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Windstream Achieves Platinum Level Designation As Polycom Choice Partner

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Dec. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Windstream (Nasdaq:WIN), a leading provider of advanced communications, today announced it has been named a Platinum Level Polycom Choice Partner by Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq:PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C). Organizations seeking to invest and implement world-class UC&C solutions can now turn to Windstream for highly customized solutions that address their unique needs.

"It's an honor to achieve Platinum Level — the highest designation in the award-winning Choice Partner program," said Matt Preschern, Windstream's senior vice president and enterprise chief marketing officer. "Windstream is committed to providing 'smart solutions, personalized service' to our customers and delivering the highest innovative industry standards with each uniquely designed, customer-specific Unified Communications solution. With Polycom providing the handset for our industry-leading Virtual PBX solution, we're able to offer an even broader range of affordable, easy-to-use, best-in-class IP telephony systems to our customers."

Polycom's award-winning Choice Partner Program emphasizes skills development, specialization, and other value added activities. The Platinum Level designation indicates that Windstream has invested and enhanced its technical expertise and go-to-market offerings. In accordance with the program's exacting standards, Windstream has acquired the knowledge to assess, develop, install and offer ongoing support to a variety of customer environments across industries.

"The Polycom Choice Partner Program gives customers the confidence that by choosing Windstream and Polycom, they're working with a world-class team to address their business needs, which is important, given today's increasingly competitive marketplace," said Shawn Puddester, vice president, North America Sales, Global Cloud & Service Provider Solutions.

Polycom Choice Partners are part of the Polycom Partner Network, a diverse group of organizations that embraces and extends Polycom's open, standards-based video collaboration solutions and together deliver the most complete UC&C solutions available to more than 415,000 Polycom customers. Through the Polycom Partner Network, technology providers, ISVs, solution advisors, integrators, service providers, and other valued partners can easily address the multi-faceted needs of today's organizations that are using face-to-face video collaboration to improve productivity, engagement, time-to-market, business continuity, as well as for unique applications across various vertical industries

Windstream offers a full suite of advanced network communications and technology solutions, including voice and data services such as VoIP, SIP trunking, MPLS, and dedicated high-speed Internet. Windstream also offers Unified Communications, managed services, cloud computing, disaster recovery, and networking services designed to help businesses increase productivity and improve operational costs. For more information, visit www.windstreambusiness.com .

About Windstream

Windstream (Nasdaq:WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas. For more information, visit www.windstream.com .
CONTACT: Windstream Contact:
         Tanja Jameson
         501.748.7236
         tanja.jameson@windstream.com

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