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Mitel IT Survey Shows Removing Legal Barriers Would Stimulate Cloud Investment in Europe



Mitel IT Survey Shows Removing Legal Barriers Would Stimulate Cloud Investment
in Europe

More Than Half of European IT Managers Surveyed Confident They Will Benefit
From Cloud Growth

UTRECHT, Netherlands, April 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cloud investment
would increase significantly if legal barriers were removed, say more than
half of the 650 IT managers who responded to a survey commissioned by Mitel®
(Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a leading provider of cloud and premises based
unified communications software solutions. Reliability, privacy and safety –
all factors highly impacted by legislation – are the most frequently raised
objections to investing more in the cloud.

The report echoes similar comments made by Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the
European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, who during a press
conference on cloud computing strategy stated that if legal barriers were
removed, virtually every company would increase or start investment in the
cloud, opening the door to significant economic and job creation benefits
across Europe.

Mitel surveyed more than 650 IT managers who attended VMworld 2012 in
Barcelona. More than half - 57% - agree with the statement that easing legal
barriers would stimulate investment. The numbers are particularly high in the
Netherlands (70%), UK (67%), Italy (66%) and Belgium & Luxembourg (56%), while
respondents from Germany and Scandinavia think legislation has less impact on
investment decisions.

Gijs Borsboom, Sales Director Northern Europe at Mitel: "It is great to know
that so many respondents see cloud-based communications as the future and that
they expect to see clear benefits from this. Given that the technology is
reasonably new and at the start of the product life cycle, we were interested
in learning from IT managers which factors are preventing them from moving
their communications into the Cloud. The results show that taking away or
easing legal barriers around such factors as reliability, privacy and safety
could stimulate investment significantly."

With an installed base of more than 280,000 cloud users, Mitel's unique
three-pronged cloud strategy delivers comprehensive and uniform support for
public, private and hybrid cloud models. Through a single software stream,
Mitel is able to equip service providers to deliver their own cloud offerings
and enable end-users, like the Dutch government, to deploy Mitel Cloud
Solutions in their own private cloud. In the United States, Mitel also offers
its own public cloud offering under the brand Mitel AnyWare.

Download a full copy of the survey.

About Mitel

Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) is a global provider of unified communications
and collaboration (UCC) software, solutions and services that enable
organizations to conduct business anywhere, over any medium with the device of
their choice. Through a single cloud-ready software stream, Mitel's Freedom
architecture provides customers in over 100 countries the flexibility and
simplicity needed to support today's dynamic work environment. For more
information visit www.mitel.com.

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CONTACT: Mitel Europe
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         Mitel North America
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         amy_macleod@mitel.com
        
         Malcolm Brown (industry analysts)
         613-592-2122 x71246
         malcolm_brown@mitel.com
        
         Alice Kousoum/Cynthia Hiponia (investor relations)
         613-592-2122 x71997
         investorrelations@mitel.com

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