MTS Allstream unveils $1 million contribution plan to Friends of The Canadian Museum for Human Rights

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    WINNIPEG, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Pierre Blouin, Chief Executive Officer, MTS
Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") today presented the Friends of The Canadian
Museum for Human Rights with a contribution plan of $1 million to equip the
museum with state-of-the-art telecommunications technology. The announcement
was made at a gala celebration marking MTS Allstream's 100th anniversary.
    "The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be a world-class human rights
meeting place right here in the heart of Canada," said Blouin. "We anticipate
that, true to its 'reach for the stars' theme it will also feature world-class
communications technology - precisely what MTS Allstream invests in."
    The gift will comprise in-kind donations towards communications
infrastructure and state-of-the-art telecommunications network, voice and data
communications equipment, and cutting edge wireless technology.
    "We are pleased to have MTS Allstream on board as an important partner in
bringing this museum to all Canadians," said Museum Campaign Chair Gail Asper.
"Having the latest telecommunications technology will further facilitate the
engagement of people from all over the world in important dialogue about human
rights issues."
    "As the leading communications provider in Manitoba, we are proud to
support the Museum," said Blouin. "We are honoured to support this noble
initiative, which will highlight one of the defining principles of community -
human rights - to the modern world."

    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

    About the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

    Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a non-profit
organization leading the private sector fundraising campaign to build the
Museum. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is Canada's newest national
museum with a mission to explore the subject of human rights to enhance
understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others and to encourage
reflection and dialogue. It is anticipated to be opened in 2012 in Winnipeg,
Manitoba - the heart of the continent.

For further information:

For further information: Media: Greg Burch, Manager Corporate
Communications, MTS Allstream, (204) 941-8576 or (416) 345-3576,; Kim Jasper, Canadian Museum for Human
Rights, (204) 989-5525 or (204) 293-0578,

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