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Allstream wins Cisco Collaboration Partner Award for Canada

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Allstream wins Cisco Collaboration Partner Award for Canada11:51 EDT Thursday, May 24, 2012Stock Symbol:  MBTTORONTO, May 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Allstream, Canada's all-business communications provider, announced today that it is the recipient of a Cisco Partner Summit theater award for Collaboration Partner of the year, Canada. Cisco unveiled the winners April 17 at its annual channel partner conference in San Diego, California."Cisco is proud to partner with so many well-respected and industry-leading organizations, and it is an honour to recognize Allstream as a Cisco Partner Summit theater award winner," said Mike Ansley, Vice President, Canada Partner Organization at Cisco.  "The Collaboration Award presented to Allstream recognizes its performance and expertise as a Cisco channel partner in Canada in 2011.""We are very pleased to be recognized as Cisco's Canadian Collaboration Partner of the Year," said Dean Prevost, President, Allstream.  "We believe strongly in the value of collaboration applications within Unified Communications and are committed to delivering advanced engineering, deployment and support capabilities to our customers. This award validates this work as we focus on further accelerating our success in the collaboration space across Canada."Cisco Partner Summit awards are presented at three levels: global, geo, and theater.  Cisco Partner Summit U.S. and Canada theater awards reflect a partner's performance in a given geographic region of the United States or Canada.About 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 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 at the date hereof. 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.Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.For further information: Media: Nathan Gibson Corporate Communications (416) 345-3364 media.relations@mtsallstream.com