MTS Wins Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Community Contribution Award

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    WINNIPEG, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - MTS is pleased to announce that it has been
awarded The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce's Community Contribution Award. This
award, which was received at the Chamber's annual Red Carpet Gala held on
October 17, 2008, recognizes the company's significant community contributions
in Winnipeg.
    "We are honoured to be recognized by The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce,
and we are very happy to accept the Community Contribution Award," said 
Pierre Blouin, CEO, MTS. "We take pride in the strong financial, charitable
and volunteer contributions we've made to the community of Winnipeg, where
many of our employees live and work, as we celebrate our second century of
connecting Canadians this year."
    "MTS has been a member of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce for 60 years,
and has always been a leader in community giving and volunteerism in Winnipeg.
Through the efforts, energy and inspiration of MTS and other individual and
corporate members, the Chamber is able to extend its reach into the community
and to truly be the voice of business," said Ken Jones, 2007-2008 Chair of The
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. "We are pleased to recognize MTS's
contributions, and to honour them with this prestigious award as they
celebrate their 100th year of doing business."
    Every year, MTS contributes over $1.5 million dollars through financial
and in-kind contributions to charities, educational and non-profit
organizations, and sport and cultural groups. The Winnipeg Chamber of
Commerce's Community Contribution Award recognizes MTS's support of community
festivals throughout Manitoba, the corporate match program of employee giving
campaigns supporting the United Way of Winnipeg, support of environmental and
educational programs, title sponsorships like the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, and
support of Canada's greatest Olympian, Cindy Klassen.
    Other organizations supported by MTS include the Canadian Cancer Society,
Salvation Army, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Ability Online, to name a few.
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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