MANKATO, Minn., Jul 22, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — HickoryTech Corporation (Nasdaq: HTCO) today announced it has been awarded a five-year contract to provide SingleLink Unified Communications throughout Mankato Area Public Schools. HickoryTech will install, support and manage the voice over Internet protocol phone 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,” said Doug Johnson, director of media and technology at Mankato Area Public Schools. “It’s great working with a local company who earned the project through low bid. Not only are we getting best in class telephony with numerous features including customized dial plans, but we are also able to achieve costs savings with a system that will support our growth and future technology initiatives.”
“HickoryTech has a long track record of providing innovative technology solutions to educational institutions and we’re glad to be a part of this exciting technology upgrade for Mankato Area Public Schools,” said Mike Olsen, director of sales, HickoryTech. “The SingleLink platform offers 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.”
HickoryTech’s SingleLink Unified Communications provides a complete modern business communications system via a hosted service model. Companies get best-in-class telephony, unified messaging, call center features and more without the need to buy any onsite servers or applications. SingleLink replaces businesses’ collection of voice and data equipment, services and vendors with a single, centrally managed and hosted VoIP communications solution.
HickoryTech is the only Minnesota-based company with a statewide fiber network, local phone services, long distance, dedicated Internet services, Ethernet, MPLS, advanced fiber services, hosted voice communications, and data center services. HickoryTech’s subsidiary, Enventis, is a Cisco Gold Certified and Master Unified Communications partner providing equipment sales and support.