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[February 28, 2013]

MegaPath Launches Point-to-Point Video Communications with Camera-Equipped Polycom® VVX® Business Media Phones

PLEASANTON, Calif., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- MegaPath Corporation, one of the leading providers of managed data, voice, security and hosted IT services in North America, today announced it is bringing cloud-delivered UC video services to its hosted PBX customers. The service will use plug-and-play desktop voice and video solutions from Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C).


MegaPath announced its planned availability and support of high-definition (HD) point-to-point video services for its hosted PBX customers using solutions built around high-performance Polycom® VVX® Business Media Phones and the Polycom® VVX® Camera, which offers plug-and-play installation to instantly transform Polycom® VVX® 500 and Polycom® VVX® 600 Business Media Phones into cost-effective, high-resolution video collaboration environments. Users install the 720p HD video camera simply by plugging it into the integrated USB port at the top of the phone, and no software drivers are required, which means they can join a video conference in a matter of seconds. The service works over existing VoIP networks, so deployment is easy and cost-effective. In addition to the Polycom VVX 500 and Polycom VVX 600, MegaPath currently supports face-to-face video collaboration using the Polycom® VVX® 1500 Business Media Phone. With these video-enabled Polycom phones, MegaPath's customers have access to intuitive, expandable, business-class phones that improve productivity and simplify business workflows through a unified communications experience.

For MegaPath customers, the Polycom VVX 500 and Polycom VVX 600 Business Media Phones offer convenient and cost-effective ways to deploy face-to-face collaboration throughout the workplace. The enterprise-quality phones feature gesture-based, multi-touch capable, capacitive touchscreens and an intuitive user interface that delivers the familiar tap-and-swipe usability of smartphones and tablets to the desktop. Video features include a privacy shutter, adjustable tilt, multiple video screen modes, side-by-side and PIP (picture-in-picture) window modes, and adjustable frame rates.

"MegaPath customers continue to praise the ease of use, HD voice quality, clarity and inherent supportability of the Polycom IP phone family," said John Scarborough, Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing, MegaPath. "As the demand for face-to-face video collaboration delivered from the cloud continues to grow, MegaPath's support of Polycom VVX Business Media Phones meets that demand with an affordable, superior-quality desktop voice and video solution that exceeds their expectations and can adapt to meet their future business needs." "From SMBs to large enterprises, the ability to collaborate face-to-face over HD video is becoming a standard ask for today's businesses and MegaPath now can fulfill those requests with a plug-and-play, cloud-delivered UC video collaboration service," said Gary Testa, Global Vice President, Cloud and Service Providers at Polycom. "With MegaPath's new service, enabled by Polycom VVX Business Media Phones and the Polycom VVX Camera, video collaboration can easily and cost-effectively become a central part of a company's workflow. Customers want a trusted service provider who can deliver innovative solutions that help them be more productive, and with MegaPath, that's precisely what they'll get." MegaPath also announced plans to support the new Polycom® VVX® 300 and Polycom VVX 400 business phones (which Polycom announced this week) as part of its Hosted Voice solution. MegaPath's Hosted Voice solution enables companies of all sizes to reduce costs and streamline communications across all of their business locations by consolidating to a single service provider and eliminating the cost and management of a premises-based PBX. MegaPath's cloud-based voice services are affordable, feature-rich solutions that deliver mobility and collaboration features not available with traditional phone systems, including Hosted Voice Mobile, Visual Voicemail, Find Me/Follow Me, Auto Attendant and Call Center capabilities. Furthermore, customers leveraging MegaPath's voice and broadband network services have greater security for voice traffic and better overall reliability since MegaPath provides end-to-end network control with bi-directional, real-time Quality of Service (QoS).

MegaPath anticipates wide availability of the Polycom VVX 500 and Polycom VVX 600 point-to-point camera component in Q2 2013. To learn more about MegaPath's voice offerings, visit www.megapath.com/voice.

MegaPath recently published a video testimonial featuring its Hosted Voice customer, Design Electric, which uses Polycom VVX 500 Business Media Phones and Polycom® SoundPoint® IP 335 VoIP phones, as well as Polycom SoundPoint IP 650 receptionist console with sidecars. To view the Design Electric video testimonial, visit www.megapath.com/about/customers/videos/.

About MegaPath MegaPath operates one of the largest end-to-end communications networks in the country, providing both commercial and wholesale services. The company provides a full range of data, voice, security and hosted IT services for small, medium and enterprise businesses nationwide, as well as wholesale solutions to the carrier and service-provider markets. MegaPath helps businesses easily and securely communicate between their headquarters, employees and business partners to lower costs, increase security and enhance employee productivity. To learn more about MegaPath's managed IP data, voice, security and hosted IT services, please visit www.megapath.com.

Media Contact: Tony WelzWelz & Weisel Communications703-877-8101tony@w2comm.com SOURCE MegaPath http://rt.prnewswire.com/rt.gif NewsItemId=SF68126&Transmission_Id=201302280915PR_NEWS_USPR_____SF68126&DateId=20130228

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