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Friday, April 18, 2008

Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) Comes To MTS TV


WINNIPEG, April 18 - MTS TV, the digital television service offered by MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream"), is pleased to provide its customers pay-per-view events from Ultimate Fighting Championship(R), an organization that brings together the world's most talented mixed martial artists from disciplines like karate, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, wrestling, judo, and others in a quest to become a UFC(R) champion.

The first UFC live event on MTS TV Pay-Per-View will be UFC 83: Serra vs. St-Pierre 2 from Montreal, Quebec. UFC 83 is the first UFC event to be held in Canada with tickets selling out in 24 hours - the all-time record for the fastest sellout in UFC history.

Event details include:

Saturday, April 19, 2008, 9:00 p.m. CT

One year ago, Matt "The Terror" Serra shocked the world by defeating Georges "Rush" St-Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Championship. Now, after defeating Matt Hughes in December, St-Pierre enters the Octagon(TM) as the Interim Welterweight Champion to face the man who took his title - this time, in his home province of Quebec. Can Serra beat St-Pierre for a second time? The undisputed king of the 170 pound weight class will be determined at UFC 83.

Other match-ups at UFC 83: Serra vs. St-Pierre 2 are: Travis Lutter vs. Rich Franklin; Nate Quarry vs. Kalib Starnes; Charles McCarthy vs. Michael Bisping; Mark Bocek vs. Mac Danzig; Joe Doerksen vs. Jason MacDonald; Jason Day vs. Alan Belcher; Ed Herman vs. Demian Maia; Rich Clementi vs. Sam Stout; Brad Morris vs. Cain Velasquez; and Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. Jonathan Goulet.

"We are excited to bring UFC events to MTS TV customers," said Stan Kurtas, Vice-President Marketing, Consumer Markets division, MTS Allstream. "With the increased popularity of UFC, MTS TV customers now have the opportunity to see all of the best mixed martial arts action."

UFC 83: Serra vs. St-Pierre 2 is $44.95 plus taxes. MTS TV customers have access to pay-per-view events. By pressing the "PPV" button on their MTS TV remote control, customers can order an event or see the schedule of upcoming live or replayed events.

MTS TV Pay-Per-View also provides live events from WWE(R), HBO(R), TNA Wrestling, and Oilers and Flames hockey. For more information on MTS TV Pay-Per-View, visit www.mts.ca/ppv or call (204) 941-4545.

About MTS Allstream

MTS Allstream Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., and is one of Canada's leading national communication solutions providers, delivering innovative products and services through the Enterprise Solutions and Consumer Markets divisions. The Enterprise Solutions division, which operates under the Allstream brand nationally and under the MTS Allstream brand in Manitoba, is a leading competitor in the national business and wholesale markets. This division offers customers a portfolio of solutions tailored to the needs of medium and large businesses looking for success in a world of rapidly evolving technology - IP connectivity, unified communications, IT consulting and security services, and voice and data connectivity services. The Consumer Markets division leads every telecommunications market segment in Manitoba, delivering a full suite of next generation wireless, high-speed Internet and data, digital television and wireline voice services under the MTS brand, as well as small business services in select markets across Canada under the Allstream brand, and security and alarm monitoring services through AAA Alarm Systems Ltd., an affiliate of MTS Allstream which also operates in other western provinces. MTS Allstream's extensive national broadband fibre optic network spans more than 24,300 kilometres, and provides international connections through strategic alliances and interconnection agreements with other international service providers. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). For more information, please visit: www.mtsallstream.com.

About The Ultimate Fighting Championship

The Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) is the world's leading professional mixed martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC(R) produces over twelve live pay-per-view events annually that are distributed residentially through North American cable and satellite providers and via the Internet worldwide on Yahoo! Sports, and commercially through Joe Hand Promotions. In addition to its North American distribution, UFC programming is distributed in over 100 countries and territories throughout the world. For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit www.ufc.com or uk.ufc.com or www.ufcespanol.com. Ultimate Fighting Championship(R), Ultimate Fighting(R), UFC(R), The Ultimate Fighter(R), Submission(R), As Real As It Gets(R), Zuffa(TM), The Octagon(TM) and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa,
LLC or other respective owners.

For further information: Media: Jill Gibson, Corporate Communications Coordinator, (204) 958-3392, media.relations@mtsallstream.com; Jennifer Wenk, Director of Public Relations, (702) 221-4790, jwenk@ufc.com