Introducing Allstream Hosted Collaboration Solution, Delivering Voice, Video and Collaboration Cost-Effectively in the Cloud

Introducing Allstream Hosted Collaboration Solution, Delivering Voice, Video 
and Collaboration Cost-Effectively in the Cloud 
Allstream Is the First Service Provider in Canada to Offer Cisco
Unified Communications as a Service Over a National MPLS Network 
TORONTO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/02/13 --  Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) --
Allstream, Canada's all-business communications provider, today
announced the introduction of Allstream Hosted Collaboration Solution
(HCS), a hosted and fully managed unified communications and
collaboration solution. Allstream HCS brings the Cisco(R) Unified
Communications and Collaboration suite of applications to Canadian
businesses through a new, cost-effective, cloud-based delivery model.
All services will be hosted locally and delivered to customers over
Allstream's world-class, SIP enabled, fibre IP network designed to
help ensure a high level of security and reliability. 
The new offering allows Allstream customers to operate Unified
Communications as a Service (UCaaS) including integrated voice,
video, presence and mobility applications for compatible desktop and
mobile devices. Allstream is offering HCS on a per month/per user
pricing model. Since HCS is deployed through the cloud, it does not
come with the associated capital costs, waiting time and additional
equipment needed to meet the redundancy requirements associated with
on-premise solutions. 
"Businesses are looking for ways to improve and simplify their
communications and allow their people to collaborate easily and with
a high degree of mobility," said Dean Prevost, President, Allstream.
"Allstream Hosted Collaboration Solution is backed by the security
and reliability of our national 30,000 kilometre IP fibre network
and, being a cloud-based service, offers the benefit of being an
operating vs. capital expense, allowing customers simpler budgeting
and greater flexibility in their IT services." 
Allstream HCS also delivers reliability, redundancy and business
continuity services through Allstream's robust and resilient network
architecture. Customers will also benefit from the Allstream Service
Guarantee -- five tangible customer service commitments to ensure
customers get the service they need, when they need it. 
"Allstream is the first service pro
vider in Canada to bring to market
a Cisco Powered collaboration solution over a national MPLS and SIP
network," said Nitin Kawale, President, Cisco Canada. "Allstream is
leading the cloud market transition to deliver customers the most
up-to-date collaboration services available, quickly and
Rather than a "one size fits all" approach to unified communications,
Allstream's HCS provides customers with the flexibility to choose
collaboration and communication tools such as voicemail, instant
messaging, video and web meetings based on each user's role in the
organization. These virtualized, customized services come with a
consistent user experience across multiple devices and can be scaled
up or down to meet the evolving business needs. 
Allstream is a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, a Cisco Cloud and
Managed Service Partner (CMSP) and carries a Cisco Powered service
About Allstream
 Allstream is a Canadian leader in IP communications
and the only national communications provider that works exclusively
with business customers of all sizes. With nearly 600,000 customer
connections, Allstream's momentum is fuelled by the knowledge, skills
and entrepreneurial spirit of its 2,500 employees across the country
who collaborate with customers to determine their unique
communications solutions needs. Supported by its more than
30,000-kilometre nationwide high-performance fibre-optic network,
Allstream's broad portfolio of business solutions are built from an
array of advanced communications technologies and services including
a wide range of innovative, highly-scalable IP-based solutions to
help organizations communicate more efficiently and profitably.
Allstream takes pride in its commitment to delivering an exceptional
customer experience, and has long been recognized by its technology
partners for the contributions made to their businesses. Allstream is
wholly-owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., which is listed on
the TSX (trading symbol: MBT). For information on Allstream's
products and solutions, please visit 
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