REGINA, SK, April 30 /PRNewswire/ - Software from SaskTel International will soon be operating in several more locations across the United States. SaskTel International has signed a $2.3 million (Cdn) contract to sell its MARTENS(R) and MAGIC (Modular Application Gateway Interface Connector) software products and services to TDS Telecommunications Corporation (TDS Telecom). This agreement marks the single largest sale of software for SaskTel International. "This sale to TDS Telecom is the latest in a long line of sales and is further testament to the success SaskTel International has enjoyed with its software products and services," said Don Ching, SaskTel President and Chief Executive Officer. "Since 1986 SaskTel International has generated revenues of $464 million and total profits of $115 million, with the software division accounting for more than $62 million in revenues and over $20 million in profits during that time. All three areas of SaskTel International's business - software development and sales, project consulting and investments - have enjoyed great success and have enabled the company to post a profit for 11 consecutive years." SASKTEL INTERNATIONAL SOFTWARE TO BE DEPLOYED ACROSS UNITED STATES TDS plans on rolling out the MARTENS and MAGIC software to its operations across the United States following a successful pilot project at its Port Byron, New York exchange in February 2003. TDS Telecom is a growing national company providing high quality telecommunications services to more than 900 rural and suburban communities. The company has grown from 10 telephone companies in Wisconsin to 111 companies in 28 states and currently ranks near the top one per cent of all telephone companies in the United States according to size. "SaskTel International's software products provide many benefits for our organization, including the ability to consolidate numerous systems and processes into one solution," said Jerry Masters, President of TDS Telecom's ILEC operations. "In today's business environment operational efficiencies are paramount to long-term success and we believe this solution will strongly benefit TDS as we continue to grow." FULLY INTEGRATED OPERATIONAL SUPPORT SOFTWARE MARTENS Suite is a fully integrated software solution that contains all the information a telephone company requires to provide service to a customer, including addresses, cable and wire connections and connection points, features, options and telephone numbers. Using MARTENS, a customer service representative can take a request and assign all the necessary elements with a single keystroke. In many instances, the system will activate the switch and provide instant service. MARTENS also maintains the customer record to easily allow for future changes and repair services. This information can be easily integrated into other computer applications, including a company's billing system. MARTENS not only provisions traditional telephone services, it is continually advancing in step with technology and can now provision high speed internet (DSL) services. MARTENS and its related software products were developed in Saskatchewan to help SaskTel better serve its customers at home. The success of this home- grown technology has led to the opportunity to market these products and services to telecommunications providers in other markets. Today, SaskTel International's Operational Support Software is being used by many major service providers in North America. For more information on MARTENS, please visit SaskTel International's web site at www.sasktel-international.com. ABOUT SASKTEL INTERNATIONAL SaskTel International provides engineering consulting, project management, and software solutions around the world. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of SaskTel, the leading full service communications company in Saskatchewan, offering complete wireline, wireless, Internet and e-business solutions over a state-of-the-art, digital network. The web site for SaskTel is www.sasktel.com. ABOUT TDS TELECOM Headquartered in Madison, Wis., TDS Telecom, along with its subsidiaries TDS Metrocom and USLink, services 900,000 access line equivalents. TDS Telecom can be accessed through the Internet at www.tdstelecom.com. TDS Telecom is part of the Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (AMEX: TDS) family of companies. TDS is a diversified telecommunications corporation founded in 1969. Through its strategic business units, U.S. Cellular (AMEX: USM) and TDS Telecom, TDS operates primarily by providing wireless and local telephone service. The company currently employs approximately 10,300 people and serves 4.8 million customers in 35 states.