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Press release from CNW Group

Allstream positioned in the Niche Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for MSSPs, North America

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Allstream positioned in the Niche Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for MSSPs, North America11:01 EST Thursday, December 15, 2011Evaluation based on completeness of vision and ability to execute Stock Symbol: MBTTORONTO, Dec. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Allstream today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Niche quadrant of the "Magic Quadrant for MSSPs (Managed Security Services Provider), North America." The Magic Quadrant provides a graphical representation of the competitive positioning of selected technology providers, within a particular market segment; leader, challenger, visionary and niche player.  Gartner evaluates each company based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision within its respective category.Allstream's multifunction firewall capabilities and device management services are offered in combination with a larger portfolio of Managed Services and network integrated capabilities.  In partnership with Dell SecureWorks, Allstream offers a complete range of advanced MSS services to its customers."We believe Allstream's inclusion on the Gartner MSSP Magic Quadrant reflects our market position where we compete as a Communications Service Provider focused on enabling Canadian businesses to connect with confidence," said Mike LaPalme, Director, Product Marketing and Management, Managed Services, Allstream.  "Our partnership with Dell SecureWorks extends that position and leverages the strengths of a Gartner MSSP Magic Quadrant leader which in turn provides our customers with the very best security for their networks."Complete with built-in security capability, Allstream's national IP network enables a full suite of connectivity and security services that simplify security management, boost organizational productivity and lower total cost of overhead; enhancing the customer experience and reducing downtime.To view a complimentary copy of the complete "Magic Quadrant for MSSPs, North America" report, please visit www.allstream.com/mssp-report.About AllstreamAllstream is a Canadian leader in IP communications and the only national provider that works exclusively with business customers of all sizes. For more information on Allstream services and solutions, please visit www.allstream.com.Allstream is a division of MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream"), 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: Kristin Foster Corporate Communications (416) 644-2411 media.relations@mtsallstream.com