MTS Allstream Wins $10 million Contract from Selectcom Telecom

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") announced
the signing of a contract with Selectcom Telecom last month, valued at more
than $10 million. The contract services include domestic long distance,
international long distance, calling cards, toll free, Multi Protocol Label
Switching (MPLS), internet, local lines and privates lines.
    "MTS Allstream is very proud of our continued relationship with Selectcom
Telecom," said John MacDonald, President, Enterprise Solutions, MTS Allstream.
"We are pleased to help this customer meet their clients' communications needs
with our wide range of quality products and services."
    "It is precisely our commitment to excellence which has led us to forge a
now 13-year-old relationship with MTS Allstream," said Peter Comito Sr.,
President and CEO, Selectcom Telecom. "This new contract with MTS Allstream
will allow Selectcom Telecom to offer a whole array of new and innovative
products and solutions geared towards corporate Canada and its changing
telecommunications needs. Our goal is to assure that our customers continue to
receive first-class communications at a reduced cost for many years to come."

    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

    About Selectcom Telecom

    Selectcom Telecom is a fully Canadian owned reseller offering a full
range of integrated communications products and services. Headquartered in
Montreal, Selectcom Telecom offers its services throughout all of Canada to
both the residential and corporate markets. With sales offices in Montreal,
Halifax, Ottawa, and Toronto, Selectcom Telecom is proud to announce the
opening of a new sales office in Calgary later this month. Selectcom Telecom
offers a suite of telecommunications services including long distance, calling
card, cellular long distance, toll-free, local line, private line, Internet
and data services. Selectcom Telecom is dedicated to keeping the marketplace
competitive all the while expanding its own market share with a focus on the
Canadian corporate market as its primary vehicle to future growth.
    Selectcom Telecom's commitment to offering high quality
telecommunications, competitive rates, customized billing and exceptional
customer care has been the key to its continued success. The development of
strategic alliances with all of Canada's premier telecommunications carriers
has given Selectcom Telecom the opportunity to offer specialized
communications solutions once reserved only for the incumbent Telcos. In
offering these highly sophisticated solutions to its customers at a reduced
cost, Selectcom Telecom has set itself apart from all other resellers in
Canada and has, in the process, paved the way for other smaller resellers to
also offer non-traditional telecommunications services. For more information,
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For further information:

For further information: Greg Burch, Manager, Corporate Communications,
(416) 345-3576, (204) 941-8576,

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