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Press release from CNW Group

MTS fibre optic network brings next generation of telecommunications and entertainment services to Dauphin

Monday, December 05, 2011

MTS fibre optic network brings next generation of telecommunications and entertainment services to Dauphin15:28 EST Monday, December 05, 2011Stock Symbol:  MBT New network delivers MTS's premium Ultimate TV service to Dauphin, ManitobaWINNIPEG, Dec. 5, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, MTS is pleased to celebrate the successful deployment of its fibre optic network (FiON) in Dauphin and the launch of its industry-leading MTS Ultimate TV service in the community.  MTS's award winning Ultimate TV service provides Manitobans with one of the most feature rich television services in Canada, delivering over 55 HD channels and the 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."We are excited to offer our high definition MTS Ultimate TV service in Dauphin, one of the first of a growing number of communities in Manitoba where MTS is deploying fibre to the home technology," said Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS. "FiON is one of the most advanced fibre optic network technologies in Canada and Dauphin is one of the first communities to benefit from the industry-leading services it enables us to provide."FiON supplies a huge amount of bandwidth directly into MTS customers' homes, providing excellent support for current telephone and high-speed Internet services, while laying the groundwork for delivering new services, such as MTS Ultimate TV.MTS held a special celebratory event at the MTS Connect store in Dauphin today. Mayor Eric Irwin and Brad Collett, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Dauphin attended, along with Kelvin Shepherd, President of MTS to explain how FiON benefits the community and its residents."Technology is a key building block for growth in a community and the launch of MTS's new fibre optic network in Dauphin is a major asset for us," said Eric Irwin, Mayor of Dauphin. "I would like to thank MTS for their significant investment which will contribute to our city's ongoing economic development. I'm also personally excited for the entertainment benefits FiON brings, such as Ultimate TV."As part of the festivities, a Dauphin resident won two tickets to see the Winnipeg Jets take on the Montréal Canadiens on December 22, 2011 at the MTS Centre.The launch of FiON in Dauphin is part of MTS's announcement last year to invest $125 million in the expansion of its fibre-to-the-home network over five years. By the end of 2015, MTS expects to deploy fibre to about 120,000 homes in over 20 Manitoba communities.MTS Ultimate TV is currently available to most areas in Winnipeg, as well as Brandon, Portage La Prairie and Selkirk.  Approximately 2,270 houses representing over 60% of residences in Dauphin are already passed by FiON and eligible for fibre connection and MTS's Ultimate TV service.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.Image with caption: "MTS today celebrated the successful launch of its fibre optic network (FiON) in Dauphin, Manitoba and the industry-leading MTS Ultimate TV service it enables. MTS President, Kelvin Shepherd (left) explained the benefits of FiON in a special celebratory event at the MTS Connect store in Dauphin with the Mayor of Dauphin, Eric Irwin (right). (CNW Group/MTS Allstream Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111205_C4098_PHOTO_EN_7854.jpgFor further information: Media:           Sylvie Houghton Corporate Communications (204) 612-9767 media.relations@mtsallstream.com