more companies like MTS Allstream who are willing to take
action against climate change by becoming involved in events like the Clean
Air Commute and also by offering solutions and tools that have a positive
impact on the environment."
    Through its Unified Communications and Internet Protocol (IP) offerings,
MTS Allstream provides solutions such as teleworking tools, videoconferencing
and online collaboration tools that help Canadian companies improve the
competitiveness of their operations while simultaneously reducing their carbon
    In addition, MTS Allstream has its own teleworking program in place,
allowing employees to work from home on a full- or part-time basis. 
Currently, 350 Toronto-based employees are enrolled and the Company has plans
to expand the program to other cities.
    "At MTS Allstream, we are committed to reducing our impact on the
environment and, through our solutions and tools, helping our customers
diminish their impact," said John MacDonald, President, Enterprise Solutions,
MTS Allstream. "In addition, we are proud to participate in and sponsor events
like the Clean Air Commute that support the strategic objectives of the MTS
Allstream Green Plan."
    During the week of June 23, MTS Allstream employees in the GTA will help
to increase awareness and reduce emissions by choosing environmentally
friendly ways to work, such as teleworking, carpooling, cycling, walking, or
taking public transit.

    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 visit:

    About Pollution Probe

    Pollution Probe is a leading not-for-profit environmental organization
actively engaged in initiatives to address air quality and climate change,
including conducting research, engaging partners, implementing projects,
holding events and contributing to the development of new policies to honour
Canada's commitment to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

For further information:

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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