The Accessible Channel Selects MTS Allstream for Wavelength Solutions

    TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") announced
today that it has been selected to provide Wavelength Solutions to The
Accessible Channel, also known as TACtv. TACtv is a national, English language
described video and closed-captioned, basic high definition specialty service
television channel. MTS Allstream's Wavelength Solutions will provide TACtv
with high bandwidth applications and business continuity requirements to meet
the needs of persons who are blind, vision-impaired, deaf or hard of hearing.
    "As one of Canada's first service guaranteed optical wavelength
solutions, MTS Allstream will give The Accessible Channel the ability to
transport data at the speed of light along fibre optic cables that carry up to
64 concurrent wavelengths of digital information on a single strand of fibre,"
said Dean Prevost, President Enterprise Solutions, MTS Allstream. "By working
together to provide better connectivity and applications, we are pleased to
help The Accessible Channel achieve its mission of providing television that
includes everyone."
    "The Accessible Channel is pleased to work with MTS Allstream to provide
our viewers with uninterrupted information, drama, entertainment and other
programming," said Betty Nobel, Chair, The Accessible Channel. "There has long
been a need to improve access to TV for those with perceptual disabilities,
and we will continue to strive to provide the best available services to our
    "People shouldn't be excluded from media just because they are blind,
vision impaired, deaf or hard of hearing" says John Capobianco, Chair of The
National Broadcast Reading Service Inc. ("NBRS"). "In 2007, the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved and supported an
application from NBRS for a licence to provide TACTv. NBRS was created two
decades ago with a mandate to enhance media access for millions of
vision-restricted Canadians, and on January 29, 2009, TACtv went a step
further to ensure that everyone is included."

    NBRS serves more than 5 million Canadians who cannot independently access
information due to blindness or other vision restrictions, learning or
physical disability, low literacy skills or impairments associated with aging.

    For more information on MTS Allstream's Wavelength Solutions, visit For more information on The
Accessible Channel, visit

    About MTS Allstream

    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 - Internet protocol 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 27,900 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:

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For further information: Media contact: Jill Gibson, Corporate
Communications Coordinator, (204) 958-3392,

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