updated 10/4/2010 9:16:27 AM ET 2010-10-04T13:16:27

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 4, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Windstream Corp, an S&P 500 company offering a wide range of IP-based voice and data services and advanced phone systems and equipment, today announced it has been selected by Avaya Inc., a global leader in enterprise communications solutions software and services, to join other technology leaders as a member in the Avaya DevConnect program.

The Avaya DevConnect program provides Windstream with the tools and resources to fully integrate Windstream's Unified Communications products with Avaya's widely deployed IP telephony and unified communications platforms -- ensuring Windstream customers have access to high quality and dependable solutions using the latest technology. One such solution is Windstream's VoIP and Data Bundle which delivers voice and data dynamically on the same circuit. When paired with Avaya AuraTM Communication Manager or Avaya IP Office, businesses will notice lower business costs and higher productivity.

"Membership in Avaya's developer community will help us build our business by serving customers more efficiently and effectively," said Don Perkins, Windstream vice president of business marketing. "This new partnership builds on the investments Windstream has put into our customers through the development of next generation IP services. Windstream customers want a simple and secure product that benefits their bottom line -- the Avaya DevConnect Program will help Windstream deliver that need."

"Windstream's participation in the Avaya DevConnect program will help both Windstream and Avaya ensure that customers receive unparalleled support and high-quality, feature-rich communications services," said Eric Rossman, Avaya vice president, developer relations.

Windstream is a Gold level member of the Avaya DevConnect program. Gold level members must meet rigorous Avaya criteria and requirements for customer satisfaction, product support, business operations, marketing and sales. As a member of the DevConnect program, Windstream has met Avaya's requirements and will have continued access to a wide range of support from Avaya, including technical resources and training to ensure continued customer support. 

About Avaya

Avaya is a global leader in enterprise communications systems. The company provides unified communications, contact centers, data solutions and related services directly and through its channel partners to leading businesses and organizations around the world. Enterprises of all sizes depend on Avaya for state-of-the-art communications that improve efficiency, collaboration, customer service and competitiveness. For more information, please visit www.avaya.com . For more information on the Avaya DevConnect program, visit www.avaya.com/devconnect .

About Windstream

Windstream Corp. (Nasdaq:WIN), headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., is an S&P 500 company with communications operations in 23 states and about $4 billion in annual revenues. Windstream provides phone, high-speed Internet and high-definition digital TV services. The company also offers a wide range of IP-based voice and data services and advanced phone systems and equipment to businesses and government agencies. For more information about Windstream, visit www.windstream.com .

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