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CenturyLink to Acquire Savvis for $40 Per Share

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and Savvis, Inc. (Nasdaq: SVVS) today announced that their boards of directors have approved a definitive agreement under which CenturyLink will acquire all outstanding shares of Savvis common stock in a cash and stock merger valued at $40 per share, or a total of approximately $2.5 billion, plus net debt of approximately $0.7 billion which will be assumed or refinanced at close.

Under the terms of the transaction, Savvis stockholders will receive $30 per share in cash and $10 in shares of CenturyLink common stock, subject to adjustment as described below. The consideration represents an 11% premium over Savvis’ closing stock price as of the close of trading on April 26, 2011 and a premium of 53% compared to Savvis’ stock price at the beginning of the year.

With the addition of Savvis, CenturyLink will achieve global scale as a managed hosting and colocation provider and will accelerate its ability to deliver quality managed hosting and cloud capabilities to its business customers. The combination of CenturyLink’s hosting and network assets with Savvis’ proven solutions in colocation, managed hosting and cloud services substantially enhances CenturyLink’s capabilities and provides the company with a solid platform for future growth.

“The transaction creates a premier managed hosting and colocation provider with global scale in a high growth sector, and is expected to be accretive to revenue growth and cash flow per share,” said Glen F. Post, III, CenturyLink chief executive officer and president. “Today, businesses are shifting the way they manage their information technology services and infrastructure, and this transaction helps us meet these needs by offering Savvis’ leading products and services coupled with CenturyLink’s network. We look forward to working with the Savvis team to leverage CenturyLink’s significant scale and scope to fully realize the potential of Savvis’ capabilities for our combined customers, while also enhancing value for our shareholders and providing opportunities for our employees.”

“As migration to cloud-based services continues to accelerate rapidly, a strategic combination was a natural choice to create significant scale and become part of a large global network for the benefit of our customers, stockholders and employees,” said James E. Ousley, chairman and chief executive officer of Savvis. “We believe that combining our proven capabilities in cloud infrastructure and managed hosting with CenturyLink’s hosting assets and large base of business customers will create powerful opportunities to accelerate growth. We also look forward to making the full resources of a much larger network infrastructure available to our customers.”

Together, CenturyLink and Savvis will operate 48 data centers located in North America, Europe, and Asia with more than 1.9 million square feet of gross floor space; a robust, national 207,000 route mile fiber network; a 190,000 mile global access network; and have a customer list that includes a majority of the Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies.

The acquisition of Savvis is expected to improve CenturyLink’s revenue, EBITDA and free cash flow growth profile. CenturyLink expects to realize approximately $70 million in full run-rate annual operating cost and capital expenditure synergies. The transaction is expected to be accretive to CenturyLink’s free cash flow per share, excluding integration costs, in the first full year following the close.

CenturyLink anticipates integrating its hosting business and Savvis’ managed hosting and cloud services into a single CenturyLink business unit. This integrated hosting business will be based in St. Louis and led primarily by key members of the Savvis leadership team, including Savvis CEO James Ousley, who will head the unit. Following the closing of the transaction, CenturyLink will employ approximately 50,000 people based on the total number of CenturyLink and Savvis employees as of April 26, 2011.

Transaction Details

Under the terms of the merger, Savvis shareholders will receive in exchange for each Savvis share $30 in cash and $10 in CenturyLink shares, subject to adjustment as described below. The number of CenturyLink shares issued will be based upon the volume-weighted average price of CenturyLink stock during the thirty trading day period ending three trading days prior to the closing, provided that if this average price is less than or equal to $34.42, each Savvis share will receive $30 in cash and 0.2905 of a CenturyLink share. The transaction is subject to the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, along with other customary closing conditions, including review by the Federal Communications Commission and international regulators. The transaction also is subject to the approval of Savvis stockholders. CenturyLink has entered into an agreement with Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe VIII, L.P. and certain related parties who collectively own approximately 23 percent of Savvis’ outstanding stock to vote their shares in favor of the transaction. The transaction will be taxable to Savvis shareholders for federal income tax purposes. The companies anticipate closing the transaction in the second half of 2011. CenturyLink has received a commitment letter from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays Bank PLC for bridge debt facilities aggregating up to $2 billion to fund a portion of the acquisition and refinancing of Savvis’ current debt.

