MTS Allstream to expand wireless coverage throughout Manitoba in 2007

    Also brings high speed wireless data service to 33 more communities
    across the province

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    WINNIPEG, March 7 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") wireless
customers in rural Manitoba can look forward to another year of significant
coverage and service improvements after the company today announced plans to
expand its digital wireless coverage along Highway 6 and to 20 more rural
areas in 2007.
    "No company is more committed than MTS Allstream to expanding wireless
network coverage throughout rural Manitoba," said Kelvin Shepherd, President
Consumer Markets, MTS Allstream. "This year alone, we will be investing
approximately $15 million to provide digital wireless coverage and high speed
wireless data service for customers across the province."
    Already providing digital cellular coverage to 97% of Manitoba's
population, MTS Allstream's 2007 construction plans will see 30 new digital
cellular sites added to the expansive network:

        -  In Northern Manitoba, 12 new sites will provide complete digital
           coverage along Highway 6 from Ashern to Thompson. MTS Allstream
           already offers extensive coverage of Manitoba's highways and the
           Highway 6 expansion will further improve the company's highway
           coverage in the province.

        -  In the Interlake region, nine new sites in the areas of Riverton,
           Hecla, Arnes, Peguis, Fisher Branch, Amaranth, Chemawawin /
           Easterville, Grand Beach, and Victoria Beach will provide
           increased wireless coverage for the region.

        -  In Southern Manitoba, two new sites in the areas of La Broquerie
           and Vita will provide increased wireless coverage for the region.

        -  In Western Manitoba, five new sites in the areas of Southport,
           Sidney, Oak Lake, Clear Lake, and Asessippi Provincial Park will
           provide increased wireless coverage for the region.

        -  In the Whiteshell region, two new sites in the areas of West Hawk
           Lake and Bird Lake will provide increased wireless coverage for
           the region.

        -  In the Lake of the Woods area, the Clearwater Bay / Deception Bay
           area will also see increased wireless coverage.

    The 2007 wireless network expansion plans will provide more wireless
coverage in cottage country, camping and resort areas, and other popular
Manitoba vacation spots.
    In addition, MTS Allstream will be improving the speed of their wireless
data network across the province, rolling out high speed EVDO wireless data
service to the following 33 communities in 2007:

    -   Thompson, Flin Flon, and The Pas

    -   Morden, Winkler, Selkirk, Steinbach, Oakbank, St. Andrew's, Lorette,
        Ste. Adolphe, Ste. Anne, and Anola

    -   Portage La Prairie, Minnedosa, Neepawa, Dauphin, Onanole, and Clear

    -   Gimli, Arnes, Winnipeg Beach, Grand Beach, Victoria Beach, Belair,
        and Pine Falls

    -   Lac Du Bonnet, Bird Lake, Jessica Lake, Falcon Lake, West Hawk Lake,
        Otter Falls, and Deception Bay / Clearwater Bay

    MTS Allstream customers in these areas will soon enjoy five times faster
wireless email, downloads, web browsing, gaming, streaming audio, and
streaming video on their EVDO-enabled wireless devices. With a data cable or
PC Card, customers will also be able to get high speed Internet access on
their laptop using the wireless network.
    "We are committed to bringing advanced communications services to as many
customers as possible," said Shepherd. "These plans will give our wireless and
high speed wireless data services an even bigger and stronger footprint across
the province, further strengthening our position as Manitoba's leading
communications provider."
    The wireless network expansion and improvements started in February and
should be complete by the end of the year.

    About MTS Allstream

    MTS Allstream Inc. is one of Canada's leading national communication
solutions providers, delivering innovative products and services through its
Consumer Markets and Enterprise Solutions divisions. Our Consumer Markets
division serves small business customers nationally and residential customers
in Manitoba with a full suite of wireline voice, high-speed Internet and data,
next generation wireless, digital television, security and alarm monitoring
services. Our Enterprise Solutions division provides national business
customers with a world-class portfolio of IP-based connectivity, managed
network services, and professional services. MTS Allstream's extensive
national broadband fibre optic network spans more than 24,300 kilometres, and
provides international connections through strategic partnerships and
interconnection agreements with other international service providers. The
Company markets its consumer products and services in Manitoba under the MTS
Brand, and its enterprise products and services nationally under the Allstream
brand. MTS Allstream is a subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. whose
common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT).
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             MTS Allstream 2007 Wireless Network Expansion Plans

    Digital Wireless (Cellular) Service Expansion in 2007

    Northern Manitoba
    Highway 6 from Ashern to Thompson (12 sites)

    Interlake Area
    Riverton area
    Hecla area
    Arnes area
    Peguis area
    Fisher Branch area
    Amaranth area
    Grand Beach area
    Victoria Beach area
    Chemawawin / Easterville area

    Southern Manitoba
    La Broquerie area
    Vita area

    Western Manitoba
    Southport area
    Sidney area
    Oak Lake area
    Clear Lake area
    Asessippi Provincial Park area

    Whiteshell Area
    West Hawk Lake area
    Bird Lake area

    Winnipeg Area
    Southdale / Windsor Park area
    River Park South area
    Eaglemere area

    High Speed Wireless Data (EVDO) Service Expansion in 2007

    Northern Manitoba
    Thompson area
    Flin Flon area
    The Pas area

    Interlake Area
    Winnipeg Beach area
    Gimli area
    Arnes area
    Grand Beach area
    Belair area
    Victoria Beach area
    Pine Falls area

    Southern Manitoba
    Morden area
    Winkler area
    Selkirk area
    St. Andrew's area
    Oakbank area
    Steinbach area
    Lorette area
    Ste. Adolphe area
    Ste. Anne area
    Anola area

    Western Manitoba
    Portage La Prairie area
    Dauphin area
    Minnedosa area
    Neepawa area
    Onanole area
    Clear Lake area

    Whiteshell Area
    Falcon Lake area
    Bird Lake area
    West Hawk Lake area
    Lac Du Bonnet area
    Jessica Lake area
    Otter Falls area
    Deception Bay / Clearwater Bay area

For further information:

For further information: Media: Michael Bouliane, (204) 941-7733,; Investors: Hugh Harley, (204) 958-3587,

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