MTS Allstream Welcomes CRTC Forbearance Ruling in Winnipeg Market

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    WINNIPEG, Aug. 3 /CNW/ - Today, MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream")
welcomed the ruling by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission ("CRTC") granting retail deregulation, known as forbearance, in the
Winnipeg residential telecommunications market.
    In order to obtain this ruling, MTS Allstream has filed evidence with the
CRTC demonstrating both that the Winnipeg market is competitive, and that MTS
Allstream has fully met the requisite Competitor Quality of Service ("QoS")
criteria for retail deregulation of the residential local telephone market.
    "As one of the first major urban retail markets in Canada to be
deregulated, we are pleased that the Commission has recognized not only the
extent of competitive activity in the Winnipeg residential telecommunications
market, but also MTS Allstream's efforts to provide consistent and reliable
QoS to competitors within the marketplace," said Chris Peirce, Chief
Regulatory Officer, MTS Allstream. "As we have said, these requirements
provide competitors with a QoS that is an essential ingredient to a healthy
competitive market. We are pleased the Commission has recognized the right
conditions are in place in Winnipeg, and we expect that forbearance
applications in other markets will be judged by the same standards, to ensure
that both residential and business customers are well served in a deregulated
    "This ruling will help us provide better service to our customers, and we
welcome that," said Kelvin Shepherd, President Consumer Markets division, MTS
Allstream. "We will have opportunities to simplify our pricing structure and
develop new and innovative services and promotions that cross all of our lines
of business. We have already made great progress developing bundles for
customers, and this allows more flexibility for us to serve customers who
subscribe to multiple MTS-branded service offerings."
    MTS Allstream filed its forbearance application for the Winnipeg market
on May 8, 2007, and filed proof of compliance with QoS criteria on June 15,

    About MTS Allstream

    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
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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