Advisors

Barclays Capital and BofA Merrill Lynch acted as financial advisors and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre L.L.P. acted as legal advisors to CenturyLink. Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated acted as financial advisor and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation acted as legal advisor to Savvis.

Teleconference and Webcast

CenturyLink and Savvis will host a conference call with the financial community today, April 27, 2011, at 8:30a.m. EDT / 7:30a.m. CDT to discuss this morning’s announcement. The conference call will be webcast live over CenturyLink’s website at www.centurylink.com and over Savvis’ website at www.savvis.com. Interested parties also can join the call by dialing (866) 847-7860 (international: (703) 639-1427) 15 minutes prior to the start of the call.

EARTHLINK TO ACQUIRE ONE COMMUNICATIONS

EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) today announced a definitive merger agreement under which EarthLink will acquire One Communications Corp. (One Comm) for $370 million, which includes payment of approximately $285 million of One Comm net debt. One Comm stockholders have the right to elect to receive the net merger consideration in the form of cash or EarthLink common stock. The transaction purchase price represents a multiple of approximately 3.7x Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure, see definition in “Non-GAAP Information for One Communications Corp.” below) for the twelve months ended September 30, 2010, including $20 million in expected cost synergies and excluding one-time transaction costs. One Comm’s shareholders will retain liability for all costs relating to One Comm’s pending litigation with Verizon New York Inc. The merger has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies and the stockholders of One Comm.

The acquisition will provide EarthLink with:

  • a strong IP network footprint in the Northeast, Midwest, and Mid Atlantic regions;
  • overlapping connection cities with EarthLink Business (formerly Deltacom) long-haul routes in major markets including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City;
  • geographical expansion and scale for managed IP services product strategy supported by a talented One Comm employee base; and
  • a solid foundation for potential future acquisitions of revenue bases in the region.

One Comm, with corporate headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts, and operational headquarters in Rochester, New York, is one of the largest privately held, multi-regional integrated telecommunications solutions providers in the United States. With approximately 1,500 employees, One Comm serves approximately 113,000 small and mid-sized business customers in 17 states across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Upper Midwest, including the major metropolitan markets of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and the District of Columbia. One Comm’s products include a wide range of data, voice (both traditional and VoIP) and integrated voice/data solutions that scale with bandwidths ranging from T1s to fiber-based speeds. One Comm’s network consists of 629 collocations, connected by more than 11,700 route miles of fiber.

EarthLink plans to integrate One Comm into its newly established EarthLink Business division, which currently consists of products and capabilities of its former New Edge Network, Deltacom and EarthLink Business Solutions divisions. After the closing of this transaction, EarthLink Business will operate a nationwide IP network with underlying fiber assets in 30 of the top 50 MSAs in the country. The combined fiber network will span approximately 28,000 route miles across 27 states, with 923 collocations, 55 IP and circuit-based switches and 68 metro fiber rings. With the addition of One Comm, EarthLink will have nearly 3,500 employees nationwide.

“The acquisition of One Communications is a significant development in further transforming EarthLink into one of the largest IP services companies in the U.S. We will now have a fiber-based IP network that covers a substantial portion of the key business markets across the eastern half of the United States, as well as substantial revenue and EBITDA scale in our strategic line of business,” said EarthLink Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rolla P. Huff. “We fully recognize the declining trend line of One Comm’s revenue and EBITDA as the company has struggled to deal with the uncertainty of their debt covenants and pending litigation. We have taken the opportunity to acquire their network assets and customer base at an attractive valuation multiple. We are confident that EarthLink’s nationwide IP service offering, substantial free cash flow, strong balance sheet, and strong track record of customer service and operating excellence will add meaningful stability to the financial and operating performance of the company.”

“As part of our evolution, our management team and Board of Directors have carefully evaluated our capital structure alternatives for our transformed business. Given the substantial opportunities we believe exist for continued value creation by investing in our strategic line of business, the Board of Directors has decided to adjust the EarthLink quarterly dividend rate to $0.05 per share. We are pleased that EarthLink will be uniquely positioned in this industry to offer its shareholders a dividend yield,” added Huff.

EarthLink ended the third quarter of 2010 with $572 million in cash and marketable securities pro forma the recent closing of its $527 million acquisition of ITC^DeltaCom. EarthLink’s share repurchase program has approximately $146 million available under the current authorization.

