MTS Wins Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Lieutenant Governor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    WINNIPEG, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. ("MTS") is
pleased to announce that it was awarded the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
Lieutenant Governor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community at
the Manitoba Business Awards Gala Dinner last night at the Delta Winnipeg.
    "MTS is very proud of the contributions we make each year to the
communities in which we live and work and we are honoured to accept the
Outstanding Contribution to the Community award from the Manitoba Chambers of
Commerce," said Pierre Blouin, Chief Executive Officer, MTS. "This year, we
are celebrating our second century of connecting Canadians and this
recognition is yet another reason 2008 has been such a great year. Our
company's employee giving and volunteerism program, as well as our community
investment, environmental and aboriginal initiatives have all contributed to
our strong corporate social responsibility ranking and we are pleased to be
recognized for these efforts."
    "A Chamber member since 1992, MTS has always been a leader in community
giving and volunteerism in Manitoba," said Graham Starmer, President, Manitoba
Chambers of Commerce. "This award recognizes a member's significant
contribution to the community and MTS is a much deserving candidate not only
exceeding the average member's contributions but representing Manitoba's
business community as one of Manitoba's most responsible corporate citizens."
    Over the past year, MTS has contributed over $1.5 million dollars through
financial and in-kind contributions to charities, educational, non-profit, and
cultural organizations. Over the past several years, MTS has been ranked No.1
in the Canadian telecommunications industry by Report On Business magazine and
Jantzi Research, and as one of the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada by
Corporate Knights magazine. More than 3,000 MTS employees and retirees
contribute over 70,000 volunteer hours to community events and organizations
in Manitoba every year.
    For more information on the company's contributions to the community and
environment, please visit under the Community &
Environment section.

    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
Allstream 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 connectivity, unified
communications, IT consulting and security services, and 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 in select markets 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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