MTS introduces their fastest residential Internet plans yet

    Lightning Bolt offers up to 32 Mbps and Lightning Super MAX offers up to
    25 Mbps

    Stock Symbol: MBT

WINNIPEG, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS") introduces two new residential high-speed internet plans - Lightning Bolt and Lightning Super MAX. These plans offer MTS's fastest speeds yet and are great for gaming, for downloading multiple files from multiple URLs at once, and for when multiple people are using the Internet at the same time.

The Lightning Bolt plan, the first of its kind in Manitoba, is a variable speed service that leverages bandwidth from the MTS Ultimate TV service to provide up to 32 Mbps download and up to 2 Mbps upload speeds. The Lightning Super MAX plan offers a dedicated Internet connection that provides up to 25 Mbps download and up to 2 Mbps upload speeds*.

"We are always enhancing our services and adding the latest tools to help customers get the most out of their Internet experience, and these plans are a great example of that," said Kelvin Shepherd, President Consumer Markets, MTS. "Customers have told us that they want faster Internet speeds and we have delivered. These new plans are perfect for households where numerous people are online at the same time or for households that like to download content or play a lot of games online."

Both the Lightning Bolt and Lightning Super MAX plans include free Internet security software, access to Windows Live(TM), as well as 10 hours of free Wi-Fi in over 170 MTS Wi-Fi Hotspots in Manitoba. The Lightning Bolt plan is only available to customers who have MTS Ultimate TV service. MTS Ultimate TV is currently available to a growing number of households in Winnipeg, most of Portage La Prairie, and will soon be available in Brandon, Manitoba. Lighting Super MAX is available in the same areas as MTS Ultimate TV and can be combined with MTS Classic TV service, MTS Ultimate TV service, or sold on its own without either TV service.

MTS has a variety of Internet products and services that cater to the needs of both residential and business customers. Residential customers can bundle any combination of MTS high-speed Internet services, MTS TV, MTS wireless services and AAA Alarm services to reduce the total cost of their bill.

For more information on MTS's high-speed Internet services, visit

About MTS Allstream

MTS Allstream is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. As one of Canada's leading national communication solutions companies, MTS Allstream provides innovative communications for the way Canadians want to live and work today. The Company has more than 100 years of experience, with 6,000 employees across Canada dedicated to a mission of delivering true value as seen through the eyes of our customers. In 2008, MTS Allstream had nearly two million total customer connections spanning business customers across Canada and residential consumers throughout the province of Manitoba. The Company's extensive national broadband and fibre optic network spans almost 30,000 kilometres. MTS Allstream is a proud sponsor of Cindy Klassen, 2006 World Champion and Canada's greatest Olympian, and a proud contributor to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). Customers, stakeholders and investors who want learn more about MTS Allstream services, markets, community commitments and record of creating shareholder value are encouraged to visit:

    * Many factors affect speeds and actual speeds may vary and are not

SOURCE MTS Allstream

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