HickoryTech (ticker: HTCO, exchange: NASDAQ Global Market (.O))
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Minnesota State University, Mankato and South Central College Select HickoryTech for Internet Protocol Telephony Network
MANKATO, Minn., June 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- HickoryTech Corporation
(Nasdaq: HTCO) announced today that it will deploy a comprehensive Internet
Protocol (IP) Telephony solution at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU)
and South Central College (SCC) with campuses in North Mankato and Faribault.
MSU is the first major university in Minnesota, with approximately 15,000
combined students, faculty, and staff to deploy an all IP Telephony-based
solution. South Central College, serving over 5,500 students, faculty, and
staff, will integrate communications between both of its campuses. IP
Telephony converts the telephone's voice signal into IP packets that travel
over private Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN).
"This is a win-win situation for both institutions and HickoryTech as
well," said Mark Johnson, vice president for technology and chief information
officer for MSU. "HickoryTech will continue to provide local dial tone,
expertise in deployment of the new system, training, and ongoing support.
They've been an outstanding partner helping us to save money and integrating
innovative converged technologies."
In July, MSU and SCC will start converting their administrative and
academic phone systems to an IP Telephony solution, the "technology of the
future" for communications. MSU and SCC looked to update their communications
networks by choosing HickoryTech as their partner to design and deploy the
Cisco IP Telephony solution. The new IP solution makes more efficient use of
network resources by converging the separate voice and data networks into one.
"South Central College is very excited about implementing the new IP phone
solution. In addition to providing new phone features for our faculty and
staff, SCC will now be able to provide a phone in every classroom," said Wes
Taylor, dean of technology for South Central College. "This will provide
better security and easier access for technical classroom assistance."
"HickoryTech continues our long and solid relationship with MSU and SCC by
implementing new technologies resulting in a more efficient converged
communications network," added Jon Anderson, president of HickoryTech's
Enterprise Solutions Sector. "This is a perfect example of educational
institutions being a perfect fit for IP Telephony and taking advantage of all
the benefits derived from this technology."
IP Telephony solutions increase productivity and efficiency by providing
an array of advanced calling features and applications. For example, unified
messaging is an application that delivers every e-mail, voice, and fax message
to a single inbox to improve communications and boost productivity. With
unified messaging, faculty and staff will listen to their e-mail over the
telephone and check voice messages from their desktops. Another application
increasing productivity, called a "soft phone," which endows computers with
the functionality of IP Phones, provides high-quality voice calls on the road,
on the campus, or from wherever users may have access to the MSU and SCC
campus networks. Faculty and staff will be able to make and receive calls
remotely with the features and functionality of a full-featured IP Phone,
including the ability to transfer calls, forward calls, and conference
additional participants to an existing call.
About Minnesota State University, Mankato:
Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU) promotes learning through
effective undergraduate and graduate teaching, scholarship, and research in
service to the state, the region and the global community. MSU, with 600 full-
time faculty on staff, serves approximately 14,000 students in six academic
colleges (Allied Health and Nursing, Arts and Humanities, Business, Education,
Science, Engineering & Technology, Social and Behavioral Sciences) comprised
of 150 undergraduate and 82 graduate programs of study. MSU, founded in 1868,
is located in Mankato, Minnesota approximately 85 miles southwest of
Minneapolis/St. Paul, atop 350 acres overlooking the Minnesota River Valley.
To learn more about Minnesota State University - Mankato, visit the
university's Web site at http://www.mnsu.edu .
About South Central College:
South Central College is Minnesota's newest community and technical
college, providing liberal arts-transfer education, as well as over fifty
technical majors. To learn more about South Central College, visit their Web
site at http://www.southcentral.edu .
HickoryTech Corporation is a diversified communications company
headquartered in Mankato, Minn., with approximately 400 employees in Minnesota
and Iowa. In its 108th year of operation, HickoryTech offers a full array of
telecommunications products and services to business and residential
customers. The Telecom Sector offers local voice, long distance, Internet,
broadband services, Digital TV, and IP networking. The Enterprise Solutions
Sector provides IP Telephony, contact center management, and data networking
solutions. The Information Solutions Sector develops telecom and carrier
access billing solutions. To learn more about HickoryTech Corporation, visit
the company's Web site at http://www.HickoryTech.com .
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facts are "forward-looking statements." Such forward-looking statements are
based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the industry in
which HickoryTech operates and management's beliefs and assumptions. The
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looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they were made.
Except as required by federal securities laws, HickoryTech undertakes no
obligation to update any of its forward-looking statements for any reason.
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