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Allstream's IP fibre network expansion program generates strong IP sales momentum through second quarter of 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Allstream's IP fibre network expansion program generates strong IP sales momentum through second quarter of 201115:25 EDT Monday, July 18, 2011Stock Symbol:  MBTTORONTO, July 18, 2011 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream today said that its focus on expanding its IP fibre network into targeted markets across Canada continued to generate new sales wins with 60 new IP contracts signed in the second quarter of 2011."We continue to make excellent progress in the IP market, and in the second quarter our IP sales momentum was again, very strong creating an important funnel of pre-sold contracts that should support strong IP revenue growth in the quarters to come," said Dean Prevost, President of Allstream.  "Our success in the IP market reflects the continued demand for IP-based services in the business telecommunications market in Canada and our strong competitive position to meet this demand."In support of its objectives of winning high-margin on-net business and driving growth in IP services - one of the fastest growing segments of the business telecom market - Allstream continues to expand its IP fibre access into multi-tenant buildings across Canada.  Since the initiative started in March 2010, Allstream has extended fibre into 174 new multi-tenant fibre-fed buildings and won a total of 247 new IP contracts.In the second quarter, Allstream added 47 new buildings to its network. This increased Allstream's total number of fibre-fed buildings to 2,211 at June 30, 2011.Some of the customers that signed contracts to connect to Allstream's 30,000 kilometre IP fibre network in the second quarter of 2011 include Active Health Management, Berletex Aero Design, Cybershift, Design Concepts, LBC Canada, Mitel, National Research Corporation Canada, Questzones, SITQ, Solios Environnement, Thomson Reuters, Workers Health & Safety Centre Federation of Ontario.About Allstream Allstream is Canada's all-business communications provider, focusing and delivering on the business customer's solutions.  For more information on Allstream services and solutions, please visit our new and improved website at www.allstream.com.Allstream is a division of MTS Allstream Inc., 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 5,500 employees across Canada dedicated to a mission of delivering true value as seen through the eyes of our customers. MTS Allstream has 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. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common shares are listed on Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). Customers, stakeholders and investors who want to learn more about MTS Allstream are encouraged to visit: www.mtsallstream.com.Forward-looking Statements Disclaimer This news release includes forward-looking statements and information (collectively, the "statements") about our corporate direction, business opportunities, operations, financial objectives,  planned activities, future financial results and performance that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  As a consequence, actual results in the future may differ materially from any conclusion, forecast, anticipation or projection in such forward-looking statements.  Examples of statements that constitute forward-looking information may be identified by words such as "believe", "expect", "project", "should", "anticipate", "could", "target", "forecast", "intend", "plan", "outlook", "see", "set", "pending", and other similar terms.Factors that could cause anticipated opportunities and actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, matters identified in the "Risks and Uncertainties" section and elsewhere in our most recent annual MD&A and any subsequent quarterly MD&As, as well as our most recent Annual Information Form, all of which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.Please note that forward-looking statements reflect our expectations as at the date hereof.  We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as required by law.For further information: Media:          Selena Hinds Corporate Communications (416) 345-3576 (204) 941-8576 media.relations@mtsallstream.com