) -- one of the largest U.S. rural local exchange carriers (RLEC)
-- has collaborated with Mitel for the popular MiVoice and
MiCollab technologies for Windstream's business clients.
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MiVoice and MiCollab are cloud-based Unified Communications as a
Service (UcaaS) solutions, supported with Mitel's MiCloud.
Thus, the clients of Windstream will connect to UC, mobile and
desktop applications without much difficulty, thereby reducing
cost of business.
Mitel's MiVoice and MiCollab solutions are available to
subscribers combined with Windstream's cloud solutions by VMware.
This offers better geo-redundancy and local survivability.
Last month, Windstream entered into a partnership with Avaya to
expand its managed Unified Communications (UC). Avaya, a U.S. --
based provider of business communications and collaboration
systems, which will provide communication solutions - Aura to
Windstream's UC services.
Apart from Avaya, the company has also teamed up with LifeSize
Communications, a division of
Logitech International SA
), to provide high definition (HD) video conferencing services to
customers using Windstream's IP networking solutions.
With the acquisition of the leading broadband service provider,
PAETEC Holding Corp, in Dec 2011, the company aims to gain
significant momentum in its enterprise market with nationwide
coverage of fiber network cables. The purchase increased
opportunities in cloud computing and managed services. It also
attracted business customers across many locations. Windstream is
also planning to introduce customized business solutions that
will improve its competitive position.
So, we believe that partnerships with these firms will not only
improve Windstream's performance but also drive subscriber
growth, hence, providing a cutting edge over the other industry
Windstream currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).