Portage la Prairie Fast Forwards to Next Generation MTS HDTV and PVR Advancements

    MTS Allstream first company in Canada to commercially deploy
    award-winning Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV

    PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MB, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Today, MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS
Allstream") launches an exciting new digital television service that will fast
forward residents in Portage la Prairie to the next generation of high
definition television ("HDTV"), personal video recorder ("PVR"), improved
guide features and many other exciting advancements. MTS Allstream is the
first company in Canada to launch service with combined technology from
Alcatel-Lucent Canada Inc. ("Alcatel-Lucent") and the award-winning Microsoft
Mediaroom Internet Protocol Television ("IPTV").
    "This is another example of how we are partnering with other technology
leaders to enhance our overall broadband offering," said Kelvin Shepherd,
President Consumer Markets, MTS Allstream. "As the first to deploy Mediaroom
IPTV technology in Canada, we are excited to bring industry leading innovation
in TV service to our customers, reinforcing the success of our bundling
strategy and the competitive strength of our business."
    Customers taking advantage of the new MTS HDTV can expect the same high
standard of service they've come to expect with the added benefit of exciting
new capabilities today and more to come in the future. Along with an extensive
lineup of over 250 digital TV and music channels and features like Video On
Demand, new services include 30 HDTV channels, with more channels to come in
2009; PVR to control how and when programming is enjoyed; and an enhanced
Internet service and interactive program guide with built-in
    Portage la Prairie residents now have the opportunity to maximize their
bundle discount by signing up for all of their communications needs with MTS -
phone, wireless, Internet, and now MTS HDTV.
    For more information on MTS HDTV, visit www.mts.ca under MTS Personal/TV.
MTS HDTV is on display at the MTS Connect store located at 1810 Saskatchewan
Avenue West in Portage la Prairie.

    About MTS Allstream Inc.

    MTS Allstream 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 - IP connectivity, unified
communications, IT consulting and security 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 visit: www.mtsallstream.com.

For further information:

For further information: Media: Jill Gibson, Corporate Communications
Coordinator, (204) 958-3392, media.relations@mtsallstream.com

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