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TMCNet:  TDS(R) Achieves Polycom Choice Partner Platinum Status; TDS Achieves Status for Third Year in a Row

[August 09, 2012]

TDS(R) Achieves Polycom Choice Partner Platinum Status; TDS Achieves Status for Third Year in a Row

Madison, Wis., Aug 09, 2012 (PRWeb.com via COMTEX) -- TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS(R)), an industry leader in providing VoIP services for businesses, announced it has been named by Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified communications (UC), a Platinum Level Polycom Choice Partner. TDS joins a select group of Polycom hosted VoIP Service Providers in achieving this level of expertise, experience and performance; less than five percent of service providers have reached the Platinum status.

This is the third consecutive year TDS has reached platinum status. Platinum status is the top status in the Polycom Choice Partner program and 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. TDS operates more than 60,000 Polycom end points supporting its hosted VoIP service, TDS managedIP Hosted.

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. Polycom provides open standards-based UC solutions for telepresence, video, and voice powered by the Polycom(R) RealPresence(R) Platform. Polycom(R) RealPresence(R) video solutions interoperate with the broadest range of business, mobile, and social applications and devices.

"We're proud of reaching Polycom's elite level of expertise and performance," says Tom Canfield, vice president of Commercial Marketing and Product Development at TDS. "It's rewarding to know that our team is committed to excellence, and that so many organizations have gained a competitive advantage and accelerated their success through our managedIP Hosted service." "The Polycom Choice Partner Program gives customers the confidence that by choosing TDS and Polycom, they're selecting a world-class team to help them design and implement a world-class solution," said Ron Myers, senior vice president, Global Channels at Polycom. "Through collaboration with Polycom, TDS is delivering VoIP solutions that power greater productivity and transform businesses." 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. For more information, see Polycom Choice Partner Program.

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 400,000 Polycom customers.

Get more details about TDS managedIP Hosted and see what customers say about it at tdsvoip.com. To get tips and resources for your business, like TDS on Facebook at facebook.com/tdsbusiness, follow us at @tdsbiz on Twitter, and join the LinkedIn group Small Business Solutions by TDS.

About Polycom Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications (UC) solutions for telepresence, video, and voice powered by the Polycom(R) RealPresence(R) Platform. The RealPresence Platform interoperates with the broadest range of business, mobile, and social applications and devices. More than 400,000 organizations trust Polycom solutions to collaborate and meet face-to-face from any location for more productive and effective engagement with colleagues, partners, customers, specialists, and prospects. Polycom, together with its broad partner ecosystem, provides customers with the best total cost of ownership, interoperability, scalability, and security for video collaboration, whether on-premises, hosted, or cloud-delivered. Visit http://www.polycom.com or connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About TDS Telecommunications Corp.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS(R)) is the seventh largest telecom provider in the U.S. For more than 40 years, the company has been connecting people with high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in hundreds of rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across 31 states. Today, TDS has more than 1.1 million equivalent access lines in service and 2,700 employees. Business customers select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP) phone service, dedicated Internet, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com for more information.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the operations of VISI Incorporated, TEAM Technologies, OneNeck IT Services Corp., and Vital Support Systems through TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC. These companies employ more than 500 people, who specialize in engineering and management of IT infrastructure, including: hosted application management, managed hosting, enterprise cloud services, and Tier III data centers. Visit: visi.com, team-companies.com, oneneck.com, and vitalsupport.com for details.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. headquartered in Madison, Wis. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. A Fortune 500(R) company, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone and broadband services to approximately 7 million customers in 36 states through TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S. Cellular [NYSE: USM], its majority owned wireless subsidiary. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employed 12,300 people as of June 30, 2012. Visit teldta.com for investor information.

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