TDS® Achieves Prestigious Polycom® Choice Partner—Platinum Status for the Fourth Year in a Row

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TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®), an industry leader in providing VoIP services for businesses, announced it has been named a Platinum Level Choice Partner by Polycom, Inc.

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We celebrate this achievement with our customers, because it attests to the partnership we’ve established with them.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®), an industry leader in providing VoIP services for businesses, announced it has been named a Platinum Level Choice Partner by Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration. For the fourth year in a row, TDS joins this select group of Polycom hosted Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers in achieving Platinum Status. The status, which less than five percent of service providers achieve, is based on level of expertise, experience and performance.

The most prestigious in the Polycom Choice Partner program, the platinum status, is only awarded to those partners who demonstrate the ability to deploy Polycom solutions at the highest standards. Partners must demonstrate best-of-class service and solutions to qualify. As a Polycom Choice Partner, customers can be confident that, in alliance with Polycom, TDS has the expertise to handle all their project needs, from concept to installation through ongoing support and management.

“We celebrate this achievement with our customers, because it attests to the partnership we’ve established with them,” said Tom Canfield, vice president of Commercial Marketing at TDS. “Our employees work closely with each and every customer to gain a clear understanding of their industry so we can help them maximize the power of hosted VoIP technology.”

TDS, the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S., has nearly 1 million customer connections in service and 2,500 employees. TDS offers businesses the latest communication solutions, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted), dedicated high-speed Internet, and hosted-managed services.

“TDS has achieved a track record of success. TDS’ consultative approach and significant investments to extend and enhance their technical expertise is impressive and increasingly required to meet rapidly evolving market demand,” said Shawn Puddester, VP NA Sales, Global Cloud & Service Provider Solutions.

Polycom’s Choice Partner Program is the winner of CRN Magazine’s 5-Star Partner Program Award. The program emphasizes skills development and specialization. It provides the tools for partners to demonstrate excellence in delivering communication solutions and an outstanding customer experience. Polycom’s Choice Partner Program is part of the Polycom Partner Network, an extensive ecosystem representing nearly 7,000 channel and alliance partners that embrace and extend Polycom’s open standards-based video collaboration solutions. Together, Polycom and its partners deliver the most complete video collaboration solutions available to more than 415,000 Polycom customers.

Get more details about TDS and its Hosted VoIP solution, including what customers are saying about it, at http://www.tdsvoip.com.

About Polycom
Polycom is the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business, mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000 partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit http://www.polycom.com or connect on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn how the company is pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward.

About TDS Telecommunications Corp.
TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. For 44 years, the company has been connecting people with high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in over a hundred rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. Today, TDS has nearly 1 million customer connections in service and 2,500 employees. Business customers select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted) phone service, dedicated high-speed Internet and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com for more information.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the operations of TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS) which consists of OneNeck® IT Services Corp., Vital Support Systems, and VISI Inc. The business unit is growing rapidly; now employing more than 500 people throughout the U.S. TDS HMS companies specialize in engineering and management of IT infrastructure, including: hosted application management, managed hosting, and ReliaCloud™ enterprise cloud services. TDS HMS owns and operates Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minn., and Wis. Visit oneneck.com, vitalsite.com, visi.com, and reliacloud.com for more information.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless; broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million customers nationwide through its business units, TDS Telecommunications Corp., U.S. Cellular®, and TDS Hosted & Managed Services. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs 10,700 people. For investment information, visit teldta.com.

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