MTS Allstream Receives Prestigious Nortel Awards

    Recognized in Top Growth Achievement and Customer Satisfaction Excellence

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    WINNIPEG, March 26 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") is
pleased to announce that it has received Nortel's Top Growth Achievement and
Customer Satisfaction Excellence awards in the Canadian Elite Partner
category. These awards were presented at the 2008 Nortel Executive Partner
Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona in front of 350 of MTS Allstream's peers from
North and South America.
    "We are honoured to receive such prestigious awards from a strategic
partner like Nortel," said John A. MacDonald, President Enterprise Solutions
of MTS Allstream. "These awards not only exemplify the tremendous strength and
momentum of our business solutions, but are a true testament to the
outstanding service provided to customers by our employees. We look forward to
continuing our strong partnership and delivering outstanding results with
Nortel as we open the door to new opportunities together."
    The Top Growth Achievement award is won by the Nortel-authorized Canadian
partner with the highest year-over-year growth rate percentage, and recognizes
growth performance compared to other partners in the same market area. The
Customer Satisfaction Excellence award recognizes a Nortel-authorized Canadian
partner for leadership in meeting, if not exceeding, the expectations of its
    The Nortel awards have typically proven to be a good indicator of
companies on the move and those to watch as major competitors. MTS Allstream
has offered Nortel products since 1997.
    For more information on MTS Allstream, visit

    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

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