MTS Allstream Welcomes Forbearance Ruling in Portage la Prairie

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    WINNIPEG, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") welcomes a
decision issued by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission ("CRTC") yesterday which grants retail deregulation, known as
forbearance, in the Portage la Prairie residential local service market.
    This decision will help MTS Allstream provide better service to
customers, and will provide opportunities to simplify its pricing structure
and develop new and innovative services and promotions that cross all of the
company's lines of business. MTS Allstream filed its forbearance application
for the Portage la Prairie market on September 27, 2007.
    New rules came into effect in early April 2007 which allow an incumbent
telecommunications carrier to apply to the CRTC for local telephone
deregulation in the consumer market for any community in which customers can
choose between at least three service providers having their own network
infrastructure, one of which can be a wireless provider, and where the carrier
meets specific quality of service indicators for six months.

    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
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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Communications, (204) 941-8576,; Investors:
Ian Chadsey, Vice-President, Investor Relations, (204) 941-8283,

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