MTS Allstream Introduces Secure Connect

    Adds True "In-The-Cloud" Security Capabilities to National IP/MPLS

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") today
announced that it has launched Secure Connect, a true "in-the-cloud" security
capability that builds on the Company's national Business IP/MPLS offerings.
Secure Connect embeds the latest Unified Threat Management (UTM) technology
into MTS Allstream's national IP network architecture, and immediately
establishes a new standard for the delivery of firewall and VPN services to
    "This is another example of MTS Allstream leading with innovation in
Canada's communications marketplace," said John MacDonald, President
Enterprise Solutions, MTS Allstream. "Unlike traditional enterprise security
solutions, which are perimeter based and rely on the customers' own
infrastructure, Secure Connect takes network protection to a new level,
incorporating best-in-class technology to deliver clean and secure bandwidth
to customers of all sizes. Excited as we are to enable firewall capabilities
of this type we are even more excited for the future, where building on our
network investments we will be able to offer complete "in-the-cloud" UTM
solutions, including DDoS, IDS/IPS, Anti-X, content filtering and more."
    In its initial offering, Secure Connect makes high-performance, secure
network connectivity more feasible for customers with remote sites and branch
offices, bringing the benefits of IP-enabled communications to a new class of
business customers. It dispenses with expensive and complex private data
networking and allows inherently secure VPN connections via the public
Internet, driving greater flexibility and increased productivity for customers
by allowing telecommuters and other mobile employees to easily connect to
their corporate network.
    "In addition to the security benefits, Secure Connect will also allow
customers to find new efficiencies in their IT service areas, reducing the
load on network managers who, using conventional solutions, are constantly
being challenged to stay one step ahead of evolving threats," added MacDonald.
"It reduces the need for up-front capital expenditures in security hardware
and software while its centralized policy control and management tools also
drive long-term operational savings for customers."

    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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Communications, (416) 345-3576, (204) 941-8576,; Investors: Ian Chadsey, Vice-President
Investor Relations, (204) 941-8283,

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