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Press release from CNW Group

MTS President and Steinbach Mayor welcome world-class technology to Steinbach

Thursday, March 22, 2012

MTS President and Steinbach Mayor welcome world-class technology to Steinbach15:24 EDT Thursday, March 22, 2012Steinbach celebrates successful launch of MTS fibre optic network Stock Symbol:  MBTSTEINBACH, MB, March 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, MTS is pleased to celebrate the successful deployment of its fibre optic network (MTS FiON® Network) and the launch of its industry-leading MTS Ultimate TV service in Steinbach.  MTS's award-winning Ultimate TV service provides Manitobans with one of the most feature rich television services in Canada, delivering over 100 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 thrilled to be able to celebrate right here with the residents who have responded so favourably to our MTS Ultimate TV service," said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd. "Residents now have access to some of the most advanced telecommunications services of today and will get to enjoy exciting new services in the future."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 Steinbach today.  Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen attended along with a number of representatives from the community and customers.As part of today's festivities, a Steinbach resident won two tickets to see the Winnipeg Jets take on Tampa Bay on April 7, 2012 at the MTS Centre."MTS's deployment of fibre optic technology in Steinbach contributes to the momentum, optimism and growth our community is experiencing," said Mayor Goertzen. "The investment MTS is making places our community on the leading edge of technology, and points to the on-going growth and stability of Manitoba's third largest city. It also means more choice for our citizens."MTS is investing $125 million over five years to deploy its fibre-to-the-home network to over 120,000 homes and enable MTS Ultimate TV service in more than 20 communities in Manitoba.Approximately 3,000 homes in Steinbach are currently eligible for fibre connection and MTS's Ultimate TV Service.For more information on MTS FiON Network and MTS Ultimate TV please visit www.mts.ca.MTS MTS is the leading full-service communications provider for residential and business customers in Manitoba. The company's suite of products and services include the latest in wireless technology, high-speed Internet, an award-winning IPTV service, voice services, home security, and an extensive range of business solutions.  A technology leader, MTS operates advanced wireless networks delivering the best coverage for Manitobans with its 4G, CDMA and Wi-Fi wireless networks and is investing to build out its extensive fibre-to-the-home network in over 20 Manitoba communities. MTS's momentum is fuelled by the knowledge, skills and spirit of its 3,000 Manitoba-based employees. With over 100 years of operations, MTS is rooted firmly in the community and is a proud sponsor of the MTS Centre, home to the NHL's Winnipeg Jets. MTS is wholly owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. which is listed on the TSX (trading symbol: MBT). For information on MTS's products and services, please visit www.mts.ca.Forward-looking Statements Disclaimer This news release includes forward-looking statements and information (collectively, the "statements") about the Company's corporate direction, business opportunities, operations, financial objectives and 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 or projection in such forward-looking statements. Therefore, forward-looking statements should be considered carefully and undue reliance should not be placed on them. 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 "Material assumptions" section below, the "Risks and uncertainties" section, elsewhere in the Company's 2011 Annual MD&A and 2011 Annual Information Form, all of which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.  Please note that forward-looking statements reflect Management's expectations as of today. The Company disclaims 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 President, Kelvin Shepherd (right) demonstrates the innovative features of MTS Ultimate TV to the mayor of Steinbach, Chris Goertzen (left) at a special celebratory event at the MTS Connect store in Steinbach, Manitoba. MTS today celebrated the successful deployment of its fibre optic network (MTS FiON® Network) in Steinbach and the industry-leading MTS Ultimate TV service it enables. (CNW Group/MTS Allstream Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120322_C6951_PHOTO_EN_11493.jpgFor further information: Media:          Sylvie Houghton MTS Corporate Communications (204) 612-9767 media.relations@mtsallstream.com