TDS® achieves prestigious Polycom® Choice Partner—Platinum Status for the fifth year in a row

TDS Telecom (TDS®), an industry leader in providing VoIP services for businesses, announced it has achieved Platinum level status in the Polycom Choice Partner program by Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) for the fifth year in a row. TDS joins a select group of Polycom hosted Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers in achieving the Platinum designation. 

Polycom Choice Partners must demonstrate best-of-class service and solutions to qualify. Customers can be confident that as a Polycom Choice Partner, TDS has the expertise to handle all their project needs, from concept to installation through ongoing support and management.

“The Platinum designation is a testament to the partnership we’ve established with our customers,” said Matt Loch, vice president of Commercial Marketing at TDS. “By working closely with each of our customers, we’re able to really understand their needs and help them leverage the power of hosted VoIP technology.”

TDS, the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S., has more than 1 million customer connections in service and 3,100 employees. TDS offers businesses the latest communication solutions, including: VoIP (managed IP Hosted), dedicated high-speed Internet, and hosted-managed services.

“TDS continues to achieve record success in providing an outstanding end-to-end hosted VoIP solution to its customers. Polycom is proud to be an integral element in this solution. With its focus on being a ‘best-in-class’ partner, TDS will continually succeed in helping customers solve their business issues,” said Shawn Puddester, Polycom vice president of North America Sales, Global Cloud & Service Provider Solutions.

Polycom’s Choice Partner Program is the winner of CRN Magazine’s 5-Star Partner Program Award. The program emphasizes skills development and specialization. It provides the tools for partners to demonstrate excellence in delivering communication solutions and an outstanding customer experience. Polycom Choice Partners are part of the Polycom Partner Network, a diverse group of organizations who embrace and extend Polycom's open, standards-based collaboration solutions and together deliver the most complete collaboration solutions available to more than 400,000 Polycom customers. Through the Polycom Partner Network, technology providers, ISVs, solution advisors, integrators, service providers, and other valued partners can easily address the multi-faceted needs of today’s organizations that are using secure video, voice and content collaboration solutions to improve productivity, engagement, time to market, business continuity, as well as for unique applications across vertical industries.

Get more details about TDS and its Hosted VoIP solution, including what customers are saying about it, at

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For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, associate manager of Public Relations / TDS Telecom / 608-664-4471 /

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to a mix of small to mid-sized urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the U.S. With 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology company. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 8 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,400 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, broadband, video and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses: UScellular, TDS Telecom, and OneNeck IT Solutions. Visit

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