Portage Township Schools to Use $420,000 in Government E-Rate Funding to
Deploy Mitel Cloud Solution
New System to Boost Educational Services for 8,000 Students in Indiana School
HOLLYWOOD, Fla., June 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mitel Business Partner
Conference – Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a leading provider of cloud and
premises based unified communications (UC) software solutions, announced a
cloud contract with Indiana's Portage Township Schools (PTS) to support the
delivery of education services to more than 8,000 students across the
district. With this deployment PTS is able to take advantage of federal
government E-Rate funding, which is designed to help schools deploy advanced
communications solutions and Internet access.
"At PTS, we truly believe that each child is unique, and that it is our
responsibility to provide the best education possible in an environment that
is challenging and employs the most stimulating technology to support
learning," said Dr. Frataccia, superintendent of PTS. "This is why we are so
pleased to introduce this new technology into our education environment.
Faculty, staff and students will all benefit from having advanced
collaborative instruction tools and high-speed access to additional learning
materials accessed through the cloud."
Mitel Business Partner Gibson Teldata will utilize a MiCloud hosted UC
solution to replace PTS' legacy Avaya/Lucent system.The new solution consists
of more than 1,000 MiVoice phones that will be deployed across 17
locations.PTS is also deploying MiVoice Video, an all-in-one multimedia
collaboration tool that provides multi-party audio and video conferencing,
in-room presentation display, and remote collaboration.
"In today's economic climate when schools are asked to do more with less, this
Mitel Cloud solution provides a flexible and cost-effective option for school
districts to advance their services and offer an enhanced learning environment
for their students," said Scott Egan, director of Business Development, Gibson
Teldata. "This solution eliminates the need for constant and costly
infrastructure repairs and upgrades of the legacy system, and at the same time
qualifies for significant government funding that saves even more for PTS."
With an installed base of more than 260,000 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, such as Sprint, to deliver their own
cloud offerings and enable end users todeploy Mitel Cloud Solutions in their
own private cloud. In the United States, Mitel also offers its own public
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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