Windstream Enters Into Agreement With Mitel for Managed UC Service Offerings

Windstream Enters Into Agreement With Mitel for Managed UC Service Offerings

Unified Communications as a Service Provides Fully Managed, Cloud-Based
Advanced UC Solutions in a Subscription-Based Service

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., June 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Windstream (Nasdaq:WIN),
a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced today during
the Mitel Business Partner Conference in Hollywood, Fla., that it has entered
into an agreement with Mitel to offer their leading edge MiVoice and MiCollab
solutions in a fully managed, cloud-based Unified Communications as a Service
(UcaaS) solution, powered by Mitel's MiCloud for Service Providers. By doing
so, businesses will have access to features and functionality from advanced
UC, mobile and desktop collaboration, to messaging and other applications –
available in a scalable, subscription-based service.

"Today's business environment is constantly evolving – and with that, so is
the way businesses communicate with their customers," said Tim Whelehan, vice
president of business development for Windstream."By offering industry
leading, cloud-based UC solutions such as Mitel's MiCloud for Service
Providers, we can provide the technology and expertise that helps these
businesses ease into this new environment – all without the upfront capital
costs of a traditional UC solution."

The Windstream UCaaS offering, currently in customer trials, bundles the Mitel
MiVoice and MiCollab solutions with Windstream's enterprise-class cloud
solutions powered by VMware in a way that can offer both geo-redundancy and
local survivability.General availability is targeted for fall 2013. The
solution also leverages Windstream's award-winning SIP and data solutions in
order to provide a full, turn-key solution for businesses both large and
small.By doing so, customers can more easily implement unified communications
and include services such as analog or VoIP lines, unified messaging, desktop
video, and a variety of other mobility solutions.

"Mitel's unique single stream of software provides the ease of use and
flexibility that service providers like Windstream need to provide powerful
solutions to their customers for premise, cloud or hybrid deployments," said
Joe Vitalone, Mitel's executive vice president for the Americas. "Windstream
is a leading service provider in the U.S. and with this new cloud offering,
their business customers will have even greater choice and opportunity to
select the services best suited to their needs."

As with many of Windstream's managed services offerings, this collaborative
product will provide customers with 24x7 remote and onsite monitoring and
support – all of which operate within its nationwide network of
enterprise-class data centers.

For more information on Windstream's managed services, visit
www.windstreambusiness.com. 

About Windstream

Windstream Corp. (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.

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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.

CONTACT: Windstream Contact:
         Tanja Jameson
         501-748-7236
         tanja.jameson@windstream.com

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