SOURCE: D & E Communications, Inc.

August 02, 2005 10:30 ET

D&E Communications Receives Awards From Mitel; Named "Solution Provider of the Year" in Northeast U.S.

EPHRATA, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 2, 2005 -- D&E Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: DECC), a leading regional broadband integrated communications provider, received two awards at Mitel's VIP Channel Forum program in Ottawa, Ontario.

As part of its systems integration business, D&E is a solution provider of Mitel Internet Protocol (IP) communications systems. The IP products offer the converged capabilities of a telephone system and computer network.

D&E earned distinction as the Mitel Solution Provider of the Year for the U.S. Northeast. This designation is awarded to the top revenue reseller in the northeastern region. In addition, D&E received a Star Performer award for selling between $2 million and $5 million in Mitel products.

D&E also recently received a "Certificate of Excellence for Customer Satisfaction," recognizing its rank in the top ten percentile in Mitel's Customer Satisfaction Program for fiscal year 2005. There are more than 500 Mitel solution providers.

"We are pleased to receive these awards from Mitel, recognizing the success of our efforts to help our customers implement new IP communications solutions," said Paul Ross, D&E's Vice President of Systems Integration. "These awards reflect the growth of IP systems in the workplace. As customers transition to new technologies, we are committed to working with them to find the best solution to help their businesses operate efficiently and continue to grow."

About D&E

D&E offers high-speed data, Internet access, local and long distance telephone, VoIP phone, voice and data network installation and maintenance, network performance management and security, and video services. Based in Lancaster County, D&E has been serving communities in central Pennsylvania for more than 100 years. For more information, visit

About Mitel

Mitel is a market leader for voice, video, and data convergence over broadband networks. With a focus on the user experience, the company delivers advanced communications solutions that are easily customized for individual business needs. Mitel solutions extend from intuitive desktop appliances and applications through to Applications and Services Gateways that enable business process integration and enhancement. Customers are provided with innovative ways to leverage their resources and migrate to the benefits of IP communications at their own pace. Mitel is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices, partners, and resellers worldwide. For more information please visit

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