MTS Allstream Selects Iristel for IP Conversion of TDM Phone Traffic

    TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - Iristel Inc., a leading global provider of Voice
over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, today announced that it has been
selected by MTS Allstream to assist in converting portions of its
Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM) voice traffic to Internet Protocol (IP)-based
traffic for cost-effective routing through the MTS Allstream IP network. With
Iristel's Virtual Signalling solution, MTS Allstream can now convert its IP
traffic locally and eliminate the expense of backhauling certain portions of
its traffic to the United States.
    Iristel's fully managed and integrated Virtual Signalling solution
carries SS7 TDM traffic for Canadian Incumbent (ILEC) and Competitive Local
Exchange Carriers (CLEC) without having to backhaul capacity across the
border. The Iristel solution saves carriers costly signalling and media
platform charges while maintaining the integrity of all voice media streams
and logic.
    "Our goal at MTS Allstream is to serve our customers by moving data over
our advanced network effectively and efficiently. Streamlining the cost of
backhauling our traffic will help us achieve this goal," says Dave Ballantine,
Senior Vice President, Global Carrier Solutions at MTS Allstream. "By working
with an experienced Canadian carrier such as Iristel, we can cut our traffic
backhauling expenses while providing our customers with the high quality of
service they have come to expect from our IP network."
    Iristel's unique Virtual Signalling solution offers a fully redundant
VoIP network conversion service that looks and feels like it is part of the
carrier's homogenous network and never leaves the local exchange carrier
    "We are honoured that a well respected and trusted carrier such as MTS
Allstream has chosen our IP conversion services for transporting international
traffic," says Samer Bishay, President and CEO of Iristel. "We anticipate that
we will be converting voice traffic that equates to more than a billion
minutes per year."

    About MTS Allstream

    MTS Allstream 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
Allstream 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 connectivity, unified
communications, IT consulting and security 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 in select markets 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
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    About Iristel Inc.

    Established in 1999, Iristel Inc. is a leading global provider of Voice
over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services with its headquarters located in
Toronto, Canada. The company was granted a carrier license by the Canadian
Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) in 2000. Today, Iristel also has offices in
Egypt and Romania with domestic operator licenses in Algeria, Dominica and
Romania and an additional 20 points of presence (PoPs) throughout the world.
The company offers the broadest portfolio of IP services in Canada, including
hosted IP PBX, virtual faxing, virtual roaming, and global IP trunking
products and services. More information about Iristel can be found at:

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For further information: Media Contacts: Lizanne McReelis, Echo
Communications, (416) 800-0011,; Jodi Echakowitz, Echo
Communications, (416) 800-0010,; Greg Burch, Manager, Corporate
Communications, MTS Allstream, (416) 345-3576,

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