SOURCE: Metaswitch Networks

Metaswitch Networks

September 07, 2010 09:00 ET

TDS® Builds on Metaswitch

Eighth Largest Wireline Carrier Lays Firm Foundation for Enhanced Telephony Services

ALAMEDA, CA--(Marketwire - September 7, 2010) -  TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®), the nation's eighth largest wireline carrier, continues to put their trust in Metaswitch platforms and applications.

"Our primary focus is on delighting customers, championing economic development, and continuing broadband innovation," said Ken Paker, vice president of network services at TDS. "With Metaswitch, we see the same high level commitment to the things that matter most to our customers: quality engineering, reliability, exceptional customer support and innovation."

TDS has previously deployed Metaswitch universal gateways and MetaSphere call feature servers for the economic benefits of migrating from TDM to an IP infrastructure for Class 4 switching. This deployment allows TDS to collapse a number of Class 5 central offices, leading to cost savings and operational efficiencies. The next phase of the modernization is to rollout enhanced business and residential services, enabled by the Metaswitch MetaSphere platform.

"We are extremely pleased by, and committed to, this strategic relationship with TDS," said Kevin DeNuccio, CEO at Metaswitch. "TDS' investment is a stand-out example of the long term value that a Metaswitch foundation can bring. By building on Metaswitch, TDS has selected a platform that will allow them to ride a wave of exciting innovation and additional cost-efficiencies."

Founded more than 40 years ago, TDS provides phone, Internet and entertainment services to hundreds of rural, suburban and business communities nationwide.

TDS will provide further insight to their network architecture and use of the Metaswitch platform as part of a keynote speech at the forthcoming Metaswitch Forum, Sept. 21-24 in Orlando, Fla.

About TDS Telecommunications Corp.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. markets communication services to business and residential customers in 30 states through its brands TDS Telecom® and TDS Metrocom®. With 1.1 million access line equivalents in service, TDS Telecommunications Corp. connects customers to phone, broadband and digital television service in hundreds of rural, suburban and metropolitan communities. TDS Telecommunications Corp. is the eighth-largest wire line company in the nation employing approximately 2,500 people. The company is headquartered in Madison, Wis. Visit www.tdstelecom.com and www.tdsbusiness.com for more information.

 TDS Telecommunications Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS) (NYSE: TDS.S) Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone and broadband services to nearly 7.3 million customers in 36 states through TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S. Cellular® (NYSE: USM), its 82 percent owned wireless subsidiary. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employed 12,300 employees as of June 30, 2010. Visit www.teldta.com for more information.

About Metaswitch Networks

Metaswitch Networks is a leading provider of the technologies and solutions that are powering the migration of communications networks to open, next-generation architectures. Hundreds of network operators worldwide depend on its reliable, scalable carrier systems solutions, while its high performance, fault-tolerant software technologies are licensed by all the world's leading communications equipment manufacturers. For more information, visit www.metaswitch.com.

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