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July 27, 2010

HickoryTech's Single-Link Platform Links Mankato Area Public Schools

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

HickoryTech's SingleLink Unified Communications (News - Alert) provides a complete modern business communications system via a hosted service model, making clear the need to buy onsite servers and applications.

It announced that it has been awarded a five-year contract to provide SingleLink Unified Communications throughout Mankato Area Public Schools, and will install, support, and completely manage VoIP system across 20 Mankato Area Public School sites including more than 1,250 phones.

"We are very pleased to partner with HickoryTech and excited about the standardization and efficiencies this platform brings to our network," Doug Johnson (News - Alert), director of media and technology at Mankato Area Public Schools, said.

Mike Olsen, director of sales, HickoryTech indicated that it was exciting to be part of the technology upgrade for the Mankato Area Public Schools, and it was great to be working with a local company who earned the project through a low bid.

Not only did Olsen believe that HickoryTech was getting the best in class telephony with numerous features including customized dial plans, but it was also able to achieve cost savings with a system that would support growth and future technology initiatives.

Olsen continued to add that HickoryTech had a long track record of providing innovative technology, and the SingleLink platform offered numerous employee productivity enhancing features, such as a single inbox with integrated e-mail, voicemail and fax, as well as efficiencies, cost savings, flexibility and scalability.

By replacing businesses' collection of voice and data equipment, services and vendors with a single, centrally managed and hosted VoIP communications solution, the Single-Link Platform had proved its scalability, capability and functionality.

As a premier communications solution provider, HickoryTech connects businesses and consumers with advanced, integrated communication solutions in Minnesota, Iowa and the upper Midwest Headquartered in Mankato, HickoryTech has approximately 450 employees.

In a related news release, HickoryTech Corporation announced the expansion of its fiber-optic network to Sioux Falls, S.D. and Fargo, N.D. The network expansion to Sioux Falls and Fargo will add 350 fiber route miles to HickoryTech’s existing 2,400 fiber route miles.

Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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