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Press release from CNW Group

Allstream joins Metro Ethernet Forum

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Allstream joins Metro Ethernet Forum14:53 EDT Tuesday, May 15, 2012Company looks forward to contributing to international defining body for Carrier EthernetStock Symbol:  MBTTORONTO, May 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Allstream, Canada's all-business communications provider, is proud to announce that it has joined the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF).  Allstream made the announcement today during an International Telecoms Week luncheon in Chicago.The Metro Ethernet Forum is a global industry alliance comprising more than 195 organizations, and the defining body for Carrier Ethernet worldwide.  The MEF's mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide.Allstream's participation in the forum will allow it to contribute to the development of Ethernet standards, engage with other members and build relationships with other international carriers and, most importantly, help ensure that Allstream is providing the highest levels of service and product to its customers."Ethernet is becoming the ubiquitous access choice for Canadian businesses and it is a focus for Allstream, so this was a natural step for us," said Dean Prevost, President, Allstream.  "We have a great interest in participating in the conversation and contributing to industry leadership when it comes to evolving the technology."For more information on the Metro Ethernet Forum, visit www.metroethernetforum.orgAbout AllstreamAllstream is a Canadian leader in IP communications and the only national communications provider that works exclusively with business customers of all sizes. With nearly 600,000 customer connections, Allstream's momentum is fuelled by the knowledge, skills and entrepreneurial spirit of its 2,500 employees across the country who collaborate with customers to determine their unique communications solutions needs. Supported by its more than 30,000-kilometre nationwide high-performance fibre-optic network, Allstream's broad portfolio of business solutions are built from an array of advanced communications technologies and services including a wide range of innovative, highly-scalable IP-based solutions to help organizations communicate more efficiently and profitably. Allstream takes pride in its commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience, and has long been recognized by its technology partners for the contributions made to their businesses. Allstream is wholly-owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., which is listed on the TSX (trading symbol: MBT). For information on Allstream's products and solutions, please visit www.allstream.com.Forward-looking Statements DisclaimerThis 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 "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 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: Jessica Poitras Corporate Communications (204) 941-7823 media.relations@mtsallstream.com