Pro Forma Financials

On a pro forma basis, for the 12-month period ended September 30, 2010, EarthLink and Deltacom together with One Comm would have generated approximately $1.64 billion in revenue, $1.15 billion of which is from its combined business services segments. During this period, One Comm generated $79 million in Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure, see definition in “Non-GAAP Information for One Communications Corp.” below). EarthLink expects to achieve annual cost synergies of approximately $20 million to be fully realized on a run rate basis by the end of the third year after closing.

All of One Comm’s outstanding indebtedness will be paid by the shareholders of One Comm from the cash proceeds of the merger.

Transaction Terms and Structure

The agreement provides for EarthLink’s acquisition of One Comm by means of a merger of a newly formed indirect subsidiary with and into One Comm, with One Comm surviving as an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of EarthLink. The agreement contains customary representations, warranties, covenants, closing conditions and escrow and indemnification protection.

The closing of the merger is subject to the satisfaction of several conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals from the Federal Communications Commission and certain state public utilities commissions and expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. Subject to the fulfillment of these conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2011.

Greenhill & Co. LLC acted as financial advisor to EarthLink and rendered a fairness opinion to the EarthLink Board of Directors in connection with the transaction. Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. also rendered a fairness opinion to the EarthLink Board. King & Spalding LLP was EarthLink’s M&A legal counsel. Blackstone Advisory Services L.P. acted as financial advisor to One Comm, and Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP was its legal counsel.

Conference Call

EarthLink will host a conference call to discuss the transaction today at 8:45 a.m. Eastern Time Those wishing to participate in the call should dial 800-706-0730 (U.S. and Canada) or 706-634-5173 (international) approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call and reference the “EarthLink Conference Call.”

A listen-only webcast will be available at http://ir.earthlink.net/index.cfm. A replay of the call will be available two hours after the call by dialing 800-642-1687 Passcode 33481648.

Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements for EarthLink, Inc.

This press release includes “forward-looking” statements (rather than historical facts) that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described. Although we believe that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot promise that our expectations will turn out to be correct. Our actual results could be materially different from and worse than our expectations. With respect to such forward-looking statements, we seek the protections afforded by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These risks include, without limitation, the successful completion of the pending acquisition of One Communications Corp., including the receipt of required regulatory approvals; the ability to realize expected synergies, cost savings and growth opportunities; the possibility that the anticipated benefits from the acquisition cannot be fully realized or may take longer or present greater cost to realize than expected; our ability to successfully integrate the operations of One Communications Corp. upon its acquisition without detracting from our current operations; our ability to execute our acquisition strategy; and other unforeseen difficulties that may occur. These risks and uncertainties also include (1) that the continued decline of our consumer access subscribers, combined with the change in mix of our consumer access subscriber base from narrowband to broadband, will adversely affect our results of operations; (2) that we will have less ability in the future to implement cost reductions to offset our revenue declines, which will adversely affect our results of operations; (3) that we face significant competition which could reduce our profitability; (4) that adverse economic conditions may harm our business; (5) that we may not be able to execute our business strategy for our Business Services segment, which could adversely impact our results of operations and cash flows; (6) that our commercial and alliance arrangements may not be renewed or may not generate expected benefits, which could adversely affect our results of operations; (7) that our business is dependent on the availability of third-party telecommunications service providers; (8) that we may be unable to retain sufficient qualified personnel, particularly in light of recent workforce and cost reduction initiatives and in a recovering economy, and the loss of any of our key executive officers could adversely affect us; (9) that we may be unsuccessful in making and integrating acquisitions into our business, which could result in operating difficulties, losses and other adverse consequences; (10) that if we do not continue to innovate and provide products and services that are useful to subscribers, we may not remain competitive, and our revenues and operating results could suffer; (11) that our business may suffer if third parties used for customer service and technical support and certain billing services are unable to provide these services or terminate their relationships with us; (12) that interruption or failure of our network and information systems and other technologies could impair our ability to provide our services, which could damage our reputation and harm our operating results; (13) that government regulations could adversely affect our business or force us to change our business practices; (14) that privacy concerns relating to our business could damage our reputation and deter current and potential users from using our services; (15) that we may not be able to protect our intellectual property; (16) that we may be accused of infringing upon the intellectual property rights of third parties, which is costly to defend and could limit our ability to use certain technologies in the future; (17) that if we are unable to successfully defend against legal actions we could face substantial liabilities; (18) that our business depends on effective business support systems, processes and personnel; (19) that as a result of our continuing review of our business, we may have to undertake further restructuring plans that would require additional charges, including incurring facility exit and restructuring charges; (20) that we may be required to recognize additional impairment charges on our goodwill and intangible assets, which would adversely affect our results of operations and financial position; (21) that we may have exposure to greater than anticipated tax liabilities and the use of our net operating losses and certain other tax attributes could be limited in the future; (22) that we may reduce, or cease payment of, quarterly dividends; (23) that our stock price may be volatile; (24) that our indebtedness could adversely affect our financial health and limit our ability to react to changes in our industry; (25) that provisions of our second restated certificate of incorporation, amended and restated bylaws and other elements of our capital structure could limit our share price and delay a change of management; (26) that we may be unsuccessful in integrating our acquisition of ITC^DeltaCom, which could result in operating difficulties, losses and other adverse consequences; and (27) that we are exposed to additional risks specific to ITC^DeltaCom’s business and industry, which could adversely affect our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. These risks and uncertainties, as well as other risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ significantly from management’s expectations, are not intended to represent a complete list of all risks and uncertainties inherent in our business, and should be read in conjunction with the more detailed cautionary statements and risk factors included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and our Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2010.

Audio Conferencing – “Tricks” with Billing ?

Many pick their audio conferencing providers based on the rate per minute they get quoted. But unfortunately that quoted rate isn’t always the real rate.

Several conferencing companies add additional fees and surcharges to the bill, some are legit others aren’t (or are at least questionable). Often times, these customers are led to believe that the additional taxes and fees are just being

PAETEC Acquire Cavalier

PAETEC Holding Corp. (NASDAQ GS: PAET) today announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Cavalier Telephone Corporation in an all-cash $460 million transaction. Cavalier is a privately held company whose majority owner is M/C Venture Partners, a private equity firm based in Boston. The acquisition will add nearly 17,000 fiber-route miles to PAETEC’s existing service footprint, allowing the company to offer an alternative for last-mile connectivity to customers and reduce overall expenses through improved cost-structures and network grooming. The transaction will further solidify PAETEC as one of the largest competitive local communication service providers in the United States as measured by revenue, adjusted EBITDA* and free cash flow* for the twelve months ended June 30, 2010.

Cavalier’s wholly owned subsidiary, Intellifiber Networks, is one of the largest network providers in the nation with a high capacity fiber network spanning nearly 17,000 route miles and representing over $2 billion of investment. The expansive 12,262 route mile intercity network spans the Midwest and Eastern U.S., as well as 4,689 route miles throughout several existing PAETEC metro areas, allowing for broad connectivity options for customers. Intellifiber offers scalable network solutions for service provider, enterprise, and government customers including private networks, low latency routing, SONET services, wavelengths, Ethernet, and data options.

The combined company would have generated approximately $1.950 billion in revenue and $381 million in adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months ended June 30, 2010 on a pro forma basis, including $30 million in expected run-rate synergies in year two and annually thereafter. After the closing of this transaction, PAETEC expects to have a local presence in 86 of the top 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and a presence in 1,178 collocations, or an increase in collocations of 95% as a result of the acquisition.

“This planned acquisition of Cavalier fits our strategic plan to add both fiber assets and regional density to better serve our customers and realize increased network synergies, both in the local loop and long haul,” said Arunas A. Chesonis, chairman and chief executive officer of PAETEC. “Cavalier’s fiber infrastructure, network assets and corporate culture make it a perfect match for PAETEC and dramatically strengthen the company in the Eastern United States.”

“This is a major milestone in the Cavalier story. Our future has never looked brighter,”said Danny Bottoms, president & CEO of Cavalier. “This transaction will soon enable us to take advantage of a combined network and resources that are unmatched in the industry, and build upon a common culture that is singularly focused on the customer.”

* Neither adjusted EBITDA nor free cash flow is a measurement of financial performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or “GAAP.” Adjusted EBITDA, as defined by PAETEC for the periods presented, represents net loss before depreciation and amortization, interest expense, benefit from income taxes, stock-based compensation, debt extinguishment and related costs, sales and use tax settlement, gain on non-monetary transaction, and other non-operating income. Free cash flow, as defined by PAETEC, consists of adjusted EBITDA less capital expenditures (purchases of property and equipment). See the accompanying tables for a quantitative reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net loss, as net loss is calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Transaction Terms and Structure
Under the terms of the merger agreement, which was approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Cavalier will become an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of PAETEC Holding Corp. Subsequent to the entry of Cavalier and PAETEC into the merger agreement, Cavalier received written consents evidencing the requisite approval and adoption of the merger agreement by Cavalier security holders in accordance with applicable law. Neither the merger agreement nor the merger is subject to the approval of PAETEC’s stockholders.

The transaction is subject to the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino AntiTrust Improvements Act of 1976, approvals by the FCC and state public service commissions in the states where the combined company will operate, and other customary closing conditions. The companies expect that the transaction will close within four to six months.

Concurrent with the execution of the merger agreement, PAETEC entered into a financing commitment letter with Deutsche Bank AG Cayman Islands Branch, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Banc of America Bridge LLC, and Banc of America Securities LLC, pursuant to which these parties committed to provide $420 million in financing for this leverage neutral transaction. PAETEC’s ratio of net-debt to LTM adjusted EBITDA will continue at the relatively constant level of 3.4x. Cavalier’s outstanding net indebtedness of approximately $336 million will be repaid at closing.

“This transaction offers clear shareholder and customer benefits by increasing the scale of our business and creating a significant operating synergy opportunity without materially changing our capital structure,”said Keith Wilson, chief financial officer of PAETEC.

Company Leadership and Headquarters
After the closing, Arunas A. Chesonis will remain Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Keith Wilson as Chief Financial Officer of the combined company. Current Cavalier President and CEO, Danny Bottoms, plans to join PAETEC’s executive team. PAETEC will continue to be headquartered in Fairport, New York, and will maintain Cavalier’s operations in Richmond, Virginia along with PAETEC’s significant regional centers, including Charlotte, North Carolina and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Additional information about the transaction will be contained in PAETEC’s Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed with the SEC.

Advisors
Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and BofA Merrill Lynch are acting as financial advisors to PAETEC and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates is acting as M&A counsel to PAETEC and Hogan Lovells US LLP is acting as counsel on PAETEC’s anticipated financing . Evercore Partners is acting as financial advisors and Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP is acting as legal advisor for Cavalier.

Conference Call
PAETEC will host a conference call with the investment community today at 9:00 a.m. ET. PAETEC Chairman and CEO Arunas A. Chesonis and Chief Financial Officer Keith Wilson will be participating, along with Cavalier Telephone President and CEO Danny Bottoms.

Verizon Telejustice & Telehealth Collaboration

Courts grappling with jammed dockets and prisons struggling to handle inmate health care issues can now put the power of video collaboration to work, with a new, tailored set of technology solutions and professional consulting services from Verizon Business.

Through these new services, Verizon Business will help courts and prison health care systems assess collaboration readiness as well as design, implement and support a broad range of Web and audio conferencing services, and video capabilities from desktop Web cams to high-definition and immersive video. The conferencing services and video capabilities can help enable courts and prison health care systems to operate more efficiently and effectively.

The technology and consulting services

Polycom to enrich IBM Lotus Sametime 8.5

In conjunction with IBM Lotusphere taking place next week in Orlando, Fla., Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) announced an expansion of its integrated voice and visual communication solutions for customers deploying IBM Unified Communication and Collaboration (UC2) environments with support for Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes. The combined solution is designed to give users “one-click” access to on-demand voice and video collaboration tools from within Lotus software applications that can enhance teamwork, reduce costs, and help accelerate enterprise decision making among colleagues, customers and business partners.

“People are most effective when the communication and collaboration tools they need are instantly available as part of the everyday workflow,” said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager of video solutions, Polycom. “Polycom’s integration with the IBM UC2 environment puts our powerful, productivity enhancing collaboration tools just one-click away within the applications that millions of people use every day to communicate with others. This allows customers to extend the value of their UC investment by adding scalable, standards-based telepresence, video and voice collaboration capabilities that can further enhance efficiency and reduce costs.”

The Polycom solution will allow users to “Click-to-Call” and “Click-to-Conference” telepresence, video, voice and unified (combined voice and video) conferencing from presence-enabled contacts within IBM Lotus Sametime and Lotus Notes. In addition, Lotus Sametime Web conferencing users will be able to launch Instant Meetings with voice and video conferences, or include a voice or video conference as part of scheduled web conference.

The Polycom integrated solution will provide organizations with a scalable, redundant, standards-based infrastructure platform for rich-media conferencing within IBM UC2 environments. The solution will feature integration with the latest release of Sametime Release 8.5, IBM Lotus Sametime Server and IBM Lotus Domino Server, and provide seamless call routing between the Lotus applications and Polycom immersive, room and personal telepresence systems and desktop and conference room video conferencing systems for point-to-point video calls, and the Polycom RMX media conferencing platforms for multi-site voice, video or unified conferences. The standards-based solution allows users to leverage existing investments in visual communication systems for greater ROI and provides a broad ecosystem of nearly two-million standards-based telepresence and video conferencing systems in use today for extended collaboration.

This announcement expands existing integration that Polycom offers with IBM UC2 and will complement the existing services offering between Polycom and IBM Global Technology Services to deliver scalable, security-enriched and highly-available unified communications solutions to enterprise clients around the globe. Polycom is a sponsor and exhibitor at Lotusphere 2010 (booth no. 611) and IBM is a Platinum sponsor at the upcoming Polycom partner conference and sales event taking place at the end of January.

Polycom’s integration efforts with IBM support Polycom’s Open Collaboration Network strategy, providing an open and interoperable collaboration solution that gives customers greater flexibility and investment protection for their UC environment. By working with IBM and other leading unified communications platform providers, Polycom is able to deliver its productivity-enhancing and cost-saving telepresence, video and voice collaboration products as an integrated part of core unified communication environments, making the technologies easily accessible as part of the everyday workflow within a comprehensive solution that is easy to deploy and manage.

Availability:
Polycom will deliver integration for IBM Sametime 8.5 in 2010, with the first phase planned for availability in the first half of the year.

NATO employs PolyCom TelePresence

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) recently deployed immersive telepresence solutions from Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) to improve operational efficiency, interagency collaboration and enhance its ability to support out of area operations.

“Information flow is vital to fulfilling our goals and mandates, as well as maximizing the productivity and efficiency of personnel and ensuring the success of operations,” said Malcolm Green, Chief of the NATO C3 Agency’s Capabilities Area Team 9 (CAT 9), Networked Information Infrastructure Communication Services. “Polycom telepresence addresses these challenges by enabling our teams to collaborate more effectively over distances.”

Deployed in six international locations, the Polycom immersive telepresence solutions join an existing large deployment of Polycom video conferencing systems in use today at NATO headquarters and in outposts around the world. The standards-based systems also interoperate securely and seamlessly with video conferencing systems in use by NATO allied partners.

The technology is used daily for central command communications, emergency management, critical needs assessment, crisis communications, intra/interagency collaboration, workgroup collaboration and project management. Continue reading NATO employs PolyCom TelePresence

AireSpring MPLS-VPN

airespringAireSpring announced the release of their new MPLS product, “AireSpring MPLS-VPN.” Available nationwide across three tier one networks, AireSpring MPLS-VPN targets multi-location businesses requiring secure, flexible, and intelligent data connections. This solution offers maximum bandwidth security at the most economical rates.

“We have received consistent and numerous requests by our agents and customers to launch an MPLS product for quite some time, but we wanted to wait until we had a product which could lead the industry in price, security, and footprint. We feel that we now have a product set with a strong competitive edge from a price, application, and availability perspective.”

This product is built to deliver the lowest possible quoted rates across three nationwide tier one networks. Giving us the ability to reach nearly every potential MPLS customer in America. Our advanced network design enables us to combine MPLS-VPN networks across our multiple carriers and still deliver the customer a single bill with a single point of contact.

When introducing AireSpring MPLS-VPN to the VON and Channel Partners Conference Expo in Miami, AireSpring COO, Daniel Lonstein noted, “We have received consistent and numerous requests by our agents and customers to launch an MPLS product for quite some time, but we wanted to wait until we had a product which could lead the industry in price, security, and footprint. We feel that we now have a product set with a strong competitive edge from a price, application, and availability perspective.” He continued, “This product is built to deliver the lowest possible quoted rates across three nationwide tier one networks. Giving us the ability to reach nearly every potential MPLS customer in America. Our advanced network design enables us to combine MPLS-VPN networks across our multiple carriers and still deliver the customer a single bill with a single point of contact.”

AireSpring has gained recognition as one of the most dynamic providers in the cutting edge IP space. AireSpring has been awarded the coveted Telecom Association “Members Choice” award for SIP Trunking, Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC)’s best in show for IP communication, and numerous awards and accolades for the complete suite of Voice, Data, and Internet solutions.