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Mitel Receives Canadian Government Approval for Merger With Aastra



Mitel Receives Canadian Government Approval for Merger With Aastra

OTTAWA, Dec. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mitel Networks Corporation
(Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a leading provider of cloud and premises-based
unified communications software solutions, and Aastra Technologies Limited
(TSX:AAH), a leader in enterprise communications, are pleased to announce
that, in accordance with the Investment Canada Act, the Minister of Industry
has approved the proposed merger of the companies which was announced on
November 11, 2013. The Minister's approval is a key requirement for the
transaction and represents a significant milestone toward finalizing the
merger.

Aastra logo

"We are delighted with the positive response from the Canadian government to
our proposed merger with Aastra," said Richard McBee, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Mitel. "Both Mitel and Aastra have deep and lasting
Canadian roots, and we look forward to continuing to leverage our rich
Canadian heritage and talent base as we look to build a new and more global
and competitive future for both organizations."

The combined company will be headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. The transaction
is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2014 subject to the approval
of Aastra shareholders at the Aastra shareholder meeting scheduled for January
9, 2014 and other regulatory approvals and conditions specified in the
Arrangement Agreement between Aastra and Mitel dated November 10, 2013.

About Mitel

Mitel® (NasdaqMITL) (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.

About Aastra Technologies Limited

Aastra Technologies Limited (TSX:AAH) is a global company at the forefront of
the Enterprise Communication market. Headquartered in Concord, Ontario,
Canada, Aastra develops and delivers innovative and integrated solutions that
address the communication needs of businesses small and large around the
world. Aastra enables Enterprises to communicate and collaborate more
efficiently and effectively by offering customers a full range of open
standard IP-based and traditional communications solutions, including
terminals, systems, and applications. For additional information on Aastra
visit http://www.aastra.com

Forward Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking statements
(or forward-looking information) within the meaning of applicable U.S. and
Canadian securities laws. These include statements using the words target,
outlook, may, will, should, could, estimate, continue, expect, intend, plan,
predict, potential, project and anticipate, and similar statements which do
not describe the present or provide information about the past. There is no
guarantee that the expected events or expected results will actually occur.
Such statements reflect the current views of management of Mitel and Aastra
and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. These statements are
based on many assumptions and factors, including general economic and market
conditions, industry conditions, corporate approvals, regulatory approvals,
operational factors and other factors. Any changes in such assumptions or
factors could cause actual results to differ materially from current
expectations. All forward-looking statements attributable to Mitel and Aastra,
or persons acting on their behalf, are expressly qualified in their entirety
by the cautionary statements set forth in this paragraph. Undue reliance
should not be placed on such statements. Forward-looking statements speak only
as of the date they are made. In addition, material risks that could cause
results of operations to differ include the merged company's ability to
achieve or sustain profitability in the future; fluctuations in the quarterly
and annual revenues and operating results; fluctuations in foreign exchange
rates; current and ongoing global economic instability; intense competition;
reliance on channel partners for a significant component of sales; dependence
upon a small number of outside contract manufacturers to manufacture products;
the ability to successfully integrate the acquisition and realize certain
synergies; and, our ability to implement and achieve our business strategies
successfully. Additional risks are described under the heading "Risk Factors"
in Mitel's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Aastra's Annual Information Form.
Except as required by law, we do not have any intention or obligation to
update or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any of the
forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, future events or
developments, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting the
forward-looking statements. You are advised, however, to consult any further
public disclosures made by Mitel and Aastra on related subjects in reports and
communications filed on Electronic Data-Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval
(EDGAR) or System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR).

Mitel and the Mitel logo are registered trademarks of Mitel Networks
Corporation.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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CONTACT: Mitel:
         Amy MacLeod (media),
         613-592-2122 x71245, amy_macleod@mitel.com
         Malcolm Brown (industry analysts),
         613-592-2122 x71246, malcolm_brown@mitel.com
         Michael McCarthy (investor relations),
         469-574-8134, michael_mccarthy@mitel.com
        
         Aastra:
         Allan Brett, CFO,
         905-760-4160, abrett@aastra.com
         John Tobia, General Counsel,
         905-760-4240, jtobia@aastra.com

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