MTS Allstream wins contract with Royal & SunAlliance for managed MPLS network

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    TORONTO, March 12 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream, one of Canada's leading national
communication solutions providers, is pleased to announce that it has secured
a contract to design, build, deploy and manage an MPLS network for Royal &
SunAlliance, one of Canada's leading property and casualty insurance groups.
    MPLS, short for "multiprotocol label switching", is a technology that
simplifies and cost-effectively streamlines the management of advanced
IP-based networks. MTS Allstream's MPLS network will provide Royal &
SunAlliance with a more robust, scalable, IP Converged network. The deployment
of the MPLS infrastructure creates a networking foundation for Royal &
SunAlliance to migrate cost-effectively to IP Telephony and IP Trunking
solutions in the future, further improving capabilities provided to users
while reducing costs and maintaining reliability.
    "Royal & SunAlliance has been our valued customer for more than ten years
during, which time we have developed a successful, collaborative
relationship," said John MacDonald, President, Enterprise Solutions, MTS
Allstream. "Royal & SunAlliance is a top player in its industry. Today's
announcement further reinforces our position as an IP communications provider
that enables leading organizations such as R&SA to meet their business
requirements through our next generation technology, exceptional
dependability, flexibility and customer service."
    "At Royal & SunAlliance, we are committed to ensuring that we are using
leading edge technology and IT systems. With MTS Allstream managing our MPLS
network, we are able to focus on growing our business by creating innovative
products and services to meet the needs of our customers," said Rowan
Saunders, President & CEO, Royal & SunAlliance.

    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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    About Royal & SunAlliance

    The Royal & SunAlliance Canada group includes Roins Financial Services
Limited, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada, Quebec Assurance
Company, Johnson Inc., Western Assurance Company, Ascentus Insurance Ltd. and
is part of Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group plc. The Royal & SunAlliance
Canada group employs more than 2,500 people and is represented by a large
network of independent brokers across the country. In 2005, the Canadian Group
wrote $1.4 billion in direct premiums with assets exceeding $4.5 billion.
Internationally, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group plc employs about 24,000
people and transacts business in more than 130 countries with assets of
approximately $50 billion.

For further information:

For further information: MTS Allstream, Media: Courtney Reistetter, MTS
Allstream, (416) 345-3427,; Investors:
Ian Chadsey, MTS Allstream, (204) 941-8283,; Royal & SunAlliance, Media: Christine
Siemiernik, External Communications Consultant, Royal & SunAlliance, (416)
366-7600 ext. 2987, Cell: (416) 274-1448,

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