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Press Release -- July 31st, 2011
Source: Enventis
Tags: MPLS, Telepresence, Video

Enventis Recognized as Cisco TelePresence Video Advanced Authorized Technology Provider Partner in United States

MANKATO, Minn., July 29, 2011 Enventis, a subsidiary of HickoryTech (NADSAQ: HTCO), today announces that it has achieved TelePresence Video Advanced Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status from Cisco. This designation recognizes Enventis as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support Cisco TelePresence Video products and solutions at the Advanced level.

The Cisco TelePresence Video Advanced ATP Program is focused on providing a new way of working in which everyone, everywhere can be more productive through face-to-face collaboration with TelePresence Video solutions. The Advanced-level program’s goal is to enable partners to market TelePresence Video endpoints with a full breadth of infrastructure solutions in addition to managed videoconferencing services.               

“Enventis is very excited to achieve this prestigious video designation and leverage our experienced team to design, sell, implement and support the complete voice and data Cisco solution,” said Steve Larson, vice president of Enventis’ Enterprise Integration Services Division.  “We have a long history of successfully enabling Cisco communications and collaboration solutions and we see video as the next evolution, one that we are end-to-end positioned to design and support.”                   

“The Cisco TelePresence Video Advanced ATP Program is designed to enable partners to take advantage of the tremendous market opportunities ahead—not only in the telepresence space but also in the overall collaboration market,” said Richard McLeod, senior director of collaboration for worldwide channels at Cisco. “As a Cisco TelePresence Video Advanced ATP Partner, Enventis has made an investment in the sales, technical and life cycle services capabilities needed to deliver the industry’s most comprehensive and interoperable Cisco TelePresence Video portfolio.” 

The Cisco Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) Program is part of the Cisco go-to-market strategy for emerging technologies. The program helps Cisco to define the knowledge, skills and services that channel partners need to successfully sell, deploy and support an emerging technology. As the market changes, an ATP designation may be discontinued or may evolve into a Cisco specialization.

About Cisco TelePresence and Video Collaboration Solutions
Cisco TelePresence® and Video collaboration solutions provide life-like, high-definition, conferencing facilities with superior audio and video, allowing participants to meet their colleagues, customers and business partners across a virtual table. Participants can enjoy a same-room meeting experience, even if they are located in different locations around the world. Participants can also meet more often and enjoy more productive sessions, helping to improve business interactions while potentially building stronger customer relationships, accelerating sales cycles, improving project management and forming tighter integration with remote offices.

Enventis, a Master Level, Unified Communications and Gold Certified Cisco Partner, specializes in providing integrated voice, data and network communication solutions to businesses and service providers across the Midwest.  Leveraging its five-state fiber optic network, Enventis also provides IP communications, transport services and MPLS. Enventis is a subsidiary of HickoryTech; NASDAQ: HTCO. To learn more about Enventis and how “We’ll Network That,” visit www.enventis.com.

About HickoryTech                                       
HickoryTech Corporation is a leading communications provider serving business and residential customers in the upper Midwest.  With headquarters in Mankato, Minn., the corporation has 460 employees and an expanded, multi-state fiber network spanning more than 2,750 route miles serving Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.  Enventis provides IP-based voice and data solutions, MPLS networking, data center and managed hosted services and communication systems to businesses across a five-state region.  HickoryTech delivers broadband Internet, Digital TV, voice and data services to businesses and consumers in southern Minnesota and northwest Iowa. The Company trades on the NASDAQ, symbol: HTCO, and is a member of the Russell 2000 Index.   For more information, visit www.hickorytech.com.

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