MTS Allstream Says Auction Rules Should Spur Competition to the Benefit of All Canadians

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    TORONTO, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") announced
today that it will carefully review the rules for the forthcoming auction of
Advanced Wireless Services ("AWS") spectrum, announced earlier today by
Industry Canada.
    "The rules presented today by Minister Prentice for the establishment of
an AWS auction have the potential to spur new competition in the Canadian
wireless industry to benefit all Canadians and Canada's international
competitiveness," said Pierre Blouin, Chief Executive Officer, MTS Allstream.
"With today's announcement, there is an opportunity to bring renewed
competition to a strategically vital industry. The result should be more
choice, better prices and innovative new services for Canadian consumers and
    "As to our own participation in the auction," said Blouin, "important
steps remain. We will not make any decisions about whether or how to proceed
until we have completed our analysis of the rules and discussed the range of
strategies available for entry with potential partners."

    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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