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MTS is bringing next generation fibre optic network to four more Manitoba communities in 2012

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

MTS is bringing next generation fibre optic network to four more Manitoba communities in 201211:17 EST Tuesday, December 20, 2011Customers in Neepawa, Minnedosa, Killarney and Carberry will soon be able to enjoy MTS Ultimate TV and faster Internet speedsStock Symbol:  MBTWINNIPEG, MB, Dec. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - Residents in Neepawa, Minnedosa, Killarney and Carberry will soon enjoy the next generation of high definition television and faster broadband connections when MTS deploys its fibre-to-the-home network (FiON) to these four communities in 2012."FiON is one of the most advanced fibre optic network technologies in Canada and these communities will see major benefits from the industry-leading services it enables us to provide," said Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS. "This latest expansion is part of our ongoing investment in fibre-to-the-home technology and further demonstrates MTS's commitment to delivering the most advanced services available to our customers across Manitoba."The next generation network supplies a huge amount of bandwidth directly into customers' homes, providing excellent support for MTS's current telephone and high-speed Internet services, while laying the groundwork for delivering new services for many years to come.Customers on MTS's fibre optic network will have access to the most advanced consumer telecommunications services that MTS offers including its industry-leading MTS Ultimate TV and a new suite of high-speed Internet products with speeds up to 25 Mbps and potential future speeds of over 100 Mbps.The award winning MTS Ultimate TV service provides Manitobans with one of the most feature-rich television services in Canada, delivering more than 100 HD channels and the industry leading Whole Home PVR service that can record and playback TV programs on any connected TV in the home.MTS is investing $125 million over five years to deploy its FiON fiber-to-the-home network to 120,000 homes and enable MTS Ultimate TV service in more than 20 communities in Manitoba. MTS Ultimate TV is currently available to 95 per cent of Winnipeg households, and in Brandon, Portage La Prairie and a growing number of homes in Selkirk, Steinbach and Dauphin. For more information on MTS FiON please visit www.mts.ca/fion.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 Contact:          Sylvie Houghton Manager, Corporate Communications (204) 612-9767 media.relations@mtsallstream.com