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Windstream Honored With 2013 Leadership Awards From Frost & Sullivan

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Windstream Honored With 2013 Leadership Awards From Frost & Sullivan

12:09 EST Thursday, January 30, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Windstream (Nasdaq:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications and managed services, has been recognized with the 2013 U.S. North American Market Growth Excellence Leadership Award in VoIP Access and SIP Trunking Services. This award is based on the findings of Frost & Sullivan's Best Practices research and was presented to Windstream at a ceremony in New Orleans, La., on Jan. 14.

Windstream received this award based on its ability to leverage competitive intelligence and execute competitive strategy, as well as its impact on market share, competitive brand positioning, and customer satisfaction and value, having demonstrated excellence in capturing the highest annual compound growth rate in the industry for the past three years.

"Windstream achieved growth excellence leadership in the VoIP access and SIP trunking services market by consistently seeking long-term growth in its services," said Michael Brandenburg, Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan. "Our research shows that Windstream has demonstrated an effective execution, integration and support strategy with its enterprise services, especially in the VoIP and SIP trunking categories."

"The strategic decisions that Windstream has made over the past few years have led to our ability to serve business customers across the country, with more than 115,000 fiber miles, 26 data centers and a full suite of advanced technology solutions," said Matt Preschern, Windstream's senior vice president and enterprise chief marketing officer. "Our commitment to providing smart solutions, personalized service to our customers and the growth of our national network footprint has led us to this Frost & Sullivan award, and I speak for the entire Windstream team in saying how honored we are to be recognized for our product excellence."

Windstream offers a full suite of advanced network communications and technology solutions, including voice and data services such as VoIP, SIP trunking, MPLS, and dedicated high-speed Internet. Windstream also offers Unified Communications, managed services, cloud computing, disaster recovery, and networking services designed to help businesses increase productivity and improve operational costs. For more information, visit www.windstreambusiness.com.

For the full Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Research report on Windstream's VoIP access and SIP trunking Growth Excellence Leadership award, visit www.windstreambusiness.com or click here.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation, and leadership. The company's Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO's Growth Team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages 50 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 40 offices on six continents. To join the Growth Partnership, visit www.frost.com.

About Windstream

Windstream (Nasdaq:WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas. For more information, visit www.windstream.com.

CONTACT: Windstream Contact:
Tanja Jameson
501.748.7236
tanja.jameson@windstream.com

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