Manitoba Expands DSL Coverage with Paradyne's Broadband Access Platform

2/26/2004 - Even more households in rural Manitoba will soon be connected to the broadband world, thanks to an aggressive network infrastructure build-out recently announced by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS), Canada's fourth largest telephone company. Paradyne®'s (NASDAQ: PDYN) broadband access platform will expand the reach of MTS's DSL service to residents in rural areas who have been unable to experience high-speed Internet connections, until now.

MTS turned to Paradyne, a leading provider of broadband voice, data and video network access solutions, to assist in rolling out DSL high-speed Internet service to even more rural Manitoba communities than the 70 currently on the MTS network. Paradyne's technology provided a cost effective solution to deliver high-speed Internet, and offered the option for future growth via new applications and increasing the number of users.

"DSL has changed the way people view the telephone company," said Kelvin Shepherd, vice president of network services and chief technology officer of MTS Communications Inc, MTS's largest subsidiary. "With Paradyne's DSL platform, we're able to extend the reach of our broadband offering to more Manitoba communities than ever before. Paradyne worked with us to define both a technically feasible and economically beneficial plan that hits the mark, allowing us to address new markets with a cost-effective rollout of ADSL service."

MTS will immediately begin deploying standards-based DSL using Paradyne's recently introduced GranDSLAM® 4200IP, a compact piece of equipment used within the telephone company's network infrastructure to deliver broadband connections over regular phone lines. The GranDSLAM 4200IP complements Paradyne's extensive DSL infrastructure product line that has been in use by network service providers since 1996.

"MTS is at the forefront of effectively implementing voice, high-speed data, and video entertainment services over their existing network," said William Cobb, vice president of product management at Paradyne. "Consumers are rapidly adopting new, bandwidth-intense applications and MTS is meeting that need and expanding their coverage."

About MTS
MTS is Manitoba's preeminent, full-service telecommunications company. Seamlessly blending innovative solutions and world-class technology, MTS connects its customers to the world. Qunara Inc., MTS's eCommerce, eBusiness and Internet Data Centre subsidiary, provides business solutions across North America. MTS's common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). Its Web site is located at

About Paradyne
Paradyne's broadband access equipment enables service providers to profitably deliver voice, data and video services and smoothly migrate to packet-based networks. These solutions include an extensive portfolio of broadband access concentrators, media gateways, and customer premises equipment. Services offered to business and residential customers worldwide using Paradyne's equipment include Voice over IP, high-speed Internet, Wide Area Networking featuring Service Level Management, IP switched video, and traditional T1/E1 data. More information may be obtained by visiting or by calling +1-727-530-8623.

BitStorm, iMarc, JetVision and ReachDSL are trademarks of Paradyne Corporation. EtherLoop, GranDSLAM, Hotwire, Jetstream, Paradyne, and the Paradyne logo are registered trademarks of Paradyne Corporation.

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