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MTS launches its premium Ultimate TV service in Steinbach, Manitoba

Friday, December 02, 2011

MTS launches its premium Ultimate TV service in Steinbach, Manitoba17:08 EST Friday, December 02, 2011Steinbach one of first communities in province to receive technological innovation Stock Symbol:  MBTWINNIPEG, Dec. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - MTS is pleased to announce the launch of its industry-leading MTS Ultimate TV service in Steinbach, MB. The award winning MTS Ultimate TV service provides Manitobans with one of the most feature rich television services in Canada, delivering over 56 HD channels and Whole Home PVR service that can record and playback TV programs on any connected TV in the home as well as many other innovative features."As Manitoba's leading full service telecommunications provider, we are committed to investing in the communities where we live and work and to bringing Manitobans the most innovative telecommunications services now and into the future." said Kelvin Shepherd, President MTS.  "We are excited to bring the MTS Ultimate TV experience to the residents of Steinbach and look forward to bringing our premium television experience to more communities over the next few years."MTS's Ultimate TV service is available over MTS's new fibre optic network which provides access to the most advanced telecommunications services that MTS offers and lays the groundwork for telecommunications services of the future. MTS is investing $125 million over a five year period to bring its advanced FiON fibre optic network directly into customers' homes in a growing number of Manitoba communities. MTS's investment will make available its most advanced television and Internet services in Canada to 120,000 homes and in over 20 communities outside of Winnipeg and in certain parts of the city.A special event celebrating the launch of MTS Ultimate TV in Steinbach will take place in January 2012.MTS Ultimate TV is currently available to 95 per cent of Winnipeg households as well as in Brandon, Portage La Prairie, Selkirk, Dauphin and a growing number of households in Steinbach. Approximately 1,960 homes in Steinbach are now eligible for fibre connection and Ultimate TV service. MTS will continue to convert Steinbach residential customers to the new network next year, with plans to have the Steinbach network fully deployed by late 2012.For more information on MTS FiON and MTS Ultimate TV please visit www.mts.ca.About MTS MTS 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: Sylvie Houghton Corporate Communications (204) 612-9767 media.relations@mtsallstream